The International Innovation Corps (IIC) is a Fellowship program that runs as a part of the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. The IIC recruits and places high-performing young professionals with up to five years of experience and top-tier academic backgrounds from top ranking global 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 23 year-long 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 in 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 of the Government of Maharashtra. Our projects have been supported by Tata Trusts, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the EdelGive Foundation, and Yes Bank.
While the IIC is a program based out of the University of Chicago Trust in India.