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: *
- Associate Editor
- Communications Director
- Webmaster/General Tech Wizard
- Faculty Editorial Advisor
The Undercurrent is currently seeking an undergraduate associate editor. This position provides an opportunity to gain experience in the process of peer-review and publication, and to learn about and contribute to the functioning of an undergraduate academic journal. As positions in the management of The Undercurrent become available in the future, associate editors will be well positioned to apply. Bilingual (French and English) students, with an ability to read and write at an academic level in both languages, are especially encouraged to forward an application. Please note that only students currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree programme (2nd year or higher) at a Canadian university may apply.
1. To critically review 2-3 manuscripts per academic term, and make recommendations to the editorial board and Editor-in-Chief about publication.
2. To be open to other editorial projects as they arise, including, inter alia: blog post editing, providing feedback for editorial process development, and writing website content.
3. To act as a personal representative of The Undercurrent to your current university program, including attending any requisite meetings.
1. Enrolment 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. Above average writing skills and an excellent command of language.
5. An appreciation of the mandate and history of the journal.
6. Evaluation skills (the ability to critically assess peers' work and provide constructive feedback).
7. Reliability and commitment.
To apply for an Associate Editor position with Undercurrent, please forward the following to the Editor-in-Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org:
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. Writing sample (an academic essay you have authored, of a minimum 2,500 and maximum 5,000 words)
5. Completed editorial review (students applying for the Associate Editor position must read our Sample Review Manuscript
and complete our Editorial Review Form
Editorial reviews for the Undercurrent are completed using a Microsoft Word form, which allows the editor to highlight the numbers and fill in form fields, as appropriate. After reading the sample manuscript, provide a complete evaluation and comments (to both the prospective author and Editor-in-Chief) on the editorial review form. Save the completed form and include it with your application. Candidates should be familiar with the mandate of Undercurrent before executing a manuscript review. As the journal is dedicated to providing a non-partisan, supportive, yet critical and competitive forum, the editors view the peer review process as one that can be - and indeed should be - both positive and productive. Our outcomes, therefore, are geared toward helping student authors strengthen their work and gain practical knowledge about writing for an academic publication. With each review, our editors endeavour to provide constructive feedback in the form of useful suggestions and notes. To view examples of the kinds of manuscripts selected for publication in the Undercurrent, refer to the latest issue of the journal.
The Undercurrent takes academic writing in International Development Studies beyond the classroom and beyond academia. This is an undergraduate peer-reviewed publication with the mission of increasing writing skills and sharing the stories of undergraduates in our field.
The Communications Director is deeply excited about the possibility of engaging Canadian undergraduates with a passion for international development in the activities of The Undercurrent. They are curious about what motivates undergrads and they think about how outreach and communications can tap into that motivation. They create marketing strategy that increases engagement through social media and other channels to encourage academic and non-academic submissions to our journal and blog. They think about how to engage The Undercurrent’s remote editorial team in supporting the journal’s outreach efforts and bring a sense of continuity to our branding after the 10th Anniversary.
This is an opportunity to enjoy building something in collaboration with the Editor-In-Chief, to develop new skills in a self-directed way, and take risks to increase engagement with international development concepts nationally. The position is self-directed, can be done from anywhere with an internet connection, and has no minimum or maximum time commitment. It is recommended for a recent graduate interested in building their resume. Serious passion, intrinsic motivation, a love of writing, and an entrepreneurial mindset is required.
While there are not material benefits to the position per se, an opportunity to develop communications skills in a self-directed way is a wonderful resume builder. The Undercurrent is respected nationally-- think of it as a way to learn, grow, and develop recognition of your skills.
Core activities of the Comms Director:
- Develop communications and marketing strategies for the vision of The Undercurrent with the EIC and other team members
- Responsible for managing Twitter and Facebook social media accounts, using Hootsuite. This can be done collaboratively.
- Work with the EIC and other staff to develop topics for blog posts and writing projects outside of the journal
-Conduct outreach via email and in person when possible to build connections and represent The Undercurrent
- Collaborate on the backend management of our wordpress hosted website with the EIC
- Edit papers! This is our core function, and assistance in the editorial process will be important.
- Attend occasional video chat meetings with the EIC and other team members
- Coordinate with the EIC and other team members to promote the InSight conference next year in Ottawa
- Marketing, communications or public engagement experience
- Very strong academic writing skills
- Demonstrated passion for and experience in International Development Studies
- Innovative mindset
- Ability to be self-directed and create projects out of interest
- Interest in self-directed learning to accomplish your goals within the position
- Attended a Canadian university for an undergraduate degree, but you do not yet have a graduate degree or intention of pursuing one in the coming year.
Please send us a resume, an International Development related academic writing sample using APA citations, and a few ideas on how you’d create a communications strategy for The 2016/2017 year. Please email your application to email@example.com with the subject line ‘COMMS APP 2016/2017’.
This position provides an opportunity to gain experience in translation and publication, and to learn about and contribute to the functioning of an undergraduate academic journal. Please note that only students currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree programme (2nd year or higher) at a Canadian university may apply.
- To translate the abstracts of approximately 7 manuscripts per academic term.
- Enrollment in a Canadian undergraduate program (2nd year or higher)
- Above average French writing skills and an excellent command of the French language
- Previous translation experience is an asset
- Proven academic commitment (demonstrated by an academic average of A- or better, OR a letter from a professor indicating applicant’s suitability for position)
- 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)
- An appreciation of the mandate and history of the journal
- Reliability and commitment
To apply for the translator position with Undercurrent, please forward the following to the Editor-in-Chief at firstname.lastname@example.org
- One-page letter of intent (in French)
- Undergraduate curriculum vitae.
- Copy of your latest student grade report or letter from professor indicating your suitability for the position
- Translated Abstract (students applying for the translator position must translate the following abstracts)
Abstract translations should be in Microsoft Word form and should be included with your application. Translations should be done in the spirit of the French language and should be accurate grammatically. To view examples of abstracts and their translations, refer to the current, or any previous issues of the journal.
Webmaster/General Tech Wizard
Are you a technical wizard that can help us perfect our WordPress site and solve it's various glitches? Send Devon an email at email@example.com. Time commitment approximately 1 hr per week.
FACULTY EDITORIAL ADVISOR
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, Andrew Hay, at firstname.lastname@example.org.