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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 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. (No guarantees.)
  • 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 must be a matriculated graduate student in the Department of Public Policy and Administration, either an MPPA or MS/ULD, to be eligible for a recommendation from one of our faculty members. Upon recommendation of faculty, students will be advised about the specific application process.

To get started, all you do is fill out the form below expressing interest in becoming a PPA Graduate Assistant and list your 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. 

Graduate Assistant Interest Form

Name :

Phone:

Email:

Year :


(you may check more than one)

  • Center for California Studies (flyer)...........................................
  • Educational Doctorate (flyer).....................................................
  • Institute for Higher Education Leadership & Policy (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

 

We can only respond to submissions from currently enrolled students in the graduate programs in public policy and administration or urban land development.