Published: April 09, 2010
In the same week Jenine Rossington ’11 found out she was accepted into
UT’s Honors at Oxford program for the fall, she learned she was chosen
as one of 15 students nationwide to participate in the Charles B. Rangel
International Affairs summer enrichment program.
“It was the best week of my life,” said Rossington, of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
collaborative effort between Howard University and the U.S. Department
of State, the Rangel summer program seeks to attract outstanding young
people who have an interest in pursuing a career in the Foreign Service.
Rossington is the first participant ever chosen from UT and
will join students from Columbia University, the University of
California Los Angeles, Fordham University and American University,
“I’m completely excited,” said Rossington, a
criminology major. She wants to study international criminal law and
human rights when she graduates, though her dream job is representing
the U.S. in the United Nations. “I’m interested in the whole foreign
policy area. I think I’ll come away from this program having learned a
takes place in Washington, D.C., at Howard University and includes
three academic courses in political economy, history of U.S. foreign
relations and writing, for which nine semester hours of academic credit
are awarded. Additional activities include exposure to key policymakers,
foreign government officials and executive branch policymakers. Rangel
Scholars will receive tuition, travel, room and board, as well as a
stipend for the program.
Associate Professor James Beckman,
whose international law class inspired Rossington to pursue a career in
foreign affairs, said the experience will be rich for Rossington.
exposed to international relations in our nation's capital will
certainly give Jenine invaluable experience and bolster her credentials
in the field of international law and international relations,” Beckman
The program is aimed at outstanding young people who have
an interest in pursuing a career in international affairs, according to
Hilarion Martinez, a senior Foreign Service Officer with the U.S.
Department of State.
Based in Miami, Martinez serves as Diplomat
in Residence at Miami Dade College and Florida International University
and covers Puerto Rico, Orlando and Tampa, including UT. He serves as a
mentor for students interested in pursuing a career in Foreign Service,
helping expose them to opportunities such as the Rangel program.
summer program is designed to provide students with a deeper
appreciation of current issues and trends in international affairs,
enhance their knowledge and skills to pursue international affairs
careers, and expose them to career opportunities in the international
arena,” Martinez said.
Sheila Hood, associate director of UT’s
Office of Career Services, met Martinez three years ago at a conference
and invited him to come to UT. Since then, he comes to campus about
three times a year as a guest speaker in political science and
international affairs classes and hosts presentations on careers in the
“The opportunities to get students involved
with the State Department are so valuable,” said Hood, who mentioned
that some State Department fellowships allow students to test out of the
rigorous foreign service exam. “Our students in general are more
interested in international work. They think of themselves as global
citizens. We just help foster what is already there within them.”
next visit to UT will be April 22. He’ll host an information session
from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Riverside 102 to discuss scholarship,
fellowship and internship opportunities available through the State
Department for the 2010-2011 academic year. Additionally, he will
conduct three small group sessions in the Office of Career Services on
the life of a U.S. diplomat. Because space is limited, students must
register in advance through
For details, contact Career Services at (813) 253-6236.
Jamie Pilarczyk, Web Writer
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