Are you a student in the Madison area looking for tips that will help bolster your Peace Corps Application or improve your chances?
Check out the following! These articles have been curated for UW students and alumni based on common questions received during Advising hours.
- Don't know where to start? Search the Inventory
- Galileo Paid Summer Internships and Jobs
- Social Justice Internships
- Center for Pre-Health Advising Pandemic Involvement Ideas
- Literacy Network Internships
- The Social Justice Hub
- Badger Micro-Internships
- SuccessWorks Resources
- ACTS Tutoring
- UW BASES Service Learning
- Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes (WISLI)
- Food Banks
Don’t know where to start? Check out the Diversity Inventory.
The Diversity Inventory (DI) is a searchable online database of diversity and inclusion programs, events, research, support services, and assessment on campus and in the Madison community. This centralized directory collects and reports diversity data, ultimately affecting change by connecting students, faculty, and staff to initiatives that are creating a more inclusive campus community.
Check out this wonderful opportunity for mission-minded students interested in education or working with youth! This is great experience to put on your resume when you apply for the Peace Corps.
Galileo Learning is looking for exceptional students, changemakers, and leaders to join their team! They’re hiring instructors, interns, team leaders and camp counselors for in-person and COVID-safe innovation education summer day camp programs for kids in the community. You will receive personalized professional development, and learn transferable skills to build your resume while having a joy filled summer inspiring future innovators. Make sure to put any leadership and kid experience on your resume when you apply, and be sure to put that you heard about them through Peace Corps.
Next application due date is Sunday, April 24th. We have 70+ sites in the SF Bay Area, SoCal, Chicago, Seattle and Washington DC, so for more job info or to apply, click here. For questions, email email@example.com.
(Note: Must be eligible to work in the US, and we are not able to sponsor work visas.)
The Center for Pre-Health Advising gives great ideas here for how to stay productive and involved during the pandemic.
“Even as physical distancing and public health remain of utmost importance, there are an increasing number of opportunities to support your communities safely as we all continue to protect the health of people who are most vulnerable to COVID-19. Many are sharing resources. The Morgridge Center has excellent ideas. Idealist gives a great overview. And we offer a number of additional (and overlapping) resources and ideas in the menu below. There are many ways to use time well during this time. In addition to looking for ways to be involved through volunteering, internships, and paid work, we encourage you to take time to learn, reflect, grow, and connect with people (including health professionals) in other ways as well.”
Literacy Network Internships
Literacy Network accepts volunteers, and have information here.
Literacy Network teaches reading, writing, communication, and computer skills to Dane County adults so they can achieve financial security, well- being, and deeper engagement with their families and the community.
Click here to learn about how UW-Madison students of all majors can build skills and experience through these short-term assignments with a variety of employers.
Here’s a quick summary of what exactly micro-internships are:
Micro-Internships are short-term, paid, professional assignments that are similar to those given to new hires or interns. These projects enable Career Launchers to demonstrate skills, explore career paths, and build their networks as they seek the right full-time role. Unlike traditional internships, Micro-Internships can take place year-round, typically range from 5 to 40 hours of work, and are due between one week and one month after kick-off. Micro-Internships are used by companies ranging from those in the Fortune 100 to emerging start-ups, and go across departments including sales, marketing, technology, HR, and finance.
Micro-Internships are facilitated via the Parker Dewey platform, which connects Career Launchers with Companies in need of support.
Here are some resources SuccessWorks has developed that students may need access to under the current situation:
- Events including career fairs, mock interviews, and a number of employer engagement opportunities
- Virtual & Phone Interview Prep Guide
- Internship/Job FAQs addressing the current market and steps to take
- Comprehensive Networking Guide
- L&S students with questions about the current job/internship market can be directed to SuccessWorks career advising (virtual appointments and drop-ins are available).
Also, regardless of whether you are a first year, or fourth, you should definitely take a couple seconds to enroll in this Canvas Module by SuccessWorks that guides you through whether graduate school is a good option for you, whether you should consider a gap year (or two!), and what options are available to you. It includes a portion called “Have you considered Peace Corps?” that provides great basic information for those who don’t have their post-graduation plan fully nailed down yet.
Academic Coaching and Tutoring Services in the Division of Diversity, Equity Educational Achievement is hiring coaches aka tutors.
Scholars are from CeO, People, Posse, First Wave, Mercile J. Lee, McNair and students who identify as indigenous/native american /american indian.
Perfect for any student who is looking to sharpen their teaching skills, reinforce their knowledge, flexible virtual hours, fulfilling rewarding experience, peer to peer support and who want to earn some extra money.
How to Apply to be an Academic Coach:
If anyone is interested in becoming a remote coach, pay begins at $11/hour, the hours are VERY flexible, and this experience is a great way to give back, gain extra experiences, and connect with more students in the division!
To apply, visit this website, click on “Apply” in the top banner, and then click on “Become a Coach.”
This position is frequently available and for most of the semester.
UW BASES Program
Want to work with children, learn about homelessness, and make a difference in the life of a young student? Join the BASES program! Our undergraduate and graduate mentors are matched with early elementary school kids experiencing homelessness and provide in-school support to a child for a full academic year.
BASES has both class and service learning components. Students are prepared for this experience in a biweekly class that focuses on the potential of 1-on-1 mentoring relationships to aid young children’s adjustment to school and how to foster resilience both in and outside of school. Mentors will learn about the effects of poverty and trauma on child development through guest lectures, films, readings, reflective writing assignments, and discussions. Class exercises are designed to support students’ learning about homelessness, mentoring, societal forces, racial inequities, and emotionally responsive teaching.
