Ngirbabul is Rangel Scholar

Michelle Ngirbabul,  a sophomore planning to to major in International Relations and Public Health, will take part in the Rangel Summer Enrichment Program at Howard University this summer.

Ngirbabul, who grew up in the U.S. territory of Saipan, an island of the Northern Mariana Islands, applied for the Rangel Summer Enrichment Program because it would provide her with the opportunity to explore many career paths under international affairs within the State Department and with NGOs.

“I viewed it as more opportunities to acquire knowledge and critical thinking on foreign policy strategies through the various courses I will take for the duration of the program as well as through discussions with peers and influential government leaders,” she said. “Honestly, this life changing experience will allow me to attend numerous workshops, classes, and networking events to further hone in the skills needed for a career in the Foreign Service. Overall, I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to meet and work alongside the future leaders of America and discuss how and in what ways we plan to be the change we hope to see.”

The program is six-weeks long, and Ngirbabul will take two courses, History of U.S. Foreign Relations and Political Economy, as well as a writing seminar to improve her professional writing skills and engage in discussions about various aspects of U.S. foreign policy. The program also includes visits to the State Department, Central Intelligence Agency, the World Bank, and Capitol Hill as well as attending numerous meetings with Non-Governmental Organization representatives and foreign diplomats to learn more about different international affairs careers, fellows, graduate school, and other professional options.

During the program, which covers the cost of travel, tuition, housing, and meals, students live at Howard University, attend classes, and participate in a variety of programs with foreign affairs professionals at Howard and at diverse locations around Washington, DC.