Peace Corps Named one of BusinessWeeks Best Places to Launch a Career

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 14, 2009

Peace Corps was named one of BusinessWeeks "Best Places to Launch a Career" in the cover story of the magazines September 14th 2009 issue. Peace Corps ranks 56th overall in the annual survey and ranks in the top ten in the "Student Survey" and "Career Services Survey," two of the three criteria that BusinessWeek used in determining the rankings. Peace Corps was one of only seven employers in the "Nonprofit/Government" sector to make the list.

BusinessWeek noted that the employers were ranked in their survey because they successfully provided extensive training programs that improved workers\' skills and advanced their careers and offered entry-level employees new opportunities at early stages in their employment.

The BusinessWeek survey is a three-part test designed to highlight the best employers for recent college graduates. The magazine first turned to the nations undergraduate career-services directors to find out which employers were creating buzz on campus. BusinessWeek then looked to the students themselves and conducted a nationwide survey of U.S. undergraduates to determine which employers were the most desirable to work for. After the finalists were identified, questionnaires were completed that covered a range of issues including, pay, benefits, retention, and training programs that were compared with other employers in the industry.

As the Peace Corps approaches its 50th anniversary, its service legacy continues to promote peace and friendship around the world. Nearly 7,500 Peace Corps Volunteers are serving in 74 countries. Historically, over 195,000 Volunteers have helped promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of the 139 countries in which they have served. Peace Corps Volunteers must be U.S. citizens and at least 18 years of age. Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment.

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