PC LogoThe Peace Corps Prep (PC Prep) program is designed to prepare you for international development field work, careers in international service and Peace Corps service. As part of your undergraduate curriculum, the PC Prep program pairs selected courses with leadership and community service to help prepare you for global service work.

The program is open to all Murray State University undergraduate students with any major. When you graduate, you will receive an official Certificate of Completion from the Peace Corps, giving you a competitive edge when applying either to be a Peace Corps volunteer or for other international development work.

As a participant in the program, you are eligible for the International Service Certificate.  This certificate is awarded to students who successfully complete the Peace Corps Prep Program.  This academic certificate is listed on your student transcript. 

If you have any questions about the Peace Corp Prep Program, please read the Student Guide or contact Shawna Thomas directly.  You may apply  to the program here.  

PC Prep Benefits

As a member of the Murray State PC Prep Program, you will build four competencies the Peace Corps identifies as critical to the intercultural fieldwork done by Peace Corps Volunteers by integrating coursework with hands-on experience and professional development:

  • Sector-specific skills
  • Foreign language proficiency
  • Intercultural competence
  • Professional savvy and leadership

You will also gain training and experience in the one of the following work sectors:

Sector course listing may be found here:  Approved Sector Courses

 You will also benefit from the following:

  • Develop foreign language skills
  • Expand intercultural competence
  • Engage in professional and leadership development
  • Enhance your resume for future international work


President John F. Kennedy established the United States Peace Corps on March 1, 1961. In the almost 60 years since more than 240,000 Volunteers have served in 142 countries.

To share that history the  Kentucky Peace Corps Association will host a virtual screening of the film A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps and a virtual panel discussion. The film will be available to be viewed from February 20, 2021 – February 22, 2021.

A Towering Task: The Story of the Peace Corps is the first big picture documentary about the Peace Corps and explores the program’s history and legacy, told through interviews, archival materials and more. The film is narrated by Annette Bening. View the trailer of the film here.

The KPCA is hosting this screening as part of the organization’s mission to educate and inform Kentuckians and all Americans about the Peace Corps. To further the conversation about the Peace Corps beyond the film, the KPCA will also host a virtual panel discussion on February 21, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. EST. 

The panel discussion will feature the director of the film, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Alana DeJoseph. DeJoseph will be joined by three of Kentucky’s Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, representing different decades across the history of the program.  

To register for the screening and/or the panel discussion, click here for the registration form. For any other questions, please contact the KPCA at kypeacecorps@gmail.com.

While the screening and panel discussion are free, the Kentucky Peace Corps Association is accepting donations. These nondeductible donations will be used to fund the projects of Kentucky Peace Corps Volunteers serving around the world and to promote the third goal of the Peace Corps - the promotion of a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. You can donate via PayPal to kypeacecorps@gmail.com.


 Murray State University is proud to partner with the Peace Corps to offer you the Peace Corps Prep certificate program.


Shawna Thomas
Peace Corps Prep Coordinator
Service Learning Coordinator
102 Pogue Library