Photo credit to Cecil Stoughton, White House
After their Peace Corps service, many volunteers go on to international careers. Although State does not track former PCVs in the department, an average of 5% of new Foreign Service Officers in the last four entering classes reported Peace Corps experience and more than 60 former volunteers have served as U.S. ambassadors. For USAID, a 2015 report to Congress pegs the percentage of former volunteers or staff in the agency at 28%.
Focus on Peace Corps and Diplomatic Careers
How the Peace Corps Transformed the Foreign Service by John Coyne
Joining the Foreign Service: the Experiences of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers by John Coyne
First Ambassador with Peace Corps Experience: Parker Borg by John Coyne
Responding to the Call for Volunteers “From Every Race and Walk of Life” by John Coyne
Go to: www.unc.edu/depts/diplomat/