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. There are two GSARP events, Graduate Assistant (GA) Interview Day and GSARP Weekend.

GA Interview Day

GA Interview Day will give you the opportunity to interview for multiple graduate assistantships on the same day. The event is designed for you if you’re a graduate student who is currently enrolled in CAHE or beginning a CAHE program in the spring 2019 semester. You can also participate if you’re a graduate assistant in Student Affairs and want to find a different assistantship.

There is no limit to the number of graduate assistantships to which you can apply. However, due to high demand, you can interview for no more than eight positions on GA Interview Day. Interviews are determined by the departments. Registration is now closed.

GSARP Weekend
Friday, March 22 - Saturday, March 23, 2019

If you’ll be starting a CAHE program in the fall 2019 semester 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 on Friday, March 22, at 10 a.m. The program ends on Saturday, March 23, at approximately 1:30 p.m. View weekend schedule

This event will give you the opportunity to socialize with fellow participants and current graduate students in the laid-back atmosphere. Dinner will be provided. This event is optional and free of charge.

Registration is now closed.

On-campus parking will be free of charge for all GSARP participants. Once you're registered, you'll receive a parking pass to place in your car windshield during GSARP Weekend. Parking will be available in the following lots:

Friday - NIU visitor parking lot
201 Carroll Avenue
DeKalb, IL 60115

Saturday - Campus Life Building parking lot
Normal Road
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 Lauren Teso-Warner at for more information or to reserve your room.
Holmes Student Center Hotel
  • Located in the center of campus.
  • $67 plus tax per room.
  • 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.