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The School of Communication offers graduate students both merit-based and need-based awards, fellowships, and scholarships. Need-based financial aid is administered by the American University's Office of Financial Aid. There are also a variety of awards designated directly from American University and many opportunities from external sources. In addition, we support our nation's service members and their dependents through generous veterans' benefits

Tuition and Fees: Graduate and non-degree students are charged tuition on a per credit basis. Tuition is subject to increase on an annual basis. For accurate graduate tuition and fees information, please refer to Student Accounts Tuition & Fees.

Graduate Funding Opportunities

The School of Communication offers merit awards based on academic merit and professional experience, specifically your undergraduate grades and leadership activities as well as career-related accomplishments.

Awards are given to students who are enrolled full-time (minimum 9 credit hours) and distributed in the fall and spring terms. There is no additional information required to apply for tuition remission or graduate assistantships; however, there is for specialized assistantships, which is provided below.

To be considered, your application must be complete by the Priority Deadline, February 1 for Summer/Fall admissions and October 1 for Spring admissions.

Tuition Remission is an amount of money awarded to students based on merit and/or work experience. These funds are credited to your student account and deducted from your tuition. 

Graduate Assistantships are awarded to students who will work with a School of Communication (SOC) faculty or staff member. 

  • Master's students will work 10 hours a week for a total of 150 hours per semester. The salary for the 2019-2020 acadmic year is $4,650.  Payment will be in the form of a bi-weekly paycheck and is taxable income.
  • Doctoral students will work 20 hours per week for a total of 300 hours per semester. The ssalary for the 2019-2020 academic year is $22,000. Payment will be in the form of a bi-weekly paycheck and is taxable income.

Specialized Graduate Assistantships are similar to a Graduate Assistantship; however, these are dedicated assistantships to work with a specific faculty member doing a specific project. There is a process to apply for these assistantships and information will be emailed to you AFTER you are admitted to an SOC master's degree program. More information is listed below on each Specialized Graduate Assistantship.

Bachelors/Master's applicants are not eligible for tuition remission but may be eligible for a graduate assistantship.

The School of Communication offers prestigious merit-based scholarships and fellowships to graduate students.

Fellowships through partner organizations provide varying amounts of tuition remission and stipend, and allow you to gain professional experience while completing your graduate program. Additional applications materials are required to apply.

SOC scholarships are donor-based funds that are credited to your student account and applied to your tuition or refunded to you if you have a balance. Additional application materials are NOT required to apply.

Both part-time and full-time students may apply for need-based assistance, although only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for federal need-based aid. To apply, you'll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the American University deadline. Please list the American University (AU) FAFSA code, 001434, in the university release section.

Contact AU's Financial Aid Office if you have additional questions.

Financial Aid for Prospective Students

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Financial Aid for Current Students

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Specialized Graduate Assistantships

The School of Communication (SOC) offers a number of Specialized Graduate Assistantships allowing students to work with and support faculty or staff mentors. To be eligible for an SOC Specialized Graduate Assistantship, the applicant must be:

  • Admitted to a graduate program within the School of Communication*
  • Enrolled full-time (minimum of 9 credits hours)
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student

*There may be program specific eligibility requirements listed within each assistantship. Please refer to the descriptions below.

Work and Compensation:
Selected individuals will work 10 hours a week for 15 weeks per semester. The salary for the 2019-2020 academic year is $4,650, split between Fall and Spring semesters. Payment will be made in the form of a bi-weekly paycheck, which is taxable income.

Deadline to Apply: 
March 1

Below are descriptions of each of the Specialized Graduate Assistantships offered from SOC.

Graduate Specialized Assistantships - All Programs

The School of Communication (SOC) offers a number of Specialized Graduate Assistantships allowing students to work with and support faculty or staff mentors. To be eligible for an SOC Specialized Graduate Assistantship, the applicant must be:

  • Admitted to a graduate program within the School of Communication*
  • Enrolled full-time (minimum of 9 credits hours)
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student

*There may be program specific eligibility requirements listed within each assistantship. Please refer to the descriptions below.

