Graduate assistantships take a variety of forms:
Typically, graduate assistants provide a support role for the school, division, or department while completing their post-graduate education.
Assistants work closely with faculty to conduct research, present findings at conferences, or teach courses related to their field of study. Graduate assistants often receive a stipend that offsets some or all of their tuition in exchange for their work.
The availability and work description of assistantships vary from program to program, so contact your school, division, or department to get more information. Assistantships are very competitive, so inquire early.
Acceptance of an offer of financial support (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor. In that context, the conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties. More information regarding this is located on the Council of Graduate Schools website. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the file.