The International Innovation Corps (IIC) is a Fellowship program based at the Harris School of Public Policy in Chicago and operates out of the University of Chicago Trust in India. IIC has been collaborating with NITI Aayog to foster inclusion by bringing digital India to internet users in regional Indic languages. As part of this effort, the IIC team serves as the core Project Management Unit in advancing partnerships with large tech companies, academic institutions, state governments, as well as startups.
More specifically, as a Project Management Unit, the IIC team is working directly with NITI’s senior leadership to develop a Natural Language Processing repository. The purpose of the repository is to enable the startup ecosystem, the research community, and larger tech companies to provide digital contents and services in regional Indic languages. The IIC team engages with all the different stakeholders, identifies priority work areas, and follows-up on commitments and deliverables.
Members of the NITI-IIC team are expected to coordinate with the different tech and knowledge partners for the project; maintain stakeholder relations; collaborate in project management; and provide insights on data management.
Key Responsibilities (including but not limited to)
Identify and establish relationships with the right partners to drive forward the AI/NLP agenda
Coordinate with different stakeholders such as central agencies, state governments, academics/researchers, corporates and startups
Contribute to charting deliverables, creating work plans, and ensuring that the project is implemented
Build and maintain network of experts and mentors
Identify global best practices and research to feed into critical thinking for domestic market
Conceptualize events and round tables to drive discourse on AI
Regularly participate in stakeholder update meetings
Familiarity with technology (ability to interface with tech experts) is preferred
Data analysis is preferred
Communications and outreach is preferred
2 – 5 years of relevant experience in one or more of the following areas:
Management/strategy consulting or government/development
Public service with a government or quasi-government body as a young professional, fellow or project manager
Project management or implementation roles with multilaterals, international development institutions or strategic philanthropy firms
Product management experience with a major tech company or a prominent startup
Data science/ data analysis
Start Date: 14th January
Location: This position is located in New Delhi, India
How to Apply: To apply, please submit a resume and one-page cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
The University of Chicago Trust is registered as a “Charitable Trust” under Section 12A(a) of the Income Tax Act 1961, w.e.f. April 1, 2008. The registered address for the Trust is L-9, East Wing, Raheja Towers, MG Road, Bangalore 560001, Karnataka, India. The Trust also conducts activities in Delhi at DLF Capitol Point, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, New Delhi, India 11001. The University of Chicago Trust, together with the University of Chicago, which has long-standing ties to India, is committed to supporting dialogue among scholars and researchers from the University, India, and around the world and to building upon the rich history of intellectual collaboration between Chicago and India.
The International Innovation Corps (IIC) is a Fellowship program that runs as a part of the University of Chicago Trust and the Harris School of Public Policy. The IIC, founded in 2013, recruits and places high-performing young professionals with up to five years of experience and top-tier academic backgrounds from Indian and U.S. universities, on teams that work on-site with governments and foundations to implement large-scale projects to address India’s most critical development challenges. The program aims at creating scalable, sustainable, and long-term social impact. IIC teams design interventions, pilot solutions, implement and iterate, and record and scale best practices by engaging stakeholders. Through having direct impact on the ground in complex multi-stakeholder environments, the IIC Fellowship ultimately seeks to cultivate future leaders of policy and international development.
Since its inception in 2013, the IIC has worked on 22 projects, with governments and foundations across India. Our teams have worked in a range of critical development areas, including education, skilling, health, and water and sanitation. Our implementation partners have included the Department of Education, Government of Rajasthan; the Department of Health, Government of Karnataka; the Swachh Andhra Corporation, Andhra Pradesh; the Administrative Staff College of India; the National Skills Development Council; SEWA; The Rural Electrification Corporation; and The Department of Irrigation and Desilting, Government of Maharashtra. Our projects have been supported by the Tata Trusts, the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, EdelGive Foundation, and Yes Bank.