Graduate Assistantships (GA’s) provide financial support for students; while students gain valuable supervised professional experience in the field. Graduate Assistantships typically require 20 hours/week and may include a stipend and tuition waiver (if at Buffalo State). Graduate Assistantships may also be available at surrounding institutions (i.e. Medaille College, Daemen College, Hilbert College, SUNY Fredonia). Graduate Assistantships are available on a competitive basis.
Graduate Assistantships are considered additional experience beyond the required internships. Therefore, students with a GA position are still required to conduct two internship experiences, which will enhance your candidacy and marketability in the job search process. Students should consider diversifying their experience, selecting internship experiences distinct from their GA experience.
How to Apply
Applicants who apply to the HESAA program by the priority deadline of January 1st will be invited to participate in the HESAA Graduate Assistantship Interview Day (in February), where they will be able to interview for a variety of assistantship positions both on Buffalo State's campus as well as at several local colleges in the area. Candidates will also conduct an academic interview with faculty from the HESAA program. Following the Graduate Assistantship Interview Day, candidates will preference their assistantship placements and successful candidates will be notified of their acceptance into the program and whether they secured an assistantship within 2 weeks of interview day.
2018-2019 Available Assistantships at Buffalo State
The Graduate School
The Graduate Assistant in the Graduate School performs the following duties: 1) scan admission application materials to electronic files and assist with the development and maintenance of databases and related reports for admissions, retention, and graduation; 2) assist coordinator of Multidisciplinary Studies program with admissions and program activities; 3) participate in recruitment and marketing initiatives including visits to colleges and universities and serve as an ambassador for on-campus recruitment activities; 4) assist with social media accounts; 5) assist with orientation, open house and information session programs; 6) participate in office recruitment and marketing team meetings; and 6) other duties as assigned by the Graduate School Dean and Assistant Dean for Strategic and Enrollment Planning.
The primary focus for the Graduate Assistant lies within the areas of enrollment management, academic and student affairs. Additionally, the Graduate Assistant will be provided numerous opportunities for educational and professional development as s/he gains experience in graduate recruitment, retention, policies, practices, degree conferral, and assessment.
Residence Life (3 positions)
The Graduate Assistant in Residence Life is a 10-month live-in appointment and is the front line educator of student population residing within their residence hall. Responsibilities include assisting in supervision, training , and development of student staff; community development; 24-hour crisis intervention; educational and social programming; hall council advisement and facilities management.
Through the position, the Graduate Assistant will be provided with many opportunities to build skills in many areas such as crisis response, student staff supervision, building management and student development. The student will be supervised by a full-time master’s level staff member who will assist them in learning their responsibilities and also help them to develop professionally.
The Graduate Assistant in the Student Union will maintain the Max Facility reservation system; including inputting data for system and printing daily and monthly reports. Ensure that events are never double booked. Follow all State and College guidelines for facility use. Educate facility users on services available to them (such as catering, additional equipment, etc.) Conduct Event Planning Meetings with facility users and distribute contracts based on these meetings.
The student will learn the intricate, day-to-day operation of a student union facility and have a basic understanding of all working parts of this operation. They will understand the maintenance and upkeep of the facility itself, the student employee program, the reservations and events process, the set-up/break-down of events and how that impacts reservations, and the execution of large scale events from the perspective of safety and risk management.
Additional Graduate Assistant positions will be available at the following institutions. Position descriptions will be sent to all HESAA applicants by January 12th.
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