The University of Michigan School of Information offers students the opportunity to participate in the Masters International Volunteer Program. This program, based on the recently-discontinued Peace Corps Master's International program, allows students to incorporate 27 months of Peace Corps service into their Master of Science in Information (MSI) degree and apply their skills across fields including education, health, agriculture and the environment. Students who participate in the Masters International Volunteer Program program earn an MSI degree and complete Peace Corps service in four years. Participants also receive language, cross-cultural and technical training prior to embarking on their Peace Corps experience in their host country.
UMSI students assigned to projects through this program have the opportunity to incorporate skills learned in the classroom into practical experience in the areas of technology, application development, information flow analysis, the development and enhancement of libraries, health records management and a number of other information-related areas.
Where: Peace Corps site
When: If admitted to the MSI program, students will then submit an application for the Peace Corps approximately one year prior to anticipated departure (usually May or early June prior to starting the MSI degree). Applicants must apply to the Peace Corps by September 15 to be considered for the UMSI scholarship opportunity. Students then complete the various steps of the Peace Corps application process, and if accepted, are invited to volunteer following the first year of the MSI degree.
Eligibility: Be accepted to both the MSI program and then the Peace Corps
Cost: Students who successfully complete the 27 months of Peace Corps service will receive a full tuition scholarship, stipend and benefits for the two terms remaining at UMSI. The Peace Corps volunteer experience fulfills the internship requirement for the MSI degree. Upon returning to the School of Information, MIVP students will contribute to the School's community engagement efforts in addition to bringing the Third Goal of the Peace Corps to the University.
How to apply: Interested applicants are asked to complete this brief form.
Additional Information: Peace Corps Application Assistance for MIVP applicants: If you are considering volunteering with the Peace Corps or are in the midst of the application process, consider becoming a mentee in the Applicant Mentoring Program for Prospective Peace Corps Volunteers. As a mentee, you will be matched with an appropriate mentor who served as a Peace Corps Volunteer, learn about the realities of living and working in a new culture and language in the developing world, and receive information on strengthening your candidacy. The program is sponsored by Southeast Michigan Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (SEMI RPCV). For a mentee application, email Jeanne Paul, RPCV/Brazil '64-'66, at firstname.lastname@example.org and copy email@example.com on your message.
Contact: School of Information Peace Corps Coordinator, (734) 936-8735, firstname.lastname@example.org
Projects and student stories
UMSI’s first Masters International Volunteer, Jaklyn Nunga, is currently in Ecuador.