WHAT STUDENTS SAY
“I believe the top benefit of being a GRD is that I get to apply what I am learning in the classroom into my practice… ” – GRD, 2021
“Top benefits are obviously… compensation and housing. I would not be able to receive this education without it.” – GRD, 2021
“Benefits for me are hands-on work experience in my desired field… and being able to connect with colleagues across the field of higher education” – GSA, 2021
Graduate Assistantships and Fellows
For Higher Education Masters Students
Are you an incoming Higher Education MA student? A Graduate Assistantship (GA) can help you earn valuable experience and help pay for school. GA positions offer tuition waivers and stipends in exchange for hands-on experience in the higher education field. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The positions outlined below are for incoming 1st year HED MA students only. If you are in a different program, please be sure to explore your MCE program for graduate assistantship and other financial aid opportunities.
- In order to be considered for these positions you must have a submitted and completed admissions application.
- You can apply for these positions through the online application.
- Applications are due by May 3, 2021 at 5 p.m. Mountain Time (MT).
Please be sure to review the position descriptions below. The following is offered as an at-a-glance comparison. Duties, qualifications, and other details are different for each position. All compensation, benefits, and tuition credits are dependent on available funding. Hours are approximate.
|Office or Location||Graduate Position Type||Max Tuition Credit Hours||Max Pay||Hours / Week||Open|
|Living Learning Communities||Service Assistant||24||$15,892 / 10 Months||15-25||Yes|
|Office of Student Engagement – Fraternity & Sorority Life||Service Assistant||24||$15,592 / 10 Months||20-25||Yes|
|Office of Student Engagement- Leadership Development & Innovation||Service Assistant||24||$15,592 / 10 Months||25||Yes|
|College and Career Success Department Aurora Public Schools||Service Assistant||12||$7,250 / 9 Months||10||Yes|
|Health, Safety and Well-Being Initiatives of NASPA||Service Assistant||12||$8,740 / 7 Months||10-15||Yes|
|First-Generation Initiatives at Metropolitan State University of Denver||Service Assistant||12||$7,750 / Year||10-15||Yes|
|Office of Student Engagement – Student Activities||Service Assistant||24||$15,592 / 10 Months||15||Yes|
HED Graduate Assistantships and Fellows Positions
Living and Learning Communities Graduate Student Assistant
The Learning Communities and Civic Engagement (LCCE) Department Graduate Student Assistant (GA) positions in the Living and Learning Communities (LLC’s) require 15-25 hours/week with 25 hours/week being the maximum. DU’s LLC’s provide students with a unique opportunity to integrate academic and residential experiences to build personal character, intellectual curiosity and community engagement, by establishing a strong foundation for their university experience and beyond. In addition to supporting students, GAs will provide co-curricular program, administrative and curricular support to two of the four LLC faculty directors for the Wellness LLC, International LLC, Social Justice LLC or the new Tech JEDI Ethics LLC starting Fall 2021 for engineering and computer science students only. GAs must be enrolled and in good academic standing to maintain eligibility for an assistantship position. The position will begin on August 15, 2021 and end June 15, 2022.
Office of Student Engagement – Fraternity and Sorority Life Graduate Service Assistant
The Graduate Service Assistant (GSA) for Fraternity & Sorority Life (FSL) holds a 20-25 hours/week appointment with Fraternity & Sorority Life, one of three functional areas in the Office of Student Engagement (OSE). The GSA for FSL will report directly to the Associate Director of FSL and will primarily work with the fraternity/sorority community at the University of Denver. In addition, the GSA for FSL will be a collaborative colleague with other team members in OSE, as well as a campus partner across the Division of Student Affairs & Inclusive Excellence (SAIE). The GSA for FSL must be enrolled and maintain good academic standing in the Masters of Higher Education program throughout their course of employment. No other employment may be held during the duration of the GSA for FSL contract without prior permission from supervisor. Part of breaks (winter, spring, & summer) will require GSA for FSL presence on campus and/or involvement with committee tasks and other responsibilities. GSAs for FSL may be required to be present on-campus or serve on-call during a national holiday. GSAs for FSL may also have increased workloads during peak periods of time. The contract length will vary between 10-11 months based on the University calendar.
