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Brittany Orange '18 is a political science major and Spanish minor.
December 22, 2017

UMass Boston senior one of 30 to earn Rangel Graduate Fellowship


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The Rangel Graduate Fellowship prepares students for careers in foreign service

Brittany Orange, a senior political science major in the Honors College, is one of 30 nationwide to receive a fellowship that paves the way for a career with the U.S. State Department.

The Charles Rangel Fellowship, worth up to $95,000, includes two years of graduate school and paid internships on Capitol Hill and a foreign embassy. After successfully completing the fellowship, Orange will work as a foreign service officer for a minimum of five years.

“You could do anything from approving a visa to helping someone evacuate in an emergency,” the Orange County, Virginia native said. “I wanted to be a foreign service officer, but getting into the State Department is extremely difficult. I wouldn’t be able to go to graduate school if I didn’t have this funding, so it’s definitely the only way for me to have a foot in the State Department.”

Orange first found out about the fellowship through Facebook – one of her Facebook friends received the fellowship a few years ago. After she was a finalist, Orange had a prep session with Assistant Professor of Political Science Joseph Brown. She believes a mock interview with University Fellowships Director and Professor of English Louise Penner also helped secure the fellowship.

“They’re the reason why I’m here, my family, of course, but my family at UMass Boston,” Orange said.

Orange says she came to Boston from Virginia because she’s a big Boston Celtics fan. After graduating from high school, she worked for AmeriCorps for two years before coming to UMass Boston. Her ultimate goal is to affect policy concerning Latin America.

“To have a voice in the policies that determine how we deal with Latin America would be really amazing,” Orange, a Spanish minor, said.

Orange is now applying to graduate schools. Her fellowship begins this summer with an internship on Capitol Hill.