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Available Assistantships

Graduate assistantships offer students an exceptional learning environment to bridge the gap between theory and practice. Participants can network with current student affairs professionals, cultivate relationships with fellow students and colleagues, and acquire skills essential to success in the field of student affairs. 

 Graduate Assistantships are currently open to students enrolled in the Educational Leadership & Policy MEd Student Affairs program. For more information regarding the Educational Leadership & Policy MEd Student Affairs program and the admissions process, please visit the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy. While students in the MEd program are given priority, we also welcome applications from students in the ELP doctoral programs and the Department of Education, Culture & Society master’s, and doctoral programs. 

These opportunities undergo annual updates, and changes may occur regularly. It is important to note that stipends can vary based on the department and the specific responsibilities of the graduate assistant. The minimum stipend for graduate assistants in the upcoming academic year (August 2024 - May 2025) is set at $24,000. 

2024-2025 Academic Year


TRIO is a set of federally-funded college opportunity programs that motivate and support low-income, first-generation, and disabled students in their pursuit of higher education. The University of Utah has been awarded grants for two TRIO projects: Student Support Services (SSS) and Upward Bound (UB).

The candidate will assist TRIO Upward Bound, an educational outreach program for first-generation, and low-income high school students in the Salt Lake Valley. Upward Bound is intended to assist with high school completion and entrance into post-secondary education. The UB Program serves students enrolled at East, West, Highland and Kearns High Schools and provides academic advising, tutoring, exam preparation assistance, financial aid assistance, career exploration and an intrusive and comprehensive summer College Success Academy. This program is funded by the US Department of Education, Office of Post-secondary Education.

The graduate assistant will work to improve communication lines between students and the TRiO program while also assisting with other activities that support and promote program objectives.

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The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) at the University of Utah provides educational and support services for women and other marginalized students at the University of Utah. The WRC facilitates empowerment through programs, counseling, and training grounded in feminist multicultural theories and practices. Our work embodies the complexity of women’s identities. Our teams are committed to social justice and collaboration, and often engage in campus/community social justice issues, as well.

The GA will gain experience, knowledge, and skills in student advocacy; become familiar with planning, organizing, leading, and assessing programs; identify and understand educational barriers for students across gendered, racialized, and classed experiences; and acknowledge and work to minimize the impacts of these barriers, all while incorporating their own strengths
and knowledge to accomplish these learning outcomes.

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The Graduate Assistant (GA) position is a 10-month live-in, graduate assistant staff position within Housing & Residential Education (HRE) and the Student Affairs Division at the University of Utah. The GA reports to a Resident Director (RD) of a specific area in providing leadership and coordination of a comprehensive student- focused program. Within HRE, GAs assist in a number of roles; potential placements include residential communities housing 400 to 800 students, conduct management, or residential initiatives.

The GA/GRD role is designed to be an intentional assistantship where future student affairs professionals work closely and directly with a RD to shadow and learn all aspects of working within Residential Education. The RD will serve as a mentor who educates and provides opportunities for GAs to develop competence and confidence in all areas. The expectation is that upon completion of a 2-year assistantship, the GA will have all skills and experiences necessary to succeed as a full-time professional on a Housing and Residential Education team.

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The primary role of the Graduate Assistant for the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center (LGBT RC) is to support the department’s education and leadership development programs and initiatives. The Graduate Assistant will gain practical experience working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual/aromantic (LGBTQIA+) students and collaborating with diverse student populations in intersectional ways. This position is supervised by the Coordinator for Community Engagement and Outreach and works directly with the Director, undergraduate student staff, and volunteers and interns.

The Graduate Assistant reports directly to the Coordinator for Community Engagement and Outreach at the LGBT RC and works 20 hours per week, including occasional evening and weekend hours. This two-year appointment runs from August 19th, 2024- May 4th, 2026. Graduate Assistant will determine responsibilities with the Coordinator.

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Sunnyside Apartments at the University of Utah owns and operates 1,000 apartments for single graduate students and students and staff with their families. The University of Utah family and single graduate housing accommodates undergraduate and graduate students from all over the world. Our apartment community fosters individual lifestyles and educational opportunities within a framework of responsible freedom. Residents enjoy, cultural activities, children's programs, and individual participation in community affairs.

The Graduate Assistant (GA) position is 12-month live-in position within Sunnyside Apartments and Auxiliary Services at the University of Utah. The GA reports to the Associate Director of Resident Life and Outreach and assists in providing leadership
and training to 30 resident life staff and in coordinating educational and social programming for a diverse population of students, staff and their families.

