Graduate Studies

Assistantship Positions

Please note: Assistantship positions are intended to complement the student’s program of study and a rationale may be required from the hiring department if the two are not clearly connected. Also, positions listed below may have already been filled. It is the student's responsibility to verify availability with the hiring departments.

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

External Graduate Assistant - Full-time (20 hours/week)
Sports and Events Graduate Assistant at TBK Bank Sports Complex
Bettendorf, IA

Position Description:
The TBK Bank Sports Complex is looking for a Graduate Assistant in the Sport and Events Department. This person will serve as the face of the Complex and must maintain a positive and respectful demeanor under all circumstances. They will provide support to the Sport Operations team and other TBK Bank Sports Complex staff members as needed, acting as an important source for information throughout the entire complex.


  • Supervise a staff of Sport and Event Monitors and Supervisors, ensuring that they stay on task and accomplish the goals set forth for that day.
  • Serve as the “Manager on Duty” when a member of the Sport Operations team is not present.
  • Appropriately unlock or lock the building according to building opening and closing procedures. 
  • Ensure that proper communication is being had in order to solve problems or issues before they arise.
  • Greet all individuals entering the facility and point them in the appropriate direction.
  • Enforce the policies and procedures set forth by TBK Bank Sports Complex for all participants and spectators who enter the facility and its grounds in order to maintain the safety and order of the facility.
  • Respond to guest, member, and staff questions and complaints and handle each situation appropriately and in a professional manner.
  • Maintain the cleanliness and organization of the facility and its grounds.
  • Assist with the setup and teardown of the facility and equipment.
  • Work to ensure a safe work environment and compliance with all applicable safety laws and regulations, as well as the company’s internal COVID-19 Policy and Procedure Handbook.
  • Assist with front desk operations as needed.
  • Help to organize, operate, and evaluate internal tournaments, clinics, camps, and individual training programs for both youth and adults.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Currently enrolled in Western Illinois University Sport Management degree program.
  • Prior experience in sports.
  • Ability to stand and walk for prolonged periods of time.
  • Basic customer service skills.
  • Ability to pass a background check.
  • Willing to work flexible hours including weekends, nights, and/or holidays.

Attributes and Skills:

  • Team Player–able to work with all levels of management and staff to solve issues and implement improvement plans.
  • Judgment and Decision Making – able to consider the effect of your actions and engage in conduct that demonstrates appropriate judgment.
  • Customer Service – able to provide a superb experience to our guests and members.
  • Communication – able to listen actively to understand what information is being conveyed to you; able to communicate information in a manner that will be easily understood, both to other staff members and to our customers.
  • Problem Sensitivity – able to tell when something is wrong or likely to go wrong; able to recognize problems and determine reasonable solutions.
  • Adaptability – able to implement and communicate new and revised policies as announced.

Application process:

Email resume to Application deadline is June 4, 2021.

External Graduate Assistant - Full-time (20 hours/week)
Certified Athletic Trainer at Knox College

Position Description:
Knox College and Western Illinois University invite applications for the position of Graduate Assistant Athletic Trainer. This is a 10-month, starting August 1 and is renewable yearly. This GA position will work at Knox College but is a WIU graduate student and employee.

Knox College, a member of the Midwest Conference and NCAA Division III, is a vibrant community of scholar-teachers and students with a tradition of free inquiry, independent thought, and diverse perspectives. The Athletic Training Program at Knox College is under the direction of an internal medicine team physician and a staff of three full-time certified athletic trainers plus this Graduate Assistant position.

The successful candidate will have a focus on supporting student-athlete success.  For more information, visit Knox Athletics.


  • Assist in the care, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation, referral, and administration of athletic injuries and illness for NCAA Division III inter-collegiate student athletes for all 18 sports at Knox College, but most specifically with women’s volleyball, cross-country, swimming/diving, and indoor and outdoor track and field. 
  • Daily practice, athletic training room, and event coverage required with some very limited travel. 
  • Assistance in supervision of a student worker staff to assist in the athletic training setting is also required.

Required Qualifications:  

  • BOC certified and eligible for Illinois State Licensure.
  • Candidate must qualify for admittance to graduate school at Western Illinois University. 


  • Candidate should possess good communication and people skills as well as organizational skills and be proficient at multi-tasking.  


  • $1,200/month stipend (August 1 thru May 31, 10 months, $12,000) + tuition waiver to Western Illinois University

Starting Date: 

  • August 1, 2021

Knox College:  Knox College is a nationally ranked, private, residential liberal arts college of 1,400 students from 48 states and 51 countries. Founded in 1837 by social reformers strongly opposed to slavery, Knox was one of the first colleges in the United States open to all, regardless of race, gender, or financial means. The College recruits a national and international pool of high ability students and stands out among its peers for the inclusion of first-generation, international, and students of color, in a culturally rich and vibrant campus community.  For more information, please visit Knox College.

Notice of Non-Discrimination:  Knox College does not discriminate on the basis of sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, religion or religious affiliation, sexual orientation or preference, age, marital or family status, disability, veteran status, or other status protected by applicable federal, state, or local law in admission, financial aid, employment, athletics, or any other aspect of its educational programs or activities. Any inquiries regarding Title IX or the College’s policies that prohibit discrimination should be directed to the Title IX Coordinator or the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. 

Application process:

Please send a letter of application, resume, and three references to the contact below.

Contact: Scott Sunderland MS, ATC
                Knox College
                Box 226
                2 E. South St.
                Galesburg, IL 61401     

Graduate Student Employment Positions - Non-Assistantship

The below positions are employment opportunities for graduate students but are not assistantship positions. They do not come with a tuition waiver nor follow the eligibility requirements of assistantships.

None posted at this time.