Graduate assistantships give students opportunities for professional experience, academic training and financial support while pursuing advanced degrees.
Those holding graduate assistantships 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.
Graduate students who hold assistantships may be required to provide their 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.