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Graduate Assistantships

Perks for Graduate Assistants

Students may enjoy some or all of these perks while working as a graduate assistant.

  • Earn internship credit (PPA 295)
  • Earn a wage
  • Gain valuable work experience
  • GA work can spur a thesis
  • GAs are sometimes offered full time employment
  • Build your resume 
  • Build your professional network

Become a paid graduate assistant...

Want to gain valuable professional work experience while earning money and your master's degree in public policy and administration?

A graduate assistantship is the answer! 

Nuts and Bolts for our Students

  • These are positions for which you may apply. 
  • We do not "place" students; we recommend students.
  • Our students are not required to complete a graduate assistantship to complete our degree.
  • You may pursue internships (paid or unpaid) outside this list to satisfy our internship requirement (PPA 295).
  • These are NOT clerical positions.  

Positions Available to PPA Students

These graduate assistant positions are uniquely suited to the skills and talents of our students as researchers and writers. Hours, pay, eligibility, and specific research areas vary by hiring entity, and are available on a rolling basis. This is not a finite list. Other similar opportunities will open up throughout the semester and academic year. 

How to become a PPA Graduate Assistant 

You may be either an applicant to or a current student in one of our graduate programs to apply for a graduate assistant position. You must be a fully admitted graduate student to be eligible to work in a graduate assistant position.

Program Applicants

You may apply for a paid graduate assistantship position while completing your application to the graduate program. To apply for a graduate assistantship, attach to your program application:

  • Your current resume
  • Academic or professional writing sample (separate from your statement of purpose)
  • A half page (250 words or fewer) description of which position(s)  you are interested in and why
    (see list above)

Final decisions about graduate assistantship positions may include an in-person or Skyped interview.
Positions offered to applicants in conjunction with admission to the graduate program.

Priority will be given to applicants meeting the December 1 priority admission deadline.

Current Students

Current students may fill out the form below expressing interest in becoming a PPA Graduate Assistant and listing qualifications. Your form will be routed to the appropriate faculty member(s) for screening and further action. Selected students will be informed of the selection process, including an interview with key faculty/staff and submission of a writing sample. 

Name :

Phone:

Email:


(you may check more than one)

  • Center for California Studies (flyer)......................................
  • EdInsights (flyer)..................................................................
  • Educational Doctorate (flyer)................................................
  • Institute for Social Research (flyer)......................................
  • Yolo County (flyer)................................................................
  • Other -- future or unlisted position.......................................

  • relevant research skills
  • relevant background or experiences
  • if this is related to your thesis topic
  • if your goals include professional work in this specific area