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Graduate Assistantships

This list of available Graduate Assistantships may change in the near future as we get feedback from the participating departments.

Assistantships are on-campus positions that provide a practical experience to your degree along with financial assistance. You will find a variety of assistantships in both student and academic affairs.

To qualify for a graduate assistantship candidates must meet the criteria and provide evidence of having earned a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 (4.00 scale) on the graded academic course work from the degree-granting institution and have been fully admitted to a graduate degree program. Potential students must send an unofficial transcript prior to coming to campus to verify their GPA.

The second way to meet criteria is to provide evidence of having earned a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75 (4.00 scale) on the last 60 semester hours of graded academic course work from the degree granting institution and have been fully admitted to a graduate degree program. Clock hour requirements for an assistantship may vary by contract and the specific clock hour requirements are specified in the contract. The maximum level of an appointment is 19 clock hours of assigned duties to the sponsoring unit per week. The unit has full authority to require the full number of hours per week specified in the contract and may require assistants to document completion of clock hours each week. Sponsoring units may not require assistants to work beyond the maximum number of hours in the contract and University policies prevent graduate assistants from performing duties in excess of 20 clock hours per week while school is in session. Hours required to perform duties are not cumulative. Sponsoring units may not require assistants to work beyond the maximum level specified in the contract for a specified week because fewer hours were assigned during a prior week (2007 Graduate Assistantship Handbook).

Potential Graduate Assistantships

OrganizationAssistantship Info
University Housing and Dining Services Assistant Resident Director

Greek Court Assistant Resident Director
New Student Programs Program Coordinator
Illinois Higher Education Center (IHEC) at EIU Graduate Assistantship
Office of Financial Aid Graduate Assistantship
Fraternity and Sorority Programs Graduate Assistantship
International Students and Scholars Graduate Assistantship
Health Education Resource Center (HERC) Substance Abuse Education Coordinator

Sexual Health Coordinator
Graduate School Graduate Assistantship
Office of Minority Affairs TRiO Program Graduate Assistant

Gateway Program Graduate Assistant
Martin Luther King, Jr. University Union Graduate Assistantship
Student Success Center Graduate Assistantship
Office of Study Abroad Graduate Assistantship
Student Life Office Graduate Assistantship
Career Services Event Planning/Office Administration

Job Readiness Coach
Student Community Service Graduate Assistantship
Office of Student Standards Graduate Assistantship

*Please note, not all assistantships may be hiring every year.

To apply for graduate assistantships, candidates have to:

    1. Apply for CSA Days. Be sure to select all graduate assistantships you wish to apply for on the CSA Days application form.
    2. As a requirement of the Graduate School, complete the Graduate Assistantship Application.
    3. Submit an electronic copy of your resume by email to csa@eiu.edu

Some graduate assistantship supervisors may require additional application materials from candidates. Send all additional materials directly to the graduate assistantship supervisor.