A critical experience of the Master’s International Program is Peace Corps service. That students become effective Peace Corps Volunteers is vital for the success of the service and applied learning missions of the Stevenson Center. The purpose of Peace Corps service as an Illinois State University Master’s International student is threefold. Such service furthers the mission of the Master’s International Program to provide economic and community development services to communities, especially those most in need. It also provides students with a professional work experience relevant to their course of study. Lastly, it enhances opportunities for research, including the completion of thesis or capstone requirements and joint faculty research projects.
Peace Corps solely determines all placement decisions for Master’s International students at Illinois State University; no faculty or staff member of the Stevenson Center or Illinois State University has a role in Peace Corps placement decisions. For more information about the process, see the Master’s International Student Handbook issued by Peace Corps, visit PeaceCorps.gov, and/or call 1-800-424-8580.
Master’s International students are responsible for responding to requests for information by Peace Corps as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Failure to do so may result in a substantial gap between the end of on-campus coursework and departure for Peace Corps. There may be financial consequences to such a gap: for example, if a student is not registered for a full Fall or Spring semester, the cost of health insurance may increase significantly in that semester.