Search for Assistantships

UMaine offers Teaching Assistant and Research Assistant positions through individual programs.  Students should contact the Graduate Coordinator in their intended program for availability of financial support.  Internships and Assistantships in academic and non-academic units may be posted on CareerLink (instructions). Students can also inquire about available positions with faculty, staff, and other students in their field. There are also many work-study based positions across campus, inquire with the Office of Student Employment regarding these opportunities.

Current students should use their UMaine credentials (contact UMaine Career Center if you have questions).

For prospective graduate students, please use the following username and password combination:

Username:          Password: blackbears12 

CareerLink URL:

As this is a shared account, for your privacy, do not upload any personal information or change the password.


Q: How do I find a Graduate Assistantship?

  • Check with your department; Program Coordinator, Advisor, other faculty/staff, and current students
  • View open postings here on the Grad School website – check frequently for updates!
  • Log into CareerLink to search for assistantships
  • If you’re eligible for Financial Aid you may qualify for a Federal work-study GA position—Domestic students only.  Inquire through the Office of Student Employment and Financial Aid.

Q: How much is the stipend? 

The standard stipend for a 20 hour work week is $15,825 for master’s students and $17,000 for doctoral students, based on 2019-2020 figures.  Amounts can vary depending on the funding source.

Q:  What is the policy for holiday, sick, vacation time?

This should be a pre-determined agreement made between you and your supervisor at the time the appointment award is made.  The Graduate School does not have a set policy on vacation, holiday, and sick time.  Policies can vary by department/program/supervisor.

Q:  When will I receive my stipend?

Graduate assistants are paid monthly, on the last working day of the month (if the month ends with a Saturday or Sunday, the check will be ready the Friday before). The first check may be a paper check, which you will need to pick up at Wingate Hall.  Direct deposit should be set up as soon as possible through MaineStreet.

Q: Why is there still a bill showing on my MaineStreet account?

Students receiving funding MUST enter Anticipated Resources within MaineStreet to avoid a $100 late fee!

Tuition bills and insurance are paid once the Graduate School has received and processed the appointment paperwork from your department.