Professional & Leadership Development
International development is a highly professional sector. It is difficult to break into and demands great initiative and leadership to advance professionally within the field. Peace Corps Prep requires three specific activities that will strengthen your candidacy for the Peace Corps or any other professional endeavor:
- Have your resume critiqued by someone in the Hart Career Center.
- Attend a workshop or class on interview skills at the Hart Career Center.
- Develop at least one significant leadership experience and be prepared to discuss it thoughtfully.
Students are encouraged to utilize all the services of the Hart Career Center including study skills workshops, resume preparation, and mock interviews. Students should practice as much as possible!
Leadership opportunities on campus can be found through Registered Student Organizations, athletics, Greek Life, academic honor societies, and Student Senate. You can also gain valuable leadership experience by organizing an event, leading a workshop, or serving on a campus committee. There are limitless community opportunities as well. You can work on a campaign, serve on the Board of a non-profit, or be a leader in your community of faith.
To develop leadership and community engagement experiences, students are encouraged to work with the ARC. You can find ARC in CLA 114-118 or online at www.iwu.edu/action. Many examples of the ARC projects can be found on the blog (https://blogs.iwu.edu/action/). There are many existing opportunities but the ARC staff are also able to customize community experiences for you.