Graduate Assistantship Opportunities
Peabody College is a proud partner with Student Affairs, which manages graduate assistantship positions in Student Affairs and a number of other offices at Vanderbilt. These assistantships, which are available to on-campus students, provide compensation and allow students the opportunity to connect theory learned in the classroom with practical work experience.
Offices with Graduate Assistantship Positions
Graduate Assistant Positions in Student Affairs:
- Arts and Campus Events
- Student Affairs Administration (Communications)
- Center for Student Wellbeing
- Project Management/Data
- Greek Life
- Housing Assignments
- Project Safe
- Student Center for Social Justice and Identity
- Student Organizations, Leadership, and Service
- Student Accountability
- Student Centers
Other Graduate Assistant Positions:
- Career Center
- Provost Office
- Women’s Center
- LGBTQI+ Life
- Religious Life
- Residential Colleges
Graduate Area Coordinators (Live-In Positions)
- Housing & Residential Experience
The compensation for this assistantship includes an annual stipend paid over the 9-month period and a 66% tuition scholarship, (33% paid by Student Affairs/Office of the Provost and 33% paid by Peabody College) paid directly to your student account. The tuition benefit is for the total minimum number of hours needed to complete your academic program.
NOTE: It is required that you apply for financial aid and request that any available work-study funding be used towards these positions.
Graduate Area Coordinators
Compensation includes campus-housing accommodations and an annual stipend of paid over the 9-month period.
Please email DOSAssistantships@vanderbilt.edu with questions.
Candidates will be selected based on a matching process. Following interview day, applicants will be asked to rank order the positions for which they interviewed. Supervisors will do the same for the candidates for which they interviewed.
Candidates who have been matched will have until April 15 to formally accept or decline the position offer. Additional rolling matches may be made after the initial matches have been made as candidates notify us of their decision to accept or decline the offer.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many positions should I apply to?
We encourage applicants to cast a wide net. Some positions will receive between 50 – 60 applications for one available GA position and thus can be more competitive. While some students will want to be considered for every available position, we encourage you to select positions you would seriously consider.
Are references required as part of the GA application process?
Yes. During the application process in eRezLife, you will be asked to provide the contact information for two references. References will be reviewed before extending an offer.
What if I am unable to interview on the scheduled interview day?
You are still eligible to apply for positions. If you are unable to participate on the scheduled interview day, please email DOSAssistantships@vanderbilt.edu. We will work with you to schedule your Zoom interview on a different date.
How many interviews should I expect to have on GA Interview Day?
This depends on how many positions you applied for. On average, applicants can expect between 1 to 4 interviews. Again, we encourage you to cast a wide net but only apply for the positions for which you would seriously consider.
How long are interviews expected to last?
Interviews are scheduled from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CT. Each interview will last approximately 25 minutes.
I received a scholarship from Peabody College. Can I stack my scholarship with a GA position?
Typically, the GA position is more advantageous and of greater value than the Peabody scholarships. Since the Graduate Student Workers (GSW) and Graduate Area Coordinator (GAC) positions are not tuition-based in compensation, you can combine your package with your Peabody scholarship. For any further questions about your scholarship, please email DOSAssistantships@Vanderbilt.edu.
Where can I find information about graduate assistant opportunities for my Peabody program?
Different departments share their opportunities at different times. We recommend contacting someone from your department and checking the Peabody Job Board.
ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS regarding Student Affairs graduate assistantships and related assistantship opportunities should be directed to DOSAssistantships@Vanderbilt.edu. A member of the Student Affairs team will be in touch to assist you.
Student Affairs and Provost Office graduate assistantships are not the only graduate assistantship positions available at Vanderbilt for students. Offices across Vanderbilt will have additional work opportunities for graduate students. We encourage you to visit the Peabody Job Board and HireADore for additional positions that become available throughout the year and check your email for positions sent out directly by the Peabody College program offices. Please note, these positions are not part of the graduate assistantship program and the responsibilities, time requirements, and levels of compensation vary. To apply, send materials to the appropriate contact listed in the job description.