Erica Spell

2006 Rangel Scholar

Choosing a college is one of the most important choices in a young person’s life. When it came time for Erica to make that choice, Howard University’s focus on international affairs made all the difference.¬†Having already traveled abroad in high school, Erica looked to Howard’s Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center for more international opportunities. “I knew I wanted to make an impact on the global community, but I didn’t know how,” she said. “The staff at the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center provided sincere guidance and direction.” After studying abroad in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, she decided to pursue a career that extended past the confines of the United States. With that, she was led to the Rangel Summer Enrichment Program.

“It was encouraging to share the experience with like-minded students who were extremely passionate about global change,” she said. For Erica, her ultimate career goal isn’t too far in her future. Having graduated with a BA in Political Science from Howard in 2008, she completed her master’s degree in public administration¬†at American University in 2010. She is looking to earn a Ph.D in Public Administration. Ultimately, she would like to start an international non-governmental organization aimed at strengthening the relationship between artists in the developing world and their counterparts in developed nations.

For prospective applicants, Erica said, “If you are considering a career in international affairs, the Rangel Summer Program is for you!” Erica has plotted a unique career path in international affairs, and being a Rangel Scholar helped her to find what best suits her in the world of foreign affairs.

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