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Welcome to the Student Affairs graduate assistantship webpage. Student Affairs is pleased to offer a variety of assistantships in its respective units. Graduate student assistantships and their accompanying tuition waivers provide graduate students with financial resources that help defray the expenses associated with completing their graduate degrees. Students who hold assistantships experience educational and professional benefits. The responsibilities and benefits of assistantships vary, but in general, students gain further instruction and techniques in the field of Student Affairs. Assistantships provide a learning environment that fosters growth and development while supporting the mission of Student Affairs by empowering students to achieve the greatest potential in their personal and academic development.

Assistantship Resources

Students may hold teaching, research, graduate or pre-professional graduate assistantships — see descriptions of the duties related to each type of assistantship. Teaching assistants and graduate assistants are represented by the Graduate Employee Organization (GEO).

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View a list of all assistantships offered at the University of Illinois.

Available Assistantships

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McKinley Health Center PGA available assistantships 2019-2020

  • Special Populations Health Programs Pre-Professional Graduate Assistant
    The Special Populations’ PGA is a graduate student designated by the Director of Health Education to assist in the overall coordination of the Special Populations’ Health Education programs. The key areas of responsibilities include, but are not limited to, plan, implement and evaluate illness prevention programs. The PGA coordinates, facilitates and maintains contacts at graduate/undergraduate residence halls, Greeks, fraternities/sororities, registered student organizations and also, plays major roles in planning all campus wide special events, including programs for student with special needs, or those physically challenged. The PGA reports to the Director of Health Education. Applicants must be enrolled in the departments of Kinesiology and Community Health, Social Work, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Educational Policy Studies.
  • Special Populations Health Programs Pre-Professional Graduate Assistant
    The Special Populations PGA is a graduate student designated by the Director of Health Education to assist in the overall coordination of the Special Populations Health Education programs. The key areas of responsibilities include, but are not limited to, coordination, facilitation and maintenance of contacts and services at La Casa Cultural Center, Asian American Cultural Center and Native American Cultural House. The designated PGA also provides services to LGBT groups and directly promotes overall cross-cultural health education activities in the campus. The PGA reports to the Director of Health Education. Applicants must be enrolled in the departments of Kinesiology and Community Health, Social Work, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Educational Policy Studies.
  • Special Populations Health Programs Pre-Professional Graduate Assistant
    The Special Populations’ PGA is a graduate student designated by the Director of Health Education to assist in the overall coordination of the Special Populations’ Health Education programs. The key areas of responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting the Director of Health Education to provide services at the ARC Wellness Center, collaborate, facilitate and maintain contact and services with the International Student and Scholar Services office and international student groups, organize orientation services for international and various campus groups, assist with special awareness months and activities including health fairs, World AIDS Day, etc. The PGA coordinates contacts with local health agencies and serves as the Special Populations’ fund raising specialist. The PGA reports to the Director of Health Education. Applicants must be enrolled in the departments of Kinesiology and Community Health, Social Work, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Educational Policy Studies.
  • Health Resource Center Pre-Professional Graduate Assistant
    This position is designed to assist the Health Education Unit in the overall operation of the Health Resource Center (HRC). The key areas of responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting the Director of Health Education to supervise services at the Health Resource Center at the Illini Union and satellite sites. Assist in recruiting, training and supervising student workers at the HRC. Coordinates workers’ rotation and pharmaceutical supplies. Facilitates and maintains contact and programs at the African American Cultural Center, the Principal Scholars Program, Upward Bound Program and Bridge Program. The PGA reports to the Director of Health Education. Applicants must be enrolled in the departments of Kinesiology and Community Health, Social Work, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Educational Policy Studies.
  • Health Education Unit Pre-Professional Graduate Assistant
    The individual in this position will provide logistical and technical support to the unit health educators especially with data related activities, web maintenance and also with the overall facilitation of the Health Resource Center and in the execution of some key services as deemed necessary by the Director of Health Education. The key areas of responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting the overall Health Education unit with logistics and technical support including data related projects, web maintenance, graphic design, and development of flyers, handouts and posters. The PGA also assists with preparing unit reports, newsletters and assisting students with development of health education materials/handouts, and marketing and public relation services. The PGA reports to the Director of Health Education. Applicants must be enrolled in the departments of Kinesiology and Community Health, Social Work, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Educational Policy Studies.
  • Stress Management Pre-Professional Graduate Assistant
    The duties connected to this appointment are to assist the Stress Management Coordinator with the development and enhancement of stress and wellness related programs and services. Assist with the coordination of the stress management peers, peer trainings, facilitating workshops, and other outreach activities on campus. Applicants must be enrolled in the departments of Kinesiology and Community Health, Social Work, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Educational Policy Studies.
  • Fitness Education Pre-Professional Graduate Assistant
    The Fitness Education PGA is a graduate student, designated by the Health Educator – Generalist to assist with fitness, injury prevention, and tobacco and alcohol use at McKinley Health Center’s SportWell Center. The PGA reports directly to the Health Educator – Generalist. Applicants must be enrolled in the departments of Kinesiology and Community Health, Social Work, Counseling Psychology, Clinical Psychology, or Educational Policy Studies.
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For more information about the Office of the Dean of Students visit odos.illinois.edu.

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For more information about the Office of Inclusion & Intercultural Relations visit oiir.illinois.edu.

  • Pre-Professional Graduate Assistant — First Year Campus Acquaintance Rape Education (FYCARE)
    Last updated: March 8, 2019
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  • Graduate Assistant — I-Connect Diversity & Inclusion Workshops, Diversity & Social Justice Education
    Last updated: February 26, 2019
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For more information about the Office of Minority Student Affairs visit omsa.illinois.edu.

Note Regarding Assistantships: Applications for assistantships and hourly positions are accepted and considered year-round as positions become available at any time. However, the peak hiring period is the spring for the upcoming academic year and training is required for all positions. Minimum assistantship rates are set by the University. All hires are subject to the availability of University funds. A commitment to diversity and inclusion is required. Therefore, candidates must demonstrate through their application materials and interview a willingness to serve students from all racial, ethnic, religious, political, social, income, achievement, and other backgrounds and students with different sexual identities and orientations.

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For more information about Student Success & Engagement visit sse.illinois.edu.

  • Pre-Professional Graduate Assistant — Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
    Last updated: February 4, 2019
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For more information about University Housing visit housing.illinois.edu.

  • Professional Graduate Assistants — University Apartments (Family & Graduate Housing)
    Last updated: February 21, 2019
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