Become a graduate assistant to gain skills related to your professional goals. Graduate assistants work with faculty and administrators in research, teaching, programming, and scholarship. U.S. and international students can apply.
Schedule: Work 10 hours/week, October to May. The assistant and faculty member decide on the hours, usually Monday–Friday.
Stipend: Earn $3,600/academic year, paid in 8 monthly installments of $450.
Application Deadlines: Usually in the spring for the next academic year.
Three Types of Graduate Assistantships
Graduate School of Education Assistantships 2018-19
- Open to graduate and doctoral education students who’ve been accepted into or are enrolled in a campus-based program.
- Projects vary widely, and change each year. Past projects have included researching a student or teacher group, updating multimedia content for a course, and working as a gallery assistant.
- Application Deadline: June 15, 2018
How to Apply (PDF)
Application Form (PDF)
Project 1: Lesley University Women’s Center and Women’s Studies (Faculty: Direiter)
Description: The Women’s Studies Steering Committee and Women’s Center is requesting a graduate assistant to provide support for staffing the Women’s Center, event planning, cross-university communication, links with student and community groups, etc. The graduate assistant is central to the operation of the women's center and to the academic and co-curricular programs developed and implemented by the steering committee.
Qualifications: Strong organizational skills, ability to lead undergraduates, commitment to diversity and inclusion, especially with regard to multiple genders and sexualities.
Project 2: Describing Teacher Sense-Making, Instructional Change, and Collaboration in the English Learner Teacher-Parent Certificate Project (Faculty: Burns, Schall-Leckrone, Wager)
Description: This fall, we are beginning a study based on a five-year collaboration between Lesley and the Brockton Public Schools (BPS), with the goal of increasing teacher supports for family and community engagement in the schools to benefit English Learners. The graduate assistant will organize informed consent documentation from all participants and document missing informed consent forms, import participant information into a secure database, and transcribe digitally-recorded interviews.
Qualifications: Experience in word processing, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint. Some prior experience with statistics and in using software to analyze quantitative data highly desirable, but training can be provided to interested candidates. Interest in working with culturally and linguistically diverse student populations is also preferred.
Project 3: WonderLab (Faculty: Rauchwerk)
Description: The graduate assistant will provide administrative and teaching support to WonderLab, a science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) based afterschool program for children in grades 1-6. Depending upon your skills and experience, your time will be divided among administrative tasks such as scheduling, budget monitoring, website, Facebook and blog oversight, staff supervision, managing materials and supplies, program and curriculum development, and teaching. WonderLab is held in University Hall and in the surrounding urban green spaces, including Alewife Brook and Mt. Auburn Cemetery.
Qualifications: Prior experience working with children such as an after school, summer camp, classroom aid or babysitter/nanny, interest in teaching through integrated curriculum, familiarity and comfort with using google drive and google docs, completion of EEDUC 5135 is a plus, Interest in learning how to meet the needs of all learners regardless of background and skill, commitment to culturally responsive education, organized and good at record keeping.
Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences Assistantships
- Open to all students, including low-residency students, who have completed 1 year of graduate study.
- Projects vary widely, and change each year. Past projects have included an oral history project, research on women leaders, and research on the impact of arts programs on loneliness.
- To apply: If offered, descriptions and application for the next academic year are posted here in the spring. Please note that we will not be offering graduate assistantships in the Graduate School of Arts and Social Sciences for the 2018-2019 academic year.
Global Education Center Assistantships
- Open to students in the International Higher Education and Intercultural Relations graduate program who have an interest in education abroad.
- Work on projects in service to our goal in becoming a global university, including study abroad, international student support, and Global Education Center programming.
- To apply: Email your résumé, 2 references, and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 15. In the letter, discuss your interest in the position, how your skills or background would contribute to the role, and how the position would further your professional development.