The purpose of the Graduate Assistant program is to provide graduate students with the opportunity to supplement course work with practical experience related to the student’s field of study and career/occupational objective(s). Assistantships are an extension to, and application of, classroom instruction through hands-on experience with guidance from experienced administrators and staff within the department. In addition, a qualified faculty member directly supports the student’s assistantship experience by working closely with the student and the department/supervisor through for example, site visitations, interaction with department personnel, discussions with Graduate Assistants concerning department feedback/evaluation, and incorporating the experience into an academic learning experience.
During the assistantship period, the Graduate Assistant is expected to use the theoretical learnings from the classroom and put them into practice. From this the student gains hands-on experience and knowledge in their field of study. The gained experience may be helpful in finishing their degree and/or assist them with employment upon graduation.
A non-academic graduate assistantship should be consistent with the student’s field of study at St. John's University.
Attributes for Structuring an Assistantship
In compliance with applicable law, St. John’s University will not approve a non-academic Graduate Assistanship position unless all of the following are true:
Students engaged in activities of a religious or charitable nature in furtherance of the Mission may be subject to different guidelines than those set forth above.
If you feel that you would be able to fulfill the requirements please complete the form and return it (in electronic format as well as a paper copy) to:
Executive SecretaryOffice of the Provost
Please complete the Request for a Non-Academic Graduate Assistant Form (Word)
This form is to be completed by a representative of the department who is requesting to hire a non-academic graduate assistant. (Revised March 13, 2020)
The guide explaining the new Electronic Personnel Change Form to be used in hiring Graduate Assistants, can be found here.
For more information and to ask any questions, please contact:
Mary CascioStudent Employment Manager
Office of Human Resources