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The Diplomacy Lab is a U.S. Department of State program that allows university faculty and students to contribute to the policy-making process while also helping the Department of State access an underutilized reservoir of intellectual capital. Students participating in the Diplomacy Lab program work under the guidance of faculty experts to explore real-world challenges and develop innovative responses to those challenges.

The University of Oklahoma serves as the Secretariat of the Diplomacy Lab program. Working directly with the Department of State’s Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, OU serves as a leading institution among the Diplomacy Lab university participants.

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wonk tank

Recognizing the growing role young people play in shaping the global agenda, the Department of State launched a new policy-proposal platform in spring 2016 – the Wonk Tank. This annual national competition for university students (both graduate and undergraduate) to pitch foreign policy proposals. Proposal topics can vary depending on students’ different interests, with the only stipulation being that proposals must be related to foreign policy or international topics.

Finalists are chosen to present their proposals in person in Washington, D.C. on April 7th. One winner will then be chosen for a paid, summer internship.