Graduate Positions

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).

Application Timeline for 2020-21 Positions:

  • Priority Review Deadline - December 6, 2019
  • Interview Dates - February 13-14, 2020

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Available REHS Assistantships

  • Assistant Community Director
    he 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. Click here to watch a panel discussion on what it is like to be an Assistant Community Director.
  • Assessment and Research Graduate Assistant
    This position’s primary responsibility is to support and assist Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS) with its assessment and evaluation needs and processes. This position is responsible for assisting with development and execution of evaluation tools, data entry and analysis for the department. Depending on the needs/priorities of the department, other duties may also be assigned. This is a half-time graduate assistant position which requires approximately 20 hours per week. This is a 9-month position, with the possibility of summer employment. Summer employment is based upon available funding and positive performance during the academic year.
  • Communications Graduate Assistant 
    The Communications Graduate Assistant (GA) is a half-time position that assists the Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS) Communications and Marketing team in promoting the on-campus living experience. The work week is approximately 20 hours per week with occasional nights and weekends. The successful candidate will be an experienced, take-charge individual with ability to manage student brand ambassadors and logistics in support of a busy marketing and communications environment. Must be able to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, meet deadlines with little supervision and be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends. Candidates should have a love for event management, provide outstanding customer service and engagement, be an enthusiastic professional, have experience with social media management and be able to build relationships with internal and external customers. Additionally, this person should be forward-thinking and offer innovative suggestions to promote a positive 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 assistant within REHS, reporting to the Associate Director for Diversity, Equity & 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 directly advises the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer of the Residence Halls Association (RHA). The GA will also be responsible for researching and designing training curriculums on diversity and inclusion for student employees. 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 Outreach Graduate Assistant (GA) is a part-time position that assists the MSU Tours Manager with a variety of functions for Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS) in reaching the goal of being an inclusive and world-class entity. The GA is primarily responsible for serving in a forward operational capacity supporting tour, event, and visitor operations, and serving as an ambassador for the Department and University as a whole. This is a half-time graduate assistant position which requires 20 hours a week and will include weekend and evening hours. This is a 9-month position with the possibility of full-time summer employment. Summer employment is based upon available funding and positive performance during the academic year. Click here for a complete job description.
  • Recruitment, Selection and Training Graduate Assistant
    This position’s primary responsibility is to support and assist the Assistant Director for Staff Recruitment, Selection and Training regarding all functions of recruitment, selection, training and staff discipline within Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS). Depending on the needs/priorities of the department, other duties may also be assigned. Click here for a complete job description.
  • Spartan Village Graduate Assistant
    This position’s primary responsibility is to support and assist residents of Spartan Village and carrying forward the mission and goals of Residence Education and Housing Services (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 with 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.
  • Leadership and Advising Graduate Assistant
    The graduate assistant for leadership and advising is a half-time graduate assistant with Residence Education and Housing Services. The GA will serve as an advisor to the Residence Hall Association, as well as design, develop and deliver 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 is a half-time graduate assistant position which requires 20 hours a week and will include weekend and evening hours. This is a 9-month position with the possibility of summer employment. Summer employment is based upon available funding and positive performance during the academic year.

     

Compensation and Benefits for Graduate Assistantships

The 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. 

Stipend:

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)

Non-live-in Assistantships 

  • 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 rehshr@rhs.msu.edu.  

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
  • Resume
  • 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.