Question: What is the Rangel Fellowship?
Answer: I just completed a two year fellowship called the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship for Graduate Students.
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. Department of State. 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.
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Question: What does the State Department Actually do?
Answer: For a general description of the State Department I would click here.
For general information on Careers at the State Department and careers representing America:
I would go to careers.state.gov. The State Department careers website covers if you are ready to pursue a career with the U.S. Department of State or just want to learn more. Here, you will find all of the information you need concerning domestic and worldwide opportunities. It also has information about fellowships, full-time careers and internships.
Update: I am currently studying the Spanish language and completing additional job related training in Washington, DC. I am headed to Mexico in Summer 2012.