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Student Employment

You Can Be a Part of It

Get work experience, widen your social circle, and, perhaps most important, collect a steady paycheck.

Apply for a position with Housing and Residence Life, which employs more than 200 students each year in graduate assistantships and part-time positions.

We want you if you're a motivated leader with such skills as dependability, initiative, integrity, and discretion. If you're also a natural organizer and communicator, all the better. Working for us offers:

  • Competitive pay
  • Locations across campus
  • Hours to fit busy schedules
  • Convenience
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Skill development
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Résumé-building experience
  • The chance to develop lifelong friendships.

Some positions are open every year; others come open periodically.

Positions in Housing and Residence Life include:

Resident Assistants

Resident Assistants (RAs) and Living Learning Community Resident Assistants (LLC RAs) are academic-year student employees within the Housing and Residence Life (HRL) department who help build, guide, and support a community of residents within the residence halls at George Mason University. LLC RAs serve a special population of students who live in an LLC and collaborates with the LLC partner on the development of the LLC. RAs and LLC RAs dedicate their time and energy to the residents of their community, ensuring that students have a healthy, safe, and supportive environment in which to learn and develop. Both positions are expected to be visible in their communities and serve as available resources within their residence hall through peer to peer communication, residential curriculum initiatives and programming. Please see the position descriptions below for more information about the Resident Assistant roles. Deadline to apply is February 18th at 12 noon. 

Qualifications

To hold a Resident Assistant position, a student must fulfill the following criteria:

  • RAs must be enrolled as full-time undergraduate students. Therefore, an undergraduate RA should be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours and no more than 18 credit hours per semester. RAs seeking more credits than the maximum must seek prior approval from their immediate supervisor.
  • At a minimum, RAs are required to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 2.5 semester GPA throughout the duration of their employment.
  • RAs must have reached sophomore standing by the start of employment.
  • All RAs must successfully complete a background check before beginning their position.
  • All Housing and Residence Life student-staff are required to uphold and execute all Housing and Residence Life Policies.

To hold a Resident Assistant position, a student must fulfill the following co-curricular criteria:

  • Ability to commit to the position for a full academic year.
  • RAs must remain in good standing with the University and with Housing and Residence Life.
  • RAs must be eligible to live on the respective campus for which they are hired.
  • Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in termination or rescinding of employment.
Information Sessions

All applicants must attend one of the following one-hour information sessions that go over the new student staff positions.The complete list of information sessions can be found at the following link: Student Staff Info Session Flyer 2019-2020 (PDF)

Application Process

All applicants must follow the steps below to be considered for the RA positions. The complete list of the application steps can be found at the following link: Student Staff Recruitment Flyer 2019-2020 (PDF)

  1. Attend a mandatory info session
  2. Apply on Get Connected.  The application can be found in Get Connected on the Housing & Residence Life organization page. You can access the application by visiting https://getconnected.gmu.edu/organization/ohrl, logging in with your Mason e-mail credentials, and selecting the application under the Forms Section.
  3. Fill out a housing application
  4. Interview with staff

Community Assistants

A Community Assistant (CA) is an academic-year student employee within Housing and Residence Life (HRL) that helps build, guide, and support a community of residents residing in the residence halls at George Mason University. Community Assistants dedicate their time and energy to the residents of their community by ensuring that residents have a healthy, safe, and supportive environment in which to learn and develop. CAs are expected to assist with overall residential health and safety and provide operational support for the residence halls. Please see the position description below for more information about the Community Assistant role. Deadline to apply is February 18th at 12 noon. 

Qualifications

To hold a Community Assistant position, a student must fulfill the following criteria:

  • CAs must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student. Therefore, an undergraduate CA should be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours and no more than 18 credit hours per semester. CAs seeking more credits than the maximum must seek prior approval from their immediate supervisor.
  • At a minimum, CAs are required to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 2.5 semester GPA throughout employment.
  • CAs must reach sophomore standing by the start of employment.
  • All CAs must successfully complete a background check before beginning their position.
  • All Housing and Residence Life student staff are required to uphold and execute all Housing and Residence Life Policies.

