Join the Rising Experts Program

Editorial Team

Rising Experts Program Description:

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

For more details on the program, please visit the Rising Experts Program page.


Position Description:

Editors work with our Rising Experts to help them produce top-quality content for publication in national media platforms. Editors generally work on 1-2 articles per month, giving the expert feedback on structure, content, and style, and eventually preparing the article 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 YPFP's Publications Fellow and are part of the broader Rising Experts Program team. They enjoy access to programmatic meetings, social events, and the wider YPFP member and staff community. They are essential to honing the quality of our Rising Experts' output. Editors do not need to be based in Washington, D.C.

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 1-2 articles per month, going from structural and content feedback rounds to copy and final edit rounds.
  • Help Rising Experts develop their articles so they can be pitched to magazines and newspapers.
  • Communicate promptly with Rising Experts 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

  • Resume
  • Writing samples of a maximum 2-3 pages (ideally related to foreign policy)

Include “Rising Experts Program 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.