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Fellowship Editor, Fellowship Program

About YPFP:

Young Professionals in Foreign Policy (YPFP) is committed to fostering the next generation of foreign policy leaders by providing its members with the knowledge, skills, exposure, and relationships they will need to tackle critical global challenges over the course of their careers. YPFP is a dynamic, global, nonpartisan, non-profit organization with 10,000+ selected members around the world who work in all fields of international affairs. It was established in 2004, and is headquartered in Washington, DC, with branches in Brussels, London, and New York. YPFP is supported by around 150 volunteer staff members worldwide, for whom the leadership and management of a global NGO supplements their daytime career or graduate studies. 

Fellowship Program Description:

The Fellowship Program at YPFP is designed to give rising leaders in foreign policy the opportunity to accelerate their careers. Over a one-year period, Fellows are given diverse opportunities to improve their writing and subject matter expertise. Fellows benefit from exclusive events, professional development workshops, and networking opportunities. Fellows publish monthly op-eds, book reviews or interviews, and their work has recently been featured in Business Insider, The Hill, Foreign Policy, The Diplomat, The National Interest, The Huffington Post, and YPFP’s very own Charged Affairs.

For more details on the fellowship, please visit the Fellowship page.

To see our current fellows, please visit the Fellows page.

Position Description:

The Fellowship Editor works with our fellows to help them produce top-quality content for publication in national media platforms. Editors generally work on 2-3 articles per month, giving the fellow feedback on structure, content and style, and eventually preparing the manuscript for publication with a thorough copy edit. Editors also work with our external outreach operation to help place our content in top publications.

Editors work as part of an elite editorial team lead by a Managing Editor, and are part of the overall fellowship team with access to fellowship programs, social events, and the wider YPFP member and staff community. They get to participate in improving our editorial process and the quality of our output. Editors do not need to be based in Washington DC.

This position requires approximately 5 hours per week, and successful candidates will be able to make at least a one-year commitment to the role.

Roles and Responsibilities:

  • Edit 2-3 articles per month, going from structural and content feedback rounds to copy and final edit rounds
  • Help fellows pitch their articles to magazines and newspapers
  • Communicate promptly with fellows and help keep them on deadline
  • Participate in the improvement of our editorial policies and procedures
  • Be an active and initiative-oriented member of an elite editorial team

Desired Skills:

  • Prior editorial experience needed
  • Strong interest in international affairs
  • Attention to detail
  • Experience or interest in working with international affairs practitioners and scholars
  • Impeccable grasp of grammar, syntax, structure, flow and style
  • Ability to constructively, diplomatically and rigorously critique and improve the work of others
  • Interest in communicating with national publications on behalf of YPFP

Eligibility and Selection:

  • Preferably an early career foreign policy professional, experienced editor, or current graduate student with relevant experience
  • Preferably resident of the Washington DC area, but not required
  • Editor positions are unpaid and part-time
  • If not already a dues paying member, candidate must become a YPFP member upon acceptance of an offer

Application Process:

To apply, send the following materials as attachments to fellowship.apply@ypfp.org:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing samples of 2-3 pages (ideally op-ed style and related to foreign policy)

Include “Fellowship Editor Application” in the subject line.

All applications are reviewed immediately. Due to the number of applications received, only those progressing to the next step will receive a response.