A Graduate Assistantship at USM is a great opportunity to gain valuable work experience and develop professional skills that enhance a student’s academic and career goals, while also providing them with financial support.
Graduate Assistants (GAs) are, first and foremost, students – so each Assistantship is designed to serve the needs and cater to the lives of graduate students. However, GAs are also highly valued employees of the University, who support faculty scholarship and teaching; serve as mentors to undergraduate students; conduct meaningful research, outreach, and analysis; and uphold USM’s Service Promise of being “Student focused every day.”
GA appointments are for either 10 or 20 hours per week during the 15-week fall and spring semesters.
Our Graduate Assistants work in a variety of University settings, from academic departments to student service offices to research divisions. The positions are carefully allocated to the most qualified students through an application and hiring process. Many assistantships positions are remote or offer flexible schedules and working modalities.
Under the umbrella of Graduate Assistantships there are three categories that differ according to the type of work, but are at the same level of employment and follow the same policies and procedures: Graduate Assistant, Graduate Research Assistant, and Graduate Teaching Assistant.
GA Financial Support
Application Process and Eligibility
Onboarding and Training
Your supervisor or another appropriate person within your employing department will conduct training for your Graduate Assistantship. Specific expectations of your job performance should be explained in detail before you begin work. You should also familiarize yourself with the Graduate Assistant Handbook (below). As student employees, Graduate Assistants are required to complete the “UMS Academy” mandatory annual compliance training called “UMS Compliance Pathway for Employees and Student Employees” before starting their job duties. Instructions for accessing these trainings are included in each Graduate Assistant’s appointment letter.