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.
Olga Abilova – New York, 2015
Olga joined ID in February 2015. In 2012, she completed a B.A. in International Studies at the University of Oslo, Norway, with an exchange semester to Sciences Po Paris. She also holds a Licence 3 in Social Sciences from Université Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas.
Prior to joining ID, Olga pursued graduate research for the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) and the Center for International Conflict Resolution (CICR) at Columbia University. In 2013, she worked as the project manager of Young Friends of the Earth Norway’s international cooperation with civil society in Russia. Before that, she assisted the Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations with covering the Security Council and human rights issues in the General Assembly. She also has experience from Amnesty International, the Institute for Strategic and International Studies (IRIS, France), and has taught mathematics in England and Sweden.
Olga is fluent in Russian, French, Norwegian, and English. Her research interest are within mediation, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, technology in humanitarian assistance, natural resource management, transitional justice and governance. She is currently completing a Master of International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) on a Fulbright scholarship.
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.
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.
Carmen Hidalgo Staub – New York, 2014
Carmen joined ID in December 2014. Originally from Germany, she graduated from the University of Bern in Switzerland with a B.S. in Economics and Political Science. Additionally, Carmen lived in East Asia for several years where she studied Mandarin and East Asian history. She last worked for Amnesty International USA in Chicago, where she completed an internship in the development department, working on donor acquisition and stewardship. Thereafter she was hired as Field Organizer for the Midwest, where she mobilized and educated civilians in the struggle for human rights domestically and abroad.
Besides a working proficiency in Mandarin, Carmen is also fluent in German, Spanish and Swiss-German. She is interested in mediation and non-violent conflict resolution, human rights, and Sino-relations.
Joanna Zhou – New York, 2015
Joanna joined ID in January 2015. Prior to joining, Joanna completed her Bachelor’s of Law in Sydney, Australia. As part of her degree, she completed a thesis examining the potential for linkage of carbon trading between Australia, the United States and China.
Subsequent to her degree, Joanna was admitted to practice law and worked as a lawyer at a top-tier commercial law firm in Sydney. She mainly advised clients in the energy and resources space on matters involving large scale energy transactions, climate change regulations and carbon contracts. Joanna also has diverse experiences in dispute resolution, with specific experience in large-scale class actions.
Joanna’s experience extends across multiple jurisdictions, having also worked with various non-profit environmental law organizations in Australia and Canada. Joanna is a native English speaker and also fluent in Mandarin. She is currently completing a Master’s of Law at Columbia University.