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.
Shahla Ali – London 2015
Shahla joined ID in September 2015. She has over five years of experience in the international development sector. Her Master’s dissertation at the University of Bath was on understanding the impact of humanitarian interventions on weak states and their capacity to deliver healthcare services, wherein lessons were drawn from the East Timorese experience. At the Westminster Foundation for Democracy, she worked on programs in Asia, Africa and the Western Balkans and successfully initiated the Sri Lanka parliamentary strengthening program. She has formulated funding proposals and conducted training sessions in smaller human rights NGOs and engaged with rural communities on livelihood programs at the United Nations Development Programme.
Her passion in international relations and diplomacy stems from her time at the British High Commission in Sri Lanka. She was the focal point for analyzing Maldivian politics and lead contributor to policy development in the Maldives. She advised the British High Commissioner, Ministers and colleagues at the FCO in formulating positions during times of political crises. She has also worked collectively with the UK’s Department of Energy and Environment in assisting the Maldives to target its climate advocacy and securing international action on climate change.
John Harley Breen – London 2015-16
John joined ID in January 2016. He holds an MA International Relations from Queen Mary University of London where his research focused on identity, ideology, political violence, authoritarian regimes, and revolutions, with a regional focus on Southeast Asia and the Middle East and North Africa. He also studied international political economy of development and U.S. foreign policy. John graduated with distinction from Queen Mary and was awarded the J. Ann Tickner Prize for his dissertation on the rise of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, which examined how various state and transnational non-state actors can cause the state and its society to come into conflict.
John has a professional background in media and human rights having spent time working in the radio industry as a producer and researcher. Most recently he spent time in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, working as the Advocacy Consultant for LICADHO, a leading Cambodian human rights NGO. John’s role involved managing domestic/international advocacy, coordinating field investigations into human rights abuses, conducting international policy analysis, and the composition of reports, briefing papers, and media statements.
While at LICADHO, John briefed the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association, Maina Kiai, on the human rights situation in Cambodia. He also travelled to Geneva where he addressed and lobbied the UN Human Rights Committee as they reviewed Cambodia’s human rights record under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Danica Damplo – New York 2015-16
Danica joined ID in September 2015. She holds a BA in Political Science and History from Columbia University, graduating in 2012. She has also completed a MSc in International Affairs from Peking University in China (PKU) and a MSc in International Affairs from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), graduating from LSE with Distinction in 2014. Her four dissertations, three of which received honors, focused on the cohesion of rebel factions, the development of crimes against humanity law in post-WWII Nuremberg, and Sino-African relations on peace and security. Her LSE dissertation investigated whether violent tactics or the global media response to violence had radicalized over different periods of conflict in three African states.
Prior to working with Independent Diplomat, she contributed to a Civil Wars Data Collection project at Columbia University, interned with the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) in South Africa, and consulted with Facing History and Ourselves, an American nonprofit that uses history education to promote tolerance and critical thinking. Most recently, Danica worked as a research assistant for the UN Special Rapporteur on Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-Recurrence.
Matthew Murphy – A. Whitney Ellsworth Fellow (New York, 2015-16)
Matthew joined ID in September 2015. In 2014, he completed a B.A. in Political Science at Saint Peter’s University, a small Jesuit college in New Jersey.
Prior to joining ID, Matthew interned at The American Interest, a global affairs-focused magazine, where he wrote short posts for Walter Russell Mead’s “Via Meadia” column. Before TAI, Matthew interned at the British Consulate in New York City, Clinton Global Initiative, and the EastWest Institute. In his spare time, Matthew also serves as an associate editor at E-International Relations, an open access e-magazine covering international relations and politics.
Matt Edbrooke – London 2015-16
Matt joined ID in December 2015, having recently completed an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy at the University of Oxford. As part of this course, he wrote a dissertation that focused on the growing obligations of non-state actors in the international human rights regime, using case studies located in Kosovo and Somalia. This focus on the politics of international law is also reflected in his undergraduate dissertation, which looked to explain how the International Criminal Court could close the enforcement gaps that its structure allows for, based on case studies from Kenya and the DRC.
