If you’ve been pondering your post-graduation career and have a passion for public service, you may have considered joining the Peace Corps. However, you may not have realized the significant historical link between the Peace Corps and the University of Michigan.
On October 14, 1960, then-Senator John F. Kennedy gave a late-night speech from the steps of the Michigan Union, challenging U of M students to commit themselves to global peace and justice by living and working in developing nations around the globe. That speech put students into motion, advocating for the creation of the Peace Corps, which has now been facilitated international volunteer service for fifty years.
Since its inception, 2,200 U of M graduates and almost 200,000 Americans have lived abroad through the program, making a practical difference in the lives of others and fostering peace.
The university is celebrating this 50 year milestone across campus with film screenings, exhibitions, speakers, and a even a photography contest. These events throughout the fall provide a chance to not only learn about the history of the Corps, but to understand the program, its people, and whether this path align with your own goals and passions.
Interested in public service careers in general? If you’re drawn to service within the US rather than abroad, take a look at AmeriCorps, which offers ways to make a difference domestically — promoting literacy, constructing affordable housing, and enhancing communities across the country. Idealist is another fantastic resource for exploring jobs, internships and even volunteer opportunities with non-profit organizations. And don’t forget about The Career Center’s Public Service Intern Program, with an application deadline of this Sunday!
You can also take a look at Career Center Connector and narrow employers/postings down to the non-profit industry. You’ll even notice few employers who you may have seen or spoken with at the Career Expo, including Teach for America and City Year Detroit.