Wonk Tank is a pitch competition for university students across the United States to showcase their ability to be America’s next great “foreign policy wonk.” (A wonk is an individual who has a keen interest in and aptitude for the details of public policy.)
Recognizing the growing role young people are playing in shaping the global agenda, the U.S. Department of State launched Wonk Tank in 2015 as part of the the existing Diplomacy Lab programme aimed at fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders.
Applications for the 2017 edition are now open.
3 Feb 2017
The winning wonk will be awarded a paid internship for summer 2017 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) with the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development.
OTHER KEY DATES
Early-March 2017: Three finalists will be notified
April 7, 2017: Wonk Tank final competition at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C. The 3 finalists will present their pitch to a panel of senior policy officials. Finalists will present in front of a live audience of Department officials, current and past Diplomacy Lab partner offices, and the public.
Note that while some organisers may accept applications from all around the world, you may still be required to travel to the host country in order to take part in the later stages of a competition for instance, or you may be required to live there for a period of time to take part in a funded programme (e.g. scholarship, incubator, accelerator).
Multiple host countries may mean that no travel is required.