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.
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.
Sophia Salmore – New York, 2017
Sophie joined ID in June 2017. She is an incoming Master’s candidate in Global Governance and Diplomacy at Oxford University, where she received the Kenneth Sewards-Shaw Scholarship in the area of Law and Politics. Her academic work grapples with the institutions and processes of diplomacy, multilateralism, and regional integration. Specifically, her dissertation will focus on the role of the U.N. Security Council in protecting human rights in crisis situations.
Prior to ID, Salmore worked alongside senior-level U.S. civil servants and diplomats through policy-oriented research internships at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C. Through these experiences, she gained unique insight into the substance, formulation, and daily operations of U.S. foreign policy.
Salmore holds a B.A. in the College of Social Studies and Government at Wesleyan University, where she focused on the fields of international relations and international security, and took courses on global and transitional justice. As an undergraduate, she was a research assistant on various projects related to border politics, conceptions of sovereignty, the evolution of norms in the international system, and the role of emotions in decision-making. In addition, she conducted independent research on counter-terrorism, information warfare, and 21st century statecraft, interviewing officials working in a variety of contexts at the State Department, White House National Security Council, Department of Defense, and Central Intelligence Agency. Salmore also served as Co-chair of the Undergraduate Academic Honor Board. In this appointed role, she engaged in the adjudication of suspected breaches of academic expectations.
Passionate about pressing for changes that promote a more just and peaceful world, Salmore plans to pursue a J.D. in public international law post-Oxford.