MIT Innovation Diplomats Program

Each year, 100s of MIT students pursue international opportunities through abroad programs like MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives (MISTI) Internships.

Building on these existing global programs at MIT, the MIT Innovation Diplomats (iDiplomats) Program equips student participants with additional frameworks, knowledge, and tools they can use in preparation for their global activities, while on the ground around the world, and later in their careers as innovators in a range of locations. MIT iDiplomats launched in 2014 focuses on providing these MISTI interns with the tools they need to understand the innovation ecosystem of global regions. This additional work is built on top of their MISTI internship. Through MIT iDiplomats students are prepared to explore how stakeholders in the innovation economies come together to create the conditions for innovation-driven prosperity across international cultures and policies. Read more: http://news.mit.edu/2015/innovation-diplomats-0910

MIT iDiplomats is designed to leverage the expertise of the innovation and entrepreneurship community on campus including the MIT Innovation Initiative (MITii), MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP), Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship (MIT Entrepreneurship Centre), and Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Lab (REAL).

MIT REAP iDiplomats in Mongolia, Summer 2016

mit-reap-idiplomats-in-mongolia-summer-2016PHOTO CREDIT: UURDEE GONGOR

MIT iDiplomats Eligibility

  • The program is open to all MIT students (undergraduate and graduate) who are participating in internship or work abroad through an MIT program.
  • Preference will be given to students who will be returning to MIT the following fall semester.
  • Students must be hosted by an MIT program with a dedicated program manager (for example, many students participate as an add-on to MISTI)
  • Students must work abroad for at least 10 weeks over the summer
  • Your acceptance to MIT iDiplomats will just be contingent upon your placement through MISTI (and other abroad programs at MIT).

MIT REAP Innovation Diplomats Program

MIT REAP extended MIT iDiplomats Program to REAP Teams in regions around the world. This is an opportunity for REAP Teams, both future, current and alumni to engage more closely with MIT’s ecosystem and students on advancing their innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystem (IDE’s). MIT REAP iDiplomats will work directly with REAP Teams on additional IDE’s specific projects and challenges specific to that region.

MIT REAP iDiplomats Opportunities for both MIT REAP Regions and MIT Students

MIT Students:

  • Deepen understanding of innovation in one of the MIT REAP Regions
  • Practice career skills, enhanced through a focus on informal diplomacy
  • Enhance professional network in the region, especially through additional opportunities to link MIT alumni around a focused issue of interests
  • Receive a stipend to cover local travel to interviews
  • Receive academic credit upon successful completion of the program
  • Develop deeper understanding of IDE’s projects and challenges specific to MIT REAP Team’s and Regions.

MIT REAP Teams:

  • Expose stakeholders in the region to MIT’s unique approach to hands-on problem solving and passion for having real impart in the world.
  • Utilize an MIT student to focus on a well-defined and relevant challenge that may be addressing gaps, engaging stakeholders, implementing long-term MIT REAP strategy, or helping with a specific ‘Must Win Battle’.

Outcomes of MIT REAP iDiplomats

  • Innovation Ecosystem Frameworks: Structured approach to gathering and analyzing data about the ways in which innovation and entrepreneurship in MIT REAP Regions is supported or hindered by financial capital, human talent, infrastructure, etc.
  • Innovation Contexts: MIT REAP Region specific cultural and political sights into the nature and role of innovation diplomacy
  • Diplomacy & Networks: Understand the key stakeholders in MIT REAP Region innovation ecosystem, meet with alumni and others in the region to continue in-the-field analysis, allowing to forge relationships with leaders in government, the corporate sector, entrepreneurs, risk capital, and academia.
  • MIT REAP Team specific project: Focus on a relevant and well-defined challenge of MIT REAP Team and region. MIT student will help the REAP team with a specific challenge that may include addressing gaps, engaging stakeholders, implementing long-term MIT REAP strategy, or helping with specific ‘Must Win Battle’.

MIT REAP iDiplomats Eligibility

  • The program is open to all MIT students (undergraduate and graduate).
  • Preference will be given to students who will be returning to MIT the following fall semester.
  • Preference will be given to students who have participated in the MIT Course 15 Management program Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Leaders (REAL) (http://reap.mit.edu/get-involved/students-real/) taught by Professors Fiona Murray and Phil Budden.
  • Students will be hosted by MIT REAP Team in-region.
  • Students must be prepared to work abroad for at least 10 weeks over their summer semester.

MIT REAP iDiplomats Reports

 

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact reap@mit.edu