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

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.

Danica Damplo – New York 2015

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)

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.

Shatha Yasin – Middle East and North Africa Fellow (New York, 2015)

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.