Graduate Apartment Assistants

Apartment Assistants (AA) form the face and the voice of Residence Life at Rutgers. As such all AAs must be committed to our mission, which is to foster and inspire strong, inclusive communities; encourage and support students in their academic, social and personal growth; help students develop skills to succeed in a diverse, global society; and promote the appreciation of diversity.

AAs are expected to serve as role models on campus, exhibit the ability to be effective listeners and excellent resources, and to show ethical behavior at all times.

Due to the unique nature of the position of the AAs, work cannot easily be translated into hours per week. The AA job requires both regularly scheduled responsibilities and times during which AAs are available and accessible to floor residents. RA/AAs are expected to be reasonably available and willing to work during emergencies and other unexpected events for which Residence Life support is needed.

Any graduate students interested in applying to be an Apartment Assistant in a Graduate/Family area will need to submit a resume and letter of interest to BecomeRA@echo.rutgers.edu by February 2019. Qualified candidates will have interviews April 2019.

Graduate Internships & Apartment Assistants

Graduate Internships within Rutgers Residence Life are directly linked to the College Student Affairs (CSA) program in the Graduate School of Education. CSA Interview Days are held annually in February as part of the program’s admissions process.

For the 2018-19 academic year, Residence Life will be offering internships for the hall director position and for four specialty grad positions.

Once CSA interviews are completed, Residence Life opens up any remaining internships to students enrolled in other programs. Cover Letters and resumes from interested students are requested each spring semester by the beginning of March.

Benefits include:

  • Competitive Stipend
  • Tuition Remission
  • Fully Furnished Apartment
  • Meal Plan

If you have any questions, please email BecomeRA@echo.rutgers.edu.

Types of Graduate Internships

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The Graduate Hall Director (HD) reports to a Residence Life Coordinator for a specific building or campus area and is responsible for the day to day operations, services and activities of a residence hall housing between 180 and 1500 undergraduate students. The graduate Hall Director’s main responsibilities are to understand and analyze the climate in the residence hall, identify the issues and respond to all situations.  In addition, the graduate Hall Director will supervise the undergraduate staff and develop a team which will implement all of the activities, programs and services needed to create an inclusive community that reflects the mission and goals of Residence Life.

The graduate Hall Director will work in conjunction with the graduate and professional staff members on their assigned campus in supporting the campus identity and participating in the formation/implementation of campus goals and activities.  The HD must act as a role model to students through the support and communication of the Residence Life goals and through positive, acceptable personal behavior.

The Graduate Intern for Training and Personnel reports to the assistant director for training and personnel and both coordinators within training & personnel, and is responsible for assisting in the coordination the undergraduate staff selection process, the undergraduate reappointment process,  the implementation of undergraduate and graduate training programs, teaching of the RA Course, and administrative departmental projects. Through working within the central administration of the Department of Residence Life, this intern will gain exposure and experience with record keeping, report writing, researching best practices, event management, and budgeting. In addition, they will serve on team of administrators responsible for creating and implementing long term goals and recommendations for student staff recruitment, selection, training and development.

The Graduate Intern for Student Leadership Development reports directly to the Coordinator of Student Leadership Development. The incumbent is responsible for fostering community within the residence halls through a variety of leadership opportunities, specifically within the Residence Hall Association (RHA) and the National Residence Hall Honorary (NRHH). The Student Leadership Development Graduate Assistant will gain experience in the areas of training, programming, budgeting, student leadership and development, as well as individual student and group advising.  Primary responsibilities include advisement of select executive board members within RHA and NRHH, participation in the executive advisors team, attendance at national and regional conferences and the opportunity to participate in committees across the Department of Residence Life. The ideal candidate will have some experience/knowledge of advisement, specifically with RHA, NRHH or other student groups/organizations at the undergraduate, graduate or professional levels.

