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Writer/Researcher Position Open at The American Interest

The American Interest is looking for a staff writer and research associate to the editor at large, Walter Russell Mead. This position involves a variety of writing, editorial, and administrative responsibilities and will be based in New York City.


  • Writing: Frequently (2-3 times per day) contribute short articles to The American Interest feed; participate and pitch article ideas in daily editorial calls; occasionally write book reviews and longer bylined features.
  • Research and editorial: Perform deep historical study and analysis in connection with Prof. Mead’s upcoming book; provide background research and editorial help for frequent op-eds and essays in the Wall Street JournalForeign Affairs, and elsewhere.
  • Administrative: Assist Prof. Mead with calendar and travel management and other organizational tasks.

The ideal candidate will be a recent graduate with a strong liberal arts background, excellent writing and editing skills, and a hunger to continue learning. Foreign language skills and comfort with historical and contemporary statistics are also advantageous.

The ideal candidate will split his or her time between administrative and research tasks for Prof. Mead and writing for The American Interest. We are looking for someone who is comfortable with in-depth historical research; who can work well independently, remotely, and as part of a team; who has a flexible and strong work ethic; and who is eager to participate in serious and sophisticated research projects. The ideal candidate will also enjoy living and breathing both news and analysis, and who can help The American Interest explain and communicate complex issues in an engaging way.

This is an entry-level position for someone who wants to launch a career in journalism, business, or policy analysis. The successful candidate will be joining the sharp and clever team at The American Interest, and past holders of this position have gone on to prestigious fellowships, further academic study, and positions at top businesses.

We offer a competitive salary and full health and dental benefits.

Prospective candidates please email a cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to Peter Mellgard at