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EMSA Graduate Assistantships


Graduate Assistants hired within the division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs receive a monthly stipend and full tuition scholarship (fee waiver) and gain valuable professional experience in a variety of higher education work environments.  While graduate assistants are employed in most departments/areas within the division, the availability of openings will vary from year to year, department to department.

 To search and apply for open assistantships:

  1. Create an account on the Experience Job & Internship Board and upload your resume (and cover letter if desired). 
  2. Publish your resume to the Graduate Assistant Resume Book on the Experience Job & Internship Board where departments seeking candidates will access your credentials.
  3.  Log onto the Experience Job & Internship Board frequently to view available assistantships. Position postings will provide details regarding how to apply, contact person, duties and responsibilities, request for references, and any additional information required.

The Division of Enrollment Management and Student Affairs employs graduate assistants in the following roles within the departments/areas listed below.

As important members of the staff in the Office of Admissions, graduate assistants have significant contact with prospective Kent State students and their parents. Experience is gained in giving formal presentations, conducting interviews, corresponding with students and working with the student tour guide program. In addition, graduate assistants may participate in selected on- and off-campus recruitment activities, be involved in program development and assessment, or compile data for the preparation of surveys and reports. Further, graduate assistants help admissions officers in planning and implementing on- and off-campus recruitment activities for underrepresented students. Experience can be gained with telemarketing, phone-a-thons and direct mail strategies. Minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Career Services Center
Graduate assistantships in Career Services gain experience in all aspects of a comprehensive career center by serving a variety of constituents including prospective and current students, alumni, parents, employers, faculty and staff. Graduate assistant responsibilities typically include providing career planning assistance to students via resume/cover letter critiques, internship/job search assistance, delivering career planning presentations, and supporting on-campus recruiting events. Specific assignments can depend on the graduate students' interests and skills combined with office needs throughout the year.

Center for Adult and Veterans Services
The graduate assistant position in Adult Student Center is year-round (academic year and summer, and periods in between) since the office is open 12 months of the year. The position is that of counselor/adviser and is considered as one of the professional staff in the office. Activities include advising and counseling adults who are interested in returning to the role of student and need guidance in adapting this role to a life already filled with other necessary adult responsibilities. The graduate assistant provides career counseling, academic advising, help with understanding what the academic environment consists of and how the student can prepare and adjust for the changes that occur, sharing and guiding the adult through the institutional processes and procedures, developing programming for this population, writing newsletters, helping with special programs and services designed for adults. Of necessity, candidates applying for the position should have some previous professional counseling experience, preferably in career development. Because of the nature of the activities involved, graduate assistants interact frequently with academic advisors in the major colleges and schools as well as with providers in other student service units on campus.

Center for Student Involvement
The Center for Student Involvement offers graduate assistantships in a number of areas, including leadership development, Greek life, student organizations, and commuter student services. Graduate assistants are directly involved in program development and implementation, workshop coordination, one-on-one and group advising, and the day-to-day operations of a dynamic, multi-faceted office environment. Throughout their experience, graduate assistants in campus life work closely with university faculty and staff, community leaders, and a diverse student population. Assistantships are designed to provide relevant experience for individuals seeking full-time professional student activities-related positions.

Recreational Services
Graduate assistants in the Department of Recreational Services are responsible for assisting in the overall administration and continued development of a comprehensive recreation department. Specific areas of opportunity include aquatics, marketing, and facility management of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and the KSU Ice Arena, outdoor adventures, and technology. Responsibilities in these areas include human resource management, market research, providing quality customer service, budget development, planning, implementing and evaluating programs, risk management, building supervision and setting goals and objectives. Each graduate assistant will create a professional development plan that prepares him or her to attain a position in his or her field upon graduation. Graduate assistants will have the opportunity to work with a diverse population at the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and the department's satellite facilities (i.e., the Allerton Sports Complex, the Ice Arena, etc.).

Residence Services
As a residential campus, Kent State University firmly believes that its residence hall system is an integral component of a student's total university education. At Kent State, the residence services extend a student's education beyond formal classroom study. Its aim is to create living/learning environments that help students develop as individuals, promote learning through student interaction and foster the development of community. Graduate assistants have meaningful and special roles in this purpose. Kent State offers students a broad range of living options including small group housing, apartment housing for families, special interest halls for freshmen, upperclassmen, fine and professional arts majors and honors students, coed or single gender halls. Each graduate assistantship offers opportunities for practical application of student development and counseling theories. Assistantships provide unique opportunities for graduate students to live in residence halls and directly shape the total collegiate experience of students. Practical experience is gained in numerous areas including, but not limited to, the following: area program coordination, hall council advising, student development assessment, diversity issues resolution, leadership development for student staff, minority interest program development, administrative "duty" assignments, conflict management and student conduct facilitation. The comprehensive residence services program at Kent State offers an abundance of opportunities for energetic, creative persons interested in becoming members of a progressive student development team. Exciting day-to-day interactions and challenges with residents, paraprofessional staff and professional colleagues exists for residence services graduate assistants.

Student Accessibility Services
Graduate assistantships are designed to give a broad-based view of the needs of students with various disabilities in a higher education setting, and the many services that SAS provides.  Responsibilities vary, but may include such tasks as coordinating notetaker services, and/or assisting with transcriptioning or alternative text services, personal and academic advising, assisting with office management, and meeting with prospective students to discuss accommodations and services.  Graduate assistants may be involved with coordinating support groups and undergraduate student staff supervision, depending upon their interest and background.

Student Financial Aid
Graduate assistants in the Office of Student Financial Aid will work closely with a variety of financial aid related functions and services. Responsibilities vary, but may include working in one of three areas: processing, client services or the scholarship area. Graduate assistants will gain valuable practical knowledge in areas such as application processing, counseling students and families, both in-person and over the phone, and awarding financial aid. Graduate assistants may also clarify student concerns regarding financial aid policies and procedures. Additional responsibilities may include providing financial aid presentations to current and prospective Kent State University students.

University Health Services
Responsibilities may include service on established committees on sexuality, rape and sexual assault, alcohol and other drugs and providing assistance in planning programs responsive to student needs.  Graduate assistants work with members of the Office of Student Health Promotion, Medical Services, Psychological Services, and the organization BACCHUS (Boosting Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students) on health-related program, education and promotion needs, provide health counseling to individual students, conduct educational programs in both classrooms and residence halls, and assist in training staff on health-related issues.