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Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships

A limited number of Graduate Assistantships and University Fellowships are granted to various academic departments within each school and college of the University. Graduate Assistantships are also available in administrative departments. All students interested in applying for an Assistantship must complete the online Graduate Assistant or Doctoral Fellowship application found below, print it out, and hand it in at the Graduate Admissions Office (Newman Hall, Room 106). When Academic Graduate Assistantships/University Fellowships are available, the appropriate college will review the applications submitted and then contact a student. Non-Academic Graduate Assistantships are posted below and students may apply directly for them after submitting the Application for Graduate Assistantship/Fellowship.

Graduate Assistantships and Doctoral Fellows Forms

Academic Criteria

Awards are given on the basis of academic merit. Applicants for Doctoral Fellowships and Graduate Assistantships are only expected to submit GRE or GMAT scores if they are required to do so within their primary department of study.

All awardees are expected to have an undergraduate overall GPA of at least 3.20. Graduate Assistants will be expected to show evidence of a 3.20 GPA or above in any previous graduate work. Doctoral Fellows will be expected to show evidence of 3.5 GPA or above in any previous graduate work. Graduate Assistants who do not maintain these minimum GPAs will not be eligible to keep their assistantships.

The Graduate Admissions Assistance Program (GAAP) oversees graduate student applications to external scholarships. The staff of the GAAP Office will assist you in determining your eligibility for scholarships and in completing the application process. In addition to our regular Graduate Assistantships and Doctoral Fellowships, several additional scholarships are available including the Pope Paul VI Scholarship Program and the Catholic School Teacher Scholarship.

Graduate Assistantship and Doctoral Fellows Position Descriptions

There are two main types of academic graduate assistantships available: Graduate Assistantships for master’s students, and Doctoral Fellows for doctoral students. Students must be enrolled in a program of study affiliated with the department or program offering the assistantship. The number of Graduate Assistantships and Doctoral Fellowships may vary from year to year.  

Graduate Assistantships

There are two types of Graduate Assistantships. The first type of Graduate Assistantship is an academic assistantship. Graduate Assistants with academic assistantships are assigned to their home departments and are expected to assist in teaching and/or to conduct research within their disciplines. Academic Graduate Assistants work up to 20 hours per week. Teaching duties cannot include being the instructor of record. It is recommended that Academic Graduate Assistants should devote on average up to 5 hours per week engaged in assisting in the teaching or mentoring of students.

The other type of Graduate Assistantship is a non-academic assistantship. Graduate Assistants with non-academic assistantships are assigned to offices throughout the University and are not directly affiliated with their home departments. Non-Academic Graduate Assistants are not expected to teach or conduct research, but their learning experiences should have relevance to their fields of study. Non-Academic Graduate Assistants are expected to work up to 20 hours per week for an administrator and are not expected to engage in the assistance of teaching or mentoring of students.

Both master’s and doctoral students are eligible for Graduate Assistantship positions.

Doctoral Fellowships

Doctoral Fellowships are awarded to doctoral students only; these fellowships reside only in academic departments, with the exception of the Institute for Writing Studies (See “Other Program Descriptions,” below). Doctoral Fellows conduct research and may teach. Teaching activities might include lab supervision, serving as instructor of record for select undergraduate courses, or tutoring students. Research must be confined to the needs of the program, faculty, or student.  Doctoral Fellows work up to 20 hours per week. It is recommended that Doctoral Fellows should devote on average up to 5 hours per week engaged in the teaching or mentoring of students.

Academic Graduate Assistantships

The position descriptions for College departments and programs linked below provide general information about assistantships offered by St. John’s University. Please contact a department for further information about whether or not academic positions are presently available.

Other Graduate Assistantships (Non-Academic)

Other types of Graduate Assistantships are assigned to non-academic departments throughout the University, which are not directly affiliated with the student’s home department. These Graduate Assistantships do not require teaching or research in an academic discipline but administrative Graduate Assistants are expected to work up to 20 hours per week for an administrative unit. 

