Graduate Assistantships

Acceptance into HESA guarantees a placement in a graduate assistantship, usually offered through the Division of Student Affairs. Graduate assistantships are awarded through an interview process, which matches your interests and skills with available two-year 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 2017 – 2018 academic year, a typical Graduate Assistant stipend for a nine-month appointment is $22,910.10. Additional pay may also be available for students who chose to stay on campus and work during the summer months.

Most graduate assistantships available in HESA are offered through the Division of Student Affairs, there are occasionally assistantships available through other functionally related areas outside of the Division.

Interview Process

Applicants who have achieved ‘candidate’ Status (see Frequently Asked Questions) will be invited to campus for our Interview Days. This visit gives the candidate the opportunity to meet the program faculty, as well as students currently enrolled in the program. The graduate assistantship interviews will take place on Monday. Candidates are typically able to interview for many of the positions in which they are interested. At the end of the interview process candidates will submit a preference card to the HESA admissions committee. Students will list which assistantship positions they believe would be the best fit for their interests and abilities.

Shortly after the interview weekend, candidates will be notified of assistantship offers. Once a candidate accepts an assistantship offer, they are officially admitted to the HESA program.

Graduate Assistantship Descriptions

The assistantships listed below are examples of positions that may be available to students who will be entering the HESA program in the Fall of 2017. Exact positions are still being determined based on office interest availability, and a final list will be provided later in the Fall 2017 semester. For questions regarding any of these sites or assistantships, please contact the HESA office at (860) 486-8760 or at Please do not contact the sites directly prior to Interview Days.

Department of Educational Leadership

Office of Community Outreach

Center for Students with Disabilities

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI)

Off-Campus Student Services

Department of Student Activities – Leadership Office (Multiple Positions Available)

Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life (Multiple Positions Available)

Department of Residential Life (Multiple Positions available)

UConn School of Nursing

Student Union and Student Activities – Programs Office

Office of Community Standards (Multiple Positions Available)

Dean of Students Office

Husky Sport Program

Office of Early College Programs


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