Program Benefits

The Mines Peace Corps Prep program will help you become a better global citizen — and a highly competitive candidate for Peace Corps volunteer service.

For those who choose this route, serving as a Peace Corps volunteer after graduation allows you and your community to pursue sustainable community development projects together. It is often a transformative experince for volunteer and local people alike.


  • Join a community of Mines students, staff, and faculty passionate about international sustainable community development.
  • Develop specific skills needed to pursue your interests abroad.
  • Get advice from development professionals on the most useful classes you can take at Mines.
  • Practice and develop leadership skills through service learning, volunteer work, or internships. Working on sustainable-development projects overseas with Mines student organizations like Mines Without Borders or Hike for Help is a great way to get started, though any leadership or volunteer experience is appreciated. Join a club by signing into Engage (formerly OrgSync) with your Mines MultiPass and picking a club from the Organizations list.
  • Make yourself a highly competitive applicant for Peace Corps volunteer positions — or jobs in government and industry generally.
  • Receive a certificate and recognition as an official Mines Peace Corps Prep graduate.


  • A chance to have a significant impact helping people in developing countries solve problems they identify.
  • An opportunity to be transformed by the people you meet and become a citizen of the world.
  • An immersive, all-expenses-paid volunteer experience.
  • Some of the best technical, language, and cultural training available anywhere.
  • A chance to break into the competitive field of international development work.
  • Membership in a community of 240,000 returned Peace Corps volunteers (and counting) who are still making a difference.

See the links at right for specific benefits you will receive as a Peace Corps volunteer.

Peace Corps Benefits

Here’s the 411 on benefits enjoyed by Peace Corps volunteers both during and after service.

One of the best is the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program, which provides amazing grad-school perqs for returned volunteers — including some full-ride master’s and doctoral scholarships. See which universities are participating.

Returned volunteers are also eligible for ongoing, short-term development assignments with Peace Corps Response.

And the biggest benefit of all? The chance to make lifelong friends in a developing-world community while working on projects of mutual interest.