Graduate Research Assistant Program

University Libraries offer full-time Mason graduate students the opportunity to work directly with Mason librarians on a variety of projects across the library system.  Graduate students can also develop excellent research, teaching and customer relations skills, as well as gain in-depth experience using current academic research resources and information technologies. Examples of projects and duties may include:

  • developing and maintaining research guides
  • providing basic library orientations and basic library instruction sessions
  • providing in-person/telephone/instant message research assistance at a reference desk
  • supporting librarians on research projects
  • assisting in highly technical information technology-based projects

Schedule

University Library Graduate Research Assistants (GRA) appointment dates are August 25 through May 24.

All positions are 20 hours/week throughout the academic year. Depending on the position, some weekend and evening hours are expected.  Some positions require working at a public service desk for a portion of the weekly hours.

Compensation

Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and established University guidelines.

Library GRA positions do not offer tuition waivers and continuation beyond the initial appointment is contingent upon adequate job performance and availability of funds.

Qualifications

Required 

Applicants must be registered as full-time graduate students, enrolled in at least 6 credit hours, in good standing for the full academic year at George Mason University. Each GRA position’s basic requirements are are stipulated by the hiring Library Department in the specific GRA job ad posted on HireMason.

Preferred 

Academic library work experience; other preferred skills and experience are stipulated by the hiring Library Department in the specific GRA job ad posted on HireMason.

Application Process

Any available Library GRA positions are posted on HireMason. If no positions are listed, there are no GRA positions available at the time.

Application materials (e.g., resume, cover letter, references) are stipulated by the hiring Library Department in the specific GRA job ad posted on HireMason.

Questions? 

Mary Oberlies
GRA Coordinator
Arlington Campus Library
703-993-8267
moberlie@gmu.edu

For questions about HireMason, contact:

University Career Services
SUB I, Room 3400, MSN 3B6
703-993-2370
careers@gmu.edu