Graduate Student and Assistantship Recruitment Program

The Graduate Student and Assistantship Recruitment Program (GSARP) is an opportunity for students within the College of Education Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE) to learn more about academic programs, meet current students and interview for graduate assistantships. This partnership allows us to provide you with a vigorous academic program and hands-on practical experience to help you become a successful student affairs practitioner.

By participating in GSARP, you'll learn about the benefits of being a graduate assistant in the Division of Student Affairs or a partnering department. These graduate assistantships provide hands-on practical experience in a variety of student affairs and higher education areas and help you grow your professional experiences.

Virtual GSARP Weekend
Tuesday, March 9 - Thursday, March 11, 2021

If you'll be starting a CAHE program in the fall 2021 semester or are a current CAHE student and want to find an assistantship, Virtual GSARP is for you. These online sessions will introduce you to NIU and Student Affairs, as well as the CAHE department and other partnering departments. You'll also have the opportunity to interview for graduate assistantship positions.

The program includes many activities:

  • Online informational sessions
  • Panel discussion with current graduate students
  • Leadership development panel with current Student Affairs professionals
  • Networking with faculty, staff and students
  • Interviews for graduate assistantship positions

Weekend Registration (for new students beginning Counseling and Higher Education programs in fall 2021)

Virtual GSARP will be held from March 9-11, 2021 and provides sessions and an interview day for new students who will begin CAHE programs in fall 2021 and are seeking a graduate assistantship. Registration is required to attend. Registration is now closed.

Interviews Only (for current CAHE students)

Current students who will be continuing in CAHE programs in fall 2021 are eligible to participate in the GSARP Interviews only and will not be participating in the other Virtual GSARP sessions.

The GSARP Interviews will be held on Thursday, March 11 from 8:30 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Online Registration

Once you submit your registration, you will receive confirmation within two business days and further instructions on how to apply to graduate assistantship positions.

If you have questions about registration, please contact or

We are excited to anticipate 20+ graduate assistantships in the following areas:

  • Advising and recruitment
  • Student services
  • Student life and campus activities
  • Fraternity and Sorority Life
  • Social justice education
  • Center for Black Studies
  • Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
  • Residential Life
  • Recreation and Wellness

GA's include full tuition waivers (student is responsible for fees) and competitive monthly stipends. Residential Life GA positions offer live-on apartments, meal plans and parking.

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Time Event
6-6:30 p.m. Welcome session
6:30-6:40 p.m. Break
6:40-7:15 p.m. Current graduate student panel
7:15-7:45 p.m. Graduate student social
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Time Event
1-1:45 p.m. HESA and Counseling faculty panels
1:45-2 p.m. Break
2-2:45 p.m. Student Affairs professional panel
2:45-3 p.m. Break
3-3:30 p.m. Graduate assistantship conversations
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Time Event
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Graduate assistantship interviews held virtually on Microsoft Teams
11:30 a.m. – noon Scheduled Break

Contact Us

Department of Counseling and Higher Education
Gabel Hall 200

Counseling Admissions
Graham Hall 416

Higher Education and Student Affairs Admissions
Gabel Hall 201 B