Join the Team

Volunteering with E-International Relations (E-IR) is not your typical ‘work experience’. First, we coordinate our activities remotely using Slack. So, you do not need to physically attend a place of work to volunteer with us. Second, we have no paid staff, we are all volunteers. We volunteer some of our spare time because we want to have a hand in maintaining the best online resource for students and scholars of international politics. Finally, we empower our editors to learn skills, manage their own time and develop their own projects. The result is that the more volunteers give of themselves, the more they take away from the experience. It is no surprise that many of our editors have built on their experience with us to go on to senior positions in the publishing industry, politics, and academia.

We typically seek applications from students, early career academics, and those currently in a break from study. Please see below for the different requirements for each role. We do not limit ourselves to Politics/IR – if you come from a different academic area but have something to say about political issues, you are welcome! All we ask is that, regardless of position, all volunteer editors set aside at least 5 hours a week and commit to the role for at least 6 months.


E-International Relations is looking for aspiring academics (PhD students/candidates and Masters students who intend to study further) and early career researchers to join our team. The role involves contacting, and then working, with authors in the fields you are researching to commission unique articles for the website. Part of the role also involves assisting us review book manuscripts and chapters. So, a dynamic and rewarding role for anyone looking to widen their horizons academically and who enjoys reading – and helping disseminate – the latest research in their field. We do not limit ourselves to Politics/International Relations – if you come from a different academic area but have something to say about political/international issues, you are warmly welcome to apply.

The everyday tasks of a Commissioning Editor are built around flexible time that you can spare from your busy schedule. You harness your knowledge of the literature in your specialist area (the stuff you read every day) and come up with your own ideas for authors to contact. You then invite them to write more accessible pieces than the usual journal articles or books. You come up with different ideas for who/what to commission (you are empowered to set your own agenda), and sometimes you also are invited respond to ideas our team suggests for content that might be opportune to seek out. This is good for our editors as they get to work with authors in their field and deepen/widen their academic skill sets (we mentor all editors and provide lots of assistance through this process). You also get to network with our 100+ strong editorial team, building up links for collaborations and future projects. It is good for the authors you contact as writing for E-International Relations puts their work in front of the largest audience of its kind, currently over 5 million readers per annum.

If you would like to get in touch about this position, send us an email titled ‘Commissioning Editor’ to Within that email please:

  1. Tell us why you feel you are suitable for this role and briefly outline your academic interests (500 words max).
  2. Attach (or link) one academic writing sample that represents your work.
  3. Attach a CV/resume


The Features Team is always working at the cutting edge of international politics, examining, interpreting and eliciting expert opinion on new and exciting developments in scholarship. As a member of this team, you will keep up-to-date with the major developments taking place in international politics, and what the experts in this field have to say about them. Our primary focus is commissioning and editing reviews of recently published books, and conducting interviews with some of the world’s most influential scholars and practitioners. This role is open to students and early career academics of all levels.

► To apply, send us an email titled ‘Features Editor’ to

Within that email – in less than 500 words (NB: we do not want a pre-written CV):

  1. Tell us what we need to know about your academic past/present/future plans.
  2. Tell us what areas of content our interviews and reviews lack coverage of, and how you propose to help us address this. The more detailed you are, the better.
  3. Attach, or link, an academic writing sample (a student essay will suffice).


As an editor in our Students team you will help us select, and publish, the best submissions that we receive from students around the world. The role is designed as one that will allow you to practice and develop editorial skills while working within a small team. Additionally, you will have a voice in choosing the winner of our prestigious monthly student essay award. We are looking for editors with strong English language skills, good attention to detail, and an understanding of academic essay writing. You should be a self-starter and highly organised, as you will manage your own work load. Most importantly, you should find the prospect of spending some time each week reading the work of your peers exciting – as it will form the bulk of your role. This role is open to students of all levels, including undergraduate students. Please note, although this position is ‘open’, we take new editors on board only at set times each year in bursts as our needs determine – so it may be quite a while before you hear back from us, though we welcome your application at any time so we can hold it on file.

► To apply, send us an email titled ‘Students Editor’ to Within that email, in less than 500 words, please tell us:

  1. Why you feel you are suitable for this role and where you study/have studied, to what level, and what your future academic plans are (500 words max).
  2. Attach one academic essay that represents your best work.

For all the positions listed, we will respond to anyone that catches our eye as soon as we can. Usually this is within 20 working days of receipt of your application, though at busy times it can take longer. Unfortunately, due to the number of enquiries that we receive, we cannot reply to candidates that we do not shortlist. We encourage applicants who have been unsuccessful in the past to apply again.

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