American Studies and Journalism Departments Seeking Undergraduate Assistant Editor For New Journal

Author: Ragan Sernel

Seeking Assistant Editor – Americana

Americana is the annual online and print academic journal from the Department of American Studies.

  • Deadline for application: Friday, September 11, 2020
  • Apply by email:
  • Email application subject line: YOURLASTNAME_ Americana_AssistantEditorApp

Americana publishes undergraduate papers and projects that come from the fields of AMST or JED, broadly considered. Our journal features four genres (articles, essays, theses, and multimedia) to engage a variety of readers. Americana seeks to acknowledge the high-quality and diverse undergraduate research of AMST and JED undergrad students, encourage students to conduct research that explores both popular and academic curiosities relating to American Studies, foster an interdisciplinary conversation between students, past and present, and provide opportunities for undergraduate publication.

We are seeking an assistant editor to support the editor-in-chief, faculty advisors, and journal at large. Americana is a brand-new journal being launched during the 2020-2021 academic year, which means that assistant editor responsibilities are not yet finalized, but may include selecting pieces for publication, refining those pieces, and assembling a high-quality academic journal. This will be a wonderful opportunity to gain valuable hands on experience with creating an online and print publication. This position will require leadership skills, creative thinking, dependability, and responsiveness. The position is unpaid and a full academic year commitment.

The application is open to all AMST and JED students. Priority will be given to first year and sophomore JED students. Strongest applicants will have graphic design and magazine layout skills.

Components of the application:

  1. Résumé
  2. Letter of interest, especially highlighting relevant experience (1-2 pages, double-spaced)
  3. (not required) Examples of past projects that engaged graphic design or magazine layout skills

Please submit all these components as attachments to one email as your application. Submit to

The subject line should be YOURLASTNAME_Americana_AssistantEditorApp

If you have any questions about the position, please feel free to reach out to Julianne Downing at



We look forward to reading your application!