Recruitment

The Columbia University 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 and we produce and publish two single-theme issues every year. Past issues have featured Nobel laureates, heads of state, leading minds, and innovative thinkers in the fields of international affairs and policy. Our next issue will focus on the politics of protest, and the Fall/Winter 2020-2021 issue will cover the urban and rural in international affairs


Application Process

The application period for the Fall 2020 semester is now open. We are looking to hire across the Print, Digital, and Business teams. Please find the descriptions for open positions below. Applications for multiple positions are welcome. To apply, please email a resume and statement of interest (no more than 500 words) to jiaeb@columbia.edu with the subject line "JIA_Application_Firstname_Lastname". Please indicate clearly the position(s) for which you are applying.

Applications for all positions are due by Friday, September 18 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Please feel free to email the Board with any questions at jiaeb@columbia.edu

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Minimum requirements

  • Current student at Columbia University

  • (Editorial positions) Dedicate at least five hours to the Journal per week

  • Available to attend mandatory board meetings 


 

OPEN POSITIONS

  • Senior Editor (Print)
  • Assistant Editors (Print)
  • Production Assistant
  • Senior Editor (Digital)
  • Assistant Editors (Digital)
  • Operations Associate
  • Alumni Relations Associate
  • Social Media Associate

 

Senior Editor for Print (Winter 2021)

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

Senior 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.

Assistant Editors (Print)

Assistant Editors for Print work with the Senior Editors and Managing Editor for Print to develop two print issues each year. As a team, they provide input on the framework of each issue, solicit for contributions, manage the editorial and peer review processes for individual pieces, and contribute to the promotion of the issue (as required). There are opportunities for Assistant Editors to develop new types of content such as newsletters, podcasts, and book reviews, as well as to develop Journal strategy.

Fundamentally, candidates should possess a strong understanding of good academic and policy writing. They should be thoughtful, curious, and uncompromising. In terms of skill, ideal candidates are strong copy editors and effective communicators. Familiarity with current foreign policy debates is required, and familiarity with academic international relations is welcome.

Production Assistant

The Production Assistant works with the Production Director to create the layout of print issues as well as to develop and maintain the Journal’s graphic identity. With the Production Director, the Production Assistant will liaise with all three teams (Print, Digital, and Business) on materials used in promotion and outreach.

The ideal candidate is expected to have a strong command of Adobe Creative Cloud (or equivalent production tools), conceptual skill, creativity and flair. They should be enthusiastic, self-motivated, team-oriented, and work well under pressure.

Senior Editor (Digital)

Reporting to the Managing Editor for Digital and the Editor in Chief, the Senior Editor manages the editorial processes of the online outlet ensuring adequate focus on trending issues, regional diversification, author profile, international events, and platform promotion in a calendar year. The Senior Editor works closely with the rest of the Digital editorial team to conduct outreach to potential authors i.e. scholars or practitioners in the field of public policy and international affairs. The Senior Editor is responsible for recommending appropriate ways to syndicate thematic content for digital readership, such as roundtables, book reviews, and mini-series. 

Senior 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.

Assistant Editors (Digital)

Assistant Editors for Digital work with the Senior Editor and the Managing Editor for Digital in a calendar year to participate in editorial content planning discussions and edit articles for publication in line with the Journal’s editorial standards and style guidelines. Assistant Editors will conduct outreach to potential authors in the field of public policy and international affairs. There are opportunities for Assistant Editors to develop new types of content such as newsletters, podcasts, and book reviews, as well as to develop Journal strategy.

Fundamentally, candidates should possess a strong understanding of good academic and policy writing. They should be thoughtful, curious, and uncompromising. In terms of skill, ideal candidates are strong copy editors and effective communicators. Familiarity with current foreign policy debates is required, and familiarity with academic international relations is welcome.

Operations Associate

The Operations Associate works with the Director of Operations on a day-to-day business management of the Journal’s business operations. The Associate is expected to work with the SIPA Finance Office in understanding and maintaining the Journal’s income and expenses. In addition, the Associate will manage 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.

Alumni Relations Associate

The Alumni Relations Associate works with the Director of Alumni Relations with the objective of strengthening the alumni base. Furthermore, the Associate will help develop strategy and networking events with alumni. The ideal candidate is someone that has some experience with public relations, event planning, and strong communication skills.

Social Media Associate

The Social Media Associate works with the CEO, Managing Editor for Business, and the Digital team to translate the Journal’s brand and outreach goals into an active 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 should have experience managing social media for an institution, with familiarity in platforms such as Hootsuite. The ideal candidate will be a self-starter with the ability to translate a variety of Journal products into a concise and engaging voice.