Funding of Internships
The UA has funded Peace Corps Fellows and related service based internships with financial support from:
UA Wildcat Corps State AmeriCorps grants (2006-12)
U.S. Department of Education Work Study Public Service Funding
Incoming Peace Corps Fellows with Financial Need (FAFSA) receive $3000 Work Study awards and provide public service at non-profit organizations which contract to participate in the Work Study program. This program is administered through UA Office of Student Financial Aid - contact Melva Romero. Agencies directly employ and pay students for this service, and may be reimbursed 50% of the student's work study award through Student Financial Aid. The net cost to the agency is 50% of the amount awarded to the student. Students may hold both work-study and an AmeriCorps Member position, but the hours cannot be counted for both.
UA Graduate Assistantships
Some Fellows may hold an assistantship which meets the Fellows' service requirement. Examples include assistantships with outreach units of the UA, or in which work benefits an underserved community. Students may hold assistantships in their home department, but may also seek positions in other units. Students with assistantships do not receive work study, but may serve in AmeriCorps positions. Assistantships are managed by the academic unit or center which sets salaries. Students on assistantship receive other benefits including health insurance and a discount at the book store.
Agencies in the community may allocate resources for the hiring of students, both from operating resources or from grants. In such cases, agencies may directly hire or contract with students. Fellows are requested to complete a basic Peace Corps Fellows contract for records.
Arizona Community Foundation Fellows (2002-2004)
In a collaboration with the Arizona Community Foundation, three ACF Fellows provided service in developing rural communities, including the Tohono O'Odham Nation Sif Oidik District Range Management Planning, Cochise County Community Development, and "Bootstraps of Elfrieda" project.
U.S. HUD Community Development Work Study Fellows (2002-2004)
Three graduate students in Planning and Public Administration served as HUD Community Development Work Study Fellows from 2002-2004. Each Fellow served in three internships over the course of their graduate studies. HUD CDWS Fellows served in City of South Tucson Police Department, UA Public Administration Rehabilitation Services, Southwest Fair Housing, Casa Grande, City of Tucson, Pasqua Yaqui and Tucson Indian Center.
U.S. HUD Hispanic Serving Institutions Assisting Communities (2002-2006)
A team of Eller School MBA students and PC Fellow assessed the needs and developed a marketing plan for the Douglas Business Incubator Center. Other Fellows prepared plans for the AriSewna Sewing Cooperative and the Adventure Times Child Care Center.
U.S. Peace Corps Office of Domestic Programs
This agency provides support and assistance in marketing and managing the Fellows/USA program.