Information on this page describes ways that agencies can partner with us to host a Peace Corps Coverdell Fellow, or a Work Study student through the UA Graduate College.
Coverdell Fellows at the UA commit to providing 450 hours of service, including required service and outreach projects of the Fellows' program per year for up to two years. Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows must benefit an underserved community.
Through Work Study, or direct agency hire, students may receive a modest living stipend or wage for their service. Agencies may also develop academic internships with different departments on campus to host Peace Corps Fellows. Details on how each of these options works can be found below.
Federal Work Study
Obtain information at this site to learn how to create a Work Study position. Eligible Coverdell Fellows in 2012-13 are expected to receive up to $3000 in Work Study. Non-profit organizations and university outreach units may create a work study position by entering into agreement with the University through the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid. Agencies must hire and submit the proper form in a timely fashion (usually by early September) to utilize work study. Net cost to an agency for a student with $3000 of work study would be 50% of the cost or $1500. Please contact Melva C. Gutierrez in the UA Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid for more information.
Some agencies building funding into grant proposals or their agency budget to hire students directly. Agency donors may sponsor a Fellow at the agency, as well.
Many second year fellows and a few first year fellows are hired by UA units for graduate research, outreach or teaching assistantships. Qualified students may work outside their own academic deparment. Depending on the nature of the assistantship, it may qualify for Fellows service to an underserved community.
Many Fellows are required to carry out academic internships for their degree program. In many cases, the project at an agency (on-campus or off campus) can be structured to meet the requirements of the academic program. Academic internships receive academic credit and are not normally paid. An academic advisor will need to sign off on the internship proposal, and a final report or presentation is usual.
Fellows collectively carry out numerous volunteer projects each year, and some Fellows take on volunteer responsibilities at various agencies. Volunteer service should benefit an underserved community, and have appropriate responsibilities and accountability built into the position.
who are directly employed by an agency are asked to complete the Peace Corps Fellows Basic Agency Agreement (below).
Steps to Take
1. Submit anAgency Application Form to the Office of Fellowships & Community Engagement.
2. Meet or discuss the proposal with staff and develop a position description for distribution.
3. Recruit for the position through UA Wildcat Line, Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Internship Fair or other resources such as interested faculty. The Internship Fair will take place on Wednesday, August 15, 2012 in the UA Student Union Tucson/Catalina rooms from 4:30-6:30 p.m. with setup at 4 p.m. To participate, just respond to the RSVP at the following link:
4. At the Internship Fair, talk with Fellows and interested student, and make appointments for interviews.
5. Complete the appropriate agreement (Work Study and/or Peace Corps Fellows) with the appropriate office. Interview applicants and make an offer. Work study students may begin working as soon as the semester begins through May 2013.
7. Be sure to budget the appropriate cost-share for this year and next!
8. Be prepared to verify hours and submit evaluations on students each semester.
Relevant forms are attached below.
Relevant University Policies
University policies apply to Peace Corps Coverdell internships and work study. These include:
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