Peace Corps Programs in ACES
Service in the Peace Corps is a life-defining leadership experience. Since 1961, the Peace Corps has shared with the world America's most precious resource - its people. There are two collaborative Peace Corps programs at NMSU, the Paul D. Coverdell Fellows program and the Master's International program:
Paul D. Coverdell Fellows:
Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows is a graduate fellowship program that provides returned Peace Corps volunteer the opportunity to pursue graduate-level degrees and gain professional experience while continuing to carry out the missions of the Peace Corps. NMSU Fellows complete teaching assignments and research projects, allowing them to bring home, and expand upon, the skills they learned as volunteers. Financial assistance in the form of graduate assistantships may be offered through the Fellows/USA program to eligible participants contingent on available funding. Learn more about the Coverdell Fellows program in ACES.
Master's International (MI) has made available the unique opportunity of integrating a master's degree with overseas service in a variety of fields. Prospective student must apply to the NMSU graduate school of choice first, and when accepted, submit their application to the Peace Corps. After completing their initial course work and receiving your Peace Corps placement, Master's International students travel to their respective site and begin an assignment according to the needs and requests of the host country. While overseas, your primary responsibility is the project and community to which you have been assigned. Your academic requirement will grow out of your volunteer work. Upon completion of the 27 month Peace Corps requirement, Master's International students return to the university to complete academic requirements necessary for graduation. Learn more about the Master's International program in ACES.
About New Mexico State University:
NMSU's main campus is located in the city of Las Cruces, New Mexico in Doña Ana County. Las Cruces' population is approximately 91,800, and it is strategically located about 40 miles from El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, Mexico. Doña Ana County, along with five other counties in southern New Mexico make up the New Mexico border region, with three of the counties (Doña Ana, Luna, and Hidalgo) sharing a physical border with the state of Chihuahua, Mexico. The population of this border region is 312,200 with more than 54% (approx. 167,400) of Hispanic origin. Within this geographical region exists dozens of "colonia" communities, which are characterized as rural unincorporated subdivisions within 150 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border that lack a potable water supply, adequate sewage systems, and safe and sanitary housing. It is estimated that as many as 80,000 (45%) of Doña Ana County residents live in these unincorporated communities.
New Mexico State University attracts the best students from all over the state, country, and world. Students come from all 50 states and 71 foreign countries. NMSU is the only Land Grant university that is classified as Hispanic-serving by the federal government and minority enrollment at the main campus is more than 49 percent. There are over 16,500 students enrolled at the main campus in Las Cruces.