e-IR is maintained by a UK registered non-profit organisation and run by an all-volunteer editorial team. We fund our operations on a small cost-covering budget which we raise through advertising. Our 50+ volunteer editors work on the website and give up some of their spare time simply because they want to have a hand in maintaining the best online resource for students and scholars of international politics. And, we (and our readers) are very grateful for their efforts.
Many of our former editors have built on their experience of working with us to go on to paid positions in the publishing industry, the private sector, and into academia. So, if you would like to join us, please read on.
All work is carried out remotely (at home) and all training is given where necessary over email/skype etc. You do not need to physically attend a place of work to volunteer with us, you just need your own computer with the usual software and a reliable internet connection. You also need to be the type of person who checks their email regularly and uses social media – as these tools are the only way our team can communicate effectively.
NB: we cannot respond to unsuccessful applicants due to the volume of applications that we receive. We encourage applicants to re-apply for positions if they have been unsuccessful in the past. We will respond to anyone that catches our eye within 4 weeks of application. Before you apply for a position with us, please have a scan around our about section to make sure you understand what we do.
We would very much like to hear from anyone who feels they have the work ethic and drive to help us add yet more unique, high quality, articles to e-IR and join our team. Commissioning is a unique opportunity to work with leading experts (and of course to network with the e-IR team). The basic idea is that you work around an idea, or a subject of your own choosing – then you find relevant prospective authors and contact them inviting them to write. As those pieces come in, you work with the author to prepare them for publication. The role also invites possibilities to edit, or commission, one of our future Edited collections.
1) You should be a current masters/grad/Ph.D student of politics (or a related subject). We will accept applications from persons currently in a break from study who intend to pursue further study within 12 months, but not from graduates who have permanently finished their studies.
2) Look over our articles section. Identify areas where we are lacking coverage both practical and theoretical. Develop ideas of where you could help plug any gaps. Communicate these to us in your application. The more detailed your response, the better.
4) You must have at least 5 hours a week to spare, and check your emails regularly. We anticipate your level of engagement will vary due to academic pressures, so our work ethic is highly flexible - built to accommodate student life.
5) You must have fluent English language skills – as you will need to edit the articles you commission.
To apply, send us an email titled ‘Commissioning Editor’ to firstname.lastname@example.org
Within that email – in less than 500 words:
1) Tell us what we need to know about your academic past/future
2) Note your response/thoughts/ideas to point 2 above.
3) Attach an academic writing sample (a student essay will do).
We publish between 3-6 pieces of content every day. Our various editors do a great job of copy-editing and proofing that material, however we also have a small team to help us double check posts, and help us present our material on our home page with suitable images and excerpts. If you consider yourself to be superior in English language, have a sharp eye for detail, and you have around an hour a day a few days each week to spare, then this is the role for you.
You do not need to have an IR / politics background (though it will not hurt). Students/graduates of all disciplines are welcome to apply. In the past, many our volunteer copy editors have gone on to paid jobs in the publishing industry – so it is a great way to learn how a publishing organization works and cut your teeth in the industry. And, of course, an opportunity to work with the e-IR team and network with authors from around the world.
To apply send an email to email@example.com with the subject heading ‘Web editor’
Within that email attach two writing samples and a 300 word personal statement detailing your academic past/present/future and why you think you are suitable for this role.
SOCIAL MEDIA EDITOR
- Would you like to engage with over 10,000 people around the world on a daily basis?
- Do you have the experience in IR & politics to concisely present material of a wide variety? (Masters/PhD student level preferred)
- Are you experienced at using Twitter and Facebook, and familiar with other social media tools?
- Do you have an eye for good content and the primary/native English language writing skills to present it suitably for our followers?
- Are you a self starter, able to work with minimal supervision for around 5-8 hours (flexibly in your own time) per week?
- Do you read a variety of websites each day?
- Can you, in principle, see yourself having the time to commit to this role for the medium to long term (12 months+)
If you can answer yes to all of the above, we would like to hear from you. The successful candidates for this position will work as part of our Editorial Team to help us publicise e-IR’s content, and to share interesting content from the web with our followers across various platforms. You will also be networking with current and prospective authors, and noted experts, on Twitter. Before you go further – please have a very close read around our about section – and we would expect you to be familiar with our twitter and facebook accounts. A strong familiarity with e-IR and what we do (or a vocation to learn fast!) will be vital for this position.
To apply, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org titled ‘Social media editor’
In that email, please attach or link a writing sample, link us to something web based that you are/were responsible for (if possible), and, tell us in no more than 300 words:
1) Why you think you are suitable for this role
2) What e-IR can do better with our social media and how you think you can improve it
3) Briefly detail your academic past/present/future
Members of our technical team help build e-IR, and help to put all our designs and ideas into action. You will not need to physically work on server configurations, but you will need to be able to handle ftp, theme updates and so forth. Our technical team is very small, and we are always on the lookout for a capable pair of hands who has a little time to spare as and when we have new features we would like to build.
So, If you would like to help us make the website even better, send us an email titled ‘Technical Team‘ to email@example.com, and tell us a bit about yourself.