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 2019-2020 staff positions will open Monday, 9 September, and will close Friday, 20 September 11:59 PM 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".

Members of the current Board will be tabling on the fourth floor of SIPA throughout the day on Wednesday, 11 September and during SIPA Fest on Tuesday, 17 September, to discuss these positions and the application process. Please also feel free to email the Board with any questions at

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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
  • Business and Marketing Associates
  • Digital & Social Media Lead
  • Website Manager
  • Director of Alumni Relations
  • Student Content Editor
  • Production Assistant
  • Strategy Associate 

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Senior Editors, Print

The two Senior Editors will guide the development of the Journal's next issue from conception through editing 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. Senior Editors must be familiar with the Journal's style guide, footnoting requirements, and the structure of previous issues. Applicants ideally have prior writing and/or editing experience. They should be able to dedicate up to 10 hours per week to the Journal, and be ready to hit the ground running as soon as they join Journal. Senior Editors must keep abreast of Print Issue priorities by following the Print timeline, monitoring email daily, and communicating with Journal staff, authors, and peer reviewers in a timely fashion. 

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. 

Business & Marketing Associates

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. You will also help manage vendor relationships and work as a liaison with our publisher. Experience in marketing, consulting, finance, accounting, or sales is desired. 

Digital & Social Media Lead

You will be responsible for planning, managing, and monitoring the Journal's various social media platforms. You will also be working with the team to help build a long-term strategy for expanding the Journal's online presence and to improve marketing efforts. The Digital & Social Media Lead reports to the Managing Editor for Digital.

Website Manager 

You will oversee our website's ongoing operation, from posting content to refreshing the website's design and troubleshooting problems in a timely manner. You will work closely with the Managing Editor for Digital and act as a liaison between the Journal and SIPA IT. The Website Manager reports to the Managing Editor for Digital. 

To be considered for this role, you will need, at a minimum, some prior experience working with a content management system (preferably Drupal), as well as proficiency in Google Analytics. Experience with HTML/CSS is a plus. 

Student Content Editor

The Student Content Editor will serve as the main point of contact between the Journal and SIPA, Columbia, and the GPPN. You will be responsible for writing the JIA student essay prompts, selecting winners of the GPPN and Andrew Wellington Cordier student essay contests, and editing them in preparation for print. You will also help identify books to review and solicit book reviewers. 

The ideal applicant is passionate about editing and/or engaging regularly with students. Applicants should be able to critically review and provide constructive comments—including typographical and grammatical notes—to student contributors.

Director of Alumni Relations

The Director of Alumni Relations works closely with the Editor in Chief and the Managing Editor for Business to strengthen JIA's ties to its alumni community. You will communicate regularly with the alumni community and plan events involving both current and former JIA board members. The Director of Alumni Relations will report to the Managing Editor for Business. 

We are looking for motivated self-starters. Experience working in alumni relations or event planning is desired but not required. 

Production Assistant 

The Production Assistant assists on all of the production details, particularly the design and layout of twice-yearly published 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.

Strategy Associate

The Strategy Associate will work across the Business and Digital teams to build the Journal's long-term strategic plan. This includes conducting public outreach, undertaking market analyses, presenting periodic recommendations from data analytics, interfacing with other publishing institutions, and improving marketing efforts. The Strategy Associate reports to the Senior Strategist.