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  • 08 Jan 2021 by Evangelina Sundgrenz

    The NPCA Virtual Career Fair is specifically for Federal Employers hoping to utilize the non-competitive hiring eligibility (NCE) status that Returned Peace Corps Volunteers (RPCVs) receive once they have completed their service in the Peace Corps. NCE is a great opportunity for federal agencies to hire RPCVs who meet the minimum qualifications of a given position.

    The NCE status granted to the nearly seven thousand RPCVs evacuated as a result of the global pandemic will be expiring this March. Hiring agencies have, at their discretion, the capability of extending NCE status (see Can NCE be extended beyond 12 months?) and the Peace Corps is actively investigating the possibility of an extension. However, the upcoming NPCA event will serve as a tremendous opportunity to put a focus on hiring RPCVs now while these other efforts are underway.

    The Virtual Career Fair will be held on Thursday, January 28 2021 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM EST, and will take place via Zoom with breakout groups to accommodate participating employers.

    Each agency that is selected to participate will have approximately two hours. At the beginning of the event, each employer is required to briefly introduce their agency and the types of positions they are seeking to fill. They will be given the opportunity to advertise their virtual “booth” that will be scheduled during one of the various 90-minute timeslots for the remainder of the day. Interested candidates will then freely visit employers of interest for free-flowing small group interaction.

    Space is limited, so please register before January 15th via this registration form to save your spot. The National Peace Corps Association will release a list of registered employers by January 18th, including more information on the event format and logistics. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to

    Peace Corps will be hosting its own Virtual Career Fair in the upcoming months, and will be emailing once details have been finalized. Please let us know should you have any further questions.