Why do you enjoy recruiting Gauchos?
As a UCSB alum, I am familiar with the diversity present on campus as well as the determined nature of UCSB students. It is a greatly social campus, with incredible intellect, altruism, unity and beauty. Gauchos are perfect for Peace Corps because they are also adaptable and intensely outgoing. I think the student body of UCSB represents an integral demographic of the US and I believe the students have important views, identities and skills to share with the countries in which Peace Corps serves.
What’s tips would you give to students to be successful at the career fair?
Be informed, engaged and excited! Learn about the organizations and companies that will be attending, and visit the ones you are most interested in with questions prepared. Also, visit the ones you aren’t familiar with to find out what other opportunities there are out there. You never know which table might offer you the opportunity that will define your life.
What tips would you give to students about how to be successful in an interview?
A very useful tip that was once offered to me was to know your interviewer. This entails learning about the organization they represent, the challenges they’ve faced and the successes they’ve had so that you are able to better show how you’ll fit into their structure and possibly offer innovation and growth. Be genuine and bold.
What type of opportunities are available at your company?
The Peace Corps is a Federal agency that sends US citizens abroad for 27 months to over 65 countries to serve communities in need. Our sectors include Education, Health, Environment, Community Economic Development, Agriculture and Youth in Development. We draw on the educational, professional, language, volunteer and personal backgrounds of each applicant to place them in a community that needs those specialties. Peace Corps service is a great place to start a career in international development, government work, human rights, education, public health, project management… the list goes on. An up-to-date list of all the open assignments is available on our website at http://www.peacecorps.gov