She obtained a master's degree in political science from the University of Notre Dame in 1975.
She first worked in the State Department in 1977, during the Carter administration, as an intern in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. in political science from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver.
In 1992, Shultz, who was a board member of Chevron Corporation, recommended Rice for a spot on the Chevron board.
Chevron was pursuing a billion development project in Kazakhstan and, as a Soviet specialist, Rice knew the President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Following her confirmation as Secretary of State, Rice pioneered the policy of Transformational Diplomacy directed toward expanding the number of responsible democratic governments in the world and especially in the Greater Middle East. She has logged more miles traveling than any other Secretary of State.
The committee ultimately recommended Gerhard Casper, the Provost of the University of Chicago.Rice contacted both Harvard and Stanford, but states that Harvard ignored her.