Graduate Assistantship

Field Experience

The University Union & Student Activities (CUB) can provide numerous opportunities for graduate students to complete their field experiences. Due to the numerous areas of responsibilities within the department we work with graduate students to create a field experience which compliments their academic and professional goals. Field Experiences within our office require commitment and dedication due to the numerous programs and meetings requiring staff support. We are extremely flexible with work schedules and feel that the benefits associated with working in our office can be compared with no other departments on campus.

The job descriptions listed below for our Graduate Assistantships should be used as a guide to identify areas of interest for creating a field experience. Those graduate students who would like to explore a field experience within our office should contact Darrell Claiborne, Director for the University Union & Student Activities (CUB) to set-up an appointment.

Graduate Assistantships

1. Send Cover Letter (indicate which assistantship you are applying for), Resume & List of at least 3 References to: Student Employment Application
Darrell Claiborne, Director
University Union & Student Activities (CUB) ■ Shippensburg University

1871 Old Main Drive ■ Shippensburg, PA 17257
FAX (717) 477 – 4035 or EMAIL

2. Successful candidates will be contacted to schedule an interview
3. Interviews will continue until the position has been filled
4. All candidates will be notified by mail or email once the process has been completed
5. Start Date for vacant position(s): Term V  

Graduate Assistant, University Union & Student Activities –Ceddia Union Building (CUB) – NOT AVAILABLE
Graduate Assistant, University Union & Student Activities –Cora I. Grove Interfaith Chapel & Spiritual Center (SC)- NOT AVAILABLE 


Under the Direction of the Director and Assistant Directors, the Graduate Assistants will share responsibility for the overall leadership for the University Union Student Activities.  The Graduate Assistants shall be responsible for supporting the day to day operations of the Ceddia Union Building (CUB) and Cora I. Grove Interfaith Chapel & Spiritual Center including, student employee staffing, scheduling and training, reservations, event and meeting set-ups, equipment inventory and building maintenance.  These individuals will share responsibility for web page design & maintenance, design and layout for manuals, brochures & department publications and overall graphic design for advertising and marketing events.  These individuals will also serve as advisors to the Activities Program Board (APB) and a programming resource for all student clubs & organizations.  This position requires dedicated and motivated individuals who can work autonomously or in a group setting within a fast paced student affairs department.  The successful candidate will provide coverage and supervision for evening and weekend events and for the operations of the University Union.  Due to the scope of the department this position requires a great deal of flexibility within the work schedule and arrangements will be made to compensate for hours above and beyond the normal work schedule.

Our assistantships are designed to provide our graduate assistants with the necessary knowledge, skills and work experience to obtain an entry level professional position within student affairs.  Our department is a work hard – play hard office with numerous tangible benefits.  The successful candidates for our graduate assistantships should understand that the hours and scope of work is demanding, requires a great deal of flexibility within the work schedule and wants to work in an environment where learning is at the core for the department’s area of responsibilities.  These assistantships are designed for a two-(2) year commitment including summers.  Candidates should factor in tuition as a part of their compensation for Graduate Assistantships within our office. Those candidates who wish to apply should review the job descriptions in detail and be ready, willing and able to fully accept the responsibilities for the position.  Additional benefits include:

  • Professional development to attend regional/national conferences, workshops and trainings and support for assuming volunteer positions with professional associations
  • Travel & Free Admission for APB & University Union & Student Activities related events
  • FREE STUFF: T-shirts, Creative Promotions, Food and much more
  • Much More