Graduate assistantships give students opportunities for professional experience, academic training and financial support while pursuing advanced degrees.
Assistants are assigned relevant professional and academic experiences that may include:
- Teaching or assisting in a course under the supervision of a director or mentor.
- Grading for a course.
- Assisting in a program-sponsored laboratory or instructional center.
- Assisting a professor on a research project.
- Professional conference development.
- Development of administrative skills.
Specific assignments vary by type of assistantship.
Graduate assistantships generally entail 10-20 hours of work per week (.25 to .50 full-time exempt). Students who hold graduate assistantships are discouraged from working more than 20 hours per week for more than one semester during the period of the assistantship.
A portion of any project may include minor clerical elements, but all projects should incorporate decision-making, judgment, analysis and evaluation skills.
All projects are supervised by graduate faculty, administrative staff or principal investigators.
Any graduate assistant may be required to provide his or her academic adviser with a written report of academic progress at the conclusion of the period for which the assistantship is awarded.
Recipients of graduate assistantships may qualify for additional funding through competitive fellowship awards.