Graduate Assistantships

The Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management inspires students to engage and succeed in their individual pursuit of learning as they transform into dynamic leaders. Our graduate assistantships afford students the opportunity to gain a variety of valuable and unique experiences through student-centered service and collaborative relationships.

Benefits of an Assistantship
Each assistantship includes a compensation package to offset student expenses. Compensation packages vary by department. Stipends typically start at $1,000 per month; this corresponds with 20 hours of work per week. Packages also typically include a tuition waiver (student responsible for fees) and may also include one or more of the following benefits:

  • Assistance with conference costs
  • Professional development funds/opportunities
  • Recreation Center access
  • Meal plans
  • Housing in the residence halls

Below are the departments in the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management (SAEM) that anticipate having Graduate Assistantship (GA) openings for the 2016-2017 academic year. Graduate students who will be enrolled in the Counseling, Adult & Higher Education (CAHE) department and are seeking an assistantship in SAEM for the 2016-2017 academic year are eligible to apply for the positions listed below by participating in the GA Interview Day or the Graduate Student Assistantship & Recruitment Program (GSARP) Weekend. Graduate students enrolled in other academic programs may also apply, but first priority will be given to CAHE students. Please note, this is a temporary listing of available positions and it may change frequently as positions are added or filled. We also encourage you to check the Human Resources employment website for GA positions at NIU.

*Please note Graduate Assistantship openings for the 2016-2017 academic year will be updated in January 2016.

  • Admissions
    • GA, Campus Tours (No longer available)
  • Asian American Center
    • GA (No longer available)
  • Career Services
    • GA (No longer available)
  • Community Standards & Student Conduct
    • GA (No longer available)
  • Housing & Dining
    • GA, Assessment Initiatives (No longer available)
    • GA, Community Director (No longer available)
    • GA, Desk Operations (No longer available)
    • Graduate Residence Hall Director (No longer available)
    • GA, Residential Assignments & Administration (No longer available)
    • GA, Residential Dining (No longer available)
    • GA, Residential Facilities & Operations, Work Request Office (No longer available)
    • GA, Residential Facilities & Operations Liaison (No longer available)
    • GA, Residential Technology, Senior Developer (No longer available)
    • GA, Residential Community Standards (No longer available)
    • GA, Volunteer Coordination (No longer available)
  • Latino Resource Center
    • GA, Community Outreach & Assessment (No longer available)
    • RA (Research Assistant), Adela de la Torre (No longer available)
  • Military Support Services
    • GA, Programs & Support (No longer available)
  • Orientation & Family Connections
    • GA, Family Connections (No longer available)
  • Student Involvement & Leadership Development
    • GA, Campus Activities Board (No longer available)
    • GA, Fraternity & Sorority Life (No longer available)
    • GA, Leadership & Student Organizational Services (No longer available)

The following positions within the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management prefer candidates who have specific skills or who may not be enrolled in the CAHE program. Please review the job descriptions for additional information.

  • Campus Recreation
    • GA, Aquatics Program (no longer available)
    • GA, Competitive Sports (no longer available)
    • GA, Facilities Operations (no longer available)
    • GA, Financial Operations (Apply by March 15, 2015. Position begins May 16, 2015)
    • GA, Fitness & Wellness (no longer available)
    • GA, Open Recreation (no longer available)
    • GA, Open Recreation & Fitness (no longer available)
  • Disability Resource Center
    • GA (no longer available)
  • Student Involvement & Leadership Development
    • GA, Event Production Services (no longer available)

The Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Mangement is pleased to partner with the Division of Academic Affairs to offer the following assistantship as part of the GA Experience:

  • First- and Second-Year Experience 
    • GA (No longer available)

For additional information, please contact us at For specific information about any of the positions listed above, please utilize the contact information listed at the bottom of each position description.

Northern Illinois University is an equal opportunity institution and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, marital status, national origin, disability, or status as a disabled or Vietnam-era veteran.