The program offers a prestigious internship-like experience; however, as a campus ambassador you will be considered a local expert, not an intern.
You know your campus better than anyone, and can connect with groups of students who may not yet know the benefits of Peace Corps service.
The opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students on any college campus across the U.S.
What campus ambassadors do
As a campus ambassador, you engage in many vibrant forms of student outreach: class talks, social media campaigns, photo competitions, campus festivals, and more.
All campus ambassadors are paired with the Peace Corps recruiter who covers their college or university. The specifics of your role will depend upon the needs of your recruiter and your unique campus. The recruiter will have many activities and ideas for you to support, but will also look to you for innovative ways to connect with diverse groups on campus.
On average, campus ambassadors work less than five hours per week, and typically are in the position from late August through April. This internship is unpaid.
The campus ambassador experience has helped me to better my communication and presentation skills, to be innovative in creating programs that engage others, and to advocate for international volunteer opportunities.Mario Antonio Lopez-Rodriguez, The University of Memphis
Through the close relationship with a Peace Corps recruiter, campus ambassadors receive professional mentorship and development, including a letter of recommendation at the end of the year (contingent upon performance). Campus ambassadors gain résumé-building experience with the Peace Corps, a U.S. federal agency focused on building the capacity of countries abroad. See agency mission.
Serving as a campus ambassador will not directly increase your chances of being selected for Peace Corps service—as it doesn't build sector-specific work skills—but it can indirectly support your application. As a campus ambassador, you will work closely with a Peace Corps recruiter who can review your résumé and advise you before you submit an application.
How to apply
The 2016–17 Campus Ambassadors Program Application is now closed. Please provide your email address if you’d like to receive a message when the 2017-18 Campus Ambassadors Program Application opens in March 2017. Please email email@example.com with questions.”
Enter the 2016-17 Campus Ambassador Photo Contest!
Calling all current Peace Corps’ Campus Ambassadors! Show us how and where on your college campus you’ve shared out information about the life-changing opportunity that Peace Corps service provides during the 3rd Annual Peace Corps Campus Ambassador Photo Contest.
All photo submissions are due November 4, 2016 by 5pm EST. Voting begins on the Peace Corps Journey Facebook page on November 8, 2016.
This year’s photo prompt
Show us how and where you’ve shared Peace Corps on your campus! Get creative, but stay safe.
- Only current official Campus
Ambassadors are eligible to participate.
- Photos must be uploaded to the Peace Corps Media
November 4, 2016 at 5 p.m. EST.
“Submit Photo or Video,” select the United States. In the media description,
please include a brief description, school name, Recruitment Region (East,
Central or West) if known, and the following sentence: Submission for the 2016 Campus Ambassador Photo Contest.
“Information About You and Your Service,” select Peace Corps Supporter from the
“I am a” drop-down menu. No need to fill out anything else in this section.
- Participants may submit up to
three photos each.
- Photo maximum file size is 100MB
to upload to the Peace Corps Media Library. Please submit the highest quality
photo you have.
- Photos containing copyrighted
material such as graphics or brand names (e.g. Nike sweatshirt or hat) will not
- Competition is open only to current
Peace Corps Campus Ambassadors.
- The image submitted must have
already been posted to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook with the hashtag #PeaceCorpsOnCampus. The Peace Corps
may request finalists to submit a screen shot of the photo submission on a
social media platform to confirm eligibility.
- Three winners will be selected: One
national winner and two runner-ups.
- If warranted, there may be some
Honorable Mentions or People’s Choice winners that are also selected,
regardless of RRO.
- Relevance to role as a Campus
- The photos that meet all
submission guidelines and are scored highest against contest judging criteria
will be finalists and presented for public viewing and voting on Peace Corps Journey Facebook page from
November 8 to 14. The top prize will be awarded for the photos with the most
“likes” on Facebook combined with judges marks.
- After public voting has
concluded, a panel of judges will select the top winners. The winners will be
announced with the top prize announced on Friday,
to role as a Campus Ambassador: 30%
of People’s Choice voting: 30%
of the prompt: “Show us how and where you’ve shared Peace Corps on your campus!”: 20%
and Originality 10%
of photo: 10%
The Peace Corps Campus Ambassador Photo Contest winner will receive a swag bag.
Runners-up and the People’s Choice winner will receive accolades and recognition through promotion of their photos on Peace Corps social media channels. Additionally, winning photos may be featured on the official Peace Corps Campus Ambassador landing page.