Shield is looking for staff writers, editors and a website manager to join our team.
Note: We have received a high number of applications for these positions and will accordingly be closing the vacancies once interviews have concluded (on Wednesday, 4 July). Please apply as soon as possible if you wish to be considered in this recruitment round.
If you would like to be updated if further vacancies become available (there are likely to be a few positions opening in September) then please contact us and ask to be updated.
To apply for any of these roles, please contact us using the form provided. We’ll respond to you quickly from a real email address. (Sorry this is a bit long-winded – it stops us being deluged by spam.)
When we reply to you, we’ll ask you to send your CV and a covering letter briefly outlining what you would bring to the role. If you’re applying to work as an editor or staff writer, we’ll also ask for a writing sample of at least 500 words. You don’t need to write something especially for your application – just your latest essay will do.
Working for Shield
As a blog providing free, high-quality articles, Shield has no income. We are a student-run organisation staffed by volunteers. Why should I give up my time to work for Shield, I hear you ask? Why not watch this video and find out:
The experience will look great on your CV. Working for Shield can help you stand out from the crowd and evidence the transferable skills you have developed at university. For example, working as a writer or editor can demonstrate skills including being articulate, organised and analytical.
Shield staff will also benefit from attending a series of Insight Days with key employers. Organisations are keen to meet students who have demonstrated their interest in the defence and security industry. These events are a unique opportunity to find out what it’s really like to work for these employers, as well as to network.
We are searching for several staff writers who can commit to writing a minimum of three articles a year. We respect your academic commitments, which must always come first, and can be flexible about the times of year that you can produce work. (With that said, if you can only write during holiday periods – the most popular time to write articles – you’ll need to focus on topics that aren’t time-sensitive.)
Articles should be relatively short (up to 1,000 words) and must focus on topics related to defence or security, broadly defined. Be prepared to present a clear argument in your articles. You will need to work closely with our editors to get your article to a publishable standard. This may take several rounds of editing, particularly to start with (before you get used to the standards required). The ability to analyse information and put together an argument is essential, as is a good level of written English. Patience and determination would also be an asset to you in this role.
You will be joining a small team of editors. We respect your academic commitments, which must always come first, and will be flexible if you are particularly busy during certain parts of term. We allocate work out between editors in order to keep the workload fair. Depending on how many editors join the team, you can expect to edit one or two articles per term (three to six articles per year).
Previous editing experience is preferred but is not essential, provided that you are able to comment on the structure, argument, and content of articles. Excellent written English is required, and you must be able to stick to deadlines. Attention to detail and being able to comment clearly and diplomatically on written work are key skills.
The Shield website is currently a WordPress.com site. This ensures simplicity of editing and functionality, but there are some design aspects of the website that are not as editable as they could be.
You would be working directly with the Shield founder to develop and improve certain aspects of the website, as well as maintaining it on an ongoing basis. Major overhauls could be confined to out-of-term periods, but you need to be available ASAP in the event of the website going down.
At least some prior experience in developing a website is essential. The ability to communicate technical concepts to a non-technical audience would be helpful. It would be an advantage if you have an understanding of SEO.