How To Score An Assistantship/Part Time Job?

How To Score An Assistantship/Part Time Job?

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Students can ease their financial burden while studying abroad with education loans, scholarships and even part time jobs. In this article we will discuss how you can score an assistantship/part time job?

Updated on:  05 Sep 2023  | Reviewed By: 
Ankit Mehra 
| 6.2K | 3  min read

It sounds lucrative to pursue an assistantship while pursuing a course in the US. While it is true that the pay scale of an assistantship varies with the institute, you can still earn a decent amount if you choose to do an assistantship anywhere in the US. On average, an assistantship is going to fetch you around $10000 per year. In some cases, the university would grant you a waiver on your tuition fees as well! The amount will vary with the previous experience and the qualifications a potential candidate has. It is also important to know that there are different assistantships which can be targeted by a candidate.



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Teaching Assistantship

The candidate helps the professor in the smooth functioning of his/her class. The work ranges from grading assignments, quizzes, to assisting the professor in making the teaching a hassle-free experience for him/her. The Teaching Assistant is required to have a good command over the subject taught by the professor. It is preferred by the Professor that the TA has done a similar or a higher-level course on the same lines, which would give him a sufficient knowledge base to assist the professor.


Research Assistantship

For universities that focus heavily on research, such assistantships are very common. The work involves doing experiments, simulations, programming, writing research papers, set up labs, etc. It is expected that the RAs have a good research experience.


Graduate Assistantship

The work of a GA revolves around the university itself as he/she is involved in topics that directly relate to and affect the university. It involves tasks like maintaining the Department Websites, Web Servers, UNIX, and other Servers. Developers are usually a good fit for such opportunities.


Who Decides On Your Application?

It is essentially the university that will monitor your application and decide on granting you an assistantship. However, if you want to work under a professor, the professor can be direct. Typically, the profile of the student should be very strong for professors to consider such mails.


How To Maximize Your Changes?

Once you’ve received an admit for the course that you have opted for, it is essential, that you start applying for the assistantships. The sooner you start, the buffer you get with respect to time. Reach out to the professors whose work/area of research interests you. Also, realize that the same professor gets tons of emails from students whose profile is similar to yours. You need to make your mark in a manner that captures the attention of your professor – by having a stellar profile and by leveraging the mutual contacts. Try to reach out to those alumni of your undergrad colleges who may have attended your target college. Make sure that you have enough information on the professor before reaching out to him/her. If possible, try to get a recommendation/ introduction mail from your senior to the targeted professor. It would make for a very promising case.

To demonstrate your inclination towards an assistantship, apply for it even before you going for your student visa and landing in the US. Read more about: US Visa Types and Its Importance

It will put your candidature in a positive light. However, do not be bogged down if you do not have an assistantship when you reach US. Once you have settled, try to get as much information as possible on the various assistantships and the required procedure to apply. You will ultimately bag one of them!

Application of assistantship comes after your successful admission in a university or college. If you are at the place where you are looking to get an admit, you can get in touch with GyanDhan for expert help. We have partnered with some of the best-in-class experts to provide you personalized assistance in the entire admission procedure in order to ensure your successful admission! Under the admission counseling through GyanDhan, you get help in choosing the right course and study destination, shortlisting universities which you should apply to, get assistance in drafting SOPs & optimizing LORs, and get comprehensive post-admit assistance. You can also get heavy discounts on GRE, GMAT IELTS, and TOEFL preparation courses that will eventually help you in securing admissions in your dream college.  

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