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  "We live in a world in which people of many cultures, colors, and faiths are actors on the international stage. In America diversity is our strength, and we have much to offer in sharing our experience in creating a diverse and harmonious society. With our nation's growing international involvement, there could be no better time to attract the best and most diverse talent to represent the American people in every corner of the globe."
Congressman Charles B. Rangel  
 

“In order to represent the United States to the world, the Department of State must have a workforce that reflects the rich composition of its citizenry. The skills, knowledge, perspectives, ideas, and experiences of all of its employees contribute to the vitality and success of the global mission. Our commitment to inclusion must be evident in the face we present to the world and in the decision-making processes that represent our diplomatic goals.”

Secretary of State John Kerry  
The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is a unique partnership between Howard University and the U.S. Department of State, with strong support from the U.S. Congress. Announced in 2002 by Secretary of State Colin Powell, Congressman Charles B. Rangel and Howard University President H. Patrick Swygert,Program Director Patricia Scroggs (left) takes time to discuss the Rangel program with a student. its goals are to promote greater diversity and excellence in the U.S. Foreign Service. This program was built upon the Principles of Cooperation signed between the Department of State and Howard University in December 2000. Howard University named this program to honor Congressman Rangel for his longstanding and vocal support for showing the world the diversity that is the strength of America, as well as his example of global leadership. The program is managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University and is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State. In the early years of the program, the U.S. Congress provided an appropriation for the program, and its early operations were supported by the Department of State and generous contributions by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Una Chapman Cox Foundation.
The Rangel Program has progressed rapidly since 2002 and is already promoting greater involvement by citizens who reflect the diversity and excellence of our society in international affairs and the Foreign Service. The Rangel Program has helped prepare young people to become Foreign Service Officers, and they are representing the United States in countries as diverse as Peru and China, Angola and Germany, and South Africa and Korea.
The Rangel Program will offers thirty (30) graduate fellowships to outstanding seniors and college graduates who want to join the Foreign Service. These fellowships help finance two-year graduate programs, provide paid internships and other professional development activities, and facilitate entry into the Foreign Service for individuals who are able to complete the Foreign Service entry requirements. The Rangel Program also accepts 15-20 undergraduate students to participate in the six-week Summer Enrichment Program that prepares global-minded undergraduate students for careers in international affairs. Both programs are competitive and seek applicants with a strong academic background, a commitment to service and an interest in making a difference in the world around them.

 

Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program . 2218 6th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20059
Tel: (202) 806-4367 or (877) 633-0002 . Fax: (202) 806-5424 . www.rangelprogram.org