What is an Assistantship?
An assistantship is an opportunity for graduate students to directly apply theory to practice in a professional setting. Most graduate assistants are appointed to work between 15 to 20 hours per week (.375 to .50 or full time equivalent). Stipends typically range from about $5,000 to $12,000 for two semesters, plus a full or partial remission. Compensation packages vary; feel free to ask clarifying questions when you meet and interview with assistantship providers. Assistantships are available through a number of departments and programs and range from supervising undergraduates in residence halls to assisting with comprehensive research to advising programming boards.
How is the Assistantship part of Outreach?
Graduate assistantships are a central part of the HESA experience at Indiana University and are required for admission to the Master's Program. HESA works hard to provide many opportunities during Outreach to interview for assistantship positions. Although there is not a centralized office at IU which controls graduate assistantships, Outreach weekend is designed to centralize a number of assistantships related to higher education and student affairs.
Finding an Assistantship at IU
Students are required to secure an assistantship before they will be fully admitted in the HESA Master's Program. Assistantships that are available during Outreach weekend meet the requirements of obtaining an assistantship in the HESA Master's Program. Students can seek other assistantships on campus; however, those assistantships must be approved by the HESA program in meeting the assistantship requirement prior to final admission being granted to the student.
Assistantships at Outreach
Assistantship providers are currently submitting position descriptions for available 2017-2018 graduate assistantships. We will provide an updated list of assistantship providers the first week of January 2017. It is not necessary to contact the assistantship providers that will be attending the Outreach weekends; however, it is appropriate to contact offices not attending Outreach to inquire and possibly set up any additional interviews during Outreach.
HESA will update its website as it is informed of new assistantship opportunities. When looking for additional assistantship opportunities, we recommend you begin with the IU GradGrants Center website. Remember, there is no centralized process to search for outside assistantships, so we suggest searching by key words for the area(s) that spark your interest. A clearing house for available assistantships in the School of Education has been established at the Office of Human Resources, 4150 Education Building, 201 North Rose Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405-1006 (812-856-8055).
Scheduling Your Interviews During Outreach
When you register for Outreach, you will submit a universal resume and cover letter that will be available to all assistantship providers who are participating in Outreach. Assistantship providers will review applications and make decisions on candidates they will be interviewing throughout the month of January. All students who are registered for Outreach will receive notification of their final interview schedule via e-mail at a later date. Your faculty interview time will also be included on this schedule.
Scheduling Additional Interviews
If you have arranged interviews on your own you MUST submit that schedule by January 31, 2017. Please complete the schedule form to list any pre-arranged interviews and send the document as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.