Graduate Studies

Assistantship Positions

Please note: Assistantship positions are intended to complement the student’s program of study and a rationale may be required from the hiring department if the two are not clearly connected. Also, positions listed below may have already been filled. It is the student's responsibility to verify availability with the hiring departments. Should a student wish to have the assistantship application materials on file in the Graduate School sent to a department outside of their academic program, they must submit the request form (

Center for International Studies – Orientation and Student Activities

Memorial Hall 347 - 309-298-3734

Full Time Graduate Assistant Position – Fall 2015


  • Meets all requirements for graduate assistantship as defined by the School of Graduate Studies (
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Awareness of and sensitivity to a wide range of cultures
  • Valid driver’s license issued in the U.S. and ability to drive a 15-passenger van
  • Knowledge of software programs to create promotional materials for international student activities

Preferred qualifications:

  • Previous participation in international student activities, especially Conversation Partners, International Neighbors, New International Student Orientation volunteer


  • Assist with social media and advertising
  • Facilitate the Conversation Partners program
  • Assist with the publicity, planning, and implementation of all international student activities (including website updates)
  • Assist with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of the New International Student Orientation
  • Drive 15-passenger van for international student activities
  • Assist in the creation of new activities and organizations that help WIU international students integrate into the campus and community
  • Assist with CIS responsibilities where needed
  • Assist in all aspects of serving the international student population
  • Drive when needed for international student activities and WESL field trips

Application Procedure:

All applicants must write an essay (500-word maximum) answering one or more of the following questions:

-Why are you interested in this assistantship?
-How can you contribute to improve international student activities?
-What impact can a person in this position have on the lives of international students? 

Applicants should email the following information to

1)      Essay
2)      Resume
3)      Contact information for three references
4)      Scanned copy of your valid driver’s license (must be U.S. issued)

Applications will be accepted until April 24th.


Curriculum & Instruction Graduate Assistantship Position

Six graduate assistantships are available in the Curriculum and Instruction Department for a period beginning August 24, 2015 and ending December 18, 2015. 

Five positions will be available at the Macomb campus and one position will be at the QC campus.  The assistantship is 20 hour per week with a current salary of $943 per month.  Graduate assistant work assignments in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction consist primarily, but are not limited to, the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Technical/support
  • Classroom support activities for faculty (e.g., grading, proctoring, etc.)
  • Clerical assistance (e.g., answering phones; filing; letter writing, etc.)

Eligibility Requirements

Students must meet all of the conditions listed below in order to hold an assistantship position:

1. Must have a graduate assistantship application, personal statement of goals, and three letters of recommendation on file in the Graduate School.
2. Must be a degree-seeking graduate student, preferably in an education related field. Probationary students, non-degree students, and second bachelor’s degree students are not eligible to hold assistantship positions.
3. Must have a graduate GPA of at least 3.0 if graduate courses have been completed at the time the contract is initiated.
4. Must be enrolled in at least nine semester hours of graduate coursework or undergraduate deficiencies if holding a graduate or research assistant position for fall/spring; or at least six semester hours if holding a teaching assistant position for fall/spring; or three semester hours for summer (any position). If it is the assistant's last semester of coursework (as verified by the degree plan), it is acceptable to be registered for only the remaining required courses.
5. Sign an assistantship contract and complete all required employment paperwork.

Applications will be accepted until April 24, 2015. Please send assistantship documents to Chris Switzer, C & I, 40 Horrabin Hall, using the following form:

Questions? Please contact Chris Switzer, Curriculum & Instruction, 40 Horrabin Hall, 298-1961.