Staff Vacancies

Former staff of the Undercurrent are now doctoral candidates, logistics managers at large international NGO’s, and travelling development consultants, among many other things. Most are generally quite successful in their chosen endeavours.

The Undercurrent’s work this year involves the publishing of 2 issues, the organization of InSight (the national undergraduate development studies conference), the creation of a National International Development Student Association, the revamping of the Underblog, the second round of our mentoring program, the administration of our forum, and all the corollary work these projects entail.

* We are currently accepting applications for: *

  • Graphic Designer
  • Faculty Editorial Advisor



The Undercurrent is currently seeking a Graphics Designer. This is an opportunity to gain experience developing multimedia for an organization, and generate work that will be seen by students across Canada. This designer will be responsible for creating designs that have a high visual impact, and represent the mandate of the Undercurrent.


1. Developing concepts, graphics and layouts for the Undercurrent website and associated programs as needed.

Selection Criteria

  1. Enrollment in a Canadian undergraduate program (2nd year or higher)
  2. Proven academic commitment (demonstrated by an academic average of B+ or better or a letter from a professor indicating applicant’s suitability for position)
  3. Dedication to the field of IDS (may include, inter alia: previous research, experience, participation in development conferences and events, membership in an IDS students’ association, and internship or service with a relevant community organization)
  4. Excellent IT skills and exceptional creativity and innovation
  5. Above average writing skills and an excellent command of language
  6. An appreciation of the mandate and history of The Undercurrent
  7. Reliability and commitment



To apply for an associate editor position with Undercurrent, please forward the following to the Editor-in-Chief at eic@undercurrentjournal.ca:

  1. One-page letter of intent
  2. Undergraduate curriculum vitae
  3. Copy of your latest student grade report (or a letter of recommendation from a professor indicating your suitability for an editorial position)
  4. 3 samples of design work you have completed




Each Faculty Editorial Advisor (FEA) is asked to review 3-5 essays submitted by IDS undergraduate students from across Canada, annually. The FEA is asked to provide his/her recommendation in terms of the manuscript’s suitability for publication, as well as advice for revision. Faculty Editorial Advisers are an invaluable part of the review process, and we greatly appreciate their support.

For more information, or to express interest in becoming a Faculty Editorial Advisor, please contact the Editor-in-Chief of the Undercurrent, Christie McLeod, at eic@undercurrentjournal.ca.