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Peace Corps Handout

For a good overview of our Fellows and MI programs, including timelines, requirements, and fellowship opportunities, please download the form below.

Karen Corey '13

Program Assistant at Forest Trends in Washington D.C.

Karen Corey

"I chose Bard because of the Masters International Program. I’d known for years that I wanted to do Peace Corps service and the Bard CEP program has given me the opportunity to fulfill that dream, as well as set me on my way toward a new career. I served in Samoa for two years teaching English and working on environmental projects. Prior to leaving, I worked as an intern at Resources for the Future, a Washington, D.C.–based environmental economics think tank. Now I am working for Forest Trends as a program assistant for the Water Initiative, developing investments for watershed services (IWS) projects in the global south and building a community for IWS practitioners."

Peace Corps Contacts

University Contacts
Caitlin O'Donnell, Fellows and MI Coordinator
Bard Center for Environmental Policy and MBA in Sustainability
Phone: 845-758-7073
E-mail: codonnel@bard.edu

Peace Corps Contacts
 Peace Corps Website
Contacts: Find your Regional Recruiting Office

The Faculty

Students discuss some of the benefits of working with the faculty at Bard CEP.

Peace Corps

Peace Corps

Peace Corps or Grad School?       Why not both!

Bard CEP graduates work in sustainable development and international environmental policy across the world-- on food security, water and sanitation, protected area management and environmental education, and climate adaptation and clean energy. Many of these CEP alums gained critical professional experience through Peace Corps service. Bard CEP offers the opportunity to directly integrate the Peace Corps into the MS and M.Ed degrees, along with dedicated financial support for Peace Corps volunteers and returned volunteers, through the Coverdell Fellows progam.

Peace Corps Programs at Bard CEP

In recognition of the service Peace Corps volunteers provide to communities around the world, Bard CEP offers two programs related to Peace Corps. First, the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows (Fellows) Program is for returned Peace Corps volunteers seeking to continue their education in a rigorous environmental graduate program. Through the Coverdell program, Bard CEP offers dedicated financial assistance and experience in career development helping RPCVs continue a professional focus on international environmental issues, or transition to domestic policy and education work.
In addition, Bard CEP strongly supports students who wish to build Peace Corps service into their masters degree program. In recent years, over a dozen students have served in the Peace Corps while enrolled at Bard, utilizing the Peace Corps experience to satisfy the professional internship requirement within Bard CEP’s MS and M.Ed programs. While the Peace Corps no longer formally offers a Masters International option, we encourage interested Masters students to pursue Peace Corps service as an integral part of their masters degree at Bard.

Bard Peace Corps Program (BPC)

Description and Timeline

BPC students begin the program by completing the first-year curriculum from one of the Bard CEP degree programs. BPC students then meet
with their Bard CEP academic adviser in the spring of their first year to outline a communication plan for the 27-month period of service,
and commence their Peace Corps service in the summer or fall. Upon starting their assignment, students work with their adviser to develop
a Master’s Project topic and plan the necessary field research. Upon completion of their service, BPCI students return for the second year of
course work at Bard and complete the Master’s Project. 

Year 1: First-year courses in chosen MS degree

Years 2 and 3: Peace Corps (27 months): Academic requirements include one blog post per semester and coordination with Bard CEP

Year 4: Finish Peace Corps assignment and return home. Enroll in second year of MS program and complete the degree requirements.

BPC students receive 10 internship credits for their time overseas, and are eligible for a minimum Bard CEP fellowship of $10,500 in the
second year; a signed copy of the Description of Service is required to guarantee this fellowship.

Assignments for past  Bard Peace Corps students have included:

• Coastal-resource management
• Protected-areas management
• Ecotourism and economic development
• Agroforestry
• Biodiversity conservation
• Sustainable development
• Environmental education

Paul D. Coverdell Fellows Program  

Description and Timeline

Fellows students begin the program after having fully completed a Peace Corps assignment. Fellows students enroll in either of the MS degree programs and continue through the program as a normal MS student. The MS sequence is a year of course work, followed by a four-to six-month internship, and a final semester at Bard working on the Master’s Project and remaining course requirements. The only specific Fellows requirement is that the student, in practicing the third goal of Peace Corps, carries out his or her internship in an underserved U.S. community OR completes a service project an underserved U.S. community in his or her first year of the CEP program. Fellows enjoy the full benefits of Bard’s unique curricular structure, while receiving academic credit and financial assistance. 

Fellows students receive a minimum Bard CEP fellowship in the first year worth 33 percent of tuition, receive 10 credits for their Peace Corps service while benefiting from the internship component of the degree program, and are eligible for a minimum Bard CEP fellowship of $10,500 in the second year; a signed copy of the Description of Service is required to guarantee these fellowships.