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Who is eligible for graduate assistantships?

Acceptance into a Chapman University graduate program provides eligibility for a graduate assistantship in student affairs. Graduate students who have experience in student affairs and/or are interested in pursuing a career in the field will be prioritized.

Why you should consider a graduate assistantship

Graduate assistantships offer a year of opportunities to combine the theories and principles of leadership learned through academic coursework with supervised experience in the administrative and developmental functions of student affairs units. In doing so, graduate assistantships provide students a unique window of opportunity to acquire knowledge, skills, dispositions, and values that are fundamental to the student affairs profession. They are also essential to supporting undergraduate college students’ development during a time in their lives that is characterized by self-exploration, identity development, and self-authorship.

The benefits of a graduate assistantship

Graduate assistants receive ongoing professional development support and career preparation guidance, in addition to membership in a professional association and the opportunity to receive financial assistance to attend local/regional student affairs conferences.

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Assistantship Information

Graduate Assistants work with the following facilities and units within Student Affairs (specific job descriptions are provided in the application):

  • Academic Student Organizations
  • Argyros Forum Student Union
  • Civic Engagement Initiatives
  • Civic Engagement Student Organizations
  • Cross-Cultural Center
  • Diversity/Cultural Student Organizations
  • Fraternity & Sorority Life
  • Julianne Argyros Fitness Center
  • Leisure, Recreation, and Wellness Student Organizations
  • Performance, and Arts Student Organizations
  • Religious/Spiritual Student Organizations
  • Residence Life & First-Year Experience
  • Student Conduct
  • Student Health
  • University Program Board

Frequently Asked Questions

What days and hours do Graduate Assistants work?
As the responsibilities of each assistantship differ, work schedules are determined based on student availability and the needs of the position/department. Graduate Assistants should expect to work at least some evening and weekend hours as needed to oversee departmental programming, services, and facilities.

What are the general day-to-day responsibilities of a Graduate Assistant?
Graduate Assistants work directly with undergraduate student staff as advisors and supervisors, ensuring support of University policy and procedures in executing the functions of their role. Many play a leadership role in developing goals for and implementing educational programming, directing the operations of various facilities, assessing the impact of student affairs services, and/or supporting students engagement with and responsibility to the Chapman community.  

May I apply to more than one position?
Yes, you may apply to multiple assistantships, but can only hold one position at a time. Graduate Assistants are hired on one-year terms, with the opportunity to reapply to any position within the division.

What do Graduate Assistants get paid?
The pay for each assistantship varies and is specified in the job description included in the Graduate Assistant application.

What Students Are Saying

“The Graduate Assistant role helps to connect students in the Masters in Leadership Development program to graduate and undergraduate students on a deeper level as well as the bigger picture of what Chapman University has to offer.”
—Nick Irwin ‘18

“My role as a Graduate Assistant has been meaningful because it has given me the opportunity to take the lessons I have learned throughout my time in Masters in Leadership Development program and apply them to real-world experiences.  From supervising undergraduate students and helping them navigate through their college experiences to assisting with the implementation of programs for the campus community, I have become more confident in my professional and leadership experiences.  My role has given me mentorship and advising opportunities that I may not have found elsewhere, which has helped me facilitate leadership development relevant to students' needs and overall goals during their time at the university.  It has been an extension of the educational experience that allows me to put theory into practice. It has also connected me to a strong community of students and professionals and a pathway to success toward my desired career.”
—Negeen Lotfi ‘18

For more information:

Justin Koppelman, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Department of Student Engagement
(714) 997-6894

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Application Process

Applications for graduate assistantships that will be available for the 2020-2021 academic year are reviewed on a rolling basis.  You will be contacted shortly after your application is submitted.