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Patel College of Global Sustainability is the Newest Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows Partner

posted Feb 21, 2017, 8:02 AM by Ulanna Carrijo Bento   [ updated Feb 21, 2017, 1:10 PM ]
The University of South Florida is now officially a Coverdell Fellows Partner University. The Patel College of Global Sustainability (PCGS), is one of four USF Colleges selected to offer the program and will begin accepting students in March for the Fellowship  starting Fall 2017! PCGS is committed to hosting Returning Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) because their real world, international experience will be a tremendous asset in the classroom, on our campus, and within our community. The Master of Arts degree in Global Sustainability offers students a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the environment, as well as the social and economic dimensions of sustainability. Our interdisciplinary approach to curriculum and the diversity of the disciplines represented by our faculty, paired with a global internship program, prepares students to address complex regional, national, and global challenges with the ability to innovate in diverse cultural, geographic, and demographic contexts. Our program is an excellent fit for RPCVs. The new partnership will allow Returned Peace Corps Volunteers to complete a graduate degree in one of nine concentrations in the field of sustainability. Students within our program connect regularly with our community partners and have a strong record of success in the workplace upon completion of the degree.

"Your interest in our Master of Arts in Global Sustainability can be the beginning of a successful career in the field of global sustainability. The Patel College focuses on four main tenets: People, Planet, Purpose and Profit. This is complimented by our proven experience in addressing these global issues. Our faculty and staff look forward to working with you to achieve new goals right here in Tampa Bay. The community-based internships that you will complete while in our program will serve and empower our communities to achieve their dreams as you realize yours. Together, we will help make our world a more peaceful and sustainable place." - Dean Richard Berman

Peace Corps Service will support academic experience through:
  • Providing Returning Peace Corps Volunteers (RPVCs) with the skills needed to affect change and garner support for global sustainability initiatives.
  • The ability to collaborate with diverse groups to achieve consensus.
  • Leadership skills that will help motivate others to take action in the field of sustainability.
  • International knowledge and experience that allows for a better understanding of global sustainability issues and the promotion of innovative sustainable practices.
On average, 75-85% of our graduates who are seeking jobs obtain positions in the sustainability field within 12 months of graduation. Examples of recent alumni careers include:
  • Stantec - Senior Project Scientist
  • HCC - Sustainability Officer
  • Formulated Solutions - Environmental Health & Safety Manager
  • Leon County - Recycling and Sustainability Manager 
  • HDR - Environment Project Manager
The requirements for applying for the Peace Corps Coverdell Program are the same as admission to The Patel College of Global Sustainability. Applicants should have a passion for the field of sustainability, possess excellent leadership and communication skills, demonstrated record of commitment to the innovation in the context of the environment, and be committed to the timely completion of the degree. 

***A copy of your DOS is required as part of your Coverdell Application; Must be submitted with your PCGS application.

The Coverdell Fellows program at PCGS will also offer financial support through a Graduate Assistant Position. 

Should you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Kelly Gaskell, Assistant Director and Peace Corps Coverdell Program Coordinator at

February 26th to March 3rd is Peace Corps week at USF! The events commence with the kick-off Bonfire and S'mores. The week will be filled with workshops, games, presentations and special announcements. This is a great opportunity for Patel Students to become more familiar with an international organization, learn about other cultures, hear stories from returned Peace Corps volunteers, as well as get more information about the Patel College of Global Solutions Coverdell Fellows program.