Alumni Earn Rangel Fellowships

April 24, 2013
From left to right: Ryan Caldwell '09 and John Houston '08, 2013 Rangel Fellows

From left to right: Ryan Caldwell '09 and John Houston '08, 2013 Rangel Fellows

Carolina alumni Ryan Caldwell ’09 and John Houston ’08 were recently awarded the 2013 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship. The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.  

Caldwell was born in Chicago and raised in North Carolina. She received her degree in French and International Studies from the UNC-Chapel Hill. Caldwell has interned at the White House, worked for the House Committee on Homeland Security and currently is a White House-appointed legislative analyst for the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

John Houston was born in Austin, Texas, and grew up in North Carolina. After graduating from UNC in 2008, he served as a Teach for America corps member and later as a Peace Corps volunteer and English teacher in Honduras. A Mexican-American and fluent Spanish speaker, John plans to pursue a degree in public policy.

The Rangel Fellowship will provide Caldwell and Houston with approximately $90,000 in benefits over a two-year period to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs. They will begin the Rangel program in May 2013 with an orientation and congressional internship, followed by two years of graduate work and internships overseas at U.S. embassies.