The E-Portfolio is required as a summary of everything you have done thus far to complete the Peace Corps Prep program. The purpose is to showcase your efforts in becoming a globally engaged and active student.
If you are earning both the Global Learning Medallion and Peace Corps Prep certificate, your should create 1 ePortfolio encompassing both experiences.
Step 1: Choose your audience
Are you showing this to employers, Peace Corps Officials, or family? The choice is yours.
We think it is a good idea to create a site that can be used for professional purposes in your career and/or graduate school recruitment and application process. If you do have that intention, everything that you add to the site and all that you write should be filtered through that lens. Always consider, “what would an employer want to see?”
This includes, but is not limited to, the “appropriateness” of content such as photos and the “professionalism” of informal or casual language. It also entails the overall format of the site and content. Let’s use study abroad as an example. While you may be tempted to write several pages of excited, emotional content about your study abroad experience, a more effective strategy for getting a message across to a potential employer is a more brief and targeted description of what employable skills you obtained on study abroad.
If you want to produce a site that’s for friends and family, or just one that is fun to put together to earn your Certificate…that’s fine too!
Step 2: Choose your platform
You may choose to use any free Web site builder for your ePortfolio. These platforms are highly customizable and provide many creative options to control the look and feel of your ePortfolio. Some popular choices are WordPress, Wix, and Weebly.
FIU is now providing all students with a free Portfolium account. Portfolium allows you to document all of your skills and accomplishments online in an easy-to-use standardized format. This platform does not allow for customization of the look and feel of your ePortfolio. You can access the FIU Portfolium portal here.
Step 3: Document Your Experience
The following items should be found on your Web site once it is turned in for review.
- Photos and descriptions of your Global Engagement Project(s). You may also want to provide some actual footage of your project if you have any.
- Discussion of select, significant workshops, panels, or other Prep-related activities you participated in.
- Global Learning and language courses are also an important part of your Peace Corps Prep experience. Thus, upload samples of work, such as research papers and PowerPoint presentations, which are high quality representative of your learning in these courses. Or, tell a story about something you learned in a class which shaped your perspective on the world.
Step 4: Reflect on Your Experience
- Try to be descriptive and include timelines, lesson plans, or other articles that you used to complete your project.
- Answer the following questions: What issue(s) did your project address? Why did you choose to address them and what have you learned from completing your project(s)? Why did you choose to study certain languages? Did you gain more awareness and perspective of global issues or at least of the issue(s) you tackled on a global scale? How so? From your time in the program, what do you think are the benefits of being a part of the Peace Corps or Peace Corps Prep in general?
- Detail your plans post-graduation in your personal, academic, and/or professional life. You may want to allude to certain Peace Corps projects that you want to pursue.
- Name specific skills you gained or improved. Here are some of the skills that you learn when you are involved with leadership at FIU. Do you feel highly competent in one or more? Explain how in your reflection. Click the link to be taken to the Division of Student Affairs Web site to learn more about these competencies.
You should also read the International Experience Workbook (CLICK HERE – PDF), a resource developed by a leading study abroad association, for an even more detailed list of skills that are often developed after having experienced international learning. Talk about some of the skills from this document, as well.
Step 5: Market yourself
- Include resume, formatted for Web. Your resume can make or break opportunities, so it should be flawless. Please review our resume advice here.
- Include contact information.WE RECOMMEND USING A WEB FORM WHERE INDIVIDUALS CAN CONTACT YOU WITHOUT YOUR ACTUAL CONTACT INFORMATION BEING POSTED. You can choose to post a phone number, but before you do, consider not only the privacy implications but that you might sound caught off guarded when answering an unsolicited phone call.
- Be descriptive of self, including interests, passions, marketable skills, and any experiences not directly related to the Peace Corps Prep.
Step 6: Review these important considerations
Make sure you correctly name your degree. Most FIU students get this wrong!
- The name of your degree usually consists of this formula:[Level of Degree] of [Arts/Sciences/etc.] in [Major]. Consider these examples
- Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice
- Bachelor of Business Administration in Human Resource Management
- Master of Arts in English
- Almost all FIU degrees are a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science, with a few exceptions such as Bachelor of Business Administration. If you are not sure of the formal name of your degree, consult your academic department’s Web site or FIU Catalog.
- Bachelor and Master are singular when naming the whole degree “Bachelor of Arts” but possessive when using the short form “Bachelor’s degree.” I find using the longform more classy on your resume.
Also, did you type “I am about to graduate with my Bachelor’s degree?” Don’t forget in a few short weeks to update it to “I recently graduated with my Bachelor’s degree…” If you want to go ahead and do it now so it doesn’t fall out of date, that’s okay.
Finally, active voice both puts you at the center of the story and gets more directly to the point. Go over the prose narrative you have included throughout your ePortfolio to identify unnecessary use of passive voice that can be edited. Learn more about using active voice at https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/owlprint/539/
The link below contains ePortfolios of all previous Medallion graduates.