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Paid Program Assistantships

In addition to traditional financial aid, James Madison University's M.A. program in political science provides students with the possibility to undertake paid assistantships.

Assistantships cover the span of the academic year; they are renewable each semester based on performance. They provide an opportunity to gain professional experience while completing the degree. By the end of the academic year, assistants can confidently include a host of skills on their resumes. They can show, for example, that they have international professional experience in the areas of communication, research, logistics, event planning, and more, depending on their specific roles.

Social Media & Website

This assistant works with program staff, primarily as a social media manager for the JMU Florence accounts on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram). They are also tasked with the dissemination of program information, and institutional relations with stakeholders. The assistant is a skilled communicator with excellent writing capabilities and ideally experience in social media and/or print communications. Applicants to this position should submit a statement explaining their interest in the position and describing past work experiences related to the role.

Communications & Recruitment

This assistant helps to maintain relationships with program partners, alumni, faculty, and undergraduates and is in charge of producing a newsletter. In addition, they are tasked with assisting the Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator in various recruitment initiatives. The assistant has strong verbal communication and organizational skills and is an experienced organizational leader. Applicants for this position should submit a statement explaining why they are interested in the position and describing past work experiences that relate to the type of work required for the role.


How to Apply for Program Assistantships

Applicants may apply for one or more assistantships. For each assistantship to which they apply, they should:

  • Submit a 3-4 paragraph statement of interest and qualifications. The statement should discuss relevant experiences and skills;
  • Submit supplemental materials (e.g., project outputs, research papers) that demonstrate their suitability for the assistantship;
  • Send all assistantship application materials to Dr. Charles Blake.
For details about how to apply to the M.A. program, please go to the general application page.
Grant-Funded Opportunities for the FALL 2022 semester

Applicants for the 2022-2023 academic year will also have the ability to apply for some grant-funded opportunities to support the work of Project TRACK-STAR’s facilitation of policy reform dialogues in Europe and the United States regarding climate change, circular economy & biodiversity, energy, digital economy, regulatory reform, trade & investment, and democracy & transparency. We anticipate being able to offer two graduate assistantships during the fall 2022 semester along with 7 narrower positions with observably fewer work hours involved.

All students who apply for admission by the assistantship deadline of February 15, 2022, will be able to apply for these grant-funded opportunities during the second half of February 2022. Eligible students will receive specific information regarding each opportunity by February 18, 2022.

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