Essay Competition Judge (Editor Internship)

If you are an individual who has talent and experience in reviewing the work of your fellow peers to give feedback, suggestions, and amendments, this is the role for you. As an Essay Competition Judge, you will be working with one of our Editors to judge essay competition entries by evaluating the writing, methodology, and referencing of these respective pieces. Under this system, you will be grading work based on a worksheet developed by our company. Quality entries that will be shortlisted by you and the Editor that will be responsible for you will be placed into a dataset that will be sent to a panel of Economists who will decide the competition winners.

Your position will be temporary until all essay entries have been sorted. Should The Backseat Economist see high frequencies of submissions after the competition, depending on your performance, you may be offered a position as an Editor.

Available Positions: 6

Job Type

Remote, Flexible, Voluntary, Temporary

About the Role

We are looking for an individual who is looking to develop their academic and interpersonal skills by becoming an Essay Competition Judge for The Backseat Economist. Whilst working in this role, you will be expected to mark essay competitions using the company checklist and your own judgement to ensure that the highest quality pieces are delivered to our competition panel. To achieve this objective under your role, you will be expected to:

Manage a workload of marking several essay entries on a regular rotation depending on demand.
Work with a team of Editors and other judges to ensure that the marking process remains organised, quick, and efficient.
Communicate any slowdowns or disruptions in your schedule to the Editor supervising you to ensure that any delays are addressed with relevant contingency measures.


Our organisation has a big focus on valuing our workforce by what they could become, rather than what skills they have now. As such, the most important factor we look for in potential candidates for any role is an industrious work ethic paired with an eagerness to learn as these qualities create the flexibility we need in our workforce. Yet, the role of an Essay Competition Judge will likely be suitable for individuals who display these qualities:

  • Past experience in managing student papers & or any relevant editing experience.

  • A disagreeable yet fair attitude to ensure that standards are kept within the competition.

  • A natural ability to give critique relevant works in Economics & Politics.

  • An ability to manage your own schedule to ensure that competition entries are quickly sifted through.

  • A strong communicator and team player to ensure that any disruptions in the marking are reported to higher-ups so that contingency measures can be implemented early.

About the Company

We aspire to connect young Economists across the country by providing a platform where contemporary issues can be discussed freely. By publishing free-to-access articles and other forms of dedicated media such as informational Podcasts and Private Tutoring sessions, our initiative aims to improve access to economics-related education resources for all. We strive to achieve these aspirations of a growing community, increased economic literacy & desire to seek truth through discussion. By becoming an Essay Competition Judge, you will play a key role in ensuring that more A-Level & IB equivalent students are involved in the world of economics, helping to increase the availability of these resources to all stakeholders.