Interns

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

Felicity Auer - London, 2014

Felicity joined ID in April 2014. She studied her undergraduate law degree at the University of Oxford and was admitted to the roll of solicitors in England and Wales in 2011, having spent two years at a leading corporate law firm in the City of London. She obtained an LLM with Distinction in Human Rights, Conflict and Justice from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. There she specialised in international humanitarian law, international law on the use of force, international human rights, international criminal law and reconciliation, reconstruction and justice in post-conflict societies. Her thesis focused on the role of transitional amnesties as a conflict ending measure. Since completing her LLM in 2012, Felicity has studied for Certificates in "Government and Politics of the Middle East" from the London Middle East Institute at SOAS and "Law, War and Human Rights" from the London School of Economics, University of London. Prior to joining ID, Felicity was at Lawyers for Justice in Libya (LFJL) working on transitional justice and its strategic litigation programme for torture victims, and at the AIRE Centre (Advice for Individual Rights in Europe) working on international human rights policy at the national and regional levels. Felicity is fluent in English, speaks good German, French and basic Arabic. She is a UK citizen.

Sanne de Mayer - London, 2014

Sanne joined ID after completing a Master's Degree in Oriental Languages and Cultures at Ghent University, where she focused on modern Arabic literature, with First Class Honours. She is currently pursuing an additional Master's Degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at the University of Antwerp and the focus of her thesis is on the Lebanese sectarian system. Sanne completed courses in Arabic and Islamic studies at the Netherlands-Flemish Institute in Cairo and the Saifi Institute for Arabic Language in Beirut. She previously interned at the political section of the Belgian embassy in Beirut and at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Morocco, provided education support as a Scientific Staff Member at Ghent University and was in charge of External Relations at the Arab-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce. Sanne is fluent in Dutch, French, English and Arabic and has a fair knowledge of Spanish and German.  She is a Belgian citizen.

Michael Dobson - New York, 2014

Michael joined ID in the summer of 2014. He holds degrees in Political Science and Law from the University of Otago, and is admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor in his native New Zealand. In 2010, Michael joined the litigation team of one of New Zealand’s major corporate and commercial law firms. In mid-2012, he left that position to take up a Fulbright Scholarship to study Global Politics at the New School for Social Research in New York, with a focus on the politics of climate change. Michael also spent time as an undergraduate studying at UC Berkeley, and has previously interned at the Washington D.C. office of the Center for International Environmental Law.

Miranda Meyer - New York, 2014

Miranda joined ID after an eighteen-month stay in Egypt, where she worked in peacebuilding and journalism and observed a tumultuous period in the country’s politics. She completed her B.A. in International Studies at the University of Chicago, and in her thesis created an original approach to studying Hamas and Hezbollah as essential political actors within their national-political environments. She has previously worked and interned with Aswat Masriya (a Reuters project on Egyptian news), MasterPeace (an Egyptian NGO), The Doblin Group, and Harvard Business Publishing. Miranda has lived in the US, Mexico, Syria, and Egypt, and has traveled extensively over the course of her life. She is fluent in Spanish and comfortable in Modern Standard, Syrian, and Egyptian Arabic. She looks forward to joining Georgetown University's M.A. program in Arab Studies in the coming year.

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.

Ben Young - London, 2013

Ben joined ID after completing an MPhil in International Relations at the University of Cambridge, where he focused on international organisations and global security and graduated with Distinction. His thesis explored US and EU relations with the Arab League during the 2011 intervention in Libya. Prior to this, he gained a First Class undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester. His professional background is in political communications and consultancy, having interned at MHP Communications in London and worked as a Research Consultant with Lexington Communications in Manchester, where he focused on public engagement on large-scale housing and retail developments in North-West England. He has also interned in the United States Senate in Summer 2011, in the office of Senator Bob Casey Jr. He has a good knowledge of French and is a UK citizen.