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 Prize 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 summer 2020 staff positions has ended. If you would like to find out about recruitment for the Fall/Winter 2020/21 semester please contact for more information.

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Minimum requirements

  • Current student at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (for Executive Board positions)

  • Dedicate at least five hours to the Journal every week, with longer hours the closer we get to publication

  • Available to attend mandatory Board meetings 



  • Senior Editors (Print)
  • Assistant Editor (Digital)
  • Production Director

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Senior Editors  (Print)

Senior Editors guide the development of a 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.

Familiarity with the Chicago Manual of Style and the structure of previous issues is a must. Senior Editors are also expected to be comfortable with academic language and argumentation. An ideal applicant has prior editing and/or academic writing experience.

Assistant Editor (Digital)

An Assistant Editor in the Digital team, works to vet, edit and publish unsolicited submissions on trending topical issues from distinguished scholars, academics, and policy practitioners. Reporting to the Managing Editor for Digital, an Assistant Editor also participates in defining the solicitations calendar - a framework for soliciting content on important international issues not otherwise covered by the other arms of the Journal. The Assistant Editor joining the Digital team in Summer 2020, will also play an important role in early-stage thinking going into defining other workstreams within the Digital team for the entire academic year 2020/21 (including social media analytics, audio/video production etc.) 

The incoming incumbent will be trained in the evaluation framework, editorial guidelines and the style guide of the Journal, hence this is not considered essential knowledge. However, prior writing or editing experience is desired for this position.

Production Director

The Production Director leads the Journal of International Affairs' editorial team with regard to all areas around design and layout. The position's key roles and responsibilities include managing the Journal's branding, designing and laying-out content of twice-yearly print issues, and producing promotional content for events as needed. Since layout only commences when content has been fully edited, this position requires significant output in a short time window.

The ideal candidate is hence expected to have a strong command of Adobe Creative Cloud (or other equivalent production tools), conceptual skill, creativity and flair. The incumbent should also be able to work well under pressure, and consistently meet deadlines.