Alum Casey Peterson Named Peace Corps Fellow at Illinois State

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS -- Casey Peterson will pursue a master’s in political science. Peterson earned a bachelor’s in History, with an emphasis on the Middle East, from San Francisco State University and finds a close connection between current events and the past.

Although interested in pursuing graduate studies, Peterson decided to explore other options and gain experience first. He volunteered as an ESL teacher at the Sacramento Food Bank and as a refugee vocational ESL teacher for the International Refugee Committee. He also worked as a technology instructor for Tesla Motors/Solar City. From 2016 to 2018, Peterson served in Peace Corps in Ukraine with his wife. As a TEFL teacher, he taught 20 English lessons a week to students from third to 11th grade.

“I chose to study at Illinois State through the Stevenson Center because of its track record of producing career-ready graduates in addition to its built-in community,” Peterson said. “The staff and website were by far the most helpful of any programs I applied to.”