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Not only will an assistantship help finance school for you, it will provide you with experience while in the program. Some assistantships provide tuition and stipend, some only provide a stipend. Visit the assistantships page here to see the position descriptions and compensation offered with each assistantship.
When you registered for Interview Day, you selected all of the assistantships for which you were interested in applying. As a result, your resume was submitted to the appropriate departments/offices you selected for their review. In addition, your resume has also been shared with all departments and offices that have openings. The Interview Day Committee will be in contact with you to develop your interview schedule. Schedules will be completed by March 6, 2013.
~Questions for interviewers
~Extra copies of your most recent resume
~Thank you notes for interviewers
~Proper preparation for effectively answering questions.
Whatever you like to wear when eating pizza! This will be a relaxed evening with an opportunity for you to ask questions about the program and learn from current students.
Sunday, March 10
- Park in Lot A, west of Gilchrist Hall and south of the Curris Business Building.
- You will be given a parking pass to use on Monday, March 11
Monday, March 11
- Use the parking pass provided to you on Sunday. Park in the parking ramp on West 23rd St.
- If you did not attend the event on Sunday March 10, then you will have to come to Maucker Union at 7:30am to get your parking pass.
Please click here for campus maps and directions.
We will have copes for you, but you are welcome to bring your own.
Business professional attire is the most appropriate dress for an interview. This will include a conservative business suit for men while women should consider a suit with pants or skirt.
Students attending Sunday, March 10 & Monday, March 11
Check-in: 4:00 to 5 p.m.
Maucker Union University Room( lower level of Maucker Union)
Students attending only Monday, February 27
Check-in: 7 to 7:30 a.m.
Maucker Union University Room ( lower level of Maucker Union)
Pizza will be provided Sunday night and breakfast and lucnh Monday.
A waiting room will be provided for candidates to prepare for their interview, write thank you cards to interviewers, and relax between sessions.
Interviews are scheduled to last 30 minutes with a 15 minute break between meetings to avoid overlap in scheduling.
Several individuals from the Student Affairs Division and from the Postsecondary Education: Student Affairs Program will be present at Interview Day. Dr. Terry Hogan, Vice President for Student Affairs, will be in attendance. Dr. Mike Waggoner, program director and faculty member for the PSE:Student Affairs program as well as, other administators, who also are current faculty in the program will be there. You also will have an opportunity to meet current PSE:SA students, graduates of the program, and, of course, the people with whom you are going to be interviewing!
Candidates will be asked to rank their preferences for departments/offices after Interview Day. These rankings will not be shared with Interviewers. Following the completion of your interviews and checking out with the head table, you are free to leave.
Each candidate will receive no more than ONE offer on or after March 25, 2013.
There is no guarantee of an offer to every candidate.
However, if you are offered a position, you certainly have the choice of declining an offer. Please keep in mind that declining an offer does not guarantee you will be offered another position and may mean that you will have no assistantship for the academic year.
If you do not receive an assistantship, the best thing to do is apply for jobs on campus (UNI, Hawkeye Community College, Wartburg College, or any other surrounding colleges) in the Student Affairs field. Many areas hire students for hourly paid work. For example, Academic Advising Services,Counseling Center, and Career Services all hire Peer Advisors.
Practica and internships allow you to see what a Student Affairs professional does first hand. Six credit hours (300 work hours total) of practica are required for graduation from the program. Practica are required, non-paid experiences, and are credit/no credit. Internships are not required, but maybe taken as electives.
You will do two separate 150 hour practica (10 hrs/week for 15 weeks). They are graded and some may be paid. You can complete practica and internships at various colleges in the area including UNI, Wartburg, Hawkeye Community College, Coe, and others. Out of state and international options are also available (see your advisor for more information). Please see the Resources section of the PSE:SA website for practica and internship information.
- Cedar Valley Community
- Financial Aid
*All Graduate Assistants qualify for in-state tuition.*
- Housing and Transportation
- Health as a Graduate Student
- University of Northern Iowa Student Personal Association (UNISPA)
- Iowa Student Personnel Association (ISPA)