Launched by the Department of State in 2013 by Secretary of State John Kerry, Diplomacy Lab is a public-private partnership that enables the State Department to "course-source" research and innovation related to global policy challenges by harnessing the efforts of students and faculty experts at colleges and universities across the United States. Projects originate in offices across the State Department and include diverse topics on which faculty bid. Through engagement and education, students and faculty actively contribute to the Secretary of State’s public diplomacy goals.
Diplomacy Lab at IUB
In May 2016, IU-Bloomington joined 27 leading academic institutions as a Diplomacy Lab university. The initiative, piloted in fall 2016 in a small cohort of courses, has grown significantly in its first year of operation. To date, IU Diplomacy Lab has sponsored 14 courses involving over 200 IUB students. Over the course of a semester, faculty leaders guide students in developing research projects that accomplish the goals outlined by the State Department ‘clients’. Students have opportunities throughout the semester to discuss their research with State Department officials. Students (graduate and undergraduate), who wish to complete a project should be enrolled in participating IUB courses and be supervised by an IUB faculty member. Upon completion of the projects, students have the opportunity to present their work in Diplomacy Lab Fair in Washington, D.C. and compete in Wonk Tank. Students who have participated in past Diplomacy Lab projects have gone on to government internships, graduate work in international relations, and permanent jobs with the State Department.