Available Non-Academic Graduate Assistantship Positions

All students interested in applying for an Assistantship must complete the online Graduate Assistant or Doctoral Fellowship application, print it out, and hand it in at the Graduate Admissions Office (Newman Hall, Room 106) or email it to [email protected]

Department:  Athletics Communications

Position Title: Graduate Assistant for Athletics Communications

Description of Services Provided by the Department: Under the supervision of the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations, the Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant will aid in media relations for the St. John’s Athletic Department. The Graduate Assistant will assist with the publicity of assigned Red Storm athletic teams as well as coordinate and publish written and photographic content for the University’s official athletics website and social media platforms and assist in the planning of media events and execution of game operations at home sporting events. The Athletic Communications Graduate Assistant is required to work during the summer and University breaks.

Description of the student learning experience and how it relates to student’s field of study:   (Sport Management Graduate Program) The Athletics Communications Graduate Assistants are afforded the opportunity to interact with coaches, athletic administrators and industry professionals to provide a well-rounded experience within a NCAA Division I Athletic Department Primarily, the graduate assistantship gives students hands on experience in the areas of media relations, digital media and marketing.

If the student’s learning experience is not related to the student’s field of study, please describe how the student will benefit from this Graduate Assistantship.  The Athletics Communications Graduate Assistantship provides students with experience working in an External Relations Office with a wide range of industry professionals. This particular position enables students to strengthen their communications skills and develop as an emphasis is placed in writing and public speaking.

Describe the major activities the GA will be involved with and evaluated on:

  1. Assist in the publicity of Red Storm varsity sports teams
  2. Prepare press releases, media guides and maintain statistics
  3. Aid in the management of home athletic events
  4. Maintain official athletics website and digital platforms

Qualifications:

  • Describe the type of graduate degree program related to the Assistantship being requested: Sport Management, Marketing
  • Completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Communications, Sport Management and Marketing
  • Experience required Internship experience in Sports Information, Communications or Marketing

Compensation:

Stipend in the amount of $4000

Tuition remission

Dates of Assistantship:

  • Start date: Summer 2019, End date: Spring 2020 by Academic Year 
  • Hours per week 20 including breaks, university holidays, evenings and weekends

Contact Person:

Stephen Dombroski
[email protected]

Department:  Athletics Multimedia

Position Title: Graduate Assistant for Multimedia

Description of Services Provided by the Department: Under the supervision of the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Relations, the Athletic Multimedia Graduate Assistant will assist with St. John’s University Television Network (SJU-TV), the Red Storm’s digital-to-digital and digital-to-broadcast live and on-demand video platform. The Athletics Multimedia Graduate Assistant is required to work during the summer and University breaks.

Description of the student learning experience and how it relates to student’s field of study:  (Sport Management Graduate Program) The Athletics Multimedia Graduate Assistant is afforded the opportunity to interact with coaches, athletic administrators and industry professionals to provide a well-rounded experience within a NCAA Division I Athletic Department. Primarily, the graduate assistantship gives students hands on experience in the areas of video productions, video board operations, social media management and graphic design.

If the student’s learning experience is not related to the student’s field of study, please describe how the student will benefit from this Graduate Assistantship.  The Athletics Multimedia Graduate Assistantship provides students with experience working in an External Relations Office with a wide range of industry professionals. This particular position enables students to strengthen their video production skills and develop a background working with a variety of digital platforms.

