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 Fall 2019 issue will cover Climate Disruption

Application Process

Applications for spring 2020 staff positions are currently open. We are looking to hire Senior Editors for Print, Editorial Assistants for Digital and Print, Features Editor, and Production Assistant. The application deadline is Friday, 31 January at 11:59 p.m. EST. For prospective applicants, please email a Résumé and Personal Statement of Interest (no more than 500 words) to with the subject line "JIA Application_First Name_Last Name".

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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 


We are currently hiring

  • Senior Editors
  • Assistant Editors 
  • Features Editor
  • Production Assistant 

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Senior Editors 

The two Senior Editors will guide the development of the Journal's next issue from conception through publication. During the editorial process, you will identify, cultivate, and maintain relationships with contributing authors, provide editorial feedback when required, and research and contact potential peer reviewers. You 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. Senior Editors report to the Managing Editor for Print.

The role of Senior Editor is demanding. The Senior Editors must be familiar with the Journal's style guide and the structure of previous issues. Applicants would ideally have prior writing and/or editing experience. They should be able to dedicate up to 10 hours per week to the Journal, and ready to hit the ground running as soon as they join the new staff. 

Assistant Editors 

You will work with the Journal’s Print and Digital teams to solicit articles from distinguished scholars, academics, and policy practitioners. Assistant Editors will also edit, proofread, and evaluate submissions. This position requires regular communication with the Print staff, and dedicating at least 5 hours per week. The time commitment increases as our Print Issues are closer to publication. 

Prior writing or editing experience is desired for this position. 

Features Editor

The Features Editor leads the content, coordination, and logistics for features and interviews for every issue. Typically, the Features Editor interviews 3-4 high-profile practitioners, politicians, or academics for each issue after liaising with senior editors to determine specific topics. The Features Editor develops a robust list of potential contributors for each issue—in coordination with senior editors and the Managing Editor for Print—and takes point on reaching out, conducting interviews, securing features (short, essay-style pieces), and drafting a publishable interview transcript. The Features Editor also conducts research to ensure interviews are well designed and relevant. The Features Editor reports to the Managing Editor for Print.

Production Assistant 

The Production Assistant assists on all of the production details, particularly the design and layout of twice-yearly print issues; manages Journal branding; and works with all teams to produce promotional content for events as needed. 

The ideal candidate has experience/familiarity with Adobe InDesign and other production tools, has a flair for creativity, can work well under pressure, and consistently meets deadlines.