1 Job Opportunities On Increase for Nea (Courier Press Service) , PITTSBURGH Opportunities for Negroes each month show an increase. There is no formal institution to'compile over - all statistics, but news from various governmental, public arid private agencies provide indicators pointing to. a more favorable climate. Amonr those were: ... A four - year foreign af nrnirram a nrwui nnkA hv K. - - Howard University, to prepare Negroes and members of other minority groups for careers In foreign affairs. . . . The announcement by the Washington Urban League that a survey shows more than 2,000 permanent . Jobs In. the Capitol ares, which will, be available In the . next. . six months without regard to race. A NEGATIVE aspect of the Job situation or minority groups Was report ed by the United States Civil Service Commission which found that Negroes still were facing a formidable barrier In attempting to gain more than token entry into apprenticeship programs. THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS Scholarship Program, as the new project will be known, is scheduled to begin next June. .According to Dr. Vincent J. Browne, administrative assistant to the president of How ard and director of the program, the plan for the project had its beginnig nearly a year aco when a group of presidents of Negro colleges met w ith State Department officials to discuss the need for a larger number of Negroes and Spanish - speaking Americans in the U.. S. Foreign Service. Howard was selected to administer a program , which would help prepare members of these groups for careers in foreign affairs, and last October, the University received a Ford Foundation grant of SfiOO.000 toward the establishment of the. program. Subsequent grants from other foundations have enabled Howard to proceed with the project. REGARDING THE need for a program of this type, Dr. Browne said that fewer than 50 of the current 3,700 foreign service officers are Negroes and an equaTy small number are of Puerto Rican or Mexican - American extraction. , During its first year of oper - I ation, the Foreign Affairs I Scholars Program will provide instruction for some 65 stu - I dents. Fortv of the students will have completed their junior yenr of c)llege hy next June, w hile the remainder will have finished their unriergrad - tr'ning by then. According to present plans, only Juniors will be elig&It to .nniv for the nrncrrsm fter I . . . i mis year. Applications are available now at Howard, and may he obtained by writing to the Foreign Affairs Scholars Program, Howard University, Washington, D.C. 20001. Since application forms must be completed and returned to How aid, not later than Mar. 15, Dr. Browne has suggested that students who - wish to apply, write for application forms not later than Mar. L JUNIORS WHO participate In the program will come to Washington next summer to serve internships at selected governmental agencies, the State Department, Agency for International Development, U. S. Information Agency, and possibly one or two others. Next fall, the students will return to their respective colleges, where they will complete their final year of undergraduate study. During their senior year, the students will be yisited by program officials, who will provide counseling ard supplementary educational assistance. Following graduation In June, liMi.l, some 23 of the original 40 participants will receive fellowships for a year of graduate study in foreign affairs m at selected unversities throughout the country. The fellowship awards will range upwards to $1,000, depending upon the costs at various graduate Institutions. SENIORS SELECTED for the program during its first year, will serve summer internships in Washington also, provided a sufficient number of vacancies can be found. Fellowships for graduate study during the 1964 65 school year will be awarded those seniors selected to continue in the program. Following completion of the year of graduate study, all participants will be required to take two governmental examinations, the Federal Entrance Examination and the Foreign Service Office Examination. To be cliciMe to participate in the Foreign Affair s Scholsrs Program, students must meet the basic requirements regard inj citizenship and ac applicable to ail persons seeking etn ploymetit as foreign service officers. ' TheRe ref4iiiremen's are that the applicant shall have roes l! S'1 reached the age of 21 and not have passed the age of 30 at the "time he applies for the Foreign Service Office Exam ination,' and that at that time he must have been an American citizen for at least nine years. An exception to the age requirement is made for applicants who have reached the age of 20 and have completed their junior year of college. THE WASHINGTON survey by the Urban League there,, stated that more than 2,000 permanent jobs will be available in the .next six months and added that as of last month there were 559 vacancies now existing, ; Walter Lewis, Urban League Deputy Director, who has made the report, said the openings ran from "top to bottom" from professional managerial positions, to . service and labor jobs. Most vacancies are In retail and sales fields with the smallest category being service jobs, Lewis said. The Urban League executive pointed out that the job listings were In addition to the routine ones sent to the Urban League through normal channels. THE RFPORT of the U. S. Civil Rights Commission said results of surveys showed that Federal measures will be needed if Negroes are to gain more than just a token entrance into the apprenticeship training fields. The Commission found that bars against minority groups have been lowered verv little despite the prodding by the I reoerai government The 158 - page report which included facts found by the advisory committees In California, Florida. New York, Connecticut, Maryland. Tennessee, New Jersey, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia, criticized the Federal Bureau of Apprenticeship Training, the industry, and unions, for failure to provide the skilled manpower needed by the nation's economy as well as their failure to provide equal . opportunities to Negroes. The Commission showed some optimism by stating that presently there are 118 AFL - CIO union leaders pledged to effect fair agr eements a n d , also, plans now are being completed for a special 50 man task forre. The investigative ,'roup. under Secietarv of Ibor Willaid L. Wirtz, is to inspect on Fcieral construction pro) eels aid, tf uch opportunit.es are lacking, recommend can celing of contracts.