Job Opportunities

UMass Amherst is dedicated to providing as many opportunities for on-campus employment as possible to our graduate students. Students may use the links below to learn more about available positions, and faculty and staff may use this form to have your graduate assistantship posted on this page.

Residential Life Graduate Assistant Positions

Each year Residential Life seeks qualified applicants for several graduate assistant opportunities.

We are seeking applicants that have:

  • Experience in program development, student development, and working with groups
  • Familiarity with residence hall systems and other education and management experience
  • Experience working as a Resident Assistant, Student Organization Leader, Academic/Peer Advising, or Residence Hall Staff

The application for the 2023-2024 is now live. The priority deadline is Wednesday February 1, 2023 at 11:59pm. Applications received prior to the priority deadline will be considered first for any vacancies that occur during the 2023 – 2024 academic year.

Please visit the Residential Life Graduate Assistant Position Page to view the position descriptions and information on how to apply.

Student Engagement and Leadership Positions

Student Engagement & Leadership cultivates student learning by providing opportunities for leadership, recreation, connection and engagement in and beyond UMass. These opportunities promote a sense of pride, empowering students to take ownership of their UMass experience in accordance with their values and beliefs.

Please visit the Student Engagement and Leadership page for information on how to apply.

Teaching Associate (3 positions) - CICS

Type of Appointment: Writing in the Disciplines (WID) Teaching Associate
Department:  Manning College of Information and Computer Sciences

Appointment Dates: Academic Year 2023-2024, with the possibility of teaching during Spring 2023 as well.
Hours per week:  20 hours per week
Stipend:  $35.20 per hour

Application Deadline: Priority will be given to applications received by October 31, 2022, and applications will be accepted through February 15, 2023 or until all positions are filled.

Job Description (No clerical duties permitted):

Writing in the Disciplines (WID) Teaching Associate (TO) position in the Manning College of Information and Computing Sciences (CICS).

CICS seeks motivated Ph.D. students interested in gaining WID experience in a computer science context. These positions will include mentoring, and successful candidates will have opportunities to collaborate with permanent CS Writing faculty on scholarly projects if interested. The workload for these positions has been designed to complement Ph.D. students who have completed their coursework and are at the writing stage of their dissertations. These are 20-hour, academic year TO positions, and we have three positions available.

If hired, applicants will teach 2 sections of CS 305 (1 in fall ‘23 and 1 in spring '24), hold a minimum of 3 office hours per week, attend a pre-semester orientation, attend a weekly mentoring meeting, and participate in debrief meetings at the close of each semester. There is the possibility of also teaching one section in spring 2023, in addition to the academic year positions for 23/24.

CS 305 satisfies the JYW requirement for computer science and informatics majors, and it is a writing course with a standard syllabus (see for more details about the course).

Experience Required: Must be a Ph.D. student in a field related to Writing Studies. Students with a research focus or completed coursework in rhetoric and composition are preferred. Students in other fields are invited to apply if they have completed the UMass Writing Program training and/or have prior experience teaching college writing. No formal training in computing is needed or required, but interest in technology and/or computing is helpful.

To apply, send a cover letter, C.V. and contact info for 3 references to Michelle Trim at

Graduate Assistant - CNS

Graduate Assistantship
Department:  CNS PreMed Advising
Dates of Appointment:  ASAP to 5/27/23 
Hourly Rate:  GEO minimum rate $32.66
Hours per week:  15-20
Application Deadline:  1/15/2023

Job Summary

Under the supervision of the Director of the PreMed/PreHealth Advising Office, the PreMed/PreHealth advisor will plan yearly ongoing activities and programming, organize visits by health professions schools, supervise and work closely with student leaders in various health professions societies on campus and assess effectiveness of the programs and advising systems to support the admission of UMass students into postgraduate prehealth professional programs (e.g., medical school, dental school).  In addition, the PreMed/PreHealth advisor will provide one on one and group academic counseling and guidance for students pursuing health professions careers and work closely with other CNS advisors, deans and advising staff at UMass Amherst.

Essential Functions

Examples of duties:

  • Provide comprehensive, group and individualized advising to students pursuing careers in the health professions, including specific academic requirements, service and extracurricular involvement and clinical experience.
  • Contribute to the activities and services of the PreMed/PreHealth Advising Office, including but not limited to preparing relevant workshops, prepare and edit monthly newsletters, manage announcements relevant to PreMed/PreHealth students, maintain accurate student records, and arrange with admissions directors from various schools to visit campus and meet with students.
  • Work with applicants each cycle to help them prepare for application to prehealth professional schools. This includes maintaining access to relevant advisor portals, collecting self-assessments, assisting in writing advisor letters, assisting students with personal statements, organizing workshops for applicants and managing interview preparations through BigInterview.
  • Prepare and present workshops for prospective students and their parents at new student orientation, fall and spring recruiting events and freshman advising.
  • Communicate regularly with students through email.
  • Develop and maintain a good working relationship with a range of support offices on campus including but not limited to: International Programs Office; Undergraduate Registrar; RSO; Disability Services; Center for Counseling and Psychological Health (CCPH); CNS Career and Professional Development Center; and Residential Academic Programs.
  • Attend Chief Undergraduate Advisors meetings.
  • Contribute to the CNS PreMed/PreHealth webpage.

