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Graduate Assistantships for Fall 2020 will be posted by early December 2019. The deadline for Fall 2020 Assistantships is February 15, 2020.

*An application to the M.S. program in Biology will automatically include consideration for a graduate assistantship. February 1st is the deadline to have a complete M.S. application.

Assistantships are awarded competitively and offer remission of all tuition and fees (except graduation fee) plus a stipend. In return, graduate/athletic assistants are ordinarily expected to work for a department or team 20 hours weekly for a full-time position or 10 hours weekly for a part-time position conducting research, teaching, or work related to the department/team. The term of the assistantship is one year and is normally renewed for a second year upon satisfactory performance, with the potential for a third year in certain programs.

Note: Positions are contingent on funding

Eligibility requirements for a graduate or athletic assistantship:
  • Acceptance into a graduate program
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 minimum
  • Expertise and experience that matches the requirements of the position
Open Positions

Counseling - For FALL 2019 - Deadline September 18, 2019

  • Hours and Wages – The Counseling Graduate Assistant is expected to work 20 hours per week in exchange for up to nine credit hours of tuition and fees (excluding graduation fee) for the fall and spring semesters (a total of 18 credit hours), and a stipend paid twice per month (September-May).
  • Qualifications
    • Full-time, matriculated degree-seeking graduate student in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling.
    • Ability to work 20 hours per week. Hours are negotiable, but must include a mix of afternoon, early evening, and one to two half days on Saturday per semester. Someone working full-time would not be able to meet the requirements for this position.
    • Experience conducting literature reviews.
    • Strong academic writing skills.
    • Familiarity with SPSS or similar program preferred.
    • Applicants need to be flexible, self-motivated, reliable, and able to work on campus during the day when needed.
    • Commitment to and excitement for the field of Counseling.
  • Responsibilities
    • This position involves working closely with Counseling Department faculty and providing service to the department.
    • Work with faculty will be  primarily research oriented. The graduate assistant will assist faculty in all stages of the research process including: completing literature reviews, collecting and organizing data, entering data into computer programs, transcribing interview tapes and reviewing manuscripts.
    • Service to the department may involve a number of different activities depending on the needs of the department. Activities may include: assisting with the admission process, assisting with the activities of the Beta Chi honorary society, communicating with applicants interested in the  program, attendance at group interviews for program applicants, and assistance with the program accreditation process. Responsibilities of being a Beta Chi honorary society officer will not be counted towards the hours required for fulfillment of a graduate assistantship.
    • The graduate assistant may also be asked to assist with the program’s satellite location on the campus of Lorain County Community College. This may require travel to Lorain, Ohio.
  • Applying for this position
    • In the statement of purpose, applicants should address:
      • Their counselor identity.
      • Professional reasons for applying for the position.
      • Their skills that meet the needs of the position.
      • Their experience/involvement with research and scholarly writing.
  • Contact Information



Students interested in an Athletic Assistantship should contact individual coaches for assessment of your qualifications. If eligible, you will receive a link to the application via email. A list of the coaches and their contact information may be found here.

Application Process

Submit the Graduate Assistant Application which includes an uploaded statement of purpose and résumé.

Two letters of recommendation, students can request recommendations to be uploaded to the Graduate Assistantship Application. These letters are in addition to any letters that were submitted as part of your Program Application for Admission. Students are welcome to ask the same recommenders to write the letter, but the letters for the GA application should address how the student works as an employee.

Transcripts: If students submitted transcripts through the Program Application for Admission, these will automatically be attached to the Graduate Assistantship Application. Students applying to the Boler School of Business should request their transcripts be attached to the Graduate Assistantship Application.

It is imperative that by the February 15 deadline the applicant has also fully completed the application to a graduate studies program. This means that all application material must be received by February 15th including official transcripts, test scores, and necessary interviews, if applicable.

Selection Process

Shortly after February 15, all complete graduate assistantship applications will be forwarded to each department or office with available positions. Graduate/Athletic assistantship applications will only be reviewed if the applicant’s program application is also complete. Interviews are normally conducted as part of the selection process. Students are welcome to apply to multiple positions with one application. As departments make decisions, students will be notified about each position via status updates to their online status page.

When an offer for a graduate assistantship is made, a recommendation for appointment is submitted to the Associate Academic Vice President. Upon approval of the appointment, a contract will be offered via the student's status page. The student must sign and return the contract to complete the appointment process.

Tips for Graduate Students Seeking Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are meant to provide graduate students with opportunities to improve their skills in teaching and/or research and to offer practical experience while pursuing a graduate degree. Graduate students seeking assistantships should present themselves in the most favorable light and approach the process in the same way as applying for a job.

  • Know what each department does before applying for an assistantship. Check the department’s website and make sure you have the necessary skills to contribute to the department.
  • Read the job description carefully, keeping in mind the fit between your knowledge, skills, and abilities, and the desired qualifications of the position.
  • Customize the application materials in a way that communicates a good fit for the position.
  • Letters of recommendation should address your ability to fulfill the job requirements.
  • The contents of your application will determine whether or not you are invited for an interview.

Your statement of purpose and résumé should answer the following questions:

  • How do your interests, values, and skills fit the department’s mission, values, and needs?
  • How does your experience fit the content knowledge required for the position?
  • What strengths would help you to succeed in this position?
  • How does this position fit with your professional goals and objectives?