Malena Price '15

Monday, March 6, 2017

CS major Malena Price '15 was selected to participate in the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program in Washington, D.C. during Summer 2013. 

As a Rangel scholar, I took two courses over six weeks in the areas of political economy and history of US Foreign Relations at Howard University. I formed relationships and learned from some of the most brilliant and passionate young professionals in the field of international relations and public service. During the program, I had the opportunity to visit different international organizations including the Department of State, CIA, International Institute for Peace, Council on Human Rights, USAID, and Chemonics Development Consulting Firm. I also received professional development and training, learning the best ways to present and conduct myself with an interviewer or mentor.

I had the privilege of hearing from influential figures in international affairs such as Edward Perkins, the first Black ambassador to South Africa, and of course, Charlie Rangel, Congressman for New York’s 13th district. Five of the best schools for International Affairs and Public Service including Princeton, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Tufts, and Georgetown spoke with Rangel Scholars to better inform them on the admissions process and how to best represent oneself in a personal statement. Similarly, representatives for very prestigious educational programs and scholarships such as PPIA, the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, the Gilman Scholarship, the Boren Scholarship, Fulbright, and the Pickering Scholarship came to educate Rangel Scholars on fellowship and scholarship opportunities and what to keep in mind when completing program applications.

During these presentations, I learned a great deal of valuable information and was able to network with the admissions and selections committees for programs that interested me. I also networked with Rangel Fellows, selected graduates who commit to three years in the Foreign Service and two internships with the Department of State, both domestic and abroad. Fellows include White House employees, assistants to Congressmen and Congresswomen, Peace Corps Alumnae, and Fulbright scholars. The rewarding aspects of the Rangel Scholar Program include the opportunities to learn, network, and professionally grow from my peers, and of course, the vibrant and intellectually stimulating environment of Washington, D.C.