Independent Diplomat seeks paid interns to start work in its Brussels office in the Summer of 2016.
Independent Diplomat (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. In addition to Brussels, ID also has offices in New York, London and Hargeisa.
ID internships provide an excellent opportunity for applicants looking 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. Successful candidates will be self-motivated, passionate about international affairs, and able to quickly synthesize complex information from a variety of sources.
ID Brussels Summer 2016 internships begin in July/August for a mutually agreed duration (usually at least for six months). ID prefers that interns are available to work full-time during regular office hours, but exceptions can be made in particular circumstances.
ID seeks to bridge three branches of diplomacy: policy, public diplomacy, and legal. Interns will be encouraged to contribute to each of these areas and across the broad spectrum of ID’s client work and geographical areas of focus. Depending on the role, interns’ work typically involves research, media monitoring, development of social media materials, and preparation of official visits as well as assistance with drafting of meeting reports, policy recommendations and diplomatic communications. Interns should also be prepared to assist with the smooth functioning of the ID office, including through contributions to general office administration and event organisation.
All ID internships are paid. 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 volunteer internships with the organisation.
All ID interns must demonstrate a strong interest in international affairs, conflict prevention and dispute resolution, as well as the mission of Independent Diplomat more broadly. In addition candidates must have:
- At least a 2:1 or equivalent Bachelors degree;
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
- Fluency in English, and good basic knowledge of French;
- Demonstrated interested in international affairs and diplomacy, with at least 6 months’ experience in a relevant field;
- Demonstrable knowledge and/or experience of the EU and its institutions relevant to foreign policy;
- Creativity and dynamism, as well as a passion for taking on new challenges;
- Interest in working as part of a small team and in taking on individual projects;
- Strong research and computer skills;
- A strong work ethic and attention to detail;
- The ability to multitask and manage multiple projects at one time.
ID internships place an emphasis on skills building and dynamic thinking. We do not expect our interns to be experts in international affairs. However, as you pursue your application, you may wish to emphasize the following:
- Fluency in other official European languages;
- Arabic language skills are desirable but not essential;
- Experience or knowledge of one of the following ID program areas: the Middle East, Africa, or South Asia (particularly Syria and Western Sahara);
- Masters degree in relevant subject (Politics, International Relations etc)
- Experience in an administrative role.
Please send (i) a CV (maximum two pages); (ii) a separate cover letter (maximum one page); and (iii) two short writing samples to firstname.lastname@example.org Please include the words ‘Brussels Internship – Summer 2016’ in the email subject line. Applications close at 5:00pm (Central European Time) on 8 July. Interviews will take place in the week beginning 11 July.
The cover letter should:
- explain the reasons for your interest in an internship position with ID;
- demonstrate your suitability for the role;
- indicate your preferred length of internship (no less than four months), and your availability to work full or part-time.
The CV 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 Brussels.
For further information about Independent Diplomat, please visit our website at: www.independentdiplomat.org