Graduate Assistantships

The Graduate Assistantship Program in the Center for Multicultural Affairs at Villanova University provides professional growth and development through supervised work experiences. The student earns a degree and contributes to the mission of the Center for Multicultural while maintaining a satisfactory academic standing.

Applications and Procedures

In order to apply for an assistantship, a candidate needs to:

  • Complete a Graduate Assistantship Application (pdf applications available on right side menu) and return it to the Center for Multicultural Affairs.
  • The Assistant Director of Retention and Outreach works with the Retention staff to provide assistantship information, facilitate the interview process, and generate contracts that assign assistantships.
  • Applications must be submitted annually. Renewal of a previous year's contract is not automatic. Students compete with other applicants for positions; however, experience is a valuable asset.
  • Submit applications early, preferably during the spring semester for employment during the upcoming fall semester.
  • Mail application to:    Mrs. Charisma Presley
                                   Dougherty Center for Multicultural Affairs
                                   Dougherty Hall 102A
                                   800 Lancaster Ave.
                                   Villanova, PA 19085   

General Information

  • Graduate assistants must be admitted on a degree-seeking basis and maintain a 3.0 overall GPA on all graduate coursework attempted.
  • Assistantships will be assigned for two semesters and can be renewed for an additional two semester.
  • There are no Assistantships during the summer semester.
  • Graduate assistants are considered employees of Villanova University. They are paid through the normal payroll system at Villanova University. The student receives a monthly stipend.
  • Graduate assistants work approximately 20 hours per week They are expected to begin work the first day of classes and continue through the week of final examinations. The exact schedule should be determined by the supervisor and specific expectations and duties communicated to the graduate assistant prior to the start of the semester.
  • Applications for re-appointment must be submitted at the conclusion of the assistantship contract.
  • Be sure to include any experience that would interest employers, such as writing experience, conference presentations, research experience, customer service skills, data entry experience, web design experience, blogging experience, or any other skill.
  • A graduate assistant choosing to resign must submit a letter of resignation to the supervisor. A student who resigns or is being terminated during a semester must repay the institution for regular tuition costs. Graduate assistants will be required to pay regular tuition if they are terminated for unsatisfactory performance during a semester of enrollment.

Graduate Assistantship Positions

  • Retention – Phase I Freshmen Retention and AAP - The Graduate Assistant will primarily work to support the Center for Multicultural Affairs' A.C.T.I.V.E. Retention Phase I Program and AAP.  Villanova University considers applicants from Pennsylvania for admission under its Academic Advancement Program.  The purpose of AAP is to provide an educational opportunity for students from the Delaware Valley Area who meet certain academic and economic criteria.  The A.C.T.I.V.E. Retention Phase I Program is in place to aid and ease the transition of first year students into the Villanova Community.  Through the A.C.T.I.V.E program, the Graduate Assistant will oversee the progress of all First Year students as they navigate their way through college life by primarily focusing on academics but also on other holistic areas which include: social, emotional, physical, spiritual, career, and financial advising, monitoring, and support.  These student support services may include, but not be limited to: academic counseling, mentoring, tutoring, instructing, special programs, office referrals, and special events to promote academic, personal, social, and career-related development. Preference for individual with an interest in pursuing professional opportunities in the field of counseling, English, or education.
  • Retention – Phase I Freshmen Retention and Unitas Mentoring - The Graduate Assistant will primarily work to support the Center for Multicultural Affairs' A.C.T.I.V.E. Retention Phase I Program.  A.C.T.I.V.E. stands for Advising, Counseling, Tutoring, Information to enhance the Villanova Experience. The A.C.T.I.V.E. Retention Phase I Program is in place to aid and ease the transition of first year students into the Villanova Community.  Through the A.C.T.I.V.E program, the Graduate Assistant will oversee the progress of all First Year students as they navigate their way through college life by primarily focusing on academics but also on other holistic areas which include: social, emotional, physical, spiritual, career, and financial advising, monitoring, and support.  These student support services may include, but not be limited to: academic counseling, mentoring, tutoring, instructing, special programs, office referrals, and special events to promote academic, personal, social, and career-related development.   Preference for individual with an interest in pursuing professional opportunities in the field of counseling, or education.    
  • Retention – Phase II Sophomore Engagement and Male Mentoring - The Graduate Assistant will primarily work to support the Center for Multicultural Affairs' A.C.T.I.V.E. Retention Phase II Program – Sophomore Engagement.  A.C.T.I.V.E. stands for Advising, Counseling, Tutoring, and Information to enhance the Villanova Experience. The A.C.T.I.V.E. Retention Phase II Program is in place to aid and ease the transition of second year students into the Villanova Community.  Through the A.C.T.I.V.E program, the Graduate Assistant will oversee the progress of Second Year students and track their integration into Villanova as they navigate their way through college life by primarily focusing on academics, major, career,  and financial advising, monitoring, and support.  These student support services may include, but not be limited to: academic and career counseling, tutoring, special programs, research opportunities, office referrals, and special events to promote academic, personal, social, and career-related development.  The Graduate Assistant will also oversee the WISE Male mentoring Programming. Preference for individual with an interest in pursuing professional opportunities in the field of counseling, education, or public administration.
  • Community Outreach and Programming - The Graduate Assistant will primarily work to support the Philadelphia Public School Student Success Center - College/University Partnership.  The Graduate Assistant will create and implement programs, work with community organizations and schools, and oversee the progress of all students as they participate in these programs. Preference for individual with an interest in pursuing professional opportunities in the field of counseling, education, theater, or public administration. 
  • Research and Diversity Programming - This Graduate Assistant works to support the Center for Multicultural Affairs and its goal of creating an inclusive community through research, education and programming. This assistantship is only open to those pursing a degree in Communications.

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