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.

  • Admissions
    • GA, Campus Tours (multiple positions)
  • Asian American Center
    • GA, Cultural Education
    • GA, Peer Mentor Program
  • Disability Resource Center
    • GA
  • Gender & Sexuality Resource Center
    • GA, LGBTQIA+ Programs
    • GA, Gender Programs 
  • Housing & Dining
    • GA, Residential Community Standards
    • GA, Desk Operations
    • GA, Living & Learning Communities
    • GA, Leadership Development
    • GA, Community Directory
    • Graduate Residence Hall Director (multiple positions)
  • SAEM, Assessment & Enrollment Analysis
    • GA
  • SAEM, Diversity & Equity
    • GA, Diversity Programming
  • Student Conduct
    • GA
  • Student Involvement & Leadership Development
    • GA, Fraternity & Sorority Life
    • GA, Community Service
    • GA, Event Production Services
  • Wellness Promotion
    • GA

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

  • Academic Advising Center
    • GA
  • Campus Recreation
    • GA, Business Operations
    • GA, Facilities Operation
  • SAEM, Diversity & Equity
    • GA, Assessment Planning
  • Students’ Legal Assistance
    • GA, (reserved for Law students only – contact the College of Law for more information)

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.