Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program The Rangel Program seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.

The Rangel Program is a collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. State Department that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as diplomats in the Foreign Service of the U.S. The program seeks individuals interested in helping to shape a freer, more secure and prosperous world through formulating, representing, and implementing U.S. foreign policy. The Program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service and those with financial need. There are two major components to the Rangel Program: an International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program that provides support for graduate school, professional development, and entry into the U.S. Foreign Service, and an undergraduate International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program that provides undergraduates with the opportunity to enhance their skills, knowledge and understanding about U.S.

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11/25/2020

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U.S. Department of State Rangel SEP Scholars engage with young professionals and senior policymakers passionate about ca...
11/23/2020

U.S. Department of State Rangel SEP Scholars engage with young professionals and senior policymakers passionate about careers in international affairs. Interested in becoming a scholar?

Apply today! https://bit.ly/RangelSEP2021.

In 2014, while being a foreign exchange student in Germany was asked, "Do people in America really get shot on the stree...
11/20/2020

In 2014, while being a foreign exchange student in Germany was asked, "Do people in America really get shot on the streets every day?" At that moment, she knew she wanted to join a career path that would allow her to change the negative narrative about the American people in any way possible.

As a recent graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, Allison knew she wanted a career in international affairs, and she believed the U.S. Department of State Rangel Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) was a great way to explore her options. After completing the summer with the rest of the 2020 cohort, Allison said, "The SEP program has shown me the different ways I can continue to live out my dreams...".

In addition to meeting a wide range of professionals from government and non-governmental organizations, as a SEP Scholar, Allison also took two courses, History of U.S. Foreign Relations and Political Economy. She stated the History of U.S. Foreign Relations course was her favorite aspect of the Summer Enrichment Program, "I learned so much about U.S. history that was shocking but inspiring".

In the future, Allison hopes to become proficient in French and begin studying Turkish or Arabic.

Learn more about the U.S. Department of State Rangel Summer Enrichment Program here: bit.ly/RangelSEP2021.

11/19/2020

We extend our condolences on the passing of Ambassador Edward J. Perkins, a giant in the field of diplomacy and an unwavering source of support for our fellows and for promoting excellence and diversity in the Foreign Service.

His advice and example have inspired our Fellows throughout their Foreign Service careers. Born in Sterlington, Louisiana, Ambassador Perkins earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s and Ph.D. of Public Administration degrees from the University of Southern California. He served three years in the U.S. Army and four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. During his distinguished diplomatic career, Ambassador Perkins held numerous positions in the U.S. Department of State.

He was appointed Ambassador to Liberia in 1985, and in 1986 was appointed as the first black Ambassador to South Africa, where he served until 1989. During his service in South Africa, Ambassador Perkins earned respect on all sides and helped lay the groundwork for the end of apartheid. In 1992, he was appointed as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, and U.S. Representative in the UN Security Council, where he served from 1992-1993, until taking up his last post as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia.

His legacy lives on.

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11/18/2020

Check out the rest of the U.S. Department of State Rangel SEP frequently asked questions here: https://bit.ly/2GKr8mb!

U.S. Department of State Rangel SEP Scholars learn about the diverse career paths in international affairs, particularly...
11/16/2020

U.S. Department of State Rangel SEP Scholars learn about the diverse career paths in international affairs, particularly with U.S. Department of State, and a plethora of post-graduate opportunities. Interested in becoming a scholar?

Apply today! https://bit.ly/RangelSEP2021.

11/13/2020

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We would like to take a moment to highlight 2017 U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellow Cyprian Christian. As a Rangel F...
11/11/2020

We would like to take a moment to highlight 2017 U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellow Cyprian Christian.

As a Rangel Fellow, Cyprian received his MPA from Columbia University in the City of New York and completed his overseas internship with the US Embassy Accra. Currently, he serves as a Political-Economic Officer with the U.S. Consulate General Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

The U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellowship Program welcomes Michael Veasy as the new Senior Advisor for Diplomatic F...
11/09/2020

The U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellowship Program welcomes Michael Veasy as the new Senior Advisor for Diplomatic Fellowships. Michael, a retired consular career track Foreign Service Officer and former State Department fellow, will assist in counseling fellows, overseeing the writing program, arranging mentors, recruiting, programming, and assisting on a wide range of issues. We are thrilled to have him!

