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.
Julie Audi – New York, 2018
Julie joined ID in October 2017. She holds a B.A. in International Relations and Economics and a minor in Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies from Tufts University. Originally from Lebanon, Julie has extensive experience working on issues in the Middle East and North Africa. She has researched topics such as the ethno-linguistic fractionalization of Lebanon and culture as a cause for economic progress. She is fluent in French, English and Arabic. Her passions include a mix of Political Economy, Arts, Human Rights, Law, Culture, Migration and Social Innovation. Julie also has a passion for desserts, which she developed while helping her mother in the management of her ice cream shop.
Before joining ID, Julie was a Research Intern at Human Rights Watch in Geneva where she focused on human rights reporting in Libya and Morocco. More recently, she helped asylum seekers in the US with their immigration status as a Refugee Representation Intern at Human Rights First in New York.
Nada Ezzat – New York, 2018
Nada joined ID in September 2017. She holds a Master’s degree in Media and the Middle East from SOAS University, London. During her time at SOAS, she focused her research on visual culture in MENA, women’s rights and violence in Egypt and Syria. Her thesis was on the normalization of the Syrian crisis, as a result of state led narratives in the media.
Before joining ID, Nada worked as a legal intern for the General Counsel at the International Crisis Group in New York, and she also worked as a volunteer translator for the New York Legal Assistance Group. In her hometown of Cairo, Egypt, Nada spent several summers working with the National Population Council, where she facilitated the launch of the first social media campaign for the FGM Prevention project, as well as help with new media initiatives.
Nada is interested in the role of language and images in shaping public perception and action towards crises in MENA, particularly with regards to the current refugee crisis and ongoing conflicts in Palestine, Syria and Yemen. Nada also holds a B.A. in Political Science and French Studies from Fordham University, and she is fluent in Arabic, French and English.
Peter Hughes – Brussels, 2017
Peter joined ID in August 2017. He holds a B.A. in Arabic and Chinese from Leeds University, UK. He is currently studying an Erasmus Plus Masters in Global Education Policy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the University of Amsterdam. His focus is on the role of education for peacebuilding and reconciliation. He also has an academic interest in the relationship between schooling and political participation in post-Arab Spring Tunisia.
Before joining ID, Peter worked a lot with MENA issues. He worked as a human rights monitor in the Palestine, with a special focus on access rights to water and farmland in the Jordan Valley for Palestinian communities. He has also worked for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office as part of the Syria Team with a focus on transition. This led him to work on the Syria campaign at Crisis Action in London.
As a keen linguist, Peter secured a Traineeship at the EU Commission in 2015 whereby he worked closely with the interpretation department. Alongside his degree, he also speaks French and Spanish.
Tina Kalamar – Geneva, 2017
Tina joined ID in July 2017. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Cultural Anthropology, both from the University of Vienna, Austria. Previously she worked in Slovenia for the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as a Field Associate, reporting on refugee arrival in Europe. She also interned at UN Human Rights Agency (OHCHR) in Geneva at the Universal Periodic Review and at the Permanent Mission of Slovenia in Vienna. Most recently she conducted research on social inclusion of marginalized communities through mine action in Laos at the Gender and Mine Action Programme (GMAP) in Geneva.
She is highly interested in global refugee policy and passionate about the rights of refugees, migrants and indigenous peoples. Tina is a Slovenian Citizen and, besides her native Slovenian, she is fluent in English, German, Serbo-Croatian and has a professional working proficiency in French.
Valeria Scuto – London, 2017
Valeria joined ID in October 2017. She holds a MSc in Conflict Studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science. During her studies, she focused on the geopolitical analysis the Mediterranean region and the Middle East, the dynamics of intrastate conflicts, ideology, political violence, and the role of institutional designs in divided societies.
She developed a keen research interest for the role of non-state armed groups, specialising in their mobilisation, governance systems, repertories of contention and role in peace negotiations. Valeria graduated with distinction by completing a research thesis exploring the relationship between the ideology of militant organisations and the observed repertoires of violence in Italy. Moreover, she also holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations from LUISS University in Rome, during which she completed a dissertation analysing the development of the Syrian conflict, accounting for the human rights violations, the use of illegal weapons and the legal basis for the Responsibility to Protect.
Before joining ID, she worked as a security and political risk analyst at Horizon Intelligence, reporting on European and Central Asian countries. Valeria also has a bilingual fluency in Italian and English, and also a very good command of French. Having regularly traveled to Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, she also has a strong grounding in Arabic.