College Student Personnel program

Graduate Assistantships and Practica Experiences

 Graduate assistantship and practicum experiences align with the theory-to-practice value philosophy of the College Student Personnel (CSP) program. While holding an assistantship each semester and participating in one semester-long practicum is the requirement, you will have the opportunity and support to engage in 5 professional work experiences with 1,500+ hours of training including; 2 year-long graduate assistantship placements, two practica experience, and a summer internship. These opportunities enable you to fully engage in the learning process. You will apply theories and concepts gained in the classroom to real-life student affairs  work on a daily basis. By participating in graduate assistantships and practica experiences, you gain professional skills, concepts, and knowledge to become outstanding student affairs practitioners who possess the knowledge and skills to facilitate the learning and development of students.

Look below for a full listing of graduate assistantships with position descriptions and a listing of practicum experiences typically completed by CSP students.

Graduate Assistantships

The CSP program offers assistantship opportunities in a wide range of student affairs and academic affairs offices throughout campus. During the second year of the program, you enroll in CSP 597 Theory to Practice I and CSP 598 Theory to Practice II. These academic courses support you through the assistantship experience and provide an academic curriculum to enhance the learning and professional work experience tackling subjects such as program/event development and program assessment.

As a full-time assistant, you work 20 hours per week and receive a monthly stipend and waiver of tuition. The current graduate assistant stipend amount is $943 per month or $7,544 per academic year. Graduate assistantships in University Housing and Dining Services additionally offer room and board benefits.

Examples of graduate assistantship opportunities:

  • Academic Advisor in University Advising and Academic Services Center
  • Centennial Honors College Graduate Assistant 
  • Assistant Complex Director in University Housing and Dining Services
  • Greek Life Advisor in Office of Student Activities
  • LGBTQA Resource Center Graduate Assistant
  • Office of Admissions Graduate Assistant
  • Office of Study Abroad Graduate Assistant
  • Women's Center Graduate Assistant

Click here to see all graduate assistantship opportunities typically held by CSP students and the related position descriptions.

Click here to see the School of Graduate Studies graduate assistantship policies and information.

Practica Experiences

Practica experiences are an opportunity for you to gain additional experience in a new area of student affairs or academic affairs, and take place in the Spring semester of the first year and the Fall semester of the second year. During the first practicum experience, you work an average of 10 hours per week in an area of student affairs unrelated to your assistantship either on-campus or at a nearby institution (Spoon River Community College, Knox College, Monmouth College, Carl Sandburg College) while enrolled in CSP 561 Practicum in Student Affairs. During the optional second practicum experience, you design your own experience to reflect your personal goals and interests.

Examples of practicum experiences:

  • Open House Coordinator with Undergraduate Admissions
  • Advisor for University Union Advisory Board
  • Advisor for Alternative Spring Break
  • Teaching Assistant for CSP or Undergraduate Courses
  • Coordinator of testing services in Disability Resource Center
  • Hearing officer with Judicial Programs
  • TRIO Advisor