IIC Summer Internship



The International Innovation Corps (IIC) is a global program based at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. The IIC sends top talent to work with government organizations on year long fellowships that implement innovative solutions to important development problems. The IIC currently has projects underway in India and Brazil, and aims to expand to other countries around the world. The IIC partners with government organizations, private foundations and international aid organizations to build and implement innovative solutions to some of the toughest global development challenges and social problems. The IIC is an exciting, young organization that works with partners across the globe, including USAID, the Tata Trusts, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, and others, to develop a new model to create social impact and foster the next generation of global leaders. This internship will primarily be focused on the IIC’s work in India. 

As a part of the IIC team, you will take on a great deal of responsibility and receive exposure to high-level decision makers in government and the private sector. You would act as a mentor to IIC Project Associates and serve as their primary contact and coach throughout an intensive summer training program. We are seeking highly motivated and energetic candidates who are eager to gain more experience in international development, program management, social entrepreneurship, and coaching young professionals. 



The IIC functions like a start-up inside of a large institution (the University of Chicago). Like many start-ups, all IIC staff wear multiple hats. We handle many different tasks and work at a fast pace, but we enjoy our work and are inspired by the IIC’s impact. 

You will be highly involved with the training program for 2017-2018 IIC Project Associates, which will take place throughout the month of August at the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus and its Center in Delhi. In Chicago, the IIC provides a condensed 3-week version of Booth’s Management Labs where Project Associates learn strategic thinking, management, and research skills in a hands-on environment. A major part of your role will be serving as an Assistant Coach for Booth Management Lab under the guidance of Ed Miller and Professor Jonathan Frenzen. Your role would include preparing pre- and post-training sessions for Project Associates, supervising the 5-week summer training program, designing 2 weeks of training in India with high-level government and private sector partners, overseeing research on project topics and helping Project Associates shape project goals, managing relationships and curriculum with various training partners, conducting evaluations of Project Associates' performance during training, collecting feedback on the training program, and assisting with on-boarding and training logistics for Project Associates, etc. You will act as a Training and Onboarding Manager and Mentor throughout the summer session, and will travel with the Project Associates to Delhi for the last two weeks of the 5-week training. In addition, you will have the opportunity to work closely with coaches from Chicago Booth’s Management Lab to prepare for the Management Labs training, and then go on to serve as an assistant coach to the Project Associates. 



10 weeks between July and September 2017 (exact dates negotiable)



To apply, please send an updated CV, cover letter and a list of 2-3 references to Nicole Anderson at ndanderson@uchicago.edu. We will review applications as they come in. 



Position Features



  • Play an instrumental role in the training of IIC Project Associates, who will spend a year designing, developing, and implementing solutions to some of India’s biggest social challenges
  • Design a highly condensed and rigorous version of Booth’s Management Labs and coach Project Associates alongside Ed Miller and Professor Jonathan Frenzen, Director of Management Labs
  • Develop and maintain relationships with the IIC’s training partners: 
    • A variety of organizations and individuals working on social entrepreneurship, international development, management and leadership skills
    • Government, industry and academic leaders working in IIC project-specific areas, such as sanitation, urban planning, healthcare and education
  • Gain invaluable management and leadership experience by overseeing a 5-week training course and the development of 30-40 Project Associates 


  • Will work directly with the IIC Core Team in designing the structure and agenda of the summer training
  • Develop and implement the IIC’s rigorous 5-week summer training session, such as curriculum, logistics, etc.
  • Will be a primary IIC contact for training partners in Chicago and India 
  • Act as a Mentor and coach to Project Associates throughout the training program 


  • Will have direct contact with high-profile entrepreneurs, development experts and government leaders in Chicago and Delhi
  • Hands on experience with many aspects of program management, both in the office and in the ‘field’
  • Experience implementing a very exciting new ‘start-up’ with a focus on international development and social entrepreneurship
  • Potential offer to continue work with the IIC at conclusion of the summer


  • Must have at least one year of full-time professional work experience (excluding undergraduate summer work) 
  • Must be a current University of Chicgao graduate student with at least one year of graduate studies completed
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States (international students eligible only if visa assistance is NOT required) 


The ideal candidate is a creative problem-solver who is motivated, passionate, entrepreneurial, creative, collaborative, driven by a desire to make the world a better place, and excited to help build something. We are looking for candidates with a track record of excellence and success in academic and professional settings and with exceptional project management and interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills. Experience with Management Labs, strategy, communications, operations, professional development or entrepreneurial design is a plus. This role is instrumental to building the close-knit, collaborative IIC teams necessary to have an impact on our projects. Thus candidates should have a strong desire to develop the capabilities of high-potential young professionals and help teams tackle difficult issues that are barriers to team productivity.