Office of Student Engagement – Leadership Development & Innovation Graduate Service Assistant
The Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Engagement—Leadership Development & Innovation partners with the Assistant Director of Leadership Development & Innovation to conceptualize and implement a comprehensive, co-curricular student leadership program open and accessible to all DU students. The Graduate Assistant assists with research and assessment projects that will inform a strategic vision and long-range plan for co-curricular leadership development aligned with the 4-D Student Model and DU Impact 2025. Alongside the Assistant Director, the Graduate Assistant designs, develops, facilitates, and evaluates co-curricular leadership experiences on a pilot basis, including but not limited to a leadership workshop series. The Graduate Assistant holds a minimum 25 hours per week appointment with the OSE and reports directly to the Assistant Director of Leadership Development and Innovation. This position supports leadership development initiatives in other functional areas of OSE, including Student Activities and Fraternity & Sorority Life.
Office of Student Engagement – Student Activities Graduate Service Assistant
The Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Engagement – Student Organizations & Activities will support Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), Undergraduate Student Government (USG), Graduate Student Government (GSG), the DU Programming Board (DUPB), and the Office of Student Engagement in creating and executing meaningful programs, initiatives, and experiences for all students on campus. The Graduate Assistant will be responsible for administrative, advising, and program-planning duties that empower USG, GSG, DUPB, RSOs and non-positional student leaders to imagine what is possible on campus and help them realize these possibilities through one-on-one support, as well as program planning and implementation of both small- and large-scale programs and initiatives throughout the year.
Graduate Assistant for College and Career Success – Aurora Public Schools
The Graduate Assistant for the College and Career Success Department is a part-time (10 hours per week) appointment with Aurora Public Schools (APS). Graduate Assistants report directly to the Director of College and Career Success and/or their designee and will assist with elementary and middle schools career and college initiatives, in one of the five P-20 learning communities within APS. Graduate Assistant duties will include but are not limited to: Support of elementary student ICAP (Individual Career and Academic Plan) implementation, workshops/special events for students and parents, college tours, and business and industry visits. Graduate Assistants will also assist with other College and Career Success programs at other levels of education as needed.
Graduate Assistant for Health, Safety, and Well-Being Initiatives at NASPA
The Health, Safety, and Well-Being Initiatives of NASPA Graduate Assistant will assist the Health, Safety, and Well-Being staff with departmental related projects. The Health, Safety, and Well-Being Initiatives Graduate Assistant will provide assistance and support to several programs in addition to larger peer education initiatives, and national student leadership events. Working collaboratively with the Health, Safety, and Well-Being Initiatives of NASPA team, the GA will assist in the creation of programs and services that support collegiate alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and other drug prevention efforts and chronic disease prevention. The student in this position reports to the Director of Health and Well-Being Initiatives.
Graduate Assistant for First-Generation Initiatives at the Metropolitan State University of Denver
First Generation Initiatives is almost a two-year-old office at MSU Denver that works within the Center for Equity and Student Achievement (CESA). To best serve first-gen students. the First-Generation Initiatives offers a mix of events, workshops, and a first-year, First-Generation Leadership Program. The First-Generation Initiatives Graduate Assistant will work alongside the Coordinator for First Generation Initiatives and Family Leaders (student staff) to enhance the First-Generation Leadership Program. Their goal will be to create a strong sense of community and empower the first-gen students in the program. The Graduate Assistant will assist with supervision of the Family Leaders, workshop/curriculum development, and ensure program participants have up to date financial aid information to be eligible for the First-Gen Scholarship associated with the program. The Graduate Assistant will also develop a recruitment plan and oversee the recruitment process. They will lead program assessment, improvement, and implement changes for the Leadership Program. Although the primary duty will be to work with the Leadership Program the Graduate Assistant will also aid with other events, programming, assessment, training, etc. based on office needs.
Closed Graduate Assistantships and Fellows
The following are not available at this time. Please be sure to check back before the next academic term, or contact your your admissions representative, if you are interested in any of the opportunities below.
- Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence Divisional Fellow – Discoveries
- Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence Divisional Fellow- Orientation
- Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence Divisional Fellow- Volunteers in Partnership
- Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence Fellow- First-Generation Student Support
- Graduate Assistant for Student Rights & Responsibilities
- Gender Violence Prevention and Education Fellow
- Graduate Assistant for Culture, Access, and Transitions
- Graduate Resident Director for Housing and Residential Education
- Graduate Assistant for Leadership — Community College of Aurora
- Graduate Assistant for Office of Inclusive Excellence Student Success and Leadership Development
- Graduate Assistant for Student Rights & Responsibilities
- Graduate Assistant – Peer Health Education Supervisor
- Graduate Assistant – Morgridge Office of Admissions
- Graduate Assistant for Orientation, Transition, and Retention at the Metropolitan State University of Denver