Finding a Graduate Assistantship

Finding a Graduate Assistantship

UMD Careers start here for graduate assistants

Graduate Assistants (GAs) are, first and foremost, graduate students pursuing an education. The opportunity to work closely with faculty members and undergraduate students in teaching, research, or administrative environments is an integral part of that education. Graduate students who hold assistantships benefit educationally and professionally. They gain further expertise in their field; enhance their research skills and develop pedagogical skills; acquire experience in leadership, interpersonal effectiveness, and performance evaluation; acquire academic administrative experience; and enjoy collegial collaborations with advisors that may result in joint publications and other professional activities. Skills learned in assistantships prepare students not only for the academy, but also for corporate, government, and nonprofit organizations.
Assistantships also provide graduate students with the financial resources necessary to pursue their degrees. This financial support—stipend, tuition remission, and benefits—is part of the University’s commitment to the success of our graduate students.

The official title of Graduate Assistant is used in all university documents, but, in general practice, Graduate Assistants are referred to either as Graduate Teaching Assistants (TAs), Graduate Research Assistants (RAs), or Graduate Administrative Assistants (AAs). Additionally, a small number of Graduate Assistants serve as resident life counselors. Qualified graduate students often move between these kinds of appointments during their graduate education.
Learn more about the kinds of assistantships available at UMD at

There is no centralized posting of all available assistantships on campus;
however, many are listed on the University Human Resources website at

To see a list of every graduate assistantship position advertised on Careers4Terps (C4T), visit

Visit the following websites for other employment opportunities:

Career Center:

Resident Life:

Graduate Student Government:

Transportation Services (DOTS):

Dining Services:


Contact GSL

Graduate Student Life
0121 Adele H. Stamp Student Union
College Park, MD 20742