Development and External Relations Internship in New York with the Independent Diplomat

Posted by Alyssa Barthel on October 11, 2016 - 8:53am
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Independent Diplomat seeks a  Development and External Relations intern to start work in its New York office

Independent Diplomat (ID) is a nonprofit advisory group that seeks to level the playing field of international diplomacy. We amplify the voices of marginalized stakeholders to strengthen justice and conflict prevention in the international system.  

ID internships provide an excellent opportunity to gain hands-on training and experience by being closely involved in a fast‐paced international team working at the cutting edge of international affairs and diplomacy.

Internship Details

Start date: as soon as possible

Duration: four-to-six months, preferably full time during regular office hours although we will consider candidates with less than full-time availability.

This internship unpaid, but home-to-office travel expenses will be reimbursed.

ID operates as a dynamic team. Volunteer interns are expected to gain experience and knowledge by contributing across the broad spectrum of ID’s client work and geographical areas of focus. Responsibilities of Development/External Relations interns typically include (but are not limited to):

  • Perform background and project research
  • Monitor the media monitoring
  • Assist with drafting reports
  • Database administration
  • Social media outreach
  • Event organization


We encourage applicants of diverse backgrounds and with a broad range of previous work experiences to apply. The successful candidate will be well organized, professional, and able to quickly digest and analyze complex information from a variety of sources. They will have strong knowledge of, and demonstrated interest in fundraising and communications as well as international affairs and diplomatic relations. Above all, candidates should exhibit an enthusiasm for international diplomacy, conflict prevention and dispute resolution, as well as the mission of Independent Diplomat more broadly.

Previous office experience (either paid work or internships) is essential, as is the willingness and flexibility to fit in with a small dynamic team. 

Required Skills and Experience

  • A bachelor’s or master’s degree (completed or in progress) in International Relations, journalism, public relations, or a related field
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Fluency in English and preferably another of the official UN languages (especially Arabic and French)
  • Superior social media networking skills
  • Knowledge of and/or experience in social and traditional media
  • Creativity and dynamism, as well as a passion for taking on new challenges
  • A strong work ethic
  • Attention to detail

Additional Criteria

ID volunteer internships place an emphasis on skills building and dynamic thinking. However, as you pursue your application, you may wish to emphasize the following background and experience in External Relations or Development including:

  • Prior experience researching individual donor prospects and grant funding opportunities;
  • Proficiency with graphics programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, and interest/experience in basic Web coding are pluses;
  • Experience with grant management and/or database software;
  • Familiarity with CRM software (e.g. Salesforce); and
  • The ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects at one time.


Please send (i) a CV or résumé (maximum two pages); (ii)a separate cover letter (maximum one page); and (iii) two short writing samples to  Please include the words ‘New York External Relations / Development Intern Fall 2016’ in the email subject line.  Applications close at 5:00pm (Eastern Standard Time) on Monday October 17th.

The cover letter should:

  • explain the reasons for your interest in a volunteer internship position with ID;
  • demonstrate your suitability for the role;
  • indicate your preferred length of internship (no less than 4 months), and your availability to work full or part-time.

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

Due to a large expected number of applicants, we regret that we are unable to confirm receipt of applications, provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates, or pay travel expenses for interviews conducted in person in New York.

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 volunteer internships with the organization.

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