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The Bennion Center seeks a graduate assistant with an interest in community engagement and student development. The position contributes to the community impact and civic education- focused mission of the Bennion Center by supporting the Alternative Breaks program and its students, developing independent projects and initiatives that integrate their course of study into their work in the Center, and generally advancing the Center’s mission as a contributing member of
the staff.

The Graduate Assistant will report to the Alternative Breaks Program Manager. The GA will support student leadership opportunities by advising and guiding student leaders toward successful recruitment efforts in Alternative Breaks (AB). This includes serving as a staff partner in the program and providing administrative support of the program, coordinating retreat and training details, room schedules, and aiding in the discount selection process. The Graduate Assistant may also be asked to support Center-wide programs or initiatives based on the demands of the Bennion Center and/or Alternative Breaks program.

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The graduate assistant in the University Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid (UOSFA) works on project- based tasks supporting effective, efficient, and inclusive delivery and/or management of scholarship and financial aid programs at the U. Projects are designed to span either a single semester or an academic year, and are arranged after joint consultation between the graduate assistant and UOSFA supervisor regarding office needs and the graduate assistant’s area(s) of expertise and academic/career interests. Examples of project topics include: analyzing consumption and use of UOSFA communication materials (including leading student focus groups); analysis of financial aid program utilization by major/college; developing materials identifying areas of overlap between UOSFA and other university departments; assisting with technology implementation projects to improve student experience and processing efficiency, etc. Other project ideas of interest to graduate assistant are welcomed.

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The Complete U, under the supervision of the director of First Year Utah will be responsible for assisting in the day to day operations of the Complete U program. The Complete U Program consists on a variety of programs and initiatives to retain students until the completion of their undergraduate degree program. These include the Strong Start Summer Bridge Program, Accelerate U Degree program, and others. The Complete U Graduate Assistant is a valued member of the First-Year Utah team.

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The mission of the Financial Wellness Center (FWC) is to support student well-being and success by providing individualized financial counseling, education, programming, research, and advocacy to guide students in their lifelong financial wellness journeys. This role is an opportunity to work at a national award-winning and state-wide model of a university student Financial Wellness Center.

The Graduate Assistant (GA) will acquire expertise, insights, and competencies in student advocacy. They will gain proficiency in planning, organizing, leading, and evaluating programs. Additionally, they will recognize and comprehend educational challenges faced by students from diverse gender, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The GA will actively strive to reduce the effects of these obstacles, integrating their unique strengths and knowledge to achieve the specified learning objectives of the FWC and University of Utah.

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The Department of Educational Leadership and Policy (ELP), a division of the College of Education at the University of Utah, emphasizes the application of theory and research to the practice of administration in K-12 schools or in higher education colleges and universities. The mission of ELP is to prepare ethical researchers, leaders and policy makers in PK-12 through higher education who are informed by comprehensive and empirically-based theory and research, as well as committed to leading educational organizations that enact principles of justice, equity, and excellence for all learners.

Reporting to the ELP Department Chair, the Outreach and Marketing Assistant will assist the ELP Department in the recruitment of students, social media and outreach, and program planning. This is a chance to gain insight into the operation of academic programs and an academic department and provides the opportunity to gain a variety of skills and experience including, but not limited to: Program development and implementation; Peer program assessments; Event planning; Student recruitment; Presentation skills and techniques. 

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Through a commitment to social transformation, the University of Utah Prison Education Project (UPEP) advances educational equity through on-site higher education, empirical research, and advocacy. We engage a bachelor’s degree program, credit- and non-credit-bearing coursework, general academic programming, and arts enrichment with incarcerated adults at the Utah State Correctional Facility.

The Graduate Research Assistant will be responsible for facilitating weekly on-site operations at the prison, communication with UPEP students and staff. You can learn more about the project here.

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Application Process

Interviews for graduate assistantships during the 2024-2025 academic year are scheduled to occur virtually over Campus Preview Week on February 27-29 and March 4-6, 2024. 


Dates to consider:

  • January 26, 2024 | Application link goes live. GA candidates should upload a resume or CV
  • February 15, 2024 | Deadline to apply for a graduate assistant position. Exceptions made on a case-by-case basis.
  • February 21, 2024 | Interview schedules will be shared with applicants 
  • February 26, 2024 | ELP M.Ed. Student Affairs Virtual Preview Day
  • February 27- March 6, 2024 | Graduate Assistantship Interview Days
  • March 11, 2024 | Assistantship offers begin on a rolling basis
  • April 15, 2024 | Offer Acceptance Deadline (It is strongly encouraged to accept offers early)
  • August 12, 2024 | ELP Orientation for Fall 2024 Cohort (Mandatory)
  • August 19, 2024 | Fall 2024 Semester Classes Begin 

Last Updated: 2/8/24