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. 

As a member of the Board, you will join an impressive list of former editors who have gone on to found consulting firms, advise political campaigns, work for international organizations such as the UN or World Bank, become diplomats and journalists, work for private-sector companies such as Facebook, and much more.

Application process

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Minimum requirements

  • Current student (first or second year) at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs

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

  • Available to attend compulsory Board meetings 

Position descriptions

Senior Editors Spring/Summer

You will guide the development of the Journal's Spring/Summer issue from conception, through the editing and publication phases. You will provide input on what theme you think the issue should focus on, and will work closely with the Editor in Chief and Managing Editor for Print to make sure that the quality and profile of solicited articles is appropriate for the issue. During the editorial process, you will cultivate and maintain relationships with contributing authors, provide stylistic and grammatical editorial feedback when required, and research and contact potential peer reviewers. Senior Editors must be familiar with the Journal's style guide and the structure of previous issues.

Assistant Editors for Print

You will work with the Journal’s Senior Editors to solicit articles from distinguished scholars, academics and policy practitioners, guide them through the peer-review process, and edit and proofread submissions. You will work on either the Fall/Winter 2018 issue, the theme of which is the Fourth Industrial Revolution, or the Spring/Summer 2019 issue. 

Assistant Editors for Digital & Online

In 2018-19, JIA Online is looking to develop its social media presence and reputation. In addition to evaluating and editing submissions to JIA Online, you will solicit features and arguments from distinguished scholars, academics and policy practitioners. This is a faster paced position and online submissions need a quick turnaround. 

Assistant Editors for Business & Marketing

You will assist the Journal's Business and Marketing team to engage and expand our subscriber base, manage the Journal's finances, and plan and execute social and business-related events. Assistant editor will help manage vendor relationships and work as a liaison with our distribution and publishing vendors, in addition to working on budget and revenue. Please specify in your motivation statement which role on the business team you prefer.