Graduate Assistantships at SUNY Plattsburgh

SUNY Plattsburgh offers graduate assistantships for well-qualified, full-time matriculated graduate students. These positions are designed to allow you an opportunity to grow professionally while pursuing graduate study. The three types of graduate assistantships offered in various departments and offices at SUNY Plattsburgh include:

Administrative Assistants - Provide programmatic and administrative support to various offices around campus.

Research/Teaching Assistants - Associated with academic departments on campus and may involve students in the following kinds of learning experiences: tutoring, supervising laboratories and clinics, conducting research, and assisting faculty with scholarly and pedagogical endeavors.

Residence Hall Directors - Responsible for all managerial and programmatic aspects of operating a residence hall and supervises a staff of undergraduate resident assistants.


All 2015-2016 graduate assistant positions have now been filled.  Check back in December 2015 to view openings for the 2016-2017 academic year.

How to Apply

Submit the following by February 15:

1.) The one page Graduate Assistantship form (also located in your application packet) to the Graduate Admissions Office.
2.) The employment application on the Human Resource Services webpage, which includes uploading a cover letter and resume.
Note: Recommendation letters for graduate assistantships are no longer required.  You may wish to add a list of references to your resume, or upload an additional document when you apply through Human Resource Services.

Facts about Graduate Assistantships

  • Full-time graduate assistantships offer an in-state tuition scholarship and a stipend. Residence Directors also receive housing and a partial meal plan.
  • Typically, positions are awarded with a fall start date, and a 2 semester appointment (1 academic year). 
  • Occasionally a position may become available in the spring semester - please inquire as to the availability of these.
  • Graduate assistants, in addition to their status as students, are employees of the State University of New York and are represented by the Graduate Student Employees Union (GSEU).  The terms and conditions of their employment are determined through collective bargaining and are enumerated in the agreement between GSEU and the State University of New York.
  • Not all graduate assistantships are available every year.
  • Applications are reviewed and interviews are scheduled by the department offering the assistantship(s).
  • Assistantship opportunities are open to first time graduate students, as well as returning and continuing students.

Graduate Assistant Requirements

  • Graduate assistants must be full-time, matriculated students (enrolled in 12+ credit hours) at the start of the appointment period. A graduate student who withdraws or reduces enrollment from full-time to part-time status may jeopardize the stipend and tuition scholarship which affects tuition liability.
  • With permission, exceptions may be granted to the full-time status requirement, allowing a graduate assistant to enroll in 9 credit hours if the assistantship is directly related to the educational program, or when the assistantship is housed within their academic department.
  • Students need to communicate with their supervisor about renewing their position.  Assistantships may be renewed for up to two years after the initial appointment.
  • Maintenance of good academic standing is a requirement for continuation and/or reappointment.

Contact Information

For more information about Graduate Assistantships at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Graduate Admissions Office
Phone: (518) 564-GRAD (4723)
Toll-Free: (800) 723-9515
FAX: (518) 564-4722