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Employment and Assistantships

Below is a list of employment resources.  For further assistance, contact the Graduate Office

On-campus Opportunities

Various offices and centers at UW Bothell may have job openings. In the past, IAS graduate students have supported their graduate studies through employment with the Writing and Communication Center, Quantitative Skills Center, and Information Technologies. Openings are advertised through the UW Bothell Career Center jobs page, and UW Employment (search under Job Location: “UW Bothell”).

Work Study is an effective way to help pay for your graduate education while working part-time. The Federal Work Study and state sponsored Washington State Work Study Programs give you the opportunity to work part-time while going to school. To qualify for Work Study jobs, you must demonstrate financial need and have a Work Study award as part of your overall financial aid award.  All UW Work Study positions may be located through this centralized website.

IAS graduate students are eligible for student jobs on the UW Seattle Campus, and positions are commonly available with Housing and Food Services. UTemp Staffing Program provides temporary employment services throughout the University of Washington to departments. UTemp positions are limited in duration–ranging from a half day to several months–and cover situations such as special projects and events, workflow peaks, unscheduled absences, scheduled leaves or vacations, and pending recruitments.  Students may also apply for classified and professional positions on any campus.  These are listed on UW Employment

Off-campus Opportunities

The majority of IAS graduate students work part or full-time while in their program. The UW Bothell Career Center is available to help students explore jobs and internships (some of which are paid). Students may also consult Husky Jobs and sign up for the gradstudentjobs listserv.

The following resources are recommended as starting points in the search process:

UW Research, Teaching, and Staff Assistantships

Occasionally, UW professors and offices are in a position to offer Research Assistant (RA), Teaching Assistant (TA), and Staff Assistant (SA) positions to graduate students. Assistants are hired directly by the employing department and are covered by a union contract. Positions may provide a tuition waiver, stipend, health insurance, and/or other UW benefits.

While it is impossible to know what positions will become available in a given year, the IAS Graduate Office makes every effort to alert students via email. UW Employment occasionally lists campus-wide Assistantships (search under category: “Academic Student Employee”). Additionally, assistantships are often advertised through the Graduate Funding Information Service (GFIS) Funding Blog.  Read more about UW Graduate Assistantships.

IAS Graduate Staff Assistantship

The IAS Graduate Office staff includes one Graduate Staff Assistant (GSA) who is responsible for a variety of activities that contribute to the successful operation of the graduate programs. These activities involve spoken and written communication, web and print media, event planning, and travel to local recruiting fairs. The GSA works closely with the IAS Graduate Office staff. The position lasts for one academic year at 20 hours per week and requires occasional evening and weekend work, a Washington State driver's license, and full-time enrollment. Benefits include a full tuition waiver for one academic year, a monthly stipend, and medical/dental insurance. Cultural Studies and Policy Studies students are eligible to apply. Preference is given to second-year Cultural Studies and Policy Studies students, and students are invited to apply during Spring Quarter to serve the following academic year.

UW Career Resources 

The UW career system offers numerous resources, many of which are graduate-specific:

  •  Grad Students web page - The UW Seattle Career Center hosts a graduate student webpage featuring a variety of resources for all UW graduate students. Particularly helpful is the Strategies for Success series.
  • GradStudentJobs listserv - Sign up to receive periodic emails about internships and jobs suited specifically for graduate-level students.
  • Grad Student Newsletter - Sign up to receive a monthly newsletter featuring upcoming events and workshops.
  • Husky Career Network - The UW Alumni Association offers current students complementary access to a searchable nationwide database of alumni volunteers offering networking referrals and information about their field. These Husky volunteers are willing to provide information on their industries, organizations, and job functions, to discuss their own career paths, and to offer suggestions to students and fellow alums considering similar careers or career transitions. Members of the UW Alumni Association may also access this database.
  • HuskyJobs - The UW's online job and internship search system - FREE to currently enrolled UW students and alumni.
  • Simpson Center for the Humanities - Sign up to receive a weekly events email offering a broad range of opportunities to enhance student learning and professional development.
  • UW Bothell Career Center* - Our campus career center provides a variety of job-search services, including workshops on resume and cover letter writing and interviewing, individual advising sessions, employer information, and career fairs. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these free services while enrolled in the program. 

*The UW Bothell Career Center and UW Seattle Career Center offer numerous workshops and events to support alumni in their career journeys.  The majority of services are available to alumni free of charge - including access to HuskyJobs.  Free career career counseling appointments are available at UW Bothell to new alumni for one quarter post-graduation. After this period, there is a nominal fee.


Career Center

The UW Bothell Career Center is here to assist!

Monday - Thursday
9:00AM - 5:00PM*

9:00 AM - 2:00PM


*Appointments may be made after 5pm by contacting 
(425) 352-3706 or