Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS) offers its Graduate Assistants work, training, and professional development opportunities based on the competencies of national associations such as NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I).
Available REHS Assistantships
- Assistant Community Director
The Assistant Community Director (ACD) position is a part-time, live-in graduate assistantship within REHS. The ACD role provides many skill building opportunities and experiences in supervision, student leadership advising, crisis response, conduct process facilitation, and curriculum implementation. This position partners with a diverse group of students, staff, and faculty to develop an environment that promotes the mission of the university. ACDs are directly responsible for the training, supervision, and evaluation of student staff members. ACDs work with Community Directors (CDs) to create safe, inclusive, and educational communities that encourage and foster student success and development. ACDs are required to live in an assigned apartment on campus. This is a half–time graduate assistantship position which requires 20 hours a week and will include weekend and evening hours. Click here for a complete job description
- Assessment Graduate Assistant
The graduate assistant for assessment is a half-time assistantship within REHS. Reporting to an associate director, this position has primary responsibility in supporting and assisting the department with its assessment and evaluation needs and processes. The GA for assessment is responsible for assisting with development and execution of evaluation tools, data entry, and analysis, with a specific focus on the residential curriculum.
- Communications Graduate Assistant
The Communications Graduate Assistant (GA) is a half-time position that supports the Assistant Director of Communications with a variety of functions for REHS in reaching the goal of providing a safe, inclusive and sustainable living-learning community focused on student success. The workweek is approximately 20 hours per week with occasional nights and weekends. Candidates should have a love for communications and event management, provide outstanding customer service, be an enthusiastic professional, and be able to build relationships with internal and external customers. Additionally, this person should be forward-thinking and offer innovative suggestions to increase a positive brand experience for our on-campus residents. Click here for a complete job description
- Diversity and Inclusion Graduate Assistant
The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is a half-time assistantship within REHS, reporting to the Associate Director of Diversity & Inclusion. This position has primary responsibility in overseeing the development and success of the Neighborhood Black and LGBTQA+ Caucuses through intentional advisor development and leadership opportunities. The GA will also be responsible researching and designing training curriculums on diversity and inclusion. The GA for D&I will provide support in facilitating focus groups, analyzing data, training staff, creating summaries/reports of current and previous data, and other human resources functions as assigned. Click here for a complete job description
- Outreach Graduate Assistant
The Graduate Assistant for Outreach is a part-time assistantship within REHS. This position aids in the development, administration, and planning for the Michigan State University Tour Program. Working closely with full-time staff members in REHS and the Office of Admissions, this position is responsible for the selection, training, and development of undergraduate student supervisors and tour guides. In addition to intense mentoring and development of students, this position is responsible for numerous administrative tasks for the MSU tour program, including: managing scheduling and payroll process for the department; evaluation and assessment; monitoring student labor budget; student employee evaluation; program assessment; outreach and direct contact with internal and external audiences (including students, faculty, parents, and distinguished guests). The REHS Outreach Office delivers over 26,000 tours and participates in over 300 events and fairs annually, including MSU Academic Orientation Programs, Parent Orientation Programs, Green and White Days, & Inside MSU among many others. REHS Outreach maintains formal partnerships with the Office of Admissions, MSU Athletics, Academic Colleges, and many others. The Graduate Assistant for Outreach is a key and highly visible member of these efforts. Click here for a complete job description
- Recruitment, Selection and Training Graduate Assistant
The Graduate Assistant for Recruitment, Selection and Training is a half-time assistantship within REHS. This position’s primary responsibility is to support and assist the Assistant Director of Recruitment, Selection, and Training with all functions of recruitment, selection, training, and staff discipline within the department. Depending on needs/priorities, other duties may also be assigned. This is a nine-month position with the possibility of summer employment, based upon available funding and positive performance during the academic year. Click here for a complete job description