The need in our city is enormous. Last year almost 1500 students in Madison Metropolitan School District were identified as highly transient or homeless. Applications for the 2022-2023 school year are open through August 2022!
Please refer any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wisconsin Intensive Summer Language Institutes
Gain two semesters of language learning in just 8 weeks!
Online learning for summers.
Instruction in less commonly taught languages:
Arabic, Bengali, Brazilian Portuguese, Burmese, Dari, Filipino, Hindi, Hmong, Indonesian, Javanese, Kazakh, Khmer, Lao, Marathi, Persian, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Sinhala, Tajik, Tamil, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Urdu, Uyghur, Uzbek, and Vietnamese
Visit the WISLI website for information on language offerings and to learn about programming, deadlines, application criteria, and more!
Food Bank Opportunities
From Molly McCormick, American Red Cross – SW Chapter
Second Harvest Food bank of Southern Wisconsin – 2802 Dairy Drive Madison, WI 53718
Feed My People – 2610 Alpine Rd. Eau Claire, WI 54703
Point of Contact: Stephanie Jung Dorfman, (608) 906-4517 or email@example.com
Feeding America Eastern WI Warehouse Locations:
- Appleton – 2911 W. Evergreen Drive Appleton, WI 54913
- Milwaukee – 1700 W. Fond du Lac Avenue Milwaukee, WI 53205
- Point of Contact: Patti Habeck, (920) 427-5925 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Adam Lemons from Team Rubicon volunteered at the Appleton warehouse location to answer questions or provide some feedback. You can reach Adam at 585-330-5865 or email@example.com.
Visit Volunteer Wisconsin, where anyone can search for other volunteering opportunities in WI.
RPCV Philippines 2015-2017
With more then 17,000 people applying to volunteer for Peace Corps every year, the application is very competitive.
How do you make yourself stand out?
Read these tips below and contact the campus recruiter to craft an application that will catch the placement officer’s attention.
5 Resume Tips for Your Peace Corps Application
Your resume is an essential component to your Peace Corps application, and the Peace Corps website gives tips on how to use yours to your advantage.
Application Tips from Placement Officers
The Peace Corps website offers advice from actual placement officers on how to create the ideal application.
Tips for the Peace Corps Application
Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Laurelin shares tips on how to get through the application process without feeling overwhelmed.
Virtual Application Workshop
This workshop, recorded in 2020, focuses on the application process: how to make yourself competitive for Peace Corps service and show motivation to serve, recommendations on how to apply to serve where needed most, while also showing your interest in specific job sectors or regional areas, and details about what happens after you submit your application. It does not go into tips and tricks of preparing your resume or motivation statement.
6 Things a Returned Volunteer Learned Applying to the Peace Corps
Tori Jackson did not get a Peace Corps volunteer assignment on her first try, but came back and successfully received placement in Ecuador. See what she learned!
Virtual Resume Workshop
This workshop, recorded May 26, 2020, focuses on the resume and motivation statement, the do’s and don’ts of preparing a professional resume, and best practices of a motivation statement. It includes words of wisdom from a Placement Officer with his observations of the best candidates.
In-Depth Overview of the Peace Corps Application Process
This article offers an in-depth overview of the Peace Corps application process from start to finish.
Selected for an Interview? Now What?
The Peace Corps website explains the interview process and how to prepare both yourself and your interview space.
Put Your Interview Skills to the Test
SuccessWorks has launched a new practice interview program so you can ace that interview. Free to UW students and completely confidential!
Instructions for Access:
1. Make an account
2. Once you have made your account, go to the top left corner and click on "Assignments."
3. Enter the code: fdda79
Review the Core Expectations
The Peace Corps has a certain set of Core Expectations for volunteers. Make sure you are familiar with this list when the time comes for your interview.
Returned Volunteer Grace's Interview Tips
Grace was a Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia. Her blog has tips and questions that will help you ace that interview!
Returned Volunteer Lianne's Interview Tips
Lianne was a Peace Corps volunteer in Zambia. She explained the interview format on her blog, and added 5 key tips to help you do your best!
"No Concerns" During the Interview? Concerning.
The Peace Corps website explains the interview process, as well as how to address real challenges in your life and your concerns going abroad.
Interview Tips: Behavioral Questions
Check out this article, full of helpful tips curated for any student who has a big interview coming up. In the article, Kirby Livingston, PhD student, dives into how to attack the very popular "behavioral interview question." This information is great to know for any student who wants to ace their Peace Corps or any job interview.
What happens if I turn down a Peace Corps invitation?
These are unusual times at the Peace Corps. The COVID-19 pandemic has delayed the departure of Peace Corps programs for nearly two years. While many have eagerly awaited a return to service, many also had to consider other professional opportunities. Ultimately, this poses a unique question for those who’ve wanted to serve in the Peace Corps: what happens if I must turn down an invitation to serve in the Peace Corps?
Social Justice Internships
SuccessWorks is partnering with nonprofits and small businesses in Dane county to develop internships for UW-Madison students. With a variety of opportunities in data analysis, education, program evaluation, communications, publishing, and more, students can develop their professional skills while making a tangible, meaningful impact supporting communities in Dane County!
Find descriptions of some of these opportunities here!
Applications are due January 5, 2022, and most internships begin in late January or early February 2022.
These internships are for UW-Madison undergraduate students enrolled in the spring 2022 semester. L&S students are guaranteed a minimum stipend of $250. Students who are eligible for Federal Work Study may earn a $12/hour wage.
Many of these internships involve working with marginalized communities. Students with diverse backgrounds and identities are encouraged to apply.
Participating Organizations Include:
Learn more about each specific participating organization, and about social justice internships here!