Graduate Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships

An assistantship is awarded to a graduate student who provides teaching (teaching assistantship: TA) or research (research assistantship: RA) support to the University that is a part of his/her academic program. In recognition of this support, the tuition and a portion of health care (but not fees) are provided by the grant/contract funding agency or through the University.

Eligibility Criteria

To be appointed, to retain an appointment, or to be reappointed, a student must hold Regular (not Provisional) status, must maintain a cumulative average of at least B (3.00) in any course work taken, must be eligible to register (i.e., must not have more than three viable grades of Incomplete on his or her academic record), must be enrolled in a graduate degree program scheduled to extend through the entire period of the appointment or reappointment, and must be a full-time student.

Appointment Type and Duration

Effort devoted to the duties of a graduate assistantship typically range between 10 and 20 hours per week (also sometimes called a “half GA” and “full GA” respectively). Appointments ordinarily are made for the nine-month period, August 23 through May 22, but may be of shorter duration for a variety of reasons.

GA Payroll Deduction

Graduate Assistants are eligible to use payroll deduction as a method of paying university charges not covered by their tuition waiver. There is no additional cost for participating in the payroll deduction plan. Instructions on how to enroll in GA Payroll Deduction are available through the Bursar at this page.

Payroll, Benefits, and Health Insurance

The Human Resources web site has an extensive compilation of information on graduate assistant medical benefits, payroll, and policies. Health Insurance benefits can be found here.

Stipend Rates

Stipend rates for graduate assistants are graduated in terms of progress toward the advanced degree and experience.

  • Level B/I: for graduate assistants with at least the baccalaureate.
  • Level M/II: for experienced graduate assistants in a doctoral program with at least the master’s degree or its equivalent in the field of graduate study. Equivalency consists of thirty graduate level content course credits of appropriate course work beyond the baccalaureate completed at the University of Connecticut, together with admission to a doctoral program.
  • Level P/III: for students with experience as graduate assistants who have at least the master’s degree or its equivalent and who have passed the doctoral general examination.

Supplemental Employment

Graduate Assistants seeking employment beyond their GA appointment must complete the online Supplemental Employment Approval form, which requires their advisor’s approval and is submitted to The Graduate School for final approval.

Current Opportunities

Center for Career Development – Wilbur Cross Building, Storrs, CTGraduate Assistant: Graduate Student & Postdoc Career Programs and Services

  • Partner to increase opportunities for graduate students to gain skills and knowledge to increase their marketability as competitive job applicants
  • Manage Expand Your Career Options and Employer Insight career diversity programs each semester
  • Oversee the Graduate Student Career Council selection process and run monthly meetings
  • Lead Graduate Student Intern of the Year Award competition
  • Create and deliver core workshop and program content to graduate students as needed (in-person and using webinar technology)
  • Communicate career development opportunities to graduate students and postdocs
  • Assist with ongoing assessment of graduate student career development needs for departments and fields of study and make program recommendations
  • Provide logistical support for graduate student and postdoc workshops and programs, and other required CCD events (career fairs, expos, etc.)
  • Create and deliver core workshop and program content to graduate students as needed (in-person and using webinar technology)
  • Attend departmental staff and committee meetings with direction from supervisor, including Student Affairs team meeting at The Graduate School
  • Engage in new program development as advised by supervisor
  • Act as co-liaison to campus partners as directed by supervisor



  • Pursuing doctoral degree at the University of Connecticut with preferred focus outside of STEM
  • Experience creating, marketing, and delivering programs
  • Ability to easily learn and use new technology to achieve goals and deliverables
  • Experience working in an ever changing and collaborative environment
  • Ability to share constructive feedback during critique sessions with graduate students
  • Comfortable interacting with graduate students from a range of academic fields of study
  • Familiar with assessment and/or needs analysis, use of Qualtrics and reviewing data
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel, Google Docs/Forms
  • Organizational skills – with emphasis on planning
  • Written and oral communication skills


Position Information:

  • One-year appointment: Fall 2020-Spring 2021 with opportunity to renew if funds continue and performance merits rehire.
  • 20 hours per week (with minimum of 4 days in the office)


To Apply

Materials will be reviewed as they are submitted until position has been filled.  Preference given to candidates that apply prior to April 1, 2020.



Contact Kay Gruder,

Assistant Director of Graduate Student and Postdoc Career Programs and Services

Center for Career Development – Wilbur Cross Building, Storrs, CTGraduate Assistant: Assessment & Technology

  • Assist with all assessment initiatives in the department including development, execution, analysis and production of reports that provide insight into attainment of Best Practices and programmatic and departmental success
  • Develop protocol and methodology for collecting departmental metrics in a consistent and accurate manner
  • Run and analyze reports from the department’s career services management (CSM) platform
  • Create reports and dashboard analysis for special projects, as needed
  • Prepare articles, reports, and/or presentations
  • Manage and respond to project-related communications
  • Troubleshoot problems, research solutions and collaborate with vendor technical teams in order to support the CCD staff, student’s, employers and faculty with use of department technologies.



