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

Arianna Faraco - Brussels 2015

Arianna joined ID in January 2015. In 2014, she obtained a Master's degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs at University of Bologna Italy, where she focused on security issues in South-East Asia. Her dissertation was the result of a six-month research project in Myanmar where she analyzed the triangular relationship between Yangon, Beijing and Washington from a security prospective. Previously, she obtained a First Class Honors Degree in Political Science at University of Roma Tre.

Before joining ID, Arianna served as Operations Assistant at the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations. She also worked for the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs during the Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, where she significantly strengthened her diplomatic and negotiation skills. During her studies, she interned at a local NGO in Yangon where she participated in a series of lectures on International Relations Theories. Arianna is also a contributing writer for an Italian online journal.

Arianna is an Italian native speaker and she also speaks English, French and Spanish.

Fleur ten Hacken - London 2015

Fleur joined ID in January 2015. In 2014, she completed her MA in International Peace and Security at King's College London, focusing on diplomacy and human rights. She wrote a dissertation on the impact of the International Criminal Tribunal of the former Yugoslavia on accountability.

Before Fleur joined ID, she did an internship at the political department of the Dutch embassy in London, where she worked on diverse issues such as the European Union, Ukraine, Hong Kong and Afghanistan. In 2011, she interned at an advocacy organisation in the Palestinian territories, where she researched the Palestinian quest for UN membership. She has also volunteered for an NGO that supports education in developing countries, and has taught English in Beijing for three months.

Fleur speaks Dutch, German and is conversational in Mandarin. She is a Dutch citizen.

Carmen Hidalgo Staub – New York, 2014

Carmen joined ID in December 2014. Originally from Germany, she graduated from the University of Bern in Switzerland with a B.S. in Economics and Political Science. Additionally, Carmen lived in East Asia for several years where she studied Mandarin and East Asian history. She last worked for Amnesty International USA in Chicago, where she completed an internship in the development department, working on donor acquisition and stewardship. Thereafter she was hired as Field Organizer for the Midwest, where she mobilized and educated civilians in the struggle for human rights domestically and abroad.

Besides a working proficiency in Mandarin, Carmen is also fluent in German, Spanish and Swiss-German. She is interested in mediation and non-violent conflict resolution, human rights, and Sino-relations.

Joanna Zhou – New York, 2015

Joanna joined ID in January 2015. Prior to joining, Joanna completed her Bachelor's of Law in Sydney, Australia. As part of her degree, she completed a thesis examining the potential for linkage of carbon trading between Australia, the United States and China.

Subsequent to her degree, Joanna was admitted to practice law and worked as a lawyer at a top-tier commercial law firm in Sydney. She mainly advised clients in the energy and resources space on matters involving large scale energy transactions, climate change regulations and carbon contracts. Joanna also has diverse experiences in dispute resolution, with specific experience in large-scale class actions.

Joanna’s experience extends across multiple jurisdictions, having also worked with various non-profit environmental law organizations in Australia and Canada. Joanna is a native English speaker and also fluent in Mandarin. She is currently completing a Master's of Law at Columbia University.