Peace Corps Prep Student Program

William Paterson Peace Corps Prep 

The William Paterson Peace Corps Prep Program will prepare you for international development fieldwork and potential Peace Corps service. To accomplish this, you'll build four core competencies through interrelated coursework, hands-on experience, and professional development support. These four competencies are the following:

  1. Training and experience in a work sector 
  2. Foreign Language Skills
  3. Intercultural competence
  4. Professional and leadership development

The William Paterson University Peace Corps Prep Program (PCP Prep) will be open to all undergraduate students, regardless of their major, minor, department, academic year, or participation in other programs (though students must complete all requirements prior to graduation). The program will include the option for any student to pursue any Peace Corps' six sectors (education, health, environment, agriculture, youth in development, and community economic development) through designated academic courses and curricular and extra-curricular civic engagement opportunities both on and off campus. 

What is Peace Corps and What is their mission? 

The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation. 

Peace Corps Mission peace-corps-logo

To promote world peace and friendship by fulfilling three goals:

        1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.

        2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.

        3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans. 

Student Guide

Program Application 

Exit Checklist

For more information, please contact the program coordinator:

Mary Alice Barrows

Director, Career Development Center


Donna Minnich Spuhler

Director, Campus Activities, Service and Leadership