Cedric Pulliam ’12 is selected for Rangel Scholars program in Washington, D.C.
Cedric Pulliam ’12, a political science and international studies double major with aspirations of joining the U.S. Foreign Service, participated last summer in a highly selective national program that introduces scholars to diplomatic officials and career opportunities in international relations.
Pulliam, also an African and African-American Studies minor, is one of 15 college students from across the United States selected for the Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program, a six-week academic initiative at Howard University in Washington, D.C., started in 2002 as a way to promote diversity and excellence within the ranks of the Foreign Service.
Rangel Scholars live on campus and take three courses for credit that transfer to their home schools, all at no charge and with a $3,500 stipend for living expenses. In addition to classes, the scholars visit the U.S. Capitol, various embassies, the White House, the CIA and other federal agencies. They’ll also tour universities in the area, several of which are renowned for their international studies graduate programs.
“It’s going to be opening doors and helping me do my graduate school touring in the area,” Pulliam says. “Past scholars say nothing but great things about it. Some of the courses they’ve taken have been quite beneficial.”
While living in Malta as part of a study abroad program that he created, Pulliam’s interest in foreign service and international humanitarian law piqued this spring with the deluge of refugees escaping their home nations of Libya and the Ivory Coast, often risking death on the high seas until reaching the shores of the island nation. He interned in Malta’s prime minister’s office and in the foreign ministry office as part of his study abroad experience. Volunteer work with Jesuit Refugee Services cemented his intentions to work abroad after graduation.
This summer, Pulliam completed an internship at the Congressional Research Service in Washington, D.C., before leaving for Budapest, Hungary to attend Central European University, where he'll be pursuing a master's degree in international relations and European studies. After completing the one-year program, he plans to continue his graduate studies stateside at Georgetown University’s Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service. His ultimate goal is to work with the State Department's Foreign Service as a U.S. diplomat.