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Graduate Assistantship in International House

This position has been filled, and applications are no longer being accepted. The International House in UT’s Center for Global Engagement is seeking to fill a graduate assistant position with an anticipated start date of January 2022. This is a 12-month position which may be renewed. Applicants with a shorter period of availability may be considered in select circumstances. The benefits for this position are as follows: a tuition waiver (9 hours each semester, including summer), a monthly stipend of $1,500, and health insurance.

The International House is an office that centers around supporting international students and promoting intercultural learning for both domestic and international members of the UT community. Some of the bigger events sponsored by the International House include International Student Orientation, International Festival, and International Dance competition, as well as a lively calendar of other events such as mixers, trips, and engagement events.

Graduate assistants at the International House serve as an integral part of the team, which includes professional staff and student assistants. Primary responsibilities for graduate assistants include but are not limited to program and event planning and execution as well as supervision of student staff. A strong candidate will have an interest in working with students, experience with event planning, strong multitasking and time management skills, and preferably experience with interacting with individuals from different cultures and backgrounds.

Job Requirements/Qualifications

Applicants should have experience/interest in the following: developing and implementing programs, supervising others, leading discussions/teaching, working with budgets, etc. Graduate assistants (GAs) keep the International House functioning on a daily basis. They not only help manage the facility five days a week but they also serve as hosts to students from all over the world.

  • interest in working with international students and developing international/cultural programming for the campus community
  • ability to interact with individuals from different cultural perspectives
  • self-motivation and ability to work independently
  • experience with program planning for small and large events
  • proficiency with MS Office and ability to use social media (Facebook and Instagram)
  • excellent organizational skills, including attention to detail and accuracy
  • ability to work closely with faculty and staff in a professional manner

The following are preferred but not required:

  • experience with international cultures
  • experience with orientation programming

Responsibilities and Tasks

The individual in this position will:

  • work closely with assistant director and other GAs to develop and plan the yearly I-House schedule of programs and events (e.g., World Showcase, American Culture Experiences, International Dance Competition, International Festival, Language Practice, etc.), which includes planning logistics, budgeting, advertising, and facilitating activities;
  • assist in supervising 10 to 12 undergraduate student assistants by assigning tasks and providing guidance in proper completion of tasks;
  • assist with planning and implementing international student orientation programs and events for both fall and spring semesters;
  • accompany international students and scholars on weekend day trips and excursions as a part of the American Culture Experience (approximately two trips per semester);
  • assist professional staff with facility daily operations as well as selection and some supervision of student assistants;
  • research best practices regarding international student transitions and acculturation to better inform the practices of the Center for Global Engagement;
  • provide support to the director and assistant director in designing international co-curricular experiences that support international strategies; and
  • perform other duties as assigned.

Position Details

This position comes with a tuition waiver for 9 hours each semester, including summer. The monthly stipend is $1,500 and graduate student health insurance is included. This is a 12-month appointment beginning January 2022 and 20 hours per week are expected.

Application

Please see the International House website for the application. You will be required to submit a resume and cover letter with your application. In your cover letter, please explain relevant experience you have that relates to this position and why you are interested in working at the International House.

If you have any questions, please contact Lauren Wood (lwood16@utk.edu).