Graduate Assistant Positions
Frequently Asked Questions
How many assistantships are available and who is eligible to apply for them?
Currently, there are five assistantships available for graduate students:
- Campus Living (requires living on campus)
- Career Development Center
Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement (not available for 2014-2015)
Provide ongoing support for the office. development, implementation and evaluation of
- Student Activities
Health Promotion and Wellness
Provide ongoing support for the development, implementation and evaluation of prevention and healthy behavior promotion projects. To be eligible, students must have a background in counseling, addiction treatment, and/or public health.
Can anyone apply for an assistantship?
No. Assistantships are reserved for students in the two-year, cohort-based M.A. in Student Affairs program, with the exception of the Health Promotion and Wellness assistantship, which may be open to graduate students in counseling or school counseling programs.
I am a student in the M.A. in Student Affairs program. Am I required to do a graduate assistantship?
No. Students must apply to be considered for an assistantship. See below for details on how to apply.
How do I apply for an assistantship?
You indicate which assistantship(s) you are interested in by filling out an assistantship cover letter (available on this webpage after March 10, 2014), and sending it with a cover letter and resume to Tricia Brand (firstname.lastname@example.org). On the cover sheet, you can indicate your interest in more than one assistantship. If you are selected for more than one you will have to choose your preference.
When are applications due?
2014: May 1
2015: February 1
How long does an assistanship run?
Generally, assistantships begin August 1 (roughly a month before coursework begins), and they run through the end of the following May.
How many hours per week will I be expected to work?
20 hours per week. Students with the Housing/Campus Living assistantship have on-call duties scheduled every 6 weeks.
What is the compensation?
Tuition, health insurance, a single room, and a minimal meal plan (625 flex points [dollars] per semester). Tuition for up to 10 semester hours per term (fall and spring) are covered for the year you serve in the assistantship.
Am I required to accept the offer of free campus housing?
No, you can choose to live off campus at your own expense, unless you are in the Housing/Campus Living assistantship, in which case you are required to live on campus. This assistantship comes with a 2-bedroom apartment (instead of a single), so could be appropriate if you have a family living with you (the apartment is located directly below student apartments, however, so anyone planning on living with children should plan accordingly). Individuals in this assistantship also qualify for a full meal plan (instead of the 625-point flex plan).
Who do I contact with questions?
Tricia Brand, email@example.com, 503-768-7743