Independent Diplomat offers internships, lasting 4-6 months, to exceptional applicants seeking a rewarding, hands-on experience in all aspects of an NGO dealing with international relations. Independent Diplomat recruits year-round for internships. Please check our employment page for instructions on how to apply.

Please note that our internships are unpaid, although Independent Diplomat will pay reasonable travel expenses for successful candidates.


Current interns

Lucy Armstrong - London, 2014

Lucy joined ID in September 2014. A graduate in Modern Languages from the University of St Andrews, she is currently studying for an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Her diverse work experience includes three years at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London where her role focused on strategy and corporate governance and running the annual training course for diplomats on the Commonwealth.  Lucy also worked on the Commonwealth’s ‘Civil Paths to Peace’ project, an initiative that has had considerable success in promoting the idea of ‘multiple identities’ in addressing conflicts as an alternative to the ‘clash of civilisations’ theory.  In addition, she has worked in the private sector. Lucy is a native English speaker and also speaks German and French. She is a UK citizen.

Elizabeth Kennedy - A Whitney Ellsworth Fellow, 2014

Elizabeth became Independent Diplomat’s A. Whitney Ellsworth Fellow in September 2014.  Prior to joining ID, she served as an U.S. State Department Fulbright Fellow in Indonesia and then as a disaster response volunteer for victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.  She has a wide array of experience in both international and U.S. domestic affairs.  Originally hailing from Oregon, Elizabeth worked for Oregon State Senator Richard Devlin, where she assisted the senator to develop prospective reforms to Oregon’s public pension system.  Elizabeth also worked as a Development and Climate Change intern for the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in New York.  At the mission, she aided U.K. officers in General Assembly negotiations.  An honors graduate of Occidental College, her academic research focused on Chinese development efforts in Africa and, more broadly, emerging concepts of South-South Cooperation.  Elizabeth is conversational in Indonesian and familiar with Mandarin. 

Zuleikha Mohammed - Brussels 2014

In 2014 Zuleikha graduated from King’s College London with a  degree in French and Hispanic Studies.  Whilst in London, Zuleikha was elected President of the Hispanic Society and awarded the Von Schlippenbach award for academic achievement.  Her dissertation focused on representations of Islamic gender and sexuality in the works of Miguel de Cervantes. She has also interned at the British Red Cross where her research focused on the needs of asylum seekers and refugees in the UK.  Prior to this Zuleikha volunteered for NGOs such as Racial Equality and Secours Populaires and has worked as a Legal Assistant.  Zuleikha is fluent in French and Spanish and is also knowledgeable in Catalan and Gujarati.

Robin Scharf - Washington DC, 2014

Robin joined ID after completing a Master’s Degree in the History of Warfare at King’s College London, where he focused on the intersection of colonialism and the Cold War and wrote a dissertation that explored British policy on the Angolan Crisis during the 1970s. In 2011, Robin interned in Geneva at an NGO that promotes press and internet freedoms in structures of global governance.  He has also studied in Paris, Brussels, and at Northeastern University in Boston where he won multiple research grants to conduct archival research in Europe as an undergraduate. Robin speaks French and conversational Portuguese. He is a US citizen.