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.

In order to perform duties with direct instructional responsibilities, a graduate student appointed as a Teaching Assistant will need to provide proof of English proficiency. UConn’s English Proficiency Policy for TAs and Testing Procedures can be found here along with information about how to provide proof of proficiency.

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

Communcations and Media

Graduate Assistantship for Communication and Media

The Graduate School

Position Summary:

The Graduate School is the home for graduate and postdoctoral education at the University of Connecticut. The University offers graduate degree programs in virtually every field of instruction and confers more than 2,200 graduate degrees and certificates every year. The Graduate School nurtures a vibrant community of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars, fosters collaboration across departments, programs, and campuses in research and teaching, and facilitates the preparation of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars for their future careers. The vision for training of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars at UConn rests on these pillars: community, collaboration, and preparation. The Graduate School serves as a central resource for applicants to graduate programs, for current graduate students, and for postdoctoral scholars. In addition to supporting graduate students’ academic relationship with the University, The Graduate School seeks to build an active, engaged community of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

This GA will report directly to the Assistant Dean of The Graduate School (or designee) and will support Graduate School communications and marketing, as well as website design and updates.

Specific duties and responsibilities are subject to change based on office needs as well as the interests and innovations of the successful candidate.

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage marketing, develop social media campaigns, and create content prior to a series of events (events include, but are not limited to, Orientation, Graduate Student Appreciation Week, Post Doc Appreciation Week, monthly Graduate Gathering events, and graduate fellows events)
  • Develop content for and provide leadership to The Graduate School’s online presence via social media, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • Support, maintain, and update communication lists and work with The Graduate School staff to post information to various campus communities via Soapbox, Mail Chimp, the Daily Digest, listservs, etc.
  • Assist in updating, organizing, and improving The Graduate School website
    • Maintain awareness and utilize data analytics to inform the design of the website, as well as to discover areas of interest for our communities
    • Provide technical and creative support in developing web content, possibly including videos, podcasts, and interactive training modules
    • Ensure all material is current and links are active
    • Create content for our website and social media, including writing, photography, and video production
    • Develop and maintain content on our website, including announcement posts, graduate student and postdoctoral scholars’ profiles/testimonials, and information on events, competitions, and orientations
  • Co-develop marketing materials for graduate recruitment through applications such as InDesign and Publisher
  • Identify newsworthy stories to highlight the scholarship of graduate students and postdoctoral scholars
  • Attend Graduate School events and provide photos, videos and written content
  • Attend staff meetings and retreats of The Graduate School and the Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Affairs team
  • Potentially supervise an undergraduate student worker who provides administrative support for The Graduate School Unit
  • Other duties as assigned


This assistantship is a 20 hour per week, 9-month appointment to begin in August; evening or weekend hours may be required. Employment may also be available during the summer. This appointment is for one year with the potential for renewal. Renewal is typically subject to satisfactory performance, department needs, and continued availability of funds.

Candidates must possess demonstrated experience in web content management and coordination of professional communication, as well as exceptional interpersonal and communication skills, strong organizational skills, the ability to manage multiple priorities, and the willingness to work and communicate effectively with diverse populations and as a team. Ability to use or learn how to use Aurora/Word Press, social media platforms, Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office Suite and other new software. High standards regarding accuracy and attention to detail are required, as is the ability to use experience and good judgment to make appropriate decisions. Additionally, demonstrated creativity and experience designing marketing and recruiting materials and experience using social media platforms are preferred.

To Apply:

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Final submission deadline for consideration is May 1, 2021. Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume/CV, and names and contact information for two references to Marie LeBlanc at (please include the title of the position in the email subject line).

Data Science Graduate Assistant

UConn Division of Enrollment Planning & Management and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning are searching for a Graduate Assistant Data Scientist to join the ITS Data Science Team in several joint projects. The responsibilities will include the development of predictive models and the design/development of consuming reports, charts, and dashboards. The successful candidate will work closely with the Lead Data Scientist, and interact with ITS teams (Reporting and Analytics, Reporting Administration, Database Administration, Data Modeling/ETL), ITS partners, and others areas, as needed. The position is funded by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Division of Enrollment Planning & Management.


UConn Information Technology Services (ITS) is the University of Connecticut’s central IT department. ITS’s primary mission is to facilitate, coordinate and implement information technologies that enable the institutional missions of research, teaching, learning, and outreach. This is accomplished by identifying systems, services, and capabilities that have a positive, substantive impact on the community while delivering them robustly and at scale.

Develop models using HPC and Cloud
Collaborate with Data Scientists in ITS Data Science team, WebFOCUS Administration team, WebFOCUS Reporting Analytics team, and other ITS teams, as needed
Interact with functional experts to gather requirements
Create reports, charts, and dashboards that consume models

Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in Data Analytics, Informatics, Data Science, Computer Science, MIS, Engineering, or Mathematics, and pursuing an MS or Ph.D degree in these areas.
Coursework should include some of the following: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Data Mining, Applied Statistics, Data Structure & Algorithms, Big Data Analytics, Predictive Modeling. Machine Learning or Predictive Modeling is a must.
Proficient with Python programming, knowing R is a plus
Proficient in open source packages for machine learning and data processing, including TensorFlow, NumPy, pandas, scikit-learn, imblearn, Keras, Pandas, Matplotlib, altair, and packages for connections to data sources
Some experience with data exploration for data quality and fixes
Experience working with data reports and charts using reporting software
Experience working with relational databases (such as MySQL, Oracle, and MSSQL), SQL, and SQL clients (such as MySQL Workbench, SQL Developer, SSMS)
Experience with version control software such as Bitbucket, Git.

