Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships are awarded through an interview process, which matches your interests and skills with available assistantships. Graduate assistantships offer you the opportunity to combine the theories gained through classroom instruction, with supervised, real-world experiences. Assistantships are designed to give you the skills and knowledge to function effectively in the workplace. In addition, graduate assistantships at the University of Connecticut offer an exceptional compensation package, providing a full tuition waiver, and medical and dental insurance options. Graduate assistantships are usually nine-month positions, however some graduate assistantships can be extended through the summer between a student’s first and second years.

For the 2021-2022 academic year, a typical Graduate Assistant stipend for a nine-month appointment will be $24,798.20. Additional pay may also be available for students who chose to stay on campus and work during the summer months. Graduate assistants are able to access employer-provided health and dental insurance and numerous other benefits including paid time off, partial fee waivers, and reduced-cost parking.

HESA students hold graduate assistantships in the Division of Student Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Cultural Centers, and other student affairs and services roles in academic and programmatic units.

Interview Process

Applicants who have achieved ‘candidate’ Status (see Frequently Asked Questions) will be invited to interview for available graduate assistantships. Shortly after the interviews, candidates will be notified of assistantship offers.