Chatham House welcomes 2023 interns

Internships provide learning opportunities about shaping policy, influencing debate and creating change.

News release Published 26 May 2023 2 minute READ

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Chatham House is excited to welcome the third cohort to the Molchanov Sustainability Internship Programme.

Introduced in January 2021, the programme has been made possible following the gift of Pavel Molchanov, to support the next generation of leaders in sustainability.

The internships grant practical learning opportunities at a world-famous think tank, helping a new generation of policymakers understand how to shape policy, influence debate, and create meaningful change towards a sustainable future.

Alis Martin, Early Careers Manager at Chatham House, said:

‘We are delighted to welcome the third cohort to the Molchanov Sustainability Internship Programme. Chatham House has an important role to play in supporting emerging leaders, and as part of this effort, ensuring that research activities and policy debate include the widest possible range of voices.

‘Over the course of six months, interns gain valuable experience by working closely with internationally respected experts, while developing the skills and knowledge needed to be effective and positive changemakers. Former interns have entered careers in fields ranging from climate policy, the civil service, academia, and business.’

Mr Molchanov said:

‘In just two years, the world will mark three decades since the inaugural United Nations climate conference and ten years since the Paris Agreement.

‘Throughout this time, the complexity and seriousness of the climate crisis have become ever more apparent. Likewise, solutions must be an all-of-the-above story, and everyone needs to have a seat at the proverbial table.

‘From water scarcity to energy poverty, and from distributed generation to reforestation, all of the dimensions of sustainability deserve to be considered.’

Barbora Krasova, intern, Queen Elizabeth II Academy for Leadership in International Affairs, said:

‘As someone fascinated by diplomacy and trends in international relations, I believe the Academy for Leadership in International Affairs fits my interests perfectly.

‘During my six-month placement, I hope to benefit from the Academy’s training and enhance a variety of skills ranging from public speaking to research. It is a huge privilege to become a part of the world’s most respected venue for international debate, and I am looking forward to contributing with new ideas.’

Lydia Isard, intern, US and the Americas Programme, said:

‘I am excited to be joining the US and the Americas Programme at Chatham House to expand my knowledge on political, economic and security issues within the US and the Americas and gain an insight into the inner workings of a leading policy institute.

‘I’m mostly looking forward to learning from experts in the field of international affairs and attending the variety of events held by Chatham House and the US and the Americas Programme in particular.’

Romane Dideberg, intern, Africa Programme, said:

‘I have long been an admirer the Africa Programme’s innovative analyses about the actualities of the African continent. During my internship, I want to help convening experts and societal figures around the issues and debates that shape modern Africa and learn about new approaches to the challenges facing a complex and vast area of the world.

‘I am incredibly grateful for this opportunity to join the Programme and to get familiar with the team’s ongoing projects.’

Beth Whittaker, intern, International Security Programme, said:

‘By joining Chatham House as an intern, we have a unique opportunity to sit at the intersection between research, policy and dialogue. I was drawn to the programme to gain practical insight and invaluable experience into the way in which discussion and policy is cultivated within the field of security.

‘During my time as an intern, I am looking forward to learning more about the host of security topics being handled within the programme, as well as developing my professional skills.’

For more information about the internships, please contact Alis Martin.