Join the Team

Volunteering with E-International Relations 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 try to set aside at least 5 hours a week and try to commit to the role for at least 6 months.


COMMISSIONING EDITOR

Note, this role is restricted to PhD students/candidates, postdocs and any person who is on a PhD pathway, including those on a break from their studies.

Commissioning is a dynamic and rewarding role for anyone looking to widen their horizons and who enjoys reading – and helping to disseminate – the latest research in their field to our audience of over 5 million readers. The role involves collaborating with authors in the fields you are researching (or have an interest in) to commission unique articles for the website. You will be responsible for researching and contacting potential authors yourself – though we will give you guidance and mentor you through the process. Every piece of work a Commissioning Editor contributes to is given credit which appears permanently on the output – amounting to a verified record of your efforts. You are empowered to set your own agenda and fit this role around your busy schedule as it suits you best, but you should understand that the role is self-starting … so you need to bring your own momentum, passion and drive. If you are unable to work on your own initiative and come up with your own ideas, then this role is not for you.

What do you get out of it?

  • By networking with our editorial team and with other academics in a professional context you will grow your profile and build up links for collaborations and future projects that will add value to your academic and professional journey.
  • You will sharpen your editorial skills, which also reflects back on helping you become a better writer.
  • You will learn about the academic and publishing industries from a new vantage point.
  • You will get something of value to place on your CV, and a reference/letter of recommendation if you ever need one in the future.
  • In addition to commissioning, you can assist us review book manuscripts and chapters, and take part in other activities and projects (if you want to).

If you would like to get in touch about this position, send us an email titled ‘Commissioning Editor’ to join@e-ir.info. Within that email please:

  1. Briefly outline your academic interests and emerging expertise (250 words max).
  2. Detail the kind of content, and authors, you would like to commission for E-International Relations. The more specific you are here, the better (500 words max).
  3. Attach (or link) one academic writing sample that best represents your abilities thus far.
  4. Attach a concise CV/resume (guide length: one or two pages).

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.


ASSOCIATE FEATURES EDITOR

This role is open to master’s/postgraduate and undergraduate students, and those currently in a break from study who seek to return to academia in the near future.

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.

Every piece of work a Features Editor contributes to is given credit, which is displayed permanently on the content you work on – giving you a verified record of your efforts.

► To apply, send us an email titled ‘Features Editor’ to join@e-ir.info

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).

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.


ASSOCIATE STUDENT ESSAYS EDITOR

This role is open to master’s/postgraduate and undergraduate students, and those currently in a break from study who seek to return to academia in the near future.

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.

► To apply, send us an email titled ‘Students Editor’ to join@e-ir.info. 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.

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.


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