Graduate Assistantship Opportunities

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The Division of Student Life and the Higher Eduacation Student Association will host an annual Division of Student Life (DSL) Visiting Days, which will take place this year on Monday, February 20, 2017. This interactive recruitment day offers graduate students an opportunity to meet with prospective campus employers and allows departments seeking to fill openings the opportunity to actively seeks out energetic and qualified graduate students to fill a variety of Graduate Assistantship (GA) positions for new and currently enrolled graduate students, as well as Externship Opportunities for graduate students already enrolled and completing a degree program.

Graduate Assistantships and externships offer you a way to enhance your educational experience and an opportunity to become an integral, as well as active part of the culture and development of The University of Alabama community. During DSL Visiting Days, prospective and current graduate students are invited by invitation to interview with representatives from various UA departments and are also provided with information about the impact a graduate assistantship/externship opportunity can have on future development and job readiness. Through an online application, graduate students can apply for available positions and then interview for specific position openings during designated interview slots on DSL Visiting Days. DSL Visiting Days offers students a one-stop opportunity to seek out assistantships/externships and offers departments access to a number of qualified applicants.

Each graduate assistantship/externship offers a unique experience and perspective. Here at the Capstone, your graduate assistantship/externship experience may range in responsibility from advising student groups, conducting research, and developing learning outcomes to planning campus-wide events/programs or putting programmatic ideas into action. In any role, you will find the opportunity to learn and work in a collaborative and supportive environment. On this page, you will find information about the application process, detailed job postings and compensation packages for GA positions (when available) or Externships, and information regarding our annual Recruitment Day. Please carefully explore the information provided and feel free to contact the Office of Graduate Student Services with any questions at 205-348-6796.

Who is eligible to apply for a Graduate Assistantship?

Graduate assistants are graduate students who provide academic and/or program support to departmental units. GA responsibilities may be administrative in nature and consist of duties unrelated directly to teaching or research (such as academic advising, program planning, advising student groups, and assisting with the administration of student services offices) and are valuable learning experiences.

The following outlines additional general requirements for a graduate student interested in seeking out a GA position:

Assistantship Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be enrolled in 6-12 credit hours depending on classification of their assistantship (See Graduate Catalog Section 4.5.2)
  • Must maintain a 3.0 GPA to hold assistantships; departmental requirements may be higher;
  • If an incoming first time graduate students, must have earned an accredited bachelaurette degree;
  • Make satisfactory progress toward degree as defined by academic departments and the Graduate School;
  • Meet requirements to be eligible for employment in the U.S;
  • Meet the preferred or recommended degree/major requirements for position advertised.

A full assistantship requires a student to work for 20 hours per week (0.50 FTE) on average. Students may or may not be required to report to work during school breaks (determined by the department). The Graduate Catalog gives a detailed explanation of graduate assistantships. Departments may also offer partial assistantships at 0.25 FTE or less. Information regarding the hours required and compensation for each assistantship will be listed in within individual job descriptions.

Who is eligible to apply for an Externship?

Externships are typically short-term, temporary assignments designed to supplement a course of study. These positions are experiential in nature and are typically less rigorous than an intership, but are given to provide students with pratical experiences in a field or area of expertise where they would like to gain more knowledge and proficiency. Externships are not typically paid positions, but some may vary. Applications for externships are general in nature, but you will be selected for interviews based on areas of interest and time considerations. For details about Externships, please contact HESA Coordinators Alyson Argo ( and Stephanie Charles (

Application Process for Graduate Assistantships

The Graduate Assistantship application process is very competitive due to the limited number of positions available. The typical recruiting season for appointments is January-March for the upcoming year and appointments generally run from August -May of a given year. Available positions for fall will always be posted in the January preceding selections. Spring and summer openings will be posted throughout the year should they become available.

Once you have reviewed and identified a posting(s) that you are interested in, you should prepare a cover letter, as well as an updated resume to include at least 3 professional and 1 academic reference. Positions are posted to our UA Student Jobs site and are linked below. You will need to have access to your Campus Wide ID Number (CWID). If you are a recent applicant to UA, then this number should have been assigned to you during the application submission process.

Each applicant's information will be forwarded to the departments for which they have expressed interest. The priority deadline to apply for assistantships is February 3, 2017. Departments will review each candidate's skills/abilities and interviews will be scheduled based on a mutual selection process of your interest and the department's interest in you. Below you will find the positions currently available for 2017-18:

Note:(SL- Denotes Positions within the Division of Student Life) All GA positions will remain open until filled and departments will contact candidates directly regarding opportunities for interview or further consideration.