Read more about him here: https://bit.ly/354F2sz.

Marta Aparicio arrived in America at 11 years old, speaking no English. As a high school student, she worked two jobs, o...
11/06/2020
Patinkin: Her unlikely journey from poverty to U.S. diplomat

Marta Aparicio arrived in America at 11 years old, speaking no English. As a high school student, she worked two jobs, only finding time to complete her homework at 4 AM. It is no surprise, as a reflection of her tenacity, stellar academics, and work-ethic, that she was awarded the U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellowship in 2018.

A recent graduate of Columbia | SIPA, Marta is currently undergoing consular training before her first assignment with the U.S. Embassy in the Laotian capital of Vientiane. She hopes she can help show a diverse world America’s varied face — and show, too, that in the U.S., people who look like her can have such opportunity.

Read more about her truly inspirational journey here: https://bit.ly/2Ge16Yd.

A young woman's journey from Guatemala and Providence to the State Department as a new foreign service officer.

Interested in applying to the 2021 U.S. Department of State Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program? Join...
11/04/2020

Interested in applying to the 2021 U.S. Department of State Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program? Join our upcoming webinar to learn more about the program requirements, features, and application elements on November 5 at 4:00 PM ET.

Register here: bit.ly/3meuxcQ.

U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officers are assisting American citizens around the world with voting. Here, 20...
11/03/2020

U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officers are assisting American citizens around the world with voting.

Here, 2017 U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellow Saumya Deva (right) assists American citizens at the U.S Embassy Port-au-Prince in Haiti!

The application for the U.S. Department of State Rangel Summer Enrichment Program is now open! Visit our website for mor...
10/23/2020

The application for the U.S. Department of State Rangel Summer Enrichment Program is now open!

Visit our website for more information about how to apply: http://bit.ly/RangelSEP2021.

2018 U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellow Carlo Aragon explains that living "a life of significance" drew him to a car...
10/16/2020

2018 U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellow Carlo Aragon explains that living "a life of significance" drew him to a career in the Foreign Service of the U.S. Department of State.

Interested in learning more about how the Rangel Fellowship can lead to a career in diplomacy? Visit our website today: bit.ly/3hbiFWt

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10/14/2020

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We are one day away from the 2021 U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellowship application deadline! Don’t miss out on you...
10/13/2020

We are one day away from the 2021 U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellowship application deadline!

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to make a difference in the world as a U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officer. Apply here: bit.ly/3hbiFWt.

Congratulations to 2011 U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellow Carolina Escalera for being selected as one of the 30 Lat...
10/13/2020

Congratulations to 2011 U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellow Carolina Escalera for being selected as one of the 30 Latino National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leaders by the Diversity in National Security Network and @NewAmerica.

Carolina is a career Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State currently serving as the spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in the Dominican Republic. In the Dominican Republic, she has focused on building capacity for local journalists and raising awareness of the importance of public diplomacy throughout the mission. Carolina’s previous assignments include Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as a Consular Officer, and Surabaya, Indonesia, as a Public Affairs Officer.

Make sure to read the rest of her profile here: https://bit.ly/3kV9F94.

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, @StateDept recognizes the contributions and the significant presence of Hispani...
10/12/2020

During National Hispanic Heritage Month, @StateDept recognizes the contributions and the significant presence of Hispanic and Latin Americans in the United States and U.S. Department of State. Congratulations to 2008 U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellow Greg Pardo for being recgonized!

Greg is a political officer in the Office of Israel and Palestinian Affairs. He has worked in India – New Delhi and Kolkata and domestically on the Cuba Desk, and the India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh Desks. Greg continues to speak to students about careers in diplomacy and currently serves as president of Hecfaa (Hispanic Employee Council of Foreign Affairs Agencies.

Make sure to read his profile here: https://bit.ly/30dJOB8.

