Graduate Assistantships

The School of Information at Kent State University is pleased to offer student worker positions with a variety of skills and professional interests.

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Traditionally, applications for iSchool graduate assistantships are available in January for the following academic year. Applications must be submitted on the assistantship application form on or before March 1 prior to the fall semester when assistantships begin. Only those applicants who have been admitted to a iSchool academic program by March 1 will be considered for assistantships.

Each graduate assistant is assigned to two faculty members and must work a total of 20 hours per week for 15 weeks. In exchange, students receive full tuition remission, a small stipend and 70 percent of the student's health insurance. Appointments are typically made for one academic year, beginning with the fall semester, but may also continue through the summer semester.

Graduate assistants usually help faculty with their research projects, with their courses or with other duties as assigned. Graduate assistants must be able to work in either Kent or Columbus; distance or virtual assistantships are not currently available.

Applications are reviewed by a committee to select a group of finalists for interviews before graduate assistantships are awarded. The number of available graduate assistant positions varies, based on available funding.

Assistantship Application Requirements

  • Applications must be submitted on the appropriate form.
  • The deadline for applications is March 1, for assistantships that will begin in the Fall.
  • Applicants must be admitted to the program by March 1, whether beginning classes in a current or upcoming semester.
  • Applicants may be full- or part-time students.
  • Applicants must have a minimum 3.25 GPA in all collegiate coursework. 
  • Candidates must have at least 16 credit hours left to complete the degree.

The iSchool application for graduate assistant positions allows applicants to provide resume information in a standardized format. This allows the review committee to make the best possible decisions about hiring assistants to support the needs of the faculty and the School. 

The application asks for the following information:

  • Academic History (degrees earned, major)
  • General Skills and Experience (office/administrative, PR/visual design/event planning, public speaking/communication, teaching/tutoring, research, statistical analysis/advanced math, foreign languages, library/museum/archives experience, customer service experience, design fabrication/building/making experience)
  • Computer Skills including examples of use/experience (software, word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, database software, HTML or web design software, programming, hardware).
  • Scholarships, Awards and Other Information
  • Cover letter

If you have questions about the process or the form, email