Join the Team

Volunteering with E-International Relations (E-IR) is not your typical ‘work experience’. First, we have no office – everything is decentralised and we use a range of virtual tools to organize and coordinate our activities. Second, editors are empowered to set their own agendas and develop their own projects. This ranges from pursuing personal interests to commission and edit content for the website, to having an idea for a new section and then working with the team to plan, test and build it. The result is that the more E-IR volunteers give of themselves, the more they take away from the experience. It’s a place where people with a bit of initiative and drive really thrive. Yes, we need you to do the essential tasks that your role involves – but we also hope that as you do so you come up with ways we can improve things and share ideas for expansion and growth.

Every editor who contributes their time to E-IR is a volunteer. We have no paid staff members. The website is maintained by a registered non-profit organisation based in Bristol, England. Our 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. Many of our former editors have built on their experience of working with us to go on to senior positions in the publishing industry, politics, and academia.

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 (especially Microsoft Office) and a reliable internet connection. You also need to be the type of person who checks their email regularly and probably spends too much time on their computer / mobile device!

The application requirements for all our vacancies are listed below, so please consider these points before reading the specific criteria for each vacant position.

1) We typically seek applications from Ph.D students, early career academics and masters/graduate students – including those currently in a break from study. We also welcome applications from exceptional undergraduate students where noted with an asterisk (*).

2) We welcome those in Politics/IR specialities – but we are keen to also look beyond as we desire a broad range of expertise from across the humanities and social sciences to be represented on the website. So if you work in any area that has something to say about political issues, you are welcome to apply to join our team.

3) You should have at least 5 hours a week to spare and be able to commit to the role for at least 6 months (hopefully longer). We anticipate your level of engagement will vary due to academic pressures, so be reassured that our work ethic is highly flexible – built to accommodate academic life.

4) You must have strong English language skills – as you will need to assist in editing material for the website.

 All positions listed below are open for applications, and remain open until filled.



*This role is open to undergraduate applicants in addition to Masters and Ph.D students*

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. The Features Team often pioneer new ideas on the website, making it an exciting place to work.

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).



The Commissioning Team is responsible for the bulk of the Articles published on E-IR. Quite simply, E-IR would not function without a vibrant core of editors coming up with ideas, and then going out and chasing up great content. Commissioning is a great opportunity to work with leading experts, and to network with the largest team of editors on E-IR. Our Commissioning Editors work around subjects of their own choosing – then find relevant prospective authors and contact them inviting them to write. As those pieces come in, they act as primary editor in conjunction with a senior editor to prepare the pieces for publication.

Members of our commissioning team also network with other editors working in similar areas (e.g. Climate, Gender, Security) and often form working groups that produce high-quality series’ of articles, interviews, and even books. It is a versatile role suitable for those who are self-starters and engaged with one or more areas of scholarship.

We are keen to hear from IR/Politics-focused applicants, but we are especially interested in appointing editors to work on themes that stretch outside the standard bounds of International Relations into other disciplines (law, economics, sociology, history, geography, etc.) – and/or editors who can offer a specific regional expertise.

To apply, send us an email titled ‘Commissioning 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 our Articles Section lacks coverage of, and what type of content you would like to help us deliver more of for our readers. We would anticipate your answer would be a focused extension of your own emerging expertise / academic interests rather than a list of generic areas.
3) Attach an academic writing sample (a student essay will do).


*This role is open to undergraduate applicants in addition to Masters and Ph.D students*

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.

► 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,
2) Where you study/have studied, to what level, and what your future academic plans are (if any),
3) Attach one academic essay that represents your best work.
NB: Please do not send a pre-written CV



*This role is open to undergraduate applicants in addition to Masters and Ph.D students*

Are you the kind of person that likes to stay busy doing a range of different things? Someone who has energy, drive and a desire to not just think things up, but see them through to completion? and most importantly, are you passionate to be involved with the E-IR team and help us make the website even better? If so, we always hold spaces on our team for volunteers who want to help us with the wide range of editorial activities and projects that we have active at any one time.

As this role is a non specific one, we are not looking for any exact list of criteria from applicants, instead we are more interested in you telling us why we should add you to our team and hearing any ideas you have, which will help us place you in a role that suits you. All editorial assistants who complete 6 months with us are invited to progress into a more senior role at E-IR – so it is an excellent way to get involved.

To apply, send us an email titled ‘Editorial Assistant’ to

Attach a CV and write us a 350 word (maximum!) statement in the email body telling us:

1) Why you are someone we should add to our team – in other words, what’s unique/interesting about you?
2) What one thing do you think E-IR can improve upon, and how? (you might end up working on it!)

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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