U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellows bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the State Department. 2009 Rangel ...
10/09/2020

U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellows bring diverse perspectives and experiences to the State Department. 2009 Rangel Fellow Hammad Hammad grew up in Ramallah in the West Bank and had a wide range of international experiences before becoming a Fellow.

Hammad is currently an Institute for the Study of Diplomacy Rusk Fellow at Georgetown University. In this capacity he will be collaborating on the ISD Diverse Diplomacy series to, “…elevate the voices of diverse members of the State Department team.” Hammad recently finished a tour as the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State. He also served as a political officer in the U.S. Embassy Mexico City from 2016 to 2019; as an economic and commercial officer at the U.S. Mission to Libya, based in Tunis; as a Political Officer and Vice Consul in Caracas, Venezuela; and as the Kuwait desk officer in Washington, DC. Before joining the Foreign Service, Hammad was a Fulbright Scholar in the Netherlands and co-founded - a NGO called Inspire Dreams, which worked in refugee camps in the West Bank.

He says, "The Rangel Fellowship program really helped me find my way into the Foreign Service, providing mentorship and advice, internships overseas in Tanzania and in the White House, while helping me pay for graduate school."

Read more about Hammad and why he was inspired to join the Foreign Service: https://bit.ly/3m9tz1r.

One week left to apply to the 2021 U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellowship! Aim to apply at least a day in advance to...
10/07/2020

One week left to apply to the 2021 U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellowship! Aim to apply at least a day in advance to avoid any unexpected problems.

Submit your application by October 14: bit.ly/3hbiFWt.

Have some last-minute questions on finishing your U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellowship application?Join us for the...
10/06/2020

Have some last-minute questions on finishing your U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellowship application?

Join us for the technical assistance webinar on October 13 at 12:00 PM ET. This is the last webinar before the application deadline!

Register here: https://bit.ly/3meuxcQ.

Flag Day - when Foreign Service Officers receive their first posts - is a major celebration for new U.S. Department of S...
10/05/2020

Flag Day - when Foreign Service Officers receive their first posts - is a major celebration for new U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officers. Participating in virtual training, our fellows show that distance cannot overcome the excitement of a new adventure. Congratulations!

Congratulations to 2006 U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellow Paloma H. González for being selected as a 2020-2021  Nat...
10/02/2020

Congratulations to 2006 U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellow Paloma H. González for being selected as a 2020-2021 National Endowment for Democracy Penn Kemble Fellow!

Paloma is a career Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. Department of State. She has worked over ten years in Western Hemisphere Affairs, advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives in Colombia, Brazil, Haiti, and Mexico. She is currently in training for her new assignment as Deputy Political Counselor in Bucharest, Romania. Paloma’s previous assignment was as Colombia Counternarcotics Policy Lead for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, overseeing a $250 million budget.

In 2019, Paloma was recognized by New America as a Latino National Security & Foreign Policy Next Generation Leader and, in 2016, listed on the Huffington Post’s 40 under 40 Latinos in Foreign Policy.

As a Penn Kemble Fellow, Paloma will have the opportunity to explore the role of democracy and human rights within the context of a broad range of policy questions and participate in bipartisan conversation among young foreign policy leaders.

Read more about her here: https://bit.ly/33fb0jL.

Your application for the 2021 @StateDept #RangelFellowship is due in two weeks! Visit bit.ly/3hbiFWt to learn about how ...
09/30/2020

Your application for the 2021 @StateDept #RangelFellowship is due in two weeks! Visit bit.ly/3hbiFWt to learn about how the #RangelFellowship can support your journey towards joining the #ForeignService. The deadline is October 14!

On October 1 at 3:30 PM ET, the @StateDept #RangelFellowship staff will hold a webinar on the graduate school component ...
09/29/2020

On October 1 at 3:30 PM ET, the @StateDept #RangelFellowship staff will hold a webinar on the graduate school component of the Rangel fellowship.

What are eligible fields of study?
What’s a partner school?
How do fellows select their programs?

