Independent Diplomat (ID) is seeking three paid interns to work remotely (for at least three days per week) on its Climate and/or Rohingya projects until at least mid-February 2020.

ID is a unique non‐profit venture in the world of international relations, diplomacy and conflict prevention. Staffed by former diplomats, international lawyers and experts in international relations, ID offers independent and confidential advice and assistance on diplomatic technique and strategy to governments, international institutions, non‐governmental organizations and political groups. ID currently has offices in New York, Brussels, Geneva and the UK with staff also based in Norway.

The roles will form a critical part of our joint climate and Rohingya teams, working under the leadership of a single director and alongside a small but dynamic group of staff.

Our Climate project supports the Government of the Republic of the Marshall Islands on their climate diplomacy, including their leadership of the High Ambition Coalition and negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and other climate-related fora/negotiations, including in the International Maritime Organization specifically.

Our Rohingya project provides diplomatic support to a number of Rohingya leaders and groups covering the diaspora, as well as political activists inside Myanmar/Burma, and representatives from the refugee camps in Bangladesh.

One intern will be particularly focused on providing media and social media support for both projects, and the other interns will be largely focussed on providing research and administrative support across one or both projects. However, all roles will involve widespread exposure across the spectrum of our work.

When applying candidates should specifically identify which of the roles they are interested in and demonstrate their particular suitability for that role.

Stipends Available.  We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and with a broad range of previous work experiences to apply. Independent Diplomat is not in a position to provide immigration support or visa sponsorship.  Independent Diplomat cannot offer any promise or guarantee of future employment or extended internships with the organization.


Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong interest in international affairs, as well as the mission of Independent Diplomat more broadly and ideally have relevant knowledge or experience relevant to Myanmar/Burma and the Rohingya or on climate diplomacy. Those interested in the media / social media role should also have familiarity and ideally experience in doing similar work.

Required skills and experience

  • Fluency in English;
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including an appreciation for detail and nuance;
  • Creativity and dynamism, as well as a passion for the work;
  • Interest in working as part of a small team and in taking on tasks independently;
  • Strong research and computer software skills;
  • A strong work ethic, strict attention to detail and deadlines, and a desire for excellence; and
  • The ability to multitask and manage multiple tasks at one time.


Please send (i) a CV (maximum two pages); (ii) a separate cover letter (maximum one page); and (iii) two short writing samples to

The cover letter should:

  • Explain the reasons for your interest in an internship with ID;
  • Demonstrate your suitability for either a media / social media or research and administrative support role specifically;
  • Demonstrate your knowledge or experience on Myanmar/Burma and the Rohingya, and/or on climate diplomacy; and
  • Indicate your location and availability to commit to work at least three days per week between now and mid-February 2020.

The CV should include the names and contact details of two references, ideally an academic reference and a reference of a current or recent internship or employer.

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis with a preference for those that are able to start ASAP, and ideally by mid-November. Shortlisted applicants will be invited for a phone/video interview.

Due to the expected large number of applicants, we regret that we are unable to confirm receipt of applications or provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

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