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08-04-2014

Peace Corps Announces New Master's International Partnership with Clarkson University

New York, N.Y. -- The Peace Corps today announced the launch of a new Master’s International partnership with Clarkson University's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering and Institute for a Sustainable Environment. The partnership will offer students the opportunity to integrate Peace Corps service with a choice of master's degrees in civil engineering, and environmental science and engineering.

Gabrielle String '11 works on construction of a house in Ecuador.“The Peace Corps is pleased to announce this new partnership with Clarkson University to enable students to gain important hands-on work experience as they pursue their graduate studies,” Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet said. “In today’s interconnected world, employers are looking for more highly trained and culturally competent professionals now more than ever.”

Participating students will receive six credits of coursework for their Peace Corps service, and the cost for these credits will be cost-shared by the university and will not be the responsibility of the student.

Students in Peace Corps Master’s International programs typically finish one year of graduate school in the U.S. before earning additional academic credit as a Peace Corps volunteer abroad. When they return, Master’s International students complete any remaining academic degree requirements necessary for graduation.  

"Clarkson and our alumni have connections all over the globe," says Clarkson Provost Chuck Thorpe. "This new connection with the Peace Corps and its hard-working men and women will help us understand more parts of the world, and work on solutions to even more interesting global problems. I grew up in the Congo, and watched many Peace Corps volunteers. I was always impressed with their hard work, creativity, and dedication to solving difficult problems. Those traits will ensure that they fit right in at Clarkson and become part of our world-wide community. This is a natural match."

“We’re thrilled to host the Peace Corps MI program here at Clarkson," said Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Andrea R. Ferro, the program's coordinator. "Clarkson students are known to be creative thinkers with strong technical know-how, who are excited by new and difficult challenges. Our students initiated the effort to bring the MI program to Clarkson and now they will benefit from the life-changing experiences the program will bring them.”

Find out more about Clarkson's Master's International partnership at www.clarkson.edu/mi.

Established in 1987, the goals of the Master’s International program are twofold: to meet the   demand overseas for Peace Corps volunteers with high levels of education and technical expertise; and to allow universities to provide substantive, internationally focused experiences for their students. Participants develop cross-cultural, leadership, language and community development skills that give them a competitive edge for job opportunities in today’s global economy.

The Peace Corps has Master’s International program partnerships with more than 80 leading academic institutions nationwide that offer more than 150 degree programs ranging from TESOL to soil science and public health. Many partner schools also offer volunteers financial benefits such as scholarships and reduced tuition. To learn more, visit www.peacecorps.gov/masters.

About the Peace Corps: As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work at the grassroots level with local governments, schools, communities, small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. When they return home, volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences – and a global outlook – back to the United States that enriches the lives of those around them. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to foster a better understanding among Americans and people of other countries. Since then, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages have served in 139 countries worldwide. Visit www.peacecorps.gov to learn more.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

Photo caption: The Peace Corps has announced the launch of a new Master’s International partnership with Clarkson University's Wallace H. Coulter School of Engineering. Above, Gabrielle String '11 works on construction of a house in Ecuador.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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