  • Ability to easily learn and use new technology to achieve goals and deliverables
  • Good organizational skills and ability to keep track of multiple spreadsheets and surveys
  • Written and oral communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, and Google Docs/Forms
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Excel, knowledge of formulas, VLOOKUP and ability to work with large data sets (>30,000 rows)
  • Familiar with assessment and/or needs analysis, program evaluation, and use of Qualtrics
  • Knowledge of Qualitative Research methods such as interviewing, focus groups, and observations
  • Knowledge of Descriptive and Inferential Statistics including ability to use basic statistical software including: Excel (strong skills), SPSS (knowledge of), SAS (knowledge of), and R (knowledge of)

Position Information:

  • One-year appointment: Fall 2020-Spring 2021 with opportunity to renew if funds continue and performance merits rehire.
  • 20 hours per week (with minimum of 4 days in the office)


To Apply

  • Send résumé or CV and cover letter to Lee Hameroff, Materials will be reviewed as they are submitted until position has been filled. Preference given to candidates that apply prior to April 1, 2020.


Contact Lee Hameroff,
Associate Director, Operations

Health Promotion Facilitator Graduate Assistantship

  • Deliver individual educational interventions including Brief Alcohol Screening and Intervention for College Students (BASICS) and Marijuana Abuse Prevention Program (MAPP);
  • Facilitate group educational interventions (Alcohol Uncorked & Weeding Through the Facts) focused on risk-reduction around alcohol and marijuana use;
  • Facilitate First Year Experience (FYE) presentations and other presentations upon request and as needed;
  • Coordinate scheduling, prepare materials, and administer assessment for requested educational programs;
  • Provide preventative health education workshops to student groups, including fraternity and sorority members and other student organizations;
  • Plan, develop, implement and evaluate new educational programs with the goal of improving student health by enhancing knowledge, developing skills, changing the campus environment, altering attitudes, and modifying behavior;
  • Document educational interventions, and program design, implementation, & evaluation in standard applications including Microsoft Office, Campus Labs, and Pyramed;
  • Maintain and assist with the development and dissemination of wellness publications including written documents, brochures, website updates, and educational campaigns;
  • Conduct needs assessments through focus groups, surveys, meetings with student stake holders;
  • Other duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year university or college;
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program at UConn in public health, social work, higher education, or related field;
  • Works well as part of a team, e.g. respects others’ opinions, shares workload as appropriate, and demonstrates flexibility;
  • Projects positive attitude toward students, Student Health and Wellness staff, and other offices; treats students, staff, and other offices in a caring and respectful fashion; mindful of individual, cultural and ethnic differences.
  • Possesses effective oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience presenting and/or facilitating to groups;
  • Demonstrated passion and commitment to supporting students struggling with substance use;
  • Experience developing educational materials and media;
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality consistent with applicable laws and regulations;
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work, exercise good judgment, complete tasks in a timely manner, and work autonomously when needed;
  • Creativity, initiative, compassion, and flexibility;
  • Ability to apply professional boundaries with undergraduate students and office staff;
  • Ability to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate programs to meet the needs of an ethnically and culturally diverse university campus;
  • Actively participates in supervision; utilizes supervision appropriately; is responsive to constructive feedback; consults with supervisor as necessary when crises or situations beyond the norm arise
  • Enthusiastic, motivated, takes initiative


Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of health promotion theories, research, and program assessment;
  • General knowledge of, or the ability to learn quickly, current and emerging college age student health problems and existing methods of prevention/early intervention;
  • Ability to assess needs and establish or recommend program goals and develop plans to achieve goals;
  • Experience developing, implementing and coordinating health promotion programs;
  • Experience collecting and analyzing data pertinent to health promotion program planning and assessment;
  • Demonstrated ability to apply concepts of harm/risk-reduction to community-based programs;


Position Information

Student Health and Wellness has a vision to cultivate optimal health and lifelong well-being for every student at the University of Connecticut. Within Student Health and Wellness, the Health Promotion team engages the campus community in creating a culture of health at UConn, which empowers students to achieve academic, personal, and professional success.

The Health Promotion Facilitator is a graduate assistant who will deliver health education to students, while providing support for campus wide health promotion strategies. This position will report to a Health Promotion Manager. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Health Promotion Facilitator will be primarily responsible for delivery of alcohol and other drug education programs and early intervention services. Specific populations served include, but are not limited to first year students, residential life staff and students, student organizations, fraternity and sorority members, student-athletes, and students sanctioned to complete educational interventions as a result of a student code violation. Opportunities to support campus-wide health initiatives through the UConn Wellness Coalition may also be available as part of the Health Promotion Facilitator’s role depending on the Facilitator’s interest and operational needs. Appointment Type & Schedule: This is a one year (fall and spring academic semester) graduate assistantship position, working 15 or 20 hours per week. A successful candidate must be able to work their hours over at least three work days each week. Hours must be worked Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 8:30pm. Individual must be able to work 1-2 evenings per week. The appointment begins August 23rd, 2020 and concludes May 22nd, 2021.


To Apply

Submit your resume, cover letter describing your specific qualifications, and three (3) professional references who can comment upon your education and/or job related experience. Documents should be emailed to Emily Pagano, Health Promotion Manager, at
Application Deadline: Position will remain open until filled. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Compensation and Benefits

Stipend consistent with UConn Graduate Employee Union(GEU) rates and successful candidate’s level of education. Stipend rates can be found here. See the GEU contract for other generous benefits provided, including paid time off, tuition remission, and subsidized health insurance through the Connecticut Partnership Plan.