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.
Irene Carpini – London, 2016
Irene joined ID in September 2016. Before joining ID, she spent almost 2 years with Crisis Action between the London and Brussels office, working primarily on their Syria campaign. In Brussels she focused on EU advocacy, acquiring experience working with the EU Institutions and the Member States, and on communication and media, engaging with media actors both at the EU level and in Member States.
Irene obtained a Master’s degree in International and Diplomatic Affair from the University of Bologna, and she studied at the University of Florence prior to that. She spent the last months of her Master’s degree at Columbia University, doing research for her Master’s thesis which focused on UN peacekeeping missions in civil war contexts. After that, she spent a year as an intern within the UN system working on development issues and later Palestinian refugees. At the UN she focused on advocacy and communication while at the same time Irene was a contributor to the Beyond Violence blog, an NGO campaigning for nonviolent conflict resolution.
Irene speaks fluent English, French and Italian, which is her mother tongue.
Matt Edbrooke – A. Whitney Ellsworth Fellow, 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.
Seaira Daniels – New York, 2016
Seaira joined ID in July of 2016. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from Ohio University’s Honors Tutorial College, where she specialized in broadcast news and Spanish language studies. As part of her degree, she completed a thesis comparing the format, production style, and diversity and inclusion attributes of co-owned Spanish and English-language network television news programs. Seaira’s research interests include migrant populations, especially those of the African diaspora, and private sector influence in international development.
Prior to working with ID, Seaira led study abroad programs in Latin America promoting public health and community health education as part of a public-private partnership with International Education Programs (IEP) and the Ohio University Office of Global Opportunities. She was also a program assistant for the American Association of University Women’s (AAUW) American, International, and International Project Grant programs, which fund graduate education, research, and international development projects for women. Seaira is currently a M.A. candidate at The New School, specializing in International Development.
Arianna Faraco – Brussels 2015-16
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.
Joanna MacGregor – London, 2016
Joanna joined ID in September 2016. She recently completed her Master’s degree in Global Governance and Diplomacy at Oxford University, where her thesis focused on how climate change adaptation programs can be made conflict-sensitive. In order to conduct this research she carried out extensive fieldwork in the Greater Mekong Region, mostly in Myanmar and Vietnam. She graduated with a distinction from her undergraduate degree in Politics and International Relations in which most of her studies focused on the governance of peacebuilding and statebuilding. During this time she also spent a year at 外交学院 (China Foreign Affairs University) studying Chinese foreign policy and basic Mandarin.
Joanna has a multi-disciplinary background in the development sector, previously holding the position of Deployment Manager for an international education foundation. This role saw her manage a team in London to deliver education technology to underprivileged children in Laos, Sri Lanka, South Africa and Colombia, where she was deployed to train the new office. During her time in Beijing, Joanna interned at the UN High Commission for Refugees, becoming the first point of contact for asylum seekers registering in China. This role included advising persons of concern of their security situation, status and rights whilst in China.
For the past six years Joanna has volunteered for peacebuilding organizations such as International Alert. She is a keen sportswoman, and after a knee reconstruction surgery in late 2015 is looking forward to getting back in action. She is a British Citizen who grew up in the DC area.
Matthew Porges – Brussels, 2016
Matthew joined ID in September of 2016. He will be focusing on the Western Sahara and Somaliland projects, having previously conducted fieldwork in Morocco, Algeria, Mauritania, and Western Sahara. His MA thesis focused on nonviolent resistance in Western Sahara’s occupied zone, and his subsequent research looked at, among other things, the dynamics of nomadism in the Sahara, especially in light of climate change.
Matthew has previously interned at the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies in New Delhi, India, and spent the 2015-16 academic year on a research fellowship. He holds an MA from the Royal Military College of Canada and a BSc from the University of Victoria. He has also studied Arabic at the Qalam wa Lawh Center in Rabat, Morocco, and refugee politics at the University of Oxford.