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.

Luke Richer - Brussels 2014

In 2012, Luke obtained a Master’s degree from King’s College London after having read European Studies with a focus on the foreign policy of the European Union. Luke has pursued various opportunities in London and abroad. He worked for a non-profit organisation in Spitalfields before moving to Westminster to spend time with DeHavilland EU, a political information company. Luke spent much of 2013 in South East Asia working on the front line of EU’s external relations at the EU’s delegation to Singapore. Before joining Independent Diplomat, Luke returned to London to intern in the constituency office of a Member of the European Parliament. Luke will be a British delegate at 2014’s Y20 Summit in Sydney. Luke is half British, half Dutch, has a good knowledge of French and possesses conversational Spanish.

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.