Community Economic Development

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Business Volunteers work to build local capacity and improve economic opportunities in communities. They participate at many levels, whether helping artisan cooperatives to market their handmade goods, training entrepreneurs in basic small business skills development, or working with micro-finance institutions, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or municipalities to support local economic development projects. Information and Communications Technology Volunteers help communities and organizations capitalize on available and appropriate information technology. Volunteers are also involved in computer teaching and training.

Required Academic Coursework:

You are required to complete 15 credits of coursework in one or more of the following areas related to Community Economic Development:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Business Administration or Management
  • Computer Science, Systems, or Engineering
  • Community or Urban Development
  • Economics
  • Ethics
  • Graphic Design
  • Information Systems
  • International Business
  • International Development
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communications
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Organizational Development
  • Public Administration
  • Systems Analysis or Design

Required Enhancement Activities:

You are required to complete 200 hours of internship, study abroad, employment, or volunteer experience in one (or more) of these relevant areas.

  • Accounting
  • Agribusiness
  • Budgeting
  • Business Experience
  • Computer Skills Education
  • Computer Maintenance or Repair
  • Cooperatives
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Finance
  • Financial Management
  • Fundraising
  • Leadership in a Nonprofit
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • RSO Leadership
  • Staff training or development
  • Volunteer in Community Organization
  • Web-based Technology

Opportunities and Resources Specific to Volunteering in Community Economic Development:

Community Economic Development Video

Video courtesy of the U.S. Peace Corps.