Students in an Engagement Center

Graduate Positions

Learning Opportunities

Residence Education and Housing Services graduate student employees are afforded opportunities to apply theory to practice by gaining hands-on experience in supervision, student conduct, advising, emergency crisis response, training, selection and committee work. They also receive ongoing training and professional development opportunities, acquiring transferable skills that will carry over to future career opportunities.

REHS frames the work, training and professional development opportunities made available to students in Graduate Assistant positions based on the competencies of national associations such as NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International (ACUHO-I).

The assistant community director (ACD) position is a half-time live-in graduate assistantship within Residence Education and Housing Services.  Reporting to a full-time community director, ACDs are responsible for developing living learning environments coinciding with the mission and goals of Michigan State University.  ACDs are responsible for the general supervision of the resident assistant staff and supporting the building community director in the planning, implementation and evaluation of a comprehensive community and student development program for a residence hall of 400 to 1200 undergraduate and/or graduate students. ACDs are responsible for staff supervision & training, student organization advising including group development, student contact and individual student development, and administrative and departmental responsibilities.  Applicants who receive this assistantship are assigned to a residence hall apartment and are required to live in as part of their job responsibilities.

The graduate assistant for assessment and research is a half-time assistantship within Residence Education and Housing Services. Reporting to the associate director for residence education, this position has primary responsibility in supporting and assisting the department with its assessment and evaluation needs and processes. The GA for assessment and research is responsible for assisting with development and execution of evaluation tools, data entry and analysis.

Wonderbodies is a fitness facility located within Wonders Hall. This facility is open to all on-campus residents and features a variety of workout equipment. The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Wonderbodies is a half-time graduate assistantship which oversees the operation of the facility.  Duties would include supervision of student staff, promotion of the facility and membership sales. The GA could work in conjunction with IM Sports in order to offer a high quality gym experience. The GA would be responsible for staffing the facility. This assistantship will allow real world experience in the full operations of a gym.

The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) is a half-time assistantship within Residence Education and Housing Services, reporting to the Assistant Director of Human Resources. This position has primary responsibility in researching and designing a training curriculum on diversity and inclusion.  The GA for D&I will provide support in facilitating focus groups, analyzing data, training staff, and other human resources functions as assigned.

The graduate assistant for safety and security is primarily responsible for serving as a support position for the safety and security administrator. This will be accomplished through training, policy and protocol review collaboration with the RHS Health and Safety Office and MSU Police. The GA for safety and security will assist with development of a risk management resource guide for student group programming at Michigan State University.  The GA for safety and security will also assist with development and delivery of presentations and reports related to safety and security within our residential communities.  They will also assist with formulating strategic partnerships/collaboration between Residence Education and Housing Services, academics, staff and, students at Michigan State University for increased safety and security on campus.

  • Graduate Assistant for Outreach - Application Currently Closed. We do not anticipate a vacancy for 2015-16.

The graduate assistant for outreach is a half-time assistantship within Residence Education and Housing Services. Reporting to the assistant director for outreach this position has primary responsibility for serving as an ambassador for the department and university. The GA for Outreach may be responsible for tour development, training, presentations, international outreach, outreach within academic departments, student organizations, and campus partners, high schools, parents (through social media) and communities primarily within the Michigan region.

  • Graduate Assistant for Human Resources - Application currently closed. We do not anticipate a vacancy for 2015-16.

The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Human Resources (HR) is a half-time assistantship within Residence Education and Housing Services, reporting to a Human Resources Professional. This position has primary responsibility in supporting and assisting the functions of the Human Resources unit.  The GA for HR will provide support in the selection and training of staff, and other human resources functions as assigned.

Compensation and Benefits for Graduate Assistantships

Compensation varies depending on the nature of the position.  Positions are 9 month positions, Fall and Spring Semesters with the exception of 2 ACD positions which are 12 month. 

Appointment dates are:
Fall Semester: August 16, 2015 - December 31, 2015
Spring Semetser:  January 1, 2016 - May 15, 2016

Actual start dates may vary by position. Assistant Community Director positions begin with a workshop training that typically starts two weeks prior to the August appointment date. Winter break work hours also vary by position. 


Assistant Community Directors are live-in:

  • Level 1-$6856/9 months plus furnished apartment and meal plan
  • Level 2-$7023/9 months plus furnished apartment and meal plan

All other Assistantships are not live-in:

  • Level 1-$13,827/9 months
  • Level 2-$14,321/9 months

Stipends are paid bi-weekly.

All REHS graduate assistants qualify for: 

  • In-state tuition rates
  • Nine-credit tuition waiver per semester at the base MSU graduate credit rate (fall and spring semesters)
  • Matriculation fee waiver
  • Single-person student health insurance coverage

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See Timeline link for more information about application deadlines, etc.  Inquiries regarding graduate assistant positions with Residence Education and Housing Services at Michigan State University should be directed to   


  • Community Coordinator (Spartan Village) - Application Currently Closed

Community coordinators in Spartan Village provide opportunities for residents to connect with one another through programs and outreach activities. The CC in Spartan Village is a 12-month live in graduate or undergraduate student staff member in the Department of Residence Education and Housing Services. The CC is responsible for assisting students with personal and academic concerns in Spartan Village. Additionally, the CC shares duty coverage, initiative development, response to student concerns, and administrative responsibilities with other Spartan Village CCs. CCs receive a standard furnished, air-conditioned,  two-bedroom apartment in Spartan Village.  CCs must maintain a 2.75 Cumulative MSU grade point average during employment.  NOTE:  This position is NOT a graduate assistantship; however, both graduate students and undergraduate students may apply.