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Community Economic Development

Community -1-pcpHarness 21st-century tools to help communities lift themselves. Volunteers work with development banks, nongovernmental organizations and municipalities to strengthen infrastructure and encourage economic opportunities in communities. They frequently teach in classroom settings and work with entrepreneurs and business owners to develop and market their products. Some volunteers also teach basic computer skills and help communities take advantage of technologies such as e-commerce, distance learning and more.

If you choose Community Economic Development, take three courses from one of the following areas:

  • Business and Nonprofit Management
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Public Policy

Suggested courses (courses in any of majors listed above can count for PC Prep work in the Community Economic Development sector):

  • AAAS 330 Criminal Justice and Moral Vision
  • BIOL 410 Applications of Geographical Information Systems (GIS)
  • CS 256 Data Structures
  • CS 370 Computer Graphics
  • CS 410 Networks and Networking
  • ECON 305 Econometrics
  • ECON 330 Money and Capital Markets
  • ECON 342 Economic Development
  • ECON 343 Economics of the Environment
  • ECON 345 Urban Political Economy
  • MGMT 141 World Business and Nonprofit Management
  • MGMT 200 Financial Accounting
  • MGMT 206 Introduction to Information Systems
  • MGMT 321 Nonprofits in Civil Society
  • MGMT 333 Managerial Finance
  • MGMT 341 Labor Economics
  • MGMT 342 Leadership and Dealing with Differences
  • MGMT 354 Entrepreneurial Marketing
  • MGMT 3XX Organizational Development
  • MGMT XXX Introduction to Social Entrepreneurship
  • POLS 342 Congress and Public Policy

Community -2-pcpAnd build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity such as:

  • Working with businesses, organizations or cooperatives in accounting, finance, microfinance, management, project management, budgeting or marketing
  • Starting and running your own business or other entrepreneurial activity
  • Training others in computer literacy, maintenance and repair
  • Website design or online marketing
  • Founding or leading a community- or school-based organization

Examples include, but are not limited to the following Earlham sponsored internships:

  • Indiana Economic Development Corporation China (IEDC): Market Specialist Intern
  • Huntington Bank: Credit Analyst Internship
  • City of Richmond: Metropolitan Development Office Intern
  • Right Sharing of World Resources (Microcredit organization)
  • Good News Habitat for Humanity: Marketing Intern
  • Global Environment and Technology Foundation: Program Intern
  • CoverMyMeds: Communications Intern
  • Exodus Refugee Immigration: LCORE Internship

Nearly two-thirds of Peace Corps Volunteers serve in Education or Health. Coursework and meaningful experience in one of these areas—especially teaching English as a second/foreign language — produce some of the strongest candidates.

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