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Join the HIR

Join the HIR

First Comp Meeting (9/16) at 7pm EDT

We will be holding our first official comp meeting on Wednesday, September 16 at 7pm. This is an all-board meeting, so please attend if you are interested in comping any of our four boards!

Please fill out our general interest form to join our email list.

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 a readership base that spans across six continents with over 100,000 print and digital subscribers.

You will also have the opportunity to interview prominent global leaders. In the past, the HIR has featured commentary from 43 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 current 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 4 boards: Editorial, Business, Design, and Tech. 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!

Students may comp in both the fall and spring. To comp the HIR in Fall 2020, fill out this form and come to our info session on Wednesday, September 9 at 7pm EST. We will send the zoom link before the meeting.

What is the comp schedule?

Editorial

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 7pm EST.

Info Session (September 9) — Introduction to the HIR

Week 1 (September 16) — The Building Blocks of an HIR Article

Week 2 (September 23) Pitching Your Article Idea

Week 3 (September 30) — Outlining Your Article

Week 4 (October 7)  — Writing the First Draft (Part 1)

Week 5 (October 14) — Writing the First Draft (Part 2)

Week 6 (October 21) — Editing and the Second Draft

Week 7 (October 28) — Finalizing and Publishing Your Article!

Business

During the 7-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 (September 9)– Introduction to the HIR with Editorial, Design & Tech

Week 1 (September 16) – All-Boards Meeting

Week 2 (September 23) – Introduction to the HIR as a Business

Week 3 (September 30) – Exploration of Ads, Marketing, Finance & Distribution

Week 4 (October 7) – Mixer with Senior Staff

Week 5 (October 14) – Selection of Project Groups and Initiatives

Week 6 (October 21) – Work with Mentor & Small Groups on Initiatives

Week 7 (October 28) – Final Presentations

Design

During the Design Comp, we will teach you the basics of InDesign, AP Images, and the HIR Style. No prior design experience is necessary, and the comp will culminate with laying out an HIR article.

Info Session (September 9)– Introduction to the HIR with Editorial, Business & Tech

Meeting 0 (September 16) – All-Boards Meeting

Meeting 1 (September 17)– Welcome to InDesign + Trial Video

Meeting 2 (September 24) – Basic Tools of InDesign

Meeting 3 (October 1)– Layout 101 + HIR Aesthetics

Meeting 4 (October 8) – Share Finished Articles + Movie Time

Tech

The tech comp will be integrated with the business comp, as the two boards often work very closely together. During tech specific sections of the comp though, you will learn the tools used to edit and update our website. The only experience necessary is very basic knowledge of HTML coding, and the comp will culminate with the implementation of a project or feature of your choice to the website.

Tech specific comp groups will be led by the tech director, while tech and business meetings will be led in conjunction with senior business staff.

Info Session (September 9)– Introduction to the HIR with Editorial, Design & Business

Week 1 (September 16) – All-Boards Meeting

Week 2 (September 23) – Introduction to the HIR as a Business

Week 3 (September 30) – Exploration of Ads, Marketing, Finance, Distribution, & Tech

Week 4 (October 7) – Mixer with Senior Staff

Week 5 (October 14) – Selection of Project Groups and Initiatives

Week 6 (October 21) – Work with Mentor & Small Groups on Initiatives

Week 7 (October 28) – Final Presentations

What if I’m in a different time zone?

If you are in a time zone that prevents you from attending our weekly meetings at 7pm EST, comp directors will hold alternate sessions on Saturdays to provide a recap of the material from that week’s meeting and answer any questions. We will select a time on Saturday that works best for compers' time zones.

The Business, Design, and Tech comps actually don't meet at that 7 PM on Wednesdays time except for the first two weeks (9/9 and 9/16). Their meeting times will be chosen to accommodate compers' schedules.

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 weekend, which culminates in the legendary HIR Initiation. Apart from that, the HIR hosts around 20 socials a year from themed events to chill hangs outs. We also have HIR merchandise and a mentorship program to foster community. 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 comp@hir.harvard.edu. 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 late August. Details to come on that.