Graduate Students

Orientation

The purpose of the Oglesby Union graduate assistant orientation program is to welcome the new graduate assistants to the Oglesby Union and the university community; educate graduate assistants about the purpose and role of College Unions and the uniqueness of the Oglesby Union; help graduate assistants acclimate into their new roles as graduate assistants of the Oglesby Union and Higher Education students at Florida State University; familiarize graduate assistants with Oglesby Union policies and resources to assist in their transition; and to start building a relationship between the graduate assistants, the Oglesby Union and the university community.

Reflections

The purpose of the Oglesby Union reflection sessions are to help graduate assistants in their transitions and to continue building a relationship between the graduate assistants, the Oglesby Union and the university community. These reflection sessions occur halfway through the Fall semester and at the end of the Spring semester each year.

Internship Opportunities

The Oglesby Union currently offers various internship opportunities for graduate students. The number of internships available each year depends on the needs of each department.

Graduate students for any internship must be a part of a graduate program at Florida State University. We also prefer that graduate interns have some form of previous experience in a union setting. Our internships are meant to be practical work experiences complimenting the academic curriculum in the Higher Education graduate program, so we look to fill our internships with students from that program. However, we may hire students from other graduate departments (i.e. marketing) based on departmental needs.

The following are internships that have been available in the past:

  • Administration
    • Education and Assessment
  • Student Activities
    • Dance Marathon
    • Haunted Harvest

However, graduate students are encouraged to contact the appropriate department supervisor and work to set up an internship to meet their interests and needs.

While each internship experience might look different, some important responsibilities that successful interns in any of the offices will perform include event coordination and management, supporting and/ or advising students, strong administrative skills, flexibility and adaptability to change, effective communication (both written and verbal), working well with a team, meeting deadlines, ethical decision making, and displaying a positive attitude.

Graduate interns are required to work a set number of hours each week depending on the credit hours of their internships. Each individual will set a work schedule with his or her supervisor upon arrival.

Graduate Assistant Opportunities

The Oglesby Union currently has eight graduate assistantships within our department. The number of assistantships available each year depends on how many of our current graduate students will remain employed in the next academic year. Generally, we have between 4-5 openings each year.

Candidates for any assistantship must be officially accepted into a graduate program at Florida State University. We also prefer that candidates have some form of previous experience in a union setting. Our assistantships are meant to be practical work experiences complimenting the academic curriculum in the Higher Education graduate program, so we look to fill our assistantships with students from that program. However, we may hire students from other graduate departments (i.e. marketing) based on departmental needs.

While each graduate experience might look different, some important job responsibilities that successful candidates in any of the assistantship opportunities will perform include supporting and/ or advising students, strong administrative skills, flexibility and adaptability to change, effective communication (both written and verbal), working well with a team, meeting deadlines, ethical decision making, and displaying a positive attitude.

Graduate assistantships are required to work 20 hours each week. Each individual will set a work schedule with his or her supervisor upon arrival. For all assistantships, compensation includes an in-state tuition waiver for Fall and Spring semesters (up to nine hours), a modest stipend, health insurance subsidy, and professional development. If the budget permits, an instate tuition waiver may be available for up to 6 hours of coursework for the Summer term. Out-of-state tuition waivers will only be granted for the first year. The financial stipend rate will vary based on the department you are placed in.