Other Functions

  • Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. 
  • Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.
  • Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences. 

How to Apply:

Submit Resume to Catherine Eden at 


Graduate Assistant - LLC / French and Francophone Studies

Graduate Assistantship
Department: LLC / French and Francophone Studies
Dates of Appointment:  ASAP to May 2023 (19-week appointment)
Hourly Rate: GEO minimum rate $32.66
Hours per week: 20
Application Deadline:  2/1/2023

Job Description (No Clerical duties permitted):

Mostly grading for French 284: The Undead Souths: Southern Gothic and Francophone Mythologies, and French 353: African Film; also some occasional overseeing of student activities such as forum discussions and presentations. Live-classroom presence is not required, as these responsibilities can be fulfilled through online/remote exchanges and communications.

How to Apply:

Submit Resume to Patrick Mensah at 

Graduate Assistant - LLC / French and Francophone Studies

Graduate Assistantship
Department: LLC / French and Francophone Studies
Dates of Appointment:  ASAP to May 2023 (19-week appointment)
Hourly Rate: GEO minimum rate $32.66
Hours per week: 5
Application Deadline:  2/1/2023

Job Description (No Clerical duties permitted):

Mostly grading for French 284: The Undead Souths: Southern Gothic and Francophone Mythologies; also some occasional overseeing of student activities such as forum discussions and presentations. Live-classroom presence is not required, as these responsibilities can be fulfilled through online/remote exchanges and communications.

How to Apply:

Submit Resume to Patrick Mensah at 

Commonwealth Honors College Teaching Assistantship

Teaching Assistantship
Department: Commonwealth Honors College
Dates of Appointment:  9/1/23 - 12/15/23 
Hourly Rate: Stipend: $12,410 ($32.66 per/hr)
Hours per week: 20
Application Deadline:  March 6, 2023 priority deadline. Open until the position is filled.

Job Description (No Clerical duties permitted):

CHC seeks one motivated graduate student interested in gaining experience working with honors students across various disciplines in the Honors College signature course for juniors called, “What’s the Big Idea?” The teaching associate will hold stimulating discussions on leading research topics in multiple fields and help students cultivate their own research skills as both the students and the teaching associate become exposed to the work and scholarly preoccupations of different exceptional faculty members across the UMass Amherst campus. Each week of the semester, these guest faculty members will give presentations during lecture facilitated by a CHC faculty member in which they discuss a “big idea” that animates research in their respective fields. The course readings for each week will come from the guest lecturer to provide background for their presentations.

If hired, the applicant will teach 3 sections of 323H (see schedule below), grade course assignments (see below), hold a minimum of one office hour per week, and attend weekly lectures (Wednesdays from 4PM-5:30PM). The applicant will also work with the CHC faculty facilitator of the course by attending one pre-semester orientation meeting as well as weekly mentoring meetings as needed. Course assignments include short weekly response papers to the readings or lecture (1 page) and two exploratory research papers (5- 7 pages in length).

Course Schedule:

  • Lecture:
    • Wednesday, 4PM-5:30PM
  • Discussion sections:
    • Monday, 12:20PM-1:10PM
    • Monday, 4PM-5:30PM
    • Wednesday, 2:30PM-3:20PM

Experience Required: Must have at least one semester of teaching experience and an interest in university research across multiple disciplines.

How to Apply:
Submit Resume to Angela Maione at

Graduate Assistantship - The Stonewall Center

Type of Appointment: Graduate Assistantship
Department: The Stonewall Center
Dates of Appointment: Late August to late May (exact dates are set by Student Affairs and Campus Life
Hours per week: 20 hrs/week
Stipend: Current GEO minimum pay rate

General Statement of Duties and Responsibilities: The Stonewall Center employs a graduate assistant to facilitate our LGBTQIA+ support group, conduct LGBTQIA+ allyship trainings, help develop LGBTQIA+ programming for the campus and community, supervise student staff, and advise LGBTQIA+ students.

Experience Required: Candidates must be an enrolled graduate student at UMass; have experience in LGBTQIA+ programming, anti-oppression workshop development and facilitation, and/or LGBTQIA+ student leadership development; have excellent writing and public speaking skills; and be knowledgeable about LGBTQIA+ issues and other areas of social justice and diversity.

To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Genny Beemyn.

Questions? Contact Genny at

Publishing Intern: University of Massachusetts Press (Fall 2023)

Publishing Internship
Type: Internship
Department: University of Massachusetts Press
Hours per week: 5 hours
Hourly rate: GEO minimum
Appointment Dates:  9/3/2023 – 12/12/23

Priority Deadline: April 14, 2023

Job Description:
The University of Massachusetts Press is pleased to offer this graduate internship as way to learn about publishing careers. The Press seeks applications from advanced graduate students with an interest in scholarly publishing—especially those from communities underrepresented in scholarly publishing-- to join our team and learn the functions and workflows of a scholarly publisher/university press. The publishing industry follows an apprenticeship model, wherein job experience is frequently the key qualification for both entry-level and advanced positions. In order to explore or launch a career in publishing, applicants generally begin as assistants, providing support to acquisitions and marketing staff.  Based at the Amherst office of the University of Massachusetts Press, this internship will offer exposure to the workings of a university press and provide the experience necessary to land an entry-level job in the industry.

