Peace Corps

Peace Corps on University of Pittsburgh's Campus

The long-standing partnership between the Peace Corps and University of Pittsburgh allows recent graduates who want to make a difference in the world volunteer for public service in over 70 countries across the globe. Peace Corps was first conceived in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy as an opportunity for Americans to promote peace by volunteering their time, energy, and expertise in developing countries. The mission of the Peace Corps is to help people of interested countries meet the need for trained men and women, help people from host countries have a better understanding of people from the U.S., and help people from the U.S. have a better understanding of other peoples.

Pitt's on-campus Peace Corps recruiter, Ryan Stannard (see below for contact information), is available for students and community members who have questions about Peace Corps, the application process, volunteer life, and admission to available programs, including the Master's International and Coverdell Fellows programs.

Contact Information: Please make appointments directly with Ryan Stannard, (412) 320-1844,

University of Pittsburgh, 4100 Wesley Posvar Hall, (412) 648-8670,


The Global Studies Center is hosting a Peace Corps Campus Recruiting Office. A contract was signed September 30, 2014 between Pitt's GSC (UCIS) and the Peace Corps that bases one of the latter's recruiters at Pitt. The contract is renewable up to four years. The recruiter is tasked with finding suitable volunteers for the Peace Corps from Pitt and other local colleges and universities in the surrounding area.