Prior to and in between these degrees, Matt interned for REDRESS, a human rights NGO that seeks justice for victims of torture, and for a number of MPs and other organisations based in Westminster, where he produced research reports in conjunction with UN and other intergovernmental staff. When he’s not in the office, Matt runs a blog, Beyond the State, which builds on the topic of his Master’s dissertation.
Anna Reumert – Middle East and North Africa Fellow (New York, 2016)
Anna has a long background in civil society activism and development work in the Middle East. She graduated from the Master’s Program in Near Eastern Studies at New York University in spring 2015 and speaks Arabic from years of study in the region, most recently as an Arabic Fellow at American University of Beirut last summer. For her Master’s thesis at NYU, Anna conducted fieldwork among Syrian refugees in Beirut, mapping the sectarian and political topography of the Syrian exile population in Beirut. The thesis offers a critical discussion of the discursive and operative framework of the humanitarian networks in Lebanon. Anna was awarded two graduate student prizes at NYU for this research and has presented excerpts of it at conferences.
Prior to living in New York, Anna graduated with two Bachelor’s degrees in Global Studies and Social Anthropology from University of Gothenburg in Spring 2013. As part of these degrees, Anna conducted a year of independent fieldwork on youth and political activism in three international settings: the highlands Vietnam, the Palestinian West Bank and among young Afghan refugees in Copenhagen, Denmark. During her time in Gothenburg, Anna was editor-in-chief of Utblick, the Swedish student magazine for foreign affairs, and hosted a radio program on international politics for Gothenburg Student Radio. In addition to her academic achievements, Anna has been involved in development work and political activism, most notably as council member and youth facilitator for Action Aid Denmark and as board member of the Swedish Association for Foreign Affairs (UF). As part of her engagement with Action Aid, she led a cultural and political dialogue trip for a Danish student delegation to Syria and Lebanon in winter 2011, during which they met with political and civic actors in both countries. In addition to this project, Anna has lived and studied in Syria and Lebanon, and has close connections to the Syrian civil society and refugee network. In addition to her engagement with the Middle East, Anna has worked as a youth volunteer in rural Tanzania and travelled extensively in East Africa.
Prior to joining ID, Anna interned with the Permanent Mission of Afghanistan to the United Nations in New York, where she assisted the Ambassador and his delegates with writing statements, covering meetings on behalf of the mission and conducting research on the Security Council and conflict resolution.
Shatha Yasin – Middle East and North Africa Fellow (New York, 2015-16)
Shatha joined ID in September 2015. She recently graduated with a B.A. in Government from Harvard University, where she focused on international relations and comparative politics, and completed graduate courses on foreign policy and diplomacy at the Kennedy School of Government. At Harvard, Shatha served as a research assistant on various research projects related to public policy, international mass movements and political psychology. She was heavily involved with the International Relations Council and served as Director of Administration for the 2013 Harvard MUN conference. Prior to joining ID, Shatha was a research intern at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, assessing developments in the MENA region as part of Graham Allison’s team. She has worked at Al-Haq, a human rights NGO based in the West Bank, as well as the Palestine Economic Policy Research Institute. Shatha is passionate about diplomacy, international relations, international law, and international development, and hopes to pursue a career at the intersection of those fields.
Geraldine Villeroux – New York 2015
Geraldine joined ID in October 2015. She holds a BA from McGill University in Montreal where she specialized in Southeast Asian politics and International Development. She is currently a MA candidate at New York University, specializing in International Relations. She also spent 6 months in Beijing at Peking University working on her Mandarin. For her Master’s thesis, she is analyzing the underground economy in Mexico and trying to explain why a country so rich and diverse has such inequality.
Prior to working with ID, Geraldine was part of the Malaysian Mission to the UN in New York, working with the Fifth Committee on Budget and Finance, as well as Al-Jazeera in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, where she grew up. In her spare time, Geraldine is also part of the staff of the Journal of Political Inquiry, a student-run NYU journal on issues of political, economic and social natures.