Opening on December 15, 2015, Diplomacy Lab will be accepting policy pitch proposals from students around the country to participate in Wonk Tank, which is a platform for university students across the United States to showcase their ability to be America’s next great “policy wonk.” Four finalists will be flown to Washington, D.C. on March 11, 2016 to present their pitch before senior Department of State officials.
Launched by Secretary of State John Kerry in 2013, Diplomacy Lab enables the State Department to “course-source” research and innovation related to foreign policy by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty at universities across the country.
What is Wonk Tank?
Wonk tank is a platform for university students across the United States to showcase their ability to be America’s next great “policy wonk.” Policy proposals must have specific international problem or challenge requiring attention, a nuanced solution, and next steps to consider in order to implement the proposal. A 3-5 minute “TEDTalk style” video uploaded to YouTube must be linked in the proposal submission detailing the policy pitch and providing insight into how students might present their policy pitch in Washington, D.C. before Department of State officials at the final Wonk Tank round on Friday, March 11, 2016.
How can I propose my policy pitch?
Diplomacy Lab will be accepting student policy pitch proposals from December 15, 2015 to January 15, 2016. The proposal form can be found here:http://goo.gl/forms/Kx1naVp68l.