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.

Current interns

Meredith Carbonell, New York 2018

Meredith Carbonell joined ID as a Programme Assistant in New York in February 2019. She has a Masters in Negotiation and Conflict Resolution from Columbia University and a Bachelors from New York University in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Human Rights and Genocide Studies. She is a trained mediator, negotiator, and researcher. She has conducted research on peacebuilding and women in Uganda, Israel, Jordan and is set to conduct research in Bosnia and Herzegovina this summer in transitional justice practices. Her academic interests include social perception, conflict resolution, dehumanization process, and women. She currently works at a law firm specializing in immigration law where she uses her writing and research skills in asylum and refugees cases. Her previous internships include research assistant at the Phelps Lab at NYU, Global Centre for Responsibility to Protect, and International Center for Ethno-Religious Mediation. She is fluent in Spanish and conversational in French.

Madelaine Diaz – New York, 2018

Madelaine Diaz joined ID as a Programme Assistant in New York in September 2018. She is a third-year B.A. candidate in International Studies with a Minor in Humanitarian Studies and a concentration on the MENA region at Fordham University in New York City. Prior to joining ID she was an intern for the Permanent Mission of Panama to the United Nations where she focused on human rights, women empowerment, and decolonization-related issues.Before moving to New York, Madelaine worked with regional NGOs and government institutions in her home country of Panama. She served as a Communications Intern for Plan International (Regional Office of the Americas) and interned at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the Foreign Policy Department for the Middle East and North Africa.

She is interested, mainly, in the work surrounding refugees advocacy and empowerment. This interest was fueled, amongst other things, by her experience at Za’atari Refugee Camp in Amman, Jordan where she visited and heard the stories of Syrian refugees. She is fluent in Spanish, English, French and has basic knowledge of Arabic.

Amir Khouzam – New York, 2019

Amir Khouzam joined ID’s New York office as a Program Assistant in January 2019. Amir is in the final year of his master’s degree in International Affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, concentrating in human rights policy and international conflict resolution. His work focuses on how human rights intersect with diplomacy, community development, and humanitarian action. Amir spent the summer of 2018 in Beirut, working for a Syrian civil society organization on peacebuilding projects and Track III diplomatic efforts to connect the Syrian grassroots with high level peace negotiations.
Amir has been involved in refugee and asylum issues both here in New York and in Egypt, where he worked in the protection unit of UNHCR’s Cairo office. Prior to moving to New York he worked in Toronto at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Canada’s largest children’s rehabilitation centre, designing arts-based programs for children and young adults with special needs.
Amir holds BA Hons. in history and political science from the University of Toronto.

Kyra Luchtenberg – Brussels, 2018

Kyra joined ID Brussels in May 2018. She holds a MA in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies from King’s College London and a MSc in Crisis and Security Management from Leiden University. Kyra also collaborates with the Middle East Centre of the London School of Economics and Political Science, where she was awarded a research grant to examine environmental peacebuilding in post-IS Iraq. Kyra has extensive field research experience in Iraq, and her earlier work includes examining the effects of displacement on women’s economic empowerment in Iraq for the LSE Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Kyra also interned at the Security Policy Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, where she focused on arms trade to the Middle East and North Africa.

Kyra is fluent in English and Dutch, and is proficient in Arabic.

Chiara Orlassino – Brussels, 2018

Chiara joined ID in May 2018. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in International Relations and Diplomacy, taught jointly by Leiden University and the Clingendael Institute in The Hague. She holds a BA Honors in Interpreting and Translation Studies from the University of Trieste in Italy. Before joining ID, Chiara worked at the European Delegation to the UN in New York, where she focused on the Global Compact for Migration, UN Resolutions on conflict diamonds, and sustainable development. Chiara is a regular contributor for the Rome-based think tank Centro Studi Internazionali, for which she writes in-depth briefs on EU foreign policy issues. She also collaborates with the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center in Geneva as analyst focusing on resettlement plans.

Due to professional and academic experiences, Chiara has lived in the US and in six European countries. She has travelled extensively as a backpacker across Japan, India, China, and South America. She is fluent in English, German, Spanish, and Italian, and has an advanced knowledge of French.

Nathaniel Tonner – London, 2018

Nathaniel joined ID as a Programme Assistant in London in October 2018. He is a soon-to-be MSc International Relations graduate from the London School of Economics and Political Science where he focused on inter-disciplinary approaches to the study of genocide, conflict analysis, and humanitarian assistance and peace-building. During this time Nathaniel also completed a programme with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office centered on Diplomacy in the 21st century. Nathaniel holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Secondary Education from University College London and the Institute of Education, and a BA in History from Newcastle University.

Prior to joining ID Nathaniel worked in the education sector for six years. He completed the Teach First Leadership Development Programme in 2015 and volunteered with the NGO SKIP, where he focused on delivering high-quality education to families from an economically-disadvantaged district in northern Peru. Nathaniel also worked as a researcher for an international security consultancy focusing on non-proliferation developments and has held positions in China, Austria, France and Australia.