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.

Kate Garcia – New York, 2015

Kate joined ID in June 2015. She recently completed her undergraduate degree in International Relations at Richmond the American University in London. Her dissertation focused on neo-conservatism and its influence on U.S. foreign policy during the 2003 Iraq War. This fall she will attend Kings College in London to pursue her Master’s Degree in Emerging Economies and International Development. Prior to joining ID, Kate interned at Wellford Energy, a company that provides strategic advisory and investment banking services for clean energy and low carbon projects. Kate is an avid traveler and has lived in Germany, France and England. Her areas of interest include conflict mediation, international development and humanitarian assistance. She will be assisting the Development/External Relations team on outreach and fundraising.

Natalie Palmer – London, 2015

Natalie joined ID in April 2015. In 2014, she graduated with Distinction from her Master’s degree in International Relations (Diplomacy) at the University of Birmingham. Originally from Scotland, Natalie focused her dissertation on the credibility of an independent Scotland’s foreign and defence policies, using the Nordic states as comparators. Her main research interests focus on the role that modern diplomacy can play in preventing and ending 21st century conflict.

Prior to joining ID, Natalie interned on the Conflict Prevention Programme at The Hague Institute for Global Justice where she undertook research and organized events on key projects including the role of education in conflict prevention and R2P. Natalie went on to become a Project Associate for a youth engagement initiative which supports the work of The Commission on Global Security, Justice and Governance, chaired by Madeline Albright and Ibrahim Gambari. Additionally, in 2012 Natalie interned at the World Food Programme in Dubai where she conducted due diligence on prospective donors.

Natalie is extremely passionate about diplomacy and has actively participated in Model UN and NATO. She served as President of the University of Dundee’s MUN Society (2012/2013) and is currently the Under Secretary-General of The European International Model United Nations 2015.