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Academic Student Employment

Graduate Student Instructor (GSI), Graduate Student Researcher (GSR), and Reader appointments in the School of Social Welfare are available for eligible Berkeley Social Welfare students. Priority is given to doctoral students.

To apply, submit your resume, cover letter, and additional documents to the application pool through the Career Services Manager.  Pool applications will be reviewed on an “as needed” basis. Please be sure to follow the application instructions carefully and read the Appointments Guide from the Graduate Division for more information. GSI appointments are part of the Graduate Division Fee Remission Program; readers do not receive fee remissions.


Tips for locating and applying for ASE appointments:

  • Read the Appointments Guide for information on eligibility, requirements, and policies.
  • For Berkeley Social Welfare graduate students, please follow the instructions listed above to apply for positions within the School.
  • For Berkeley Social Welfare graduate students applying for positions outside of the School, please visit the campus career center site, Handshake, or the website of respective departments in which you have interest to locate opportunities.
  • For undergraduate and other students outside of Berkeley Social Welfare, please visit the campus career center site, Handshake, or the website of respective departments in which you have interest to locate opportunities.      

Note: As a two-year, full-time graduate student, your time will be brief and very limited leaving relatively little room for commitment to Academic Student Employment. Additionally, opportunities for Academic Student Employment are few, and prioritized to doctoral students in the School of Social Welfare. The best option for students considering on-campus employment is Work-Study



As part of your financial aid package, work-study jobs provide an amazing opportunity to:

  • Earn part of your college costs rather than increase your loans.

  • Decline and reduce the loan amounts offered to you.

Remember that the less debt you graduate with, the more choices you'll have in life! When you take full advantage of work-study opportunities, you will:

  • Gain valuable job skills and experiences.
  • Build your resume and learn to write a dynamic, job-specific cover letter.
  • Find major-related work for an edge on graduate school applications or a career job search.
  • Meet students, work with professionals, and expand your social and career networks.
  • Be more confident talking to recruiters at job fairs.
  • Become an aggressive, savvy job hunter.

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Berkeley Connect

Berkeley Connect is an academic mentoring program that combines the intellectual firepower of a world-class research university with the nurturing inclusiveness of a small liberal arts college. Berkeley Connect offers students a chance to build relationships with their peers, graduate students, professors, and alumni/ae based on a shared love of ideas and a common desire to support one another during and after their time at Berkeley.

Graduate students selected to be Berkeley Connect Fellows have the opportunity both to act as mentors to undergraduate students in their discipline and to be mentored in their own scholarly development by faculty in their department.

Each Berkeley Connect Fellow mentors two groups of up to 20 undergraduate students a semester. As mentors, they:

  • Lead small-group discussions, for one hour every two weeks, facilitating conversations about a variety of topics related to their academic discipline
  • Meet with students individually for one-on-one advising
  • Accompany students to special events and excursions including informal talks by professors, panels on careers and graduate school, and visits to campus resources such as the Berkeley Art Museum or the Library

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