Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program
The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Summer Enrichment Program is a six-week summer program designed to provide undergraduate students with a deeper appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs, a greater understanding of career opportunities in international affairs, and the enhanced knowledge and skills to pursue such careers.
The Program has two major components. First, in order to enhance participants’ academic preparation to work in international affairs, the Program provides two courses and a seminar that focuses on enhancing knowledge and skills related to U.S. foreign policy, economics, and writing. In addition, in order to provide greater insight into the foreign policy-making process and international affairs careers, the Rangel Program introduces the participants to a wide range of government and non-government professionals who work on global issues and also arranges visits to various institutions involved in international affairs. The Program also helps students explore graduate school, scholarship, fellowship, internship, and professional options in international affairs.
The Program covers the costs for tuition, travel, housing, and two meals per day. It also provides a stipend of $3,300.
Scholars have the chance to meet with a wide range of professionals from government and non-governmental organizations who can talk about diverse international policy issues and career options.
- Applicants must be full-time undergraduate students, with at least sophomore status on the date of the application deadline.
- Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.
- Applicants must be a U.S. citizen.
Apply on the website here when open. A complete online application includes the following:
- Completed sections with background information on the applicant, including work and volunteer experiences, international experiences, and honors and awards.
- An interest statement (in 500 words or less) that explains the applicant’s interest in international affairs and how this program will assist him/her in pursuing this interest
- Transcript(s) from all colleges or universities that the applicant has attended with grades, GPAs, and coursework. An official transcript is best; a student copy is acceptable if it is in the format of an official transcripts.
- Proof of full-time registration for upcoming semester, including (choose ONE):
- An unofficial or official transcript that shows courses listed for upcoming semester courses
- Screenshots or PDF files from applicant’s student portal that show courses registered for upcoming semester courses
- For study abroad programs, enclose a copy of the award/acceptance letter
- Proof of U.S. Citizenship, including (choose one):
- Birth certificate*
- Certificate of U.S. citizenship
- U.S. passport
* Note: If you use a birth certificate, please note that if you are selected, you will need to send us a hard copy of a notarized birth certificate before your final acceptance. Those using passports or certificates of citizenship will have to bring originals to show at the start of the program. Social Security cards and driver’s licenses are not proof of citizenship and will not be sufficient.
- Three letters of recommendation:
- Two from faculty members
- One from a community leader who can comment on the applicant’s non-academic accomplishments and his/her potential as an emerging professional.
- Additional recommendation letters will not be considered.
- Once an applicant has added recommenders’ contacts to the application form, an automatic email will be sent to each recommender. It may take a few hours for the email to be sent to the recommender. Recommenders should check their spam folders if they’ve not received a notification.
* Note: Applicants can return to their application at any time before the deadline to update any portion of their application and submit it as final before recommenders have uploaded their letters.
If selected as a Rangel Scholar, applicants will be required to send official transcripts, forms to register for university courses (provided by the Rangel Program), a medical form with immunization information (provided by the Rangel Program), and other required documents.