Graduate Student and Assistantship Recruitment Program

The Graduate Student and Assistantship Recruitment Program (GSARP) is a collaborative effort between the Division of Student Affairs and the College of Education Department of Counseling and Higher Education (CAHE). This partnership allows us to provide you with a vigorous academic program and hands-on practical experience to help you become a successful Student Affairs practitioner. By participating in GSARP, you'll learn about the benefits of being a graduate assistant in Student Affairs or a partnering department.

GSARP Weekend
Thursday, March 19 - Friday, March 20, 2020

If you'll be starting a CAHE program in the fall 2020 semester or are a current CAHE student and want to find an assistantship, GSARP Weekend is for you. This two-day program will introduce you to NIU and Student Affairs, as well as the CAHE department and other partnering departments. You'll also have the opportunity to interview for graduate assistantship positions.

The program includes many activities:

  • Informational sessions
  • Panel discussion with current graduate students
  • Leadership development panel with current Student Affairs professionals
  • Tour of Housing and Residential Services apartments (optional)
  • Student social and dinner (optional)

All meals will be provided. Check-in for the weekend begins the morning of Thursday, March 19 and the program ends Friday, March 20, in the afternoon.

Weekend Registration (for new students beginning CAHE programs in fall 2020)

GSARP Weekend is a two-day event for new students who will begin CAHE programs in fall 2020 and are seeking a graduate assistantship. Registration is required. The deadline for GSARP registration is now closed.

Interviews Only (for current CAHE students)

Current students who will be continuing in CAHE programs in fall 2020 are eligible to participate in the GSARP Interviews only and will not be participating in the day one events.

The GSARP Interviews will be held on Friday, March 20. Registration is now closed.

Once you submit your registration, you will receive confirmation within two business days and further instructions on how to apply to graduate assistantship positions.

If you have questions about registration, please contact

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Time Event
9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Check-in (parking pass provided for Visitor’s lot at Carroll Ave. only)
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Welcome Address
11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch & Opening Session
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tour of GA Offices/Workspaces (optional)
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Academic Information Sessions
Higher Education & Student Affairs Session
Counseling Session
2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Student Affairs Professionals Panel
3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Graduate Student Panel
4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Break/Tour of Residence Hall Apartment-Neptune Hall (optional)
4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Conversations with Cultural Centers (optional)
5:15 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Student Social and Dinner (optional)
Friday, March 20, 2020
Time Event
8:00 a.m. – 2 p.m. Continental Breakfast and Snacks/Break Room
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Graduate Assistantship Interviews
11:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Scheduled Break

On-campus parking will be free of charge for all GSARP participants. Once you're registered, you'll receive information on parking for GSARP Weekend. Parking will be available in the following lots:

NIU visitor parking lot 
201 Carroll Avenue
DeKalb, IL 60115

We recommend on-campus lodging. You have two options for on-campus lodging:

Traditional Residence Hall

  • Free of charge.
  • Single room with basic linens.
  • Community bathroom.
  • Campus Wi-Fi.

Contact Zac Birch at for more information or to reserve your room. 

Holmes Student Center Hotel

  • Located in the center of campus.
  • $69 plus tax per room. ($69 plus tax)
  • Compact refrigerator and microwave available in each room.
  • All standard hotel amenities available.

Call 815-753-1444 to reserve your room. Mention GSARP when making your reservation.