Higher Education provides a series of professional/career development opportunities for students in anticipation of the job search so students feel prepared and supported, and understand how to conduct an ethical and successful job search. There are a variety of professional organizations and resources that you should access as one think about your career.
A graduate assistantship (GA) is similar to a job, and helps fund your graduate education and gives you work experience. You do not need a GA position to be in this program, but many of our students hold assistantships in offices across campus. Typically, you will work in an office such as Office of Residence Life, Student Activities, Student Centers and Programming Services, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs, Office of Multicultural Affairs, LGBT Resource Center, or Health and Promotion Services for about 20 hours per week. In return, you will receive a stipend and tuition credits.
Visit the Syracuse University Human Resources Job Board to view the available GA positions from the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience. Click on the “Student” button, and on the search page, choose “GA/TA/RA” under the Job Category.
If you have any questions, please contact the Higher Education Department directly. Do not call the director of the offices offering GA’s. We also offer cover letter and resume assistance to those who are applying for graduate assistantships. The GA application process is separate from the HED admissions process, so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible–you do not need to wait for your application decision. All communication about GA interviews will come from the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience, not from the HED office.
The number of GA positions available is limited. Due to the competitive nature of these positions, we encourage you to apply for ALL of them. Argue for how your skills are transferable from prior leadership or job positions. Apply no later than the end of January so that your credentials can be reviewed in time to be invited for an interview during our Open House.
Decisions about who to interview will be made in early February. In the second week in February, the Division of Enrollment and the Student Experience will contact individuals who have been invited to participate in one or more on-campus interview(s) during our Open House.
Each GA supervisor decides on the number and who to interview for their available graduate assistantship position(s). However, if you are planning to attend our Open House and applied for one or more GA positions in the Division of Students Affairs, you will be granted at least one interview, one that is most aligned with your past or current related professional experiences.