- Spartan Village Graduate Assistant
The Graduate Assistant for Spartan Village Apartments is a half-time, live-in assistantship. This position’s primary responsibility is to support and assist residents of Spartan Village and carry forward the mission and goals of REHS in that community. This position is responsible for assisting with community needs, neighbor or apartment conflicts, resident emergencies, some facilities concerns, and serving as the on-call contact for residents needs when the business office is closed. Depending on the needs/priorities of the department, other duties may also be assigned. Click here for a complete job description
Wonderbodies is a fitness facility located within Wonders Hall. This facility is open to all on-campus residents and features a variety of workout equipment. The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Wonderbodies is a half-time graduate assistantship which oversees the operation of the facility. Duties include hiring and supervision of student staff, promotion of the facility and membership sales, and management of cash handling procedures. The GA could work in conjunction with Recreational Sports in order to offer a high quality gym experience. This assistantship will allow real-world experience in the full operations of a gym. Click here for a complete job description
- Leadership and Advising Graduate Assistant
The Graduate Assistant for Leadership and Advising is a half-time graduate assistantship with REHS. The GA will serve as an advisor to the Residence Halls Association, as well as design, develop and deliver various leadership training programs. The GA is responsible for developing leadership skills in students and REHS staff through on-going training, one-on-one coaching, and assessment of leadership skills. This position requires 20 hours a week and will include weekend and evening hours. This is a nine-month position with the possibility of summer employment, based upon available funding and positive performance during the academic year.
Compensation and Benefits for Graduate Assistantships
Compensation varies depending on the nature of the position. Positions are nine-month positions, including fall and spring semesters.
Appointment dates are:
Fall Semester: August 16, 2018 - December 31, 2018
Spring Semester: January 1, 2019 - May 15, 2019
Actual start dates may vary by position. Assistant Community Director positions begin with a workshop training that typically starts two weeks prior to the August appointment date. Winter break work hours also vary by position.
Assistant Community Directors are live-in:
- Level 1 - $6994/9 months plus a furnished apartment and meal plan
- Level 2 - $7164/9 months plus a furnished apartment and meal plan
Graduate Assistant for Spartan Village Apartments are live-in:
- Furnish apartment in Spartan Village plus a stipend (yet to be determined)
- Level 1 - $15,093/9 months
- Level 2 - $16,692/9 months
Stipends are paid bi-weekly.
All REHS graduate assistants also receive:
- In-state tuition rates
- Nine-credit tuition waiver per semester at the base MSU graduate credit rate (fall and spring semesters)
- Matriculation fee waiver
- Single-person student health insurance coverage
For additional information about MSU graduate assistantships, please visit the Graduate School website.
Inquiries regarding graduate assistant positions with Residence Education and Housing Services at Michigan State University should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requirements for Graduate Assistant Applicants
- Applicants must have a completed bachelor’s degree.
- Applicants must apply to a MSU graduate program and complete all requirements for admission. MSU accepts online graduate school applications at http://admissions.msu.edu/graduate.asp.
- Applications for Graduate Assistant positions and for admission to graduate school are separate, however, applications should be submitted at the same time. Applicants are advised to check their graduate program for important deadlines.
- Typically, offers for Graduate Assistant positions are conditional and made prior to acceptance into a graduate program.
- Graduate Assistants must maintain a 3.0 grade point average throughout their appointment.
- All Graduate Assistants are responsible for the balance of their tuition and fees after all compensation and benefits are applied. For more information, visit the MSU Controller's website.
NOTE: Some programs charge an additional fee that they add into the base MSU tuition rate. This fee is not covered by the assistantship.
Graduate Assistant Applicants must submit this information:
- Job Profile and Questions in eRezlife
- Cover Letter
- Provide one name and email address for one reference. The person you indicate will be sent an email asking them to upload a letter on your behalf. (If the reference does not submit their reference on time, we will still consider your application).
You may submit a profile within eRezlife, and then apply for each position that you are interested in as they become available.