In fall 2022, Missouri State University piloted the first ever community graduate assistantship.
Through the program, the university partners with businesses to bring them accomplished graduate students to work as graduate assistants (GAs).
A mutually beneficial partnership
The partnership helps bring innovative thinking and fresh talent to businesses.
It also helps support the development of the next generation of leaders and grow the success of the community.
“GAs use their expertise to help businesses and provide new perspectives,” Masterson said. “Businesses provide financial assistance and hands-on experience for the GAs.”
In addition, the placement can provide an extended interview period to see if a GA may be a good fit for the business after graduation.
MSU has partnered with nine businesses to date, including those in health care, research, manufacturing and more. After piloting the program successfully, the university now wants to include more employers.
“The partnerships have gone really well so far,” Masterson said. “One of our GAs helped save a company several thousand dollars with her project management skills.”
About the program
The university and the business collaborate to find a GA with the appropriate qualifications for the job.
Host companies provide funding to cover the student’s tuition and a stipend. Placements can range from a few months to a few years.
GAs are employees of Missouri State, rather than the business. The Graduate College works closely with the host business and the GA to ensure the partnership is a success.
Businesses interested in hosting a GA may contact Masterson at JerryMasterson@MissouriState.edu.