Welcome to our vision...
...a world where all have access to sanitation and potable water, where all
children are able to learn in well-built classrooms, where there is sustainable
transportation, where families no longer suffer from disease, starvation and
poverty, where renewable energy has replaced fossil fuels...
...and engineers are leaders of the sustainability revolution.
The University of South Florida (USF) has a long history of welcoming Peace Corps to our campus. USF has four Coverdell Fellows Programs for graduate students and Peace Corps Prep program for undergraduates. Dr. James R. Mihelcic has directed educational and research programs since 1997 as a Peace Corps Master’s International partner. The Peace Corps officially retired the program in Fall of 2016. However, the University of South Florida has continued their graduate degree programs in Civil and Environmental Engineering with an extensive Concentration in Engineering for International Development that will still involve substantial international service in the Peace Corps or other Non-Governmental Organizations.
This graduate concentration requires: 1) coursework in global health, applied anthropology (medical, environmental, and/or development), and Water, Sanitation, Hygiene (WaSH) engineering, 2) a development-focused research component, and 3) a long-term overseas field experience in sustainable development as a WaSH engineer. The international field experience allows a student to remain enrolled as a full-time student (with zero tuition/fees) and gain development experience serving with Peace Corps or one of our Non-Governmental Development Organization partners (similar to the Master’s International Program, but expanded to include other organizations).
Students accepted into the program will be provided a list of options and guidance for their international field experiences. Additionally, they will have access to our extensive alumni network of Returned Peace Corps Volunteers, Fulbright scholars, academic, government and non-government organization alumni that can assist them in the application process to our official and unofficial (e.g. Peace Corps) partners, field research, and future careers in WaSH and development engineering.