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CDC Opportunities for Returned Peace Corps Volunteers

Welcome home from your service with the Peace Corps! As a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), you have a unique advantage in the application process for federal jobs. When you leave the Peace Corps as an RPCV, you have a certification of non-competitive eligibility (NCE) for federal jobs. This means that a federal agency can hire you outside of a formal competitive announcement process for a vacant position. Please consider applying for positions (foreign and domestic) at CDC for which you meet the qualification standards.

The Peace Corps Leads to a CDC Career for Many People

The Peace Corps was officially established on March 1, 1961. It traces its roots and mission to 1960, when then Senator John F. Kennedy challenged students to serve their country in the cause of peace by living and working in developing countries. From that inspiration grew an agency of the federal government devoted to world peace and friendship. Many CDCers trace their public health roots to the Peace Corps. Some even refer to the "peace corps gene" of many CDC staff!

Opportunities for RPCVs and Peace Corps Staff

CDC has the authority to non-competitively select returned Peace Corps volunteers who have proof of non-competitive eligibility reinstatement for permanent appointments.

Appointment must be made within 1 year after the RPCV completes the qualifying service. The agency may extend the period for 2 more years to a total of 3 years if the RPCV, after the qualifying service, is in the military service; is studying at a recognized institution of higher learning; or has been involved in another activity that warrants an extension.

This employment opportunity is also available for Peace Corps staff who have completed qualifying service with the Peace Corps and have documented non-competitive eligibility.

Next Steps

To find out more information about working at the CDC and to convey your status as a non-competitive applicant, attend an information or job fair held by CDC, Peace Corps, or the National Peace Corps Association. If your experience and credentials match the CDC need, you may be offered a position on site at these events.

Visit the RPCV website often to learn more about job openings and information sessions held a few times each year at CDC in Atlanta. You can also look for upcoming CDC job fairs hosted at our multiple locations throughout the United States (e.g., Atlanta, Cincinnati, Washington, D.C.).

RPCVs may apply for any job listed at Learn more about CDC job opportunities on our Employment page.

Fast Facts About Peace Corps Volunteers

  • To date, there have been more than 210,000 Peace Corps volunteers and trainees.
  • Total number of countries served is 139.
  • Average age is 28.
  • 7% are over 50.
  • 62% are female. 38% are male.
  • 93% are single. 7% are married.
  • 21% do health work.
  • 43% are in Africa.

To learn more, see About the Peace Corps.

  • Page last reviewed: January 7, 2015
  • Page last updated: January 7, 2015
  • Content source: Global Health
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