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Columbia University's Journal of International Affairs, established in 1947, is the School of International and Public Affairs' flagship academic publication. Our editorial board is entirely student run. We produce and publish single-theme print issues, as well as current affairs pieces on the digital side, podcasts, and newsletters. Past issues have featured Nobel laureates, heads of state, leading minds, and innovative thinkers in the fields of international affairs and public policy. Our next issue will cover the urban and rural in international affairs.

Application Process

APPLY HERE; Rolling Submissions Considered, No Later than October 31.

The Journal is currently looking to fill positions for executive as well as purely editorial roles for its 2021-22 team. Applications for open positions are considered on a rolling basis. The Journal is looking to fill these positions as soon as possible, and no later than October 31, 2021.

Should the Google Form not function correctly, a suitable statement of interest along with a resumé sent to [email protected] with the subject line "JIA [Position Title] Application 2021-22" constitutes a valid application. Feel free to email any questions at [email protected]. All positions are open to students of any year and background, with preferred qualifications stated in individual position descriptions.

Minimum requirements

  • Current student at Columbia University (any school, but for executive positions, SIPA is preferred)

  • 5 hours of availability per week (non-executive positions); 10 hours of availability per week (executive positions)



  • Editor (Digital)
  • Editor (Print)

The team is looking to fill these roles at varying levels. We welcome interest from those with a range of experience, but require firm editorial skill and a commitment to the process of responsible knowledge production. Familiarity with and participation in academic or public discourse, particularly in international affairs and public policy, is highly encouraged.

Editor (Print)

On the print side, editors guide the development of a forthcoming Journal of International Affairs print issue through the editing and publication phases. Reporting to the Managing Editor for Print, editors provide input on the framing and flow of the issue, and work closely as a team to ensure the quality and profile of solicited articles. Editors also cultivate and maintain relationships with contributing authors, provide stylistic and grammatical feedback when required, and research and contact peer reviewers. Editors are welcome to get involved in the strategic processes of the Print team and the Journal more broadly.

Editors must be familiar with the Chicago Manual of Style, and are expected to be comfortable with academic language and argumentation. An ideal applicant has prior editing and/or academic writing experience. Candidates should be familiar with previous issues of the Journal and its current content types.

Editor (Digital)

On the digital side, editors work in a newsroom-style environment to build the online outlet. They pitch and select topics for ad-hoc pieces and miniseries, suites of digital-only articles. Editors conduct outreach to potential authors i.e. scholars or practitioners in the field of public policy and international affairs. Editors may also recommend appropriate ways to syndicate thematic content for digital readership, such as roundtables, book reviews, and mini-series.

While the Journal works in Chicago Style, candidates for editors on the Digital team must be familiar with any standard, whether Chicago, MLA, APA, or other, and are expected to be comfortable with academic language and argumentation. An ideal applicant has prior editing and/or academic writing experience. Candidates should be familiar with previous issues of the Journal and its current content types.

There is particular interest in a Digital editor with special focus on the production of ABROADcast, the new Journal of International Affairs podcast. This candidate would have principally interest in, but ideally experience with, audio production, research, and interviewing for publication in a magazine or equivalent.


  • Communications Associate or Director
  • Development Associate or Director

Development Associate or Director

The Development Associate or Director works to strengthen the Journal's relationships with its existing community, including its alumni, scholars, policy practitioners, and students. They will work with anyone responsible for communications, along with the executive team, to push out regular engagement to key constituent groups, and will proactively develop strategy and networking events. Where the opportunity exists, they will identify and cultivate partnerships for content creation and capital infusion. The ideal candidate is someone that has some experience with public relations, event planning, nonprofit development, and strong communication skills.

Communications Associate or Director

The Communications Associate or Director develops the Journal's brand strategy and community development goals and creates an active voice for the Journal in the discourses within which it should sit. This includes a social media presence, spanning Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and Instagram. The Associate will be expected to proactively engage the editorial team in order to plan content schedules across platforms. This candidate may have experience managing social media for an institution, with familiarity in platforms such as Hootsuite. Additionally, this position involves the production of communications blasts and the development and management of email lists. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with the ability to translate a variety of Journal products into a concise and engaging voice.


Considerations for these positions are more thorough than for editorial positions, but we conduct onboarding along a speedy timeline. Candidates are encouraged to be proactive and think creatively about how they would approach the role, so descriptions are limited.

  • Managing Editor (Print) and Managing Editor (Digital)
  • Business Director
  • Editor-in-Chief

Managing Editor (Print) and Managing Editor (Digital)

The Managing Editor for Print leads the production of the Journal's flagship print issues from start to finish. This principally includes managing the development and production process of at least one print issue, leading the editorial team focused on print, and maintaining (and elevating) the Journal's editorial quality. The key task for the managing editor is to produce successful print issues, befitting the Journal's pedigree and firmly within the crosswinds of the international affairs discourse.

The Managing Editor for Digital leads the production of the Journal's burgeoning suite of digital content, including solicited ad-hoc articles, solicited miniseries, interviews, and its podcast. This managing editor determines a suitable content schedule, organizes the team of editors to efficiently and expressively produce it, and maintains a newsroom-like environment to ensure that the Journal is not only cognizant of, but on the edge of, the current issues in international affairs.

Managing editors are expected to maintain and elevate the Journal's editorial quality and contribute to the maintenance of a professional-level editorial culture. Successful managing editors will produce engaging output as well as develop their team's editorial capacities and maintain an environment where all team members can grow.

Business Director

The Business Director, an executive position, manages the Journal’s business operations. They are expected to work with the SIPA Business Office in understanding and maintaining the Journal’s income and expenses and translate this for the rest of the team to guide production of the Journal's strategy. They would ideally assess the Journal's current operational model and suggest opportunities for restructuring and new capital projects. They, along with the team they lead, are responsible for inventory checks and stock controls of the Journal’s print issues. The ideal candidate should have experience with accounting, business management and/or inventory management. The Business Director is closely involved in the executive function of the Journal, in consultation with the editor-in-chief, managing editors, and advisors, and leads the Business team, including officers working on development and communications.


The Editor-in-Chief shepherds the long-term legacy and vision set out for the Journal, and puts their stamp on it. They set a stellar example for editorial quality and culture, and lead the Journal's philosophy of knowledge production. They supervise the editorial and business arms of the Journal, with capacity to go into detail on the Journal's operations where required. They are the first line of engagement with high-level stakeholders, members of the advisory board, and dignitaries. They should have considerable communications skill and a thoughtful approach to the Journal's purpose and voice. An ideal candidate has experience leading organizations, a passion for international affairs, and seriousness about the cultivation of editorial standards as well as the task of knowledge production, both academic and otherwise.