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College Students Consider Peace Corps in Lean Job Market

The following excerpt comes from U.S. News & World Report and was originally published on February 12, 2012.

When Laura Howland graduated from Northwestern University in 2007, the psychology major contemplated joining the Peace Corps. Instead, Howland took a job available to her at graduation, but she kept the Peace Corps in consideration.

I've always been interested in global aid work, she says. I had heard a lot of good things about the Peace Corps, and it always was something I wanted to try.

A year after graduation, Howland began the grueling application processwhich can take up to a year to completeand, in February 2009, joined the Peace Corps. During her commitment, which ended in August 2011, she worked as a sustainable agriculture volunteer in Ecuador, where she taught youth about agriculture, the environment, and leadership, among other things. But, Howland notes, it's the skills that she learned that will positively impact her future.

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