Join the HIR

Join the HIR

Info Session: 9/17, 4pm, Lamont Library Forum Room (3rd Floor).

We will hold an info session on Sunday, September 17th at 4pm. This is an all-board meeting, so please attend if you are interested in comping any of our  boards (Editorial, Business, Design, Tech).

SIGN UP: Please fill out our general interest form to sign up for the info session.

Why join the Harvard International Review?

When you join the HIR, you will have the opportunity to write for Harvard’s premier magazine for international affairs and share your perspective on any global issue ranging from diplomacy and security to immigration and education.

You will have an audience that spans across six continents with over 500,000 print and digital readers.

You will also have the opportunity to interview prominent global leaders. In the past, the HIR has featured commentary from 47 Presidents and Prime Ministers, 4 Secretaries-General, 4 Nobel Economics Prize laureates, and 7 Nobel Peace Prize laureates, including Nelson Mandela, The Dalai Lama, Al Gore, Condoleezza Rice, Jimmy Carter, Melinda Gates, Fareed Zakaria, and Kofi Annan.

Interested in learning more about why our members chose to join the HIR? Watch the video below.

How do I join?

If you are a Harvard College student, you are eligible to join, or “comp” any of the HIR's boards: Editorial, Business, & Design. The HIR’s comp is completion-based, so as long as you finish all assignments and complete the comp process, you’re part of the team!

To comp the HIR in Fall 2023, fill out this form and come to our info session on Sunday, September 17th.

What is the comp schedule?


During the 7-week editorial comp, you will learn how to write an effective article, and your work will culminate in a 3-5 page long-form article published on the HIR's website.

Meetings will be led by members of the senior staff every week at 7:00 pm.

Info Session — Introduction to the HIR

Week 1  — The Building Blocks of an HIR Article

Week 2 Pitching Your Article Idea

Week 3 — Outlining Your Article

Week 4  — Writing the First Draft (Part 1)

Week 5 — Writing the First Draft (Part 2)

Week 6 — Editing and the Second Draft

Week 7 — Finalizing and Publishing Your Article!


During the 5-week Business Comp, you will learn about advertising, marketing, finance, operations, and distribution. The comp will culminate with compers working with a mentor in small groups on an initiative of their own creation.

The comp will be run by senior business staff.

Info Session – Introduction to the HIR with Editorial, Design & Tech

Week 1 – Introduction to HIR as a Business

Week 2 – Exploration of Advertising & Finance

Week 3 – Exploration of Logistics

Week 4 – Introduction to Strategy Projects

Week 5 – Mixer with Senior Staff

Can I comp multiple boards?

Yes, of course! A number of our members are on multiple boards of the HIR. Just indicate that what boards you're interested in on our sign-up form.

Can I comp if I'm not a first year?

Definitely. Every semester we have a number of non-first years compers. We highly encourage students of all years to join.

Does the HIR have socials?

Yes! We pride ourselves on our strong social culture. During the comp, there will be a social every week. Apart from that, the HIR hosts around 20 socials a year from themed events to chill hangs outs. Our hope is that all of you feel like you're joining our family!

Can I join the HIR even if I'm not going to study IR?

Absolutely! Our members study a wide variety of things from English to economics to pre-med to CS. If you're interested in writing about any topic from an international lens, we're the place to be. Similarly if you're interested in getting hands-on digital design experience, working on marketing or business, or applying and learning new CS skills, the HIR is perfect for you.  

Have more questions?

You can get in contact with the comp directors at They're happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have!

We will also be hosting "office hours" where members will be available to talk one-on-one with interested compers in mid February. Details to come on that.