To hold a Community Assistant position, a student must fulfill the following co-curricular criteria:

  • Ability to commit to the position for a full academic year.
  • CAs must remain in good standing with the University and with Housing and Residence Life.
  • CAs must be eligible to live on the respective campus for which they are hired.
  • Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in termination or rescinding of employment.
Information Sessions

All applicants must attend one of the following one-hour information sessions that go over the new student staff positions.The complete list of information sessions can be found at the following link: Student Staff Info Session Flyer 2019-2020 (PDF)

Application Process

All applicants must follow the steps below to be considered for the CA position. The complete list of the application steps can be found at the following link: Student Staff Recruitment Flyer 2019-2020 (PDF)

  1. Attend a mandatory info session
  2. Apply on Get Connected.  The application can be found in Get Connected on the Housing & Residence Life organization page. You can access the application by visiting https://getconnected.gmu.edu/organization/ohrl, logging in with your Mason e-mail credentials, and selecting the application under the Forms Section.
  3. Fill out a housing application
  4. Interview with staff

Office Assistants

An Office Assistant (OA) is an academic-year student employee within Housing and Residence Life (HRL) who serves as one of the front-line representatives of the department for students, families, and guests. A successful candidate should be able to manage administrative duties, customer service requests, and residence hall security-related tasks. All OAs are supervised by the Administrative Specialist assigned to their respective desk location. Deadline to apply is February 18th at 12 noon. 

Office Assistant (PDF)

Qualifications

To hold an Office Assistant position, a student must fulfill the following criteria:

  • OAs must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate student. OAs enrolled in more than 18 credits per semester must seek prior approval from their immediate supervisor
  • At a minimum, OAs are required to maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA and a 2.5 semester GPA throughout employment
  • OAs must have reached sophomore standing by the start of employment or completed two (2) academic semesters at Mason
  • All OAs must successfully complete a background check before beginning their position
  • All Housing and Residence Life student staff are required to uphold and execute all Housing and Residence Life policies

To hold an Office Assistant position, a student must fulfill the following co-curricular criteria:

  • Ability to commit to the position for a full academic year
  • OAs must remain in good standing with the University and with Housing and Residence Life
  • Failure to meet any of these requirements may result in termination or rescinding of employment
Information Sessions

All applicants must attend one of the following one-hour information sessions that go over the new student staff positions.The complete list of information sessions can be found at the following link: Student Staff Info Session Flyer 2019-2020 (PDF)

Application Process

All applicants must follow the steps below to be considered for the CA position. The complete list of the application steps can be found at the following link: Student Staff Recruitment Flyer 2019-2020 (PDF)

  1. Attend a mandatory info session
  2. Apply on Get Connected.  The application can be found in Get Connected on the Housing & Residence Life organization page. You can access the application by visiting https://getconnected.gmu.edu/organization/ohrl, logging in with your Mason e-mail credentials, and selecting the application under the Forms Section.
  3. Fill out a housing application
  4. Interview with staff

Graduate Assistants

These positions are open to full-time graduate students with preference going to graduate students in the Master of Arts in Higher Education and Student Development, or similar fields focusing on counseling, education, and learning. Each position varies in responsibilities and pay. Positions include:

Please note, not all positions will have vacancies during a given academic year.

IT Services Assistants

You’ll work with Housing IT staff to meet Housing’s technology needs. Applications can be submitted through Handshake. Positions will be posted as available.

  • Desktop Support Specialist: Your primary responsibility will be maintaining desktop computers and peripherals for Housing. Other responsibilities includes re-imaging machines, installing local printers, updating software on work stations, and working with the Housing IT team to identify network or system outages.
  • Web Designer/Developer: You'll assist with design and development for Housing web sites and web-based applications. Projects may include developing or updating interactive components, developing new functions, working with staff on content layout, and developing new applications. This position is open to undergraduate and graduate students.

Summer Staff

You'll work from May through August supporting the various summer housing programs, including summer school, interns, orientation, and camps and conferences  These positions are open to current Mason students or recent graduates (graduating in May 2019) who have knowledge of Housing and its policies. Current or past Housing student staff will get priority. Review each position description to see the application process. The deadline to apply for any of our summer positions is  April 1st at 8am.