The intern will carry out the following tasks:

  • Under the supervision of staff at the University of Massachusetts Press, participate in training to learn the functions and workflows of a scholarly publisher/university press.
  • Vet manuscripts and proposals. Research comparable projects. Participate in deliberations about which titles to pursue.
  • Identify potential peer reviewers and track manuscript reviews
  • Research areas of growth and emerging scholarly fields
  • Assist authors with manuscript preparation, formatting, art preparation, and permissions
  • Learn in-house systems, including Title Management and Manifold
  • Write and proofread cover, catalog, and marketing copy
  • Research publicity and review opportunities for specific titles
  • Prepare reports for presentation to University Press Committee
  • Other duties as assigned

The desired qualifications include:

  • Advanced graduate training, with familiarity in the disciplines central to the Press’s publishing program, including American studies, African American studies, Native American and Indigenous studies, gender, and sexuality studies, public history, cultural history, literature, and the history of journalism.
  • Commitment to using an understanding of the diversity of human experiences in developing, recruiting, and marketing trade and scholarly books.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • An interest in exploring  a career in academic publishing.
  • Sustained personal experience with or engagement with communities and cultures under-represented in scholarly publishing and an interest in bringing those experiences and that learning into the daily work of academic publishing.

We are looking for a curious, conscientious, detail-oriented person who appreciates books—whether print or digital—and scholarship. The internship will require five hours of work per week for approximately one semester. The position does not qualify for tuition remission or health benefits but would provide some supplemental income for a TA or RA position. Additionally, the position provides the chance to explore the work world of publishing and to consider it as a potential career pathway as well as the experience often required to land entry level publishing jobs.  The successful intern will participate in a team effort to publish specific titles. After an initial training period, some portion of the weekly hours may be conducted remotely, based upon the Press’s needs.

How to Apply:
Email a cover letter (1-2 pages) and CV or resume to the contact person below. In your cover letter, please describe your interest in publishing, any previous experience relevant to publishing, and how this experience will contribute to your professional goals. Additionally, please discuss your understanding of diversity and how you would like to bring that understanding to the work of academic publishing. 

Submit Resume to Mary Dougherty, Director, and Matt Becker, Editor in Chief
Dept. Name: University of Massachusetts Press, The Office of Research and Engagement
Contact Person: Mary V. Dougherty,, Matt Becker,
Bldg. Address: East Experiment Station, Phone: 413-545-4990

TRaCE Project Assistants: Tracking the Alt-Ac Career Outcomes of Humanities PhDs (OPD, 2 Positions)

Position: TRaCE Project Assistants (2 Positions)
Department: Graduate School, Office of Professional Development (OPD)

Application Deadline: April 18, 2023

Dates of Appointment: Fall 2023, with possibility of renewal for Spring 2024
Location: This position can be either in-person or fully remote.
Hours/Wk: 20               
Stipend: GEO minimum

Job Description:
TRaCE Transborder: PhD grads driving change by telling their stories” is a partnership of eleven universities across six continents (one of which is UMass!). Our task is to track the career paths of our Humanities PhDs, interview Humanities PhD grads, and create narratives from the information we gather. Learning about previous student outcomes will help current students plan their own career paths, and will allow the universities to identify opportunities for improvement of its academic and professional training. In addition to the quantitative data about where Humanities PhDs are working, video clips from the interviews will be posted on the TRaCE Transborder website, providing valuable accounts about how the PhD grads actually found their way to the careers they now have.

Graduate Student Researchers at UMass will:

  • track the career pathways of PhD grads from publicly-accessible websites.
  • interview UMass PhD grads (remotely).
  • Need to be available during the weeks of September 11 and 18, 2023, for short online training.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Advanced graduate training, with familiarity in the doctoral humanities or PhD alt-ac career paths. 
  • An interest in graduate career outcomes (whether personal or professional).
  • Excellent communication skills. Ability to conducting in-depth interviews in a remote setting and translate that into narrative storytelling for a board audience (for example, online). Ability to initiate and maintain professional communication via email. Ability to present information in a clear and concise manner that is easy to understand.
  • Strong attention to detail to ensure accurate and comprehensive reporting of research.
  • Strong organization skills, excellent time management skills, and the ability to work autonomously to ensure timely completion of research and interviews.
  • Experience with technology, including (but not limited to) Zoom, basic video editing tools, Excel, and Google forms/sheets.

How to Apply:   Email a cover letter (1-2 pages) and CV or resume to Dr. Johanna Yunker. In addition to addressing how your experiences/skills have prepared you for this position in your cover letter, please also explain how this position might support your future career path! Additionally, if you have experience writing for a broad audience, please also discuss this in the cover letter!

Contact Person: Dr. Johanna Yunker, OPD Associate Director and TRaCE Campus Coordinator
Email contact:
Department Name: Graduate School, Office of Professional Development (OPD)