Master’s degree in Data Analytics, Business Analytics, Informatics, Data Science, Computer Science or Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) discipline.
Some experience with machine learning development. Experience could be course projects, internships, GA, or other experience.
Experience with a Cloud platform such as Azure, AWS, or GCP.
Experience with WebFocus (reports, charts, dashboards).

Resumes should be submitted to Cuong Do at no later than August 31st.

Instructional/Educational Technology: Nursing Graduate Assistant

GA Position: The school of nursing is seeking a self-motivated, creative student to assist with translating existing educational training currently provided in-person to an online interactive format. The educational training will be offered to health care providers within and outside of UConn. An individual with an interest in instructional design and/or educational technology is preferred. This is a Graduate Assistant position and includes a tuition waiver.

Required qualifications: Expertise with PowerPoint, experience with educational technology, and learning management systems (HuskyCT). The iSpring authoring tool will be utilized in this project.

Expected hours:10/ week (remote)

Salary: The salary is dependent upon the level achieved in your current program. Please see Payroll's website for salary. Link below.

Summer work is required.

To apply: Please send a cover letter, resume, and an example of your work to Brenda McNeil at by April 16, 2021.


2020-2021 AY and Summer



Trustee Organization Advisement & Support

Trustee Student Organization Support (TSOS) in the Department of Student Activities at the University of Connecticut has two (2) graduate assistantships available for the academic year 2021-2022. The mission of Trustee Student Organization Support is to provide training, support, and resources for Trustee student organizations, their leaders and campus stakeholders in order to assure effective stewardship of resources and to enhance the UConn student experience.

Brief Description:

This position will include direct advisement of 2-4 of the undergraduate Tier III student organizations at Storrs, which are the student-funded, student-led organizations responsible for the governance, programming, and media of the undergraduate student body. Additionally, this position will have a large role in the development and implementation of Triad, a year-long organizational and personal leadership training program for the Tier III student organization leaders as well as supporting the overall mission of the TSOS area and Department of Student Activities. This assistantship opportunity will offer a graduate student outstanding, hands-on experiences in student and organization advisement, large and small scale event planning, workshop and presentation development and implementation, group facilitation, budgeting, policy development and implementation, assessment, and much more.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Serve as advisor to the leaders and members of the designated Tier III student organization, as determined by supervisor;
  • Meet 1:1 regularly with specific organization leaders as determined by supervisor;
  • Attend organization meetings and events (on and off-campus) held, hosted, or largely attended by the group as determined by supervisor;
  • Assume an active role in the implementation and facilitation of Triad, a comprehensive, intentionally designed organizational leadership training program for Tier III student organization leaders which includes online modules, retreats and biweekly sessions;
  • Assume an active role in the implementation and support of the campus wide elections/vote initiatives including marketing, event planning, and logistics;
  • Assist in developing an effective working relationship and advisory network with staff within the department and across campus engaged in providing support to student leaders;
  • Serve as a liaison between the University administration and the student organizations particularly as it involves the interpretation of policy and processes;
  • Assist in program evaluation and assessment including instrument design, data collection, analysis, and reporting particularly the annual Awareness, Familiarity, and Use campus-wide survey;
  • Support the development and delivery of customized training opportunities related to organizational and individual leadership;
  • Responsible for providing, supporting and participating in programs, services, and initiatives focusing on social justice and the fostering of a campus community that is more diverse, equitable, and inclusive to all;
  • Serves on University/Department committees and attends Department staff meetings as required;
  • May supervise students (undergraduate and/or graduate);
  • Completing other duties as required including, but not limited to, website design and updating, office projects and special projects.


  • Acceptance to an appropriate graduate program at the University of Connecticut:
  • Strong knowledge of, experience with, and/or demonstrated interest in providing effective advisement and support to student organization leaders;
  • Active commitment to identity reflection and the work of anti-racism, social justice and inclusion;
  • Knowledge and/or interest in student development, leadership education, organizational and leadership theories;
  • Demonstrated ability to assist in the development and delivery of meaningful leadership development opportunities;
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills; public speaking experience;
  • Commitment to excellence in the development of student-centered programs and services;
  • Organization, creativity, self-motivation, a sense of humor, initiative, multi-tasking skills, and a can-do attitude. HR: TA/RA


  • This assistantship is a full-time assistantship, 20 hours per week, on a 9- month appointment for the 2021-22 Academic Year.
  • Specific schedule will vary based on student’s availability, student organization scheduling, and programmatic needs. Weekend and evening hours are required in order to attend related meetings, trainings and events.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should send a) letter of interest, b) resume, c) names and contact information for three professional references to:

    • Krista O’Brien, AD of Trustee Org Support at
    • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The University of Connecticut strongly encourages applications from people of color, women and people with disabilities.