Thank you for your interest in joining the staff of the Harvard Kennedy School Review!
Founded in 2000, we are a community of student editors committed to publishing timely, provocative, and intellectually rigorous analysis and commentary on the most important policy issues of our time.
ASSOCIATE EDITOR ROLES
KSR seeks passionate, curious, and committed students from all HKS programs to join the staff.
Associate editors typically spend 4-5 hours per week on KSR business, including editing peers’ writing, attending biweekly KSR meetings and editorial training sessions, and enjoying social events together.
While all associate editors will contribute to planning and editing, the strongest candidates will also identify with one or more of the following roles:
- Digital editor – You’re an enthusiastic news consumer. You think digital media is the future of journalism. You enjoy identifying and partnering with new writers and spotting great stories. You’re not afraid to ask an expert what she or he thinks about an important topic, and then edit those thoughts into a game-changing piece of writing. You have strong opinions about what works on this website and what could be improved.
- Print editor – You’re a long-form magazine writer at heart. From time to time, you crack open a New Yorker and love the smell of real, hold-them-in-your-hands books. You believe that a print document about important policy topics can make waves. You care about upholding standards of good writing, enjoy mentoring fellow writers, and have a keen eye for detail.
- Audio/visual - “What podcasts do you listen to?” is your go-to cocktail party opener. If pressed, you admit that StoryCorps makes you tear up, and you’ve experimented with Facebook live video. You’re passionate about recording and producing audio and video that meaningfully augments – or replaces altogether – traditional print journalism. You have some A/V experience and you’re eager to introduce A/V newbies – particularly KSR editors and contributors – to your world.
- Communications – You’re a firm believer that if a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, no such fall occurred. You’re passionate about shaping KSR’s brand and sharing the great stories our contributors tell with the HKS community and beyond. You might even have some experience cobbling together e-newsletters. You get a little chuckle from a clever subject line.
- Partnerships, strategy & business development – You are a born connector. You enjoy helping groups with similar – and disparate – goals find common ground. You’re interested in building contacts with staff and faculty throughout HKS and beyond, and helping secure the resources that enable an intrepid operation like KSR to thrive. Your first answer to can-we-do-it questions is yes.
- Events & community management – You’re energized by getting people together for worthwhile conversations – whether those folks are your fellow students, expert panelists with divergent views, or KSR editors and contributors eager to build new journalism skills. You think diverse and tight-knit communities breed great ideas and lifelong friendships. You’re a planner and a doer. You really hope the KSR editors get t-shirts this year.
Additionally, lifting up diverse perspective and experiences is core to KSR’s mission. If you don’t often see people like you writing and editing in mainstream media outlets, you are exactly who we most hope will apply. Please consider joining us!
- Thu, Sep 7 – KSR Info Session I & Info Session II
- Fri, Sep 8 – KSR meet & greet at the Student Activities Fair
- Wed, Sep 13 @ 5:00 p.m. – CVs, writing samples, and statements of interest due through online application (see more below)
- Fri, Sep 15 – Semi-finalists invited to edit a sample article
- Fri, Sep 22 @ 5:00 p.m. – Semi-finalists’ editing samples due
- Mon, Sep 25 – Finalists invited to interview with current staff
- Sep 28, 29 & October 2, 3 – Finalist interviews held
- Tue, Oct 10 – Finalists informed of decisions
HOW TO APPLY
Thank you for taking the next step toward becoming an associate editor!
Every year, our goal is to attract editors from all backgrounds, interests, and perspectives. To that end, we follow best practices for de-biasing our process, including anonymizing the first round of our selection process.
Submit your application to become an associate editor using our anonymized online form by Wednesday, September 13 at 5:00 p.m.
To keep this step of the selections process anonymous, please remove your name from any documents and file names you share.
The form will request the following:
- HUID – the first 8 digits of the number on your Harvard ID card, which we will use as an anonymized ID
- Resume or CV – please remember to remove your name from the content and file name of this document
- Writing sample – news or opinion-style writing under 1,000 words preferred; no co-authored pieces please
- Brief statement of interest – In no more than 150 words, please tell us why you are interested in joining the KSR staff and what you hope to gain by participating. Please highlight any relevant writing, editing, A/V production, or communications experiences from your CV. Additionally, please indicate your policy area(s) of expertise and interest, and which of the roles above most interest you.
After completing the online form, please send an email to email@example.com with the subject “AE Application Submitted” and the following body content: “Please be advised that I have submitted an associate editor application online. My HUID is [insert your number here].”
Completing this step is very important because it will allow us to match your application materials with your email when we are ready to notify applicants of their status on September 15.
We hope you will join us at an information session on Sep. 7 and come say hello at the Student Activities Fair on Sep. 8!
For any other questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.