Work and Compensation:
Selected individuals will work 10 hours a week for 15 weeks per semester. The salary for the 2019-2020 academic year is $4,650, split between Fall and Spring semesters. Payment will be made in the form of a bi-weekly paycheck, which is taxable income.

Deadline to Apply: 
March 1

Below are descriptions of each of the Specialized Graduate Assistantships offered from SOC.

The School of Communication is seeking a Graduate Assistant to assist the newly created position of SOC Inclusion Officer. The incumbent will work closely with the Inclusion Officer, Inclusion Coordinator, and other SOC staff on specific projects and tasks related to diversity and inclusion. This position will include, but not limited to compiling diversity related events for a bi-weekly calendar, conducting interviews with staff, students and faculty, assisting the SOC Inclusion Officer and staff members with events, analyzing data, benchmarking, developing communications, online research, and other administrative tasks as assigned. The hours are flexible and most of the work can be done remotely.

Qualifications:

  • Passionate about diversity and inclusion issues on AU’s campus
  • Interest in topics related to gender, race, culture, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and identity
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Strong computer and communication skills
  • Detail-oriented organized, and capable of multitasking and prioritizing tasks
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Category: Research

Eligibility:

  • Applied and admitted to a graduate program within the School of Communication
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more)
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student

How to apply:

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 250 words, providing concrete examples of how you have contributed to inclusion and diversity issues personally and/or professionally.

The Strategic Communication and Outreach Assistantship provides an opportunity to work as part of small, fast-paced team in American University School of Communication's Communication and Outreach office. The team is responsible for the promotion of the school to external and internal audiences with the purpose of raising awareness and interest in the school, its students, faculty, degree programs, and school-wide initiatives. As part of the team, you will also have the opportunity to engage in the cycle of rigorous analysis applied to all initiatives, which allows continual optimization of marketing and outreach efforts to maximize resources and effectiveness.

This individual will be responsible for the following duties, including but not limited to:

  • Reporting on website traffic using Google Analytics
  • Assisting in email outreach, including building contact lists and implementing campaigns
  • Designing digital slides for SOC's flat screen displays
  • Writing, editing and publishing content for the SOC website.
  • Projects include but are not limited to news stories, success stories, interviews, event listings and coverage, and alumni and faculty profiles.
  • Original content creation aimed at social platforms, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram
  • Working in the university's content management system (CMS) to make basic web updates
  • Supporting event management operations

The ideal candidate for this position must be detail-oriented, efficient with their time, and self-motivated.

Qualifications

  • Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines while paying close attention to detail
  • Experience using content management systems
  • Basic understanding of HTML Experience with social media outreach and management, particularly Facebook and Twitter

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite preferred.
  • Video and photo editing skills a plus.

Eligibility

  • Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite preferred.
  • Video and photo editing skills a plus.

How to Apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 250 words, providing concrete examples of how you have contributed to inclusion and diversity issues personally and/or professionally. 

The Strategic Communication and Outreach Events Assistantship provides an opportunity to work as part of fast-paced team in American University School of Communication's Communication and Outreach office. The team is responsible for the promotion of the school to external and internal audiences with the purpose of raising awareness and interest in the school, its students, faculty, degree programs, and school-wide initiatives. As part of the team, you will also have the opportunity to engage in the cycle of rigorous analysis applied to all initiatives, which allows continual optimization of marketing and outreach efforts to maximize resources and effectiveness. 

This individual will be responsible for the following duties, including but not limited to:

  • Supporting event management operations (planning and coverage)
  • Meeting with clients and walking them through event logistics
  • Monitoring event reservations 
  • Assisting with email outreach and digital calendar listings
  • Writing content for the SOC website, Facebook and Twitter accounts
  • Projects could also include but are not limited to writing content for the SOC website, news stories, success stories, interviews, and alumni and faculty profiles.

