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Only citizens of the United States may be hired for Peace Corps jobs in the United States and for the following overseas staff jobs: country director, director of management and operations, director of programming and training, and associate Peace Corps director. 

Intelligence Background Prohibition

Individuals who have been associated with certain intelligence activities cannot be considered for any vacancy.

Disqualification of Applicants with CIA Connections

If you have ever worked for the Central Intelligence Agency, you are permanently ineligible for employment at the Peace Corps and, therefore, should not submit an application for consideration for any position with us.

Other CIA associations that may prohibit your employment with the Peace Corps, including the following:

  • If you currently live with a family member, partner, or friend who works for the CIA, unless you have ceased living with that person for at least six months. Applications should not be submitted until that waiting period has elapsed.
  • If (1) you have a close family member (i.e., parent, sibling, child, or spouse) who works (or previously worked) for the CIA but with whom you are not living or (2) you are currently living with someone who used to work (but no longer works) for the CIA, you must obtain clearance before applying for any job at the Peace Corps. In order to obtain that clearance, you should contact the CIA employee in person (not by phone, email, social media, or other means) and instruct him or her to contact the CIA General Counsel's Office. You should not contact the Peace Corps about having a connection with someone who works (or previously worked) for the CIA. The CIA employee will inform you if and when you have been cleared by the Peace Corps to apply for employment with the Peace Corps. If you do not obtain such clearance before you apply for a job at the Peace Corps and a CIA connection is discovered after you begin your employment at the Peace Corps, it may result in termination of that employment.

If you have received pre-application clearance to apply for a position at the Peace Corps, and if you have no other intelligence connection, you may answer the Peace Corps' intelligence background questions in the negative. If you have a CIA connection and you have not received pre-application clearance, you should wait until you have clearance to apply.

Last updated Sep 22 2015

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