Assistant Editor

The National Interest
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Apply by
  • Posted
    Sep 12

Position description

The National Interest is seeking a detail-oriented, creative, results-driven individual to serve as an assistant editor.

This fast-paced position requires working closely with the editor. Pluses are:

  • experience with the Chicago Manual of Style
  • InDesign and Photoshop proficiency
  • experience with web design and Drupal
  • familiarity with TNI’s work and the national-security issues that the magazine covers—particularly the Asia-Pacific, Russia, NATO, defense technology and spending, and counterterrorism
  • a relevant undergraduate degree (required) and a relevant graduate degree (preferred)




  • Editing for style and substance (must make a five-thousand-word essay on, say, U.S. grand strategy accessible without jettisoning nuance and rigor)
  • Fact-checking
  • Design (InDesign and Photoshop)
  • Packaging (headlines and art)
  • Managing relationships with contributors, many of whom are leaders in their field
  • Commissioning


  • Copyediting (under the auspices of Chicago, TNI house style and common sense)
  • Fact-checking
  • Packaging (headlines and art)
  • Social-media management
  • Writing! (TNI editors have a unique opportunity to write for a worldwide audience of millions)
  • Commissioning

Application instructions

Interested applicants should send the following attachments to [email protected]:

  • A cover letter
  • A one-page résumé
  • Two writing samples, no longer than 800 words: one worthy of publication on TNI’s website, and the other an excerpt of past, potentially longer, work
  • Several references
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