Describe the major activities the GA will be involved with and evaluated on:

  1. Assist with production of home athletic events to broadcast/digital television networks
  2. Contribute to creating Red Storm Report television show airing on MSG Network
  3. Aid in-arena video board productions
  4. Produce sport specific intro and feature videos

Qualifications:

  • Describe the type of graduate degree program related to the Assistantship being requested: Sport Management, Marketing
  • Completed a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Communications, Sport Management and Marketing
  • Experience required Internship experience in Graphic Design, Communications or Marketing

Compensation:

Stipend in the amount of $4000

Tuition remission

Dates of Assistantship:

  • Start date: Summer 2019, End date: Spring 2020 by Academic Year
  • Hours per week 20 including breaks, university holidays, evenings and weekends

Contact Person:

Stephen Dombroski
[email protected]

The Division of Student Affairs offers exciting Graduate Assistant opportunities for highly qualified, ambitious, and motivated graduate students in many of the departments throughout the Division.

Graduate Assistantships offer tuition remission and a stipend as part of the compensation package depending on the position.

If you have any questions about your application or Graduate Assistantships with Student Affairs, please contact [email protected].

Applying for a Graduate Assistantship

If you would like to apply for a Graduate Assistantship position within Student Affairs, you must first complete the Application for Assistantship/Fellowship and submit it to the Graduate Admissions Office in Newman Hall, Room 106, or e-mail it to [email protected].

After submitting the Application for Assistantship/Fellowship form, you may apply for a position using the Division of Student Affairs Graduate Assistantship Application online form. Please note this only applies to positions with the Division of Student Affairs.

Please note that there are a limited number of Graduate Assistantships available with the Division of Student Affairs.

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    Department:  Office of Alumni Relations

    Position Title: Graduate Assistant for the office of Alumni Relations/Staten Island Campus

    Description of Services Provided by the Department:  Department engages alumni through communications, events, volunteer opportunities and student engagement to build and maintain relationships with St. John’s graduates keeping them connected to alma mater.

    Description of the student learning experience and how it relates to student’s field of study:

    Student will work on a team and individually developing, implementing and managing marketing strategies for alumni events.  GA will be assigned projects (events, reporting and research) and be expected to manage all aspects (planning, communications plan, follow up, staffing, volunteers, and post event reporting/analysis) in coordination with other departments within IA and across campus.  GA will develop and/or strengthen invaluable networking and interpersonal skills through alumni engagements at events, communications through phone, and in person.

    If the student’s learning experience is not related to the student’s filed of study, please describe how the student will benefit form this Graduate Assistantship:

    Students will receive an abundance of networking skills, time management, project management, ability to speak with a high level of knowledge on various aspects of an organization, conduct and participate in weekly meetings. They will also have a deeper understanding of the alumni network, the successful graduates of St. John’s and the importance of staying connected themselves.

    Major Activities GA will be involved in and evaluated on:

    1. Alumni Event Project Management.
    2. Marketing and Communications.
    3. Customer service in person, phone, written and electronic format.
    4. Volunteer Management.

    Qualifications:

    • Must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Communications, Hospitality Management, or Marketing.
    • Must be enrolled in a graduate program at St. John’s University in a program related to Business Administration, Marketing or Communications
    • Required experience: 1-2 years office experience preferred. Experience in event management, organizational leadership and customer experience desired.

    Compensation:

    • Stipend in the amount of $.4000
    • Tuition Remission √

    Dates of Assistantship:

    • Start date Fall 2019 and end date Spring 2020 by Academic Year (e.g. Fall 2018 – Spring 2019)
    • Hours per week 20 (excluding breaks and university holidays)
    • (If the GA is required to be available during breaks and on university holidays it must be specified in the original contract – otherwise they are not required.)
    • Need to be available one week before and one week after beginning/end of semester.

    Contact Person to receive resumes:  Isabel Scandaglia at [email protected]

    Department:  Office of Grants & Sponsored Research

    Position Title:   Graduate Assistant for Graduate Research Advancement in Science Scholarship Program-(GRASSP)

    Description of Services Provided by the Department:
    Sponsored by the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research (OGSR), the St. John’s University (SJU) GraduateResearch Advancement in Science Scholarship Program(GRASSP) is designed to foster an institutional culture of sponsored research in science complimenting the needs of our academic community. To this end, the University has made available a limited number of funds for SJU graduate students to actively engage in research/laboratory experience with a designated faculty member and to learn the basic tasks associated with sponsored research administration and compliance.

