Work with us

Shield is looking for editors to join our team.

To apply for the role, 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. 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.

Editors

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 effectively on the structure, argument, and content of articles. In order to assess your ability to do so, you will be asked to complete a short editing test (where you will edit a short passage of written work and comment on it as if you were editing it).

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.