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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
Katie Van Sant, Fellows and MI Coordinator
Director of Enrollment and Marketing
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 offers qualified candidates the opportunity to incorporate the internationally focused, hands-on experience of Peace Corps service into one of the Bard CEP MS degrees.

Already served? Consider the Coverdell Fellows program.

Want to serve? Consider the Master's International program.

Peace Corps Programs at Bard CEP

The environmental and climate dimensions of Bard Center for Environmental Policy (Bard CEP) graduate programs and the commitment to international studies and civic engagement are of particular interest to students who are hoping to work overseas and pursue a career in environmental policy. In recognition of the tremendous service Peace Corps volunteers provide to communities around the world, Bard CEP offers two programs with the Peace Corps: The Master’s International (MI) Program and the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows (Fellows) Program. The MI program integrates the Peace Corps service component directly into Bard’s graduate programs, and is designed for prospective graduate students who have not yet served in the Peace Corps, but want to. The Fellows program is for returned Peace Corps volunteers who are looking to continue their education in a rigorous environmental graduate program after having served overseas. Both programs offer the unique opportunity to enroll in one of Bard CEP’s innovative MS degree programs while receiving financial assistance, academic credit, individualized research options, and professional internship opportunities. 

Master's International Program (MI)

Description and Timeline

MI students begin the program by completing the first-year curriculum from one of the Bard CEP degree programs. MI 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, MI 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.

MI 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 Bard MI 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. Fellows enjoy the full benefits of Bard’s unique curricular structure, while receiving academic credit and financial assistance. 

Year 1:
First-year courses in chosen MS degree 

Year 2: Experiential internship in underserved U.S. community. Enroll in second year of MS program and complete the degree requirements. 

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.