    Description of Student’s Learning Experience:
    (See below)

    Major Activities GA will be involved in and evaluated on:

    1. Each awardee will be assigned a designated faculty mentor within their major department in which they will engage in weekly experiential learning
    2. Awardees will work under the supervision and direction of their faculty mentor and will be exposed to the training, use and maintenance of SJU equipment and will be exposed to a laboratory environment and departmental facilities
    3. Each awardee will be assigned to a designated administrative mentor within the Office of Grants and Sponsored Research
    4. Each awardee will be trained in the distinction between federal/state/private research grant applications. Each awardee will be trained in the use and comprehension of proposal solicitations, federal guidelines (including the SF424 and NSF proposal Preparation Guide) and compliance policies (both internal and external). 

    Qualifications:

    1. The student must be enrolled in a graduate level (Science) course of study by the time of acceptance of this award.
    2. Student must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a major in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Communication Science & Disorders, Mathematics & Computer Science, Physics, Psychology, Clinical Health Professions, Pharmaceutical Sciences, Pharmacy Administration & Public Health, Computer Sciences, Mathematics and Science (College of Professional Studies)
    3. Experience required:   Students must demonstrate evidence of financial need through a written essay. A final report is due on the last day of the semester (3 page minimum to 5 page maximum).  *Applications are open to current SJU undergraduate students who have been accepted into a graduate program starting August 30, 2017 (fall semester: FY18).    

    Compensation:

    1. Stipend in the amount of $3,000

    Dates of Assistantship:

    1. Start Date is Fall 2017 and End Date is December 2017 by Academic Year.
    2. Hours per week is 15-20 (excluding breaks and University holidays)
    3. (If the GA is required to be available during breaks and on University holidays it must be specified in the original contract-otherwise they are not required.)
    4. (Need to be available one week before and one week after the beginning/end of the semester must be specified in the original contract-otherwise they are not required.)

    Contact Person: Send resumes to Jared E. Littman, M.P.A., Director at [email protected] .

    Position Title: Graduate Assistant for Ozanam Scholars Program in the Staten Island Campus

    Description of Services Provided by the Department:  Vincentian Institute for Social Action (VISA)

    Description of the student learning experience: The learning experience will be aligned to the student’s major

    St. John’s University’s Vincentian Institute for Social Action (VISA) supports university-wide efforts to explore the causes of and develop solutions for poverty and social injustice throughout the world. The Ozanam Scholars Program is a program of the Vincentian Institute for Social Action. It provides a platform for students to critically examine the systems that perpetuate poverty and take action to advance social justice globally. In connection to poverty-alleviation, students will have the opportunity to develop program management and student leadership skills. The GA will work with the scholars primarily on the Staten Island Campus.  

    PROGRAM THEMES:

    Vincentian Leadership As Vincentian leaders, students deepen their understanding of, fulfill and promote the Vincentian mission.  In the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul, Ozanam Scholars serve the disadvantaged and propose workable solutions at local, national and international sites. In addition to service, students reflect on their experiences and discuss issues impacting those in need.

    Global Citizenship As global citizens, students learn about the rights of all human beings and the factors which hinder human rights and human dignity.  Scholars have the opportunity to explore different cultures by participating in local, national, and international experiences. Through these experiences, they gain an understanding of various groups in a global context and the role that each of us play in maintaining a just society.

    Academic Scholarship Through academic study, scholars develop the skills to analyze social issues and propose workable solutions.  Ozanam Scholars are required to minor in social justice, develop research projects and complete program specific classes.  Guided by faculty, community leaders and noted experts, scholars develop their skills as leaders with the knowledge to confront social challenges and the confidence to effect positive change.  