Recruitment Day Registration and Interviews

This year's annual DSL & FriendsVisiting Days will take place on February 20, 2017. The event has a two-fold purpose:

(1) Prospective Graduate Students and current graduate students who are interested in learning more about The University of Alabama and our programs can attend.

(2) Incoming and potential GA candidates who have applied for available GA positions will be invited to Visiting Days and during that time will receive a 30-minute scheduled interview with requesting departments.

Interviews are not guaranteed on DSL Visiting Day and are coordinated at the request of the hiring department and DSL Visiting Days is NOT mandatory for candidates to be considered for GA positions. However, if you are invite to participate, we encourage you to make an effort to attend. Invitation for DSL Visiting Days will go out around February10th. If you do not receive an invitation to attend, then we encourage you to bookmark this page for future reference to register to attend. Many students have gotten the opportunity to interview on-site just from attending recruitment day. Also, every Recruitment Day participant will get the opportunity to interact with hiring departments. We encourage any students who is interested in touring the campus in person or interacting one-on-one with hiring departments to attend DSL Visiting Days. DSL Visiting Days gives you a snapshot of the graduate student culture through interactions with current students, as well as faculty/staff and can give you the additional information you need to know if UA is right for you!

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DSL & Friends Visiting Days Schedule- February 20, 2017

*REGISTRATION CLOSES ON FEBRUARY 10th. This registers you for DSA Visiting Days ONLY. To apply for specific assistantships, see above descriptions and application instructions. Registering for DSA Visiting Days does not guarantee an interview.*

Important Things to Remember

  • Interested candidates will be able to apply for positions through the UA Student Jobs site. During that process, you will be asked to upload all requested materials (resume w/ references & cover letter) and supply all requested information (i.e., telephone number, email address, references, resume and cover letter). As a preparatory step, we encourage those who might be interested in working in our division to begin preparing such documents, etc.
  • Candidates who do not apply to a GA position by the priority deadline may not be considered for on-campus interviews during DSL Visiting Days. Priority Deadline is February 3, 2017.
  • Applications for all departments will continue to be accepted until all positions are filled.
  • If your application materials indicate that you are a potential candidate for the position, you will be contacted to participate in our DSL Visiting Days 2017 and will interview on-campus during the February or March timeframe. While the application will allow you to express interest in all available positions, there is no guarantee that you will be selected for an interview time.
  • Personal interviews are strongly preferred; however, other interview methods may be scheduled for candidates who cannot travel to UA (i.e., telephone, video relay, or SKYPE). These interviews will be scheduled at a specific time at the discretion of the host department.
  • If you have any questions about the graduate assistantships listed on this website, the application process, or DSL Visiting Days please contact the Office of Graduate Student Services- Rosalind L. Moore at 205-348-6796 or

GA Recruitment 2017 Timeline

Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Applications for GA Positions Available Online (Position Availability will update as available)
Monday, January 23, 2017 DSL Visiting Days Registration Opens

Friday, February 3, 2017


Priority Application Deadline for GA Assistantship Candidates (Keeps you in consideration for February/March Interviews at Visiting Days; Application should be submitted online by this date)

Friday, February 10, 2017

Final Deadline for Notification to Candidates of On-Campus Interview (if requested by dept.; some will be notified sooner)

Monday, February 20, 2017

GA Visiting Days

Monday, February 27, 2017

First Official Date to make a GA Offer (Candidate receives a min. 1-week decision period)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Suggested Departmental Deadline to Offer Graduate Assistant Positions or release candidates from consideration (Council of Graduate Schools)

Missed Visiting Day or won’t be able to attend?

If you miss recruitment day or are unable to attend, then know that all positions will remain open until filled. While some departments may have already begun preliminary interviews, there are others who will still be active in the recruiting process or plan to begin at a later date.. If you miss Visiting Days, then you can also take the initiative to contact departments concerning your interest in their area. Please check back regularly on our site for updates regarding the position(s) you are interested in. Once they have been filled, it will be indicated on our site. Departments may also reach out to you on an individual basis to set-up interviews. Just remember that in order to be selected for an interview, you must have an application on file in our system. All hiring departments have access to all applicants in the system for review.

Need More Information?

Contact Dr. Rosalind Moore-Miller, Director of Graduate Student Services at 205-348-6796 or

Contact HESA Coordinators: Alyson Argo (; Stephanie Charles (

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