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.
Ryan Allman - New York, 2013
Ryan joined ID after completing a Fulbright Fellowship in Bogota, Colombia, where she taught at the Universidad Nacional and worked on a research project that analyzed the Colombian Government’s reintegration program for former female child soldiers. She completed her undergraduate degree in Diplomacy and World Affairs and Spanish Literary Studies at Occidental College, where she wrote her thesis on the implications of new media technology on female participation in transnational social movements. She has previously interned at Mercy Corps, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Pacific Council on International Policy, and the United Nations Foundation. Ryan has lived in Kenya, Bolivia, Peru, Argentina, and Colombia, and speaks English and Spanish.
Richard Gowing - London, 2014
Richard joined ID after completing an MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies at the London School of Economics, where he graduated with Distinction. He was awarded the prize for ‘Best Overall Performance' from the 2011/12 programme, as well as the prize for ‘Best Dissertation' for his paper on the politics of transitional justice in post-war Sri Lanka (published online as an LSE Working Paper). Prior to that, he obtained First-Class Honours in BSc Politics from the University of Bristol. Since graduating he has interned at the political consultancy Risk Advisory Group, monitoring global crime and security trends for a range of major international clients, and at the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, where he worked in human rights advocacy and communications in the run up to the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. He is currently employed at the US Programme at Chatham House (the Royal Institute of International Affairs), where he assists with the planning and organisation of a variety of projects exploring America's changing role in the world. He 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.
Deepika Nath - New York, 2013-2014
Deepika is currently a second-year graduate student at New York University, pursuing her Master's degree in International Relations. She is specializing in peace and conflict studies, foreign policy and national security in the Middle East and North Africa region. She was the CSR coordinator and liaisons officer for an Indian Chamber of Commerce based in Botswana for its cataract removal campaign in 2011, and has also worked as a journalist in national newspapers in Colombia, Botswana and India. Deepika has a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and English Journalism, and is an Indian 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.
Lara Sievers - Brussels, 2013
Lara joined ID after completing her Master’s Degree in International Peace and Security at King’s College London, where she focused on diplomacy, the Middle East and the interplay of international law and international politics on contemporary security issues. She completed her undergraduate degree with a First Class Honours in European Studies at The Hague University and obtained a double degree, also in European Studies, from Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom. Both prior to and after completing her undergraduate degree, Lara took classes in Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Lund University in Sweden. She previously interned at the German Embassy in Prague and the German-Belgian-Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce in Brussels. Lara is fluent in German, Swedish and English, has a good knowledge of Dutch and French and fair knowledge of Spanish. She is a citizen of Germany and Sweden.
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.