    Major Activities GA will be involved in and evaluated on:

    1. Responsible for the creation of research materials (PowerPoints, handouts) to support student acquisition of research skills throughout the Independent Study Proposal and Capstone Research Project Process. GA will also be responsible for co-leading research workshops and reflections, and reviewing student research, in collaboration with program faculty/administration, to support scholar learning outcomes. GA will also be expected to accompany scholars on conferences and global research trips as needed.
    2. Lead monthly student service reflections to engage scholars in social justice discussions. Examples of reflection topics, discussions and questions can be provided as a guide but the GA has flexibility in leading and creating questions appropriate for service reflection. The GA will also be responsible for driving scholars to Queens on a weekly basis to various courses and meetings.
    3. Assist with recruitment process by creating, organizing and updating applicant list, screening applicants, reading application and participating in interviews.
    4. Maintain student files in digital format and hard copy and assist in administering all aspects of programming for the Ozanam Program, including but not limited to performing tasksassociated with bookings, reservations, invoices, travel, T&E’s etc.

    Qualifications:

    • Describe the type of graduate degree program related to the assistantship requested: Various degree programs can be applied to this assistantship.
    • Experience required: Enrollment in a graduate program at St. John’s University.
    • This position requires driving of a University vehicle, with employment contingent upon satisfactory results of a DMV check for driving record and a valid driver’s license. This position frequently drives from the Staten Island to Queens campuses.
    • A flexible schedule (some weekend and evening hours are required).
    • Experience and/or ability to supervise university students.
    • Proficiency in MS Office Suite. Ability to act professionally in a variety of situations (with students, faculty, administrators and community partners). Ability to develop appropriate professional relationships with the University community.

    Compensation:

    •             Stipend in the amount of $4000

    •             Tuition Remission √

    Dates of Assistantship:

    •             Start date is Fall 2019 and end date will be Spring 2020 by Academic Year (e.g. Fall 2018 – Spring 2019)

    •             Hours per week 20 (excluding breaks and university holidays)

    •             (If the GA is required to be available during breaks and on university holidays it must be specified in the original contract – otherwise they are not required.)

    •             Need to be available one week before and one week after beginning/end of semester.

    Contact Person to receive resumes:  Jane Barry – [email protected]

    Position Title: Graduate Assistant Chemistry/Biology tutoring
    Description of Services Provided by the Department:  The University Learning Commons (ULC) is the primary tutoring center of St. John’s University.  The ULC provides free, supportive, quality, academic support in many subject areas for St. John’s University undergraduate students.  

    Description of the student learning experience: The Graduate Assistant in the University Learning Commons will work primarily as a chemistry and biology tutor. The Graduate Assistant will hone his/her communications skills and deepen his/her knowledge of the subject matter by assisting predominately first-year students. The Graduate Assistant will work directly under the supervision of the three Coordinators of the University Learning Commons, who report to the Director. 

    Major Activities GA will be involved in and evaluated on: 
    1.    Tutor students in chemistry and biology (individual and small group appointments and walk-in tutoring at designated times).
    2.    Occasionally assist the Coordinators and Director of the University Learning Commons with special projects.
    3.    Report student concerns to the Coordinators and/or Director


    Qualifications:
    •    Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry or Biology 
    •    Full-time Chemistry or Biology major pursuing a master’s degree 
    •    Extensive knowledge of both general and organic chemistry
    •    Superior verbal and written communication skills
    •    Must be able to work 20 hours per week


    Compensation: 
    •    Stipend in the amount of $4000 per year. 
    •    Tuition Remission √

    Dates of Assistantship:
    •    Start date will be Fall 2019 and end date Spring 2020 by Academic Year (e.g. Fall 2018 – Spring 2019)
    •    Hours per week 20 (excluding breaks and university holidays)
    •    (If the GA is required to be available during breaks and on university holidays it must be specified in the original contract – otherwise they are not required.)
    •    Need to be available one week before and one week after beginning/end of semester.

    Contact Person to receive resumes:  Linda Dersh  – [email protected]