The Graduate Intern for Living-Learning Communities and Academic Initiatives reports to the Assistant Director for Living-Learning Communities and Academic Initiatives.  The Intern is responsible for assisting in the advisement of the Living-Learning Community Advisory Council, undergraduate LLC residential mentor selection process, the LLC member recruitment process, implementation of  LLC mentor training programs, implementation of assessment projects for LLCs such as survey development and focus group sessions and administrative departmental projects.  Intern will also have the opportunity to work on projects and/or committees related to residence education, recruitment and selection, and training and staff development. Through working within the central administration of the Office of Residence Life, this intern will gain exposure and experience with assessment projects, website maintenance, and researching best practices.  In addition, they will serve on a team of administrators responsible for creating and implementing short and long-term goals and recommendations for effective practices related to residence education and LLC work.

The Graduate Intern for International Student Outreach and Diversity Initiatives will report to the Coordinator for International Student Outreach and Diversity Education and Outreach Coordinator. The intern will be responsible for assisting and supporting the transition, integration and development of all international students living on campus.   Through a variety of initiatives such as an International LLC and Global Roommates Program, the intern will support the design of strategies that will look to foster relationships between international and domestic students; facilitate integration of undergraduate international students into the Rutgers community, promote international engagement and cross-cultural competency; and promote academic success and retention.  Intern will support recruitment and selection process, development of training programs and implementation of assessment projects.

The intern is also responsible for assisting in supporting diversity education and outreach initiatives by developing strategies to increase Residence Life’s organizational capacity to provide cross-cultural and intercultural experiences that will enrich our residence halls.  The intern will do this through involvement on the Residence Life Diversity Committee and participating in the development of the Diversity Peer Educator Program. The intern will be involved in the creating of diversity training sessions, professional development opportunities centered on diversity and social justice topics, and the implementation of assessment initiatives for the diversity peer educator program.

Through working within the central administration of the Office of Residence Life, this intern will gain exposure and experience with assessment projects, website maintenance, and researching best practices.  In addition, they will serve on a team of administrators responsible for creating and implementing short and long-term goals and recommendations for effective practices related to residence education.

Where Are They Now?

Working for Residence Life provides an immersive experience that equips you for any professional challenge. Former staff members have developed the tools to gain leadership positions in residence life, leadership and experiential learning, social justice education, student affairs, academic advising, and other areas within higher education. Many have also found time and encouragement to pursue terminal degrees. Read more about some of our former colleagues and their Rutgers experience:

Michael S. Brown Jr.

Assistant Dean
Rutgers School of Engineering

Kara Uhrich

Assistant Director, FYE & Orientation
Lehigh University

Ayanna Winters

Residence Life Coordinator
Rutgers University

Sean Dowd

Director of Residence Life
New Jersey Institute of Technology

National Network

Rutgers Residence is a nationwide family and growing! Our staff have continued on to positions in 25 of our nation’s 50 states and have worked for institutions such as: Columbia University, Brown University, Bucknell University, University of Michigan, Michigan State University, University of California – Los Angeles, University of California – San Diego, New York University, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Temple University, Lafayette College, University of Connecticut, University of Massachusetts, Florida International University.

Our Community

You’ll find that our community, comprised of the city of New Brunswick and Piscataway Township, is both dynamic and diverse. There are a number of university and community experiences both on and off-campus. Rutgers-New Brunswick is rich with arts and culture ranging from performance art theaters to museums and more. Downtown, you’ll find the finest national and international performing artists at the New Brunswick State Theatre and Stress Factory Comedy Club.

Also located near campus is the city’s New Jersey Transit train station with access many popular destinations such as New York City, Philadelphia, Atlantic City, and Newark Liberty International Airport. For those who love the great outdoors, New Brunswick/Piscataway also offers tranquil landscapes such as the Rutgers Ecological Preserve, the George H. Cook Farm and Rutgers Gardens featuring a fresh and seasonal Farmer’s Market.

Be sure to explore what the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus has to offer through a virtual tour. Next, take a closer look into our four residential campus communities. Discover all the attractions and destinations offered at Rutgers-New Brunswick!