Join us for the discussion! Register here: https://bit.ly/34fbEyf.

09/28/2020
2020 Rangel Deja Gainey

2020 U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellow Deja Gainey shared with us three reasons why she wants to become a diplomat. Do you share similar interests?

Think about applying to the Rangel Fellowship today: bit.ly/3hbiFWt.

Congratulations to 2016 @StateDept Rangel Fellow Sahil Jain for being chosen as a 2020-2021 National Endowment for Democ...
09/25/2020

Congratulations to 2016 @StateDept Rangel Fellow Sahil Jain for being chosen as a 2020-2021 National Endowment for Democracy Penn Kemble Fellow! He currently serves at the U.S. Consulate General in Mumbai.

As a 2016 Rangel Fellow, Sahil completed his graduate studies at George Washington University, interned in U.S. Embassy Lima, and worked as a Legislative Assistant covering foreign affairs issues in the office of Congressman Ami Bera. He worked as a State Department civil servant prior to entering the Rangel Program.

Read more about him and other foreign policy leaders here: https://bit.ly/2Re3Tm2.

Interested in the Consular Cone? Join us on TODAY for an information session focusing on management, economic, and consu...
09/24/2020

Interested in the Consular Cone?

Join us on TODAY for an information session focusing on management, economic, and consular work in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service and how the Fellowship can lead to a career in the Foreign Service.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3meuxcQ.

Interested in the Management Cone? Join us on September 24 for an information session focusing on management, economic, ...
09/23/2020

Interested in the Management Cone? Join us on September 24 for an information session focusing on management, economic, and consular work in the @StateDept #ForeignService and how the Fellowship can lead to a career in the #ForeignService.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3meuxcQ.

Interested in the Economic Cone? Join us on September 24 for an information session focusing on management, economic, an...
09/22/2020

Interested in the Economic Cone?

Join us on September 24 for an information session focusing on management, economic, and consular work in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service and how the Fellowship can lead to a career in the Foreign Service.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3meuxcQ.

Congratulations to U.S. Department of State 2020 Rangel Fellow Santiago Rios and all the Rangel Fellows starting their g...
09/21/2020

Congratulations to U.S. Department of State 2020 Rangel Fellow Santiago Rios and all the Rangel Fellows starting their graduate school programs!

Santiago was born in Cochabamba, Bolivia. He immigrated to the United States at the age of 8 and grew up in different cities throughout Maryland. He attended the University of Maryland, receiving a B.A. in Government and Politics in 2019.

He cemented his desire for the Foreign Service while interning in the Consular Affairs section in Madrid, Spain, "It's special to begin a career of service to the United States and its people. I am thrilled for the opportunity to promote U.S. ideals and interests abroad."

Santiago is attending the UC San Diego where he is expanding his knowledge of both international affairs and the western region of the U.S.

You can learn more about Santiago here: https://bit.ly/3iEDeeo.

Join us on September 24 for an information session focusing on management, economic, and consular work in the U.S. Depar...
09/20/2020

Join us on September 24 for an information session focusing on management, economic, and consular work in the U.S. Department of State Foreign Service and how the Rangel Fellowship can lead to a career in the Foreign Service.

Register here: https://bit.ly/3meuxcQ.

On September 22, the U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellowship is hosting a webinar with #HBCU alumni who will discuss ...
09/19/2020

On September 22, the U.S. Department of State Rangel Fellowship is hosting a webinar with #HBCU alumni who will discuss their experiences as Rangel Fellows and their careers as U.S. Department of State Foreign Service Officers.

Register today: https://bit.ly/3meuxcQ.

Congrats to U.S. Department of State 2020 Rangel Fellows Mara Brody, Emma Giron, Deja Gainey, and Carolina Echeverri for...
09/18/2020

Congrats to U.S. Department of State 2020 Rangel Fellows Mara Brody, Emma Giron, Deja Gainey, and Carolina Echeverri for beginning their graduate school programs!

Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies | SAIS is one of the many graduate programs around the country that Rangel Fellows attend.

Learn more about the school partners here: http://bit.ly/RFGradSchool.

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