The ideal candidate for this position must be self-motivated, detail-oriented, outgoing and efficient with their time, exercising strong multitasking abilities.

Qualifications

  • Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Professional demeanor 
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines while paying close attention to detail
  • Customer service focus

Preferred Qualifications

  • Event planning and/or customer service experience 
  • Eventbrite, Facebook
  • Trello project management software
  • Video and photo editing skills 

eligibility

  • Applied and admitted to a graduate program within the School of Communication
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more)
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student

How to Apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 250 words, providing concrete examples of how you have contributed to inclusion and diversity issues personally and/or professionally. 

One of the greatest challenges companies and organizations face in today's communications environment is the ability to access and distribute their digital assets quickly and accurately. Forward-thinking firms such as Shutterstock and Getty Images use Digital Asset Management (DAM) systems, both as a means to save on labor costs, as well as generate revenue through the sales or licensing of their images, videos, and other assets. 

As more companies have implemented the use of DAM systems, the demand for individuals with expertise with this system has risen dramatically--and the trend is projected to grow exponentially in the coming years. 

The School of Communication (SOC) seeks a graduate assistant to work with our cloud-based WebDAM system to manage SOC's digital assets (still images, video, associated documents). WebDAM features an easy-to-use interface that can be learned in 30 minutes or less and can be accessed via the internet, without needing to go through internal AU systems. 

Qualifications:

The key to the success of this system pivots on the accurate tagging of assets when they are uploaded. Candidates for this position must be extremely adept at paying attention to detail. They must also have the ability to write news-style captions accurately and without any typos. In instances where basic information about the photos or video clips is missing (such as the names, class years, titles, etc., of the people in them) you will also need to be able to research and find out who knows the missing information and then work with that person or persons to obtain it. In addition to fulfilling this critical role, the person in this position will occasionally be called on to assist with photography and video shoots

In addition, the candidate should have:

  • Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Professional demeanor
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines while paying close attention to detail
  • Customer service focus

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience writing captions
  • Experience with DAM systems
  • Experience with the Adobe Creative Cloud
  • Experience with non-linear editing

Eligibility:

  • Applied and admitted to a graduate degree program in the School of Communication; Preferred applications to those studying film and television production, broadcast journalism, photography, and strategic communication. 
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more).
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student.

How to Apply:

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 500 words, describing why you would be interested in this position and what previous experiences you have had to meet the qualifications.

The School of Communication (SOC) is seeking a graduate assistant to serve as the SOC Graduate Ambassador and work as part of a customer-focused, fast-paced team in the Office of Graduate Academic Services. The SOC Graduate Ambassador will be responsible for providing campus tours for prospective graduate students, emailing prospective graduate students via the CRM, conducting Skype informational interviews with prospective international graduate students, supporting event management operations, and other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications

  • Professional demeanor
  • Enjoy talking to small and large groups
  • Attention-to-detail
  • Collaborative working style
  • Customer service experience

Eligibility

  • Completed one year of a master’s graduate program within the School of Communication.
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more).
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student.

How to apply

Submit an essay (no more than 500 words) to gradcomm@american.edu describing why you would be interested in this position and what previous experiences you have had to meet the qualifications.

Film and Media Arts

The School of Communication is seeking a Graduate Assistant to work with Professor Bill Gentile, Senior Professorial Lecturer/Journalist in Residence. The selected student will work closely with Professor Gentile on a variety of projects and tasks related to his Foreign Correspondence class, his FREELANCERS with Bill Gentile documentary series, and AU’s membership in the Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium, all of which are designed to promote awareness surrounding, and the practice of, foreign correspondence. This position includes conducting research and outreach related to the FREELANCERS series, coordinating and promoting AU-Pulitzer co-hosted events, working with colleagues in the Foreign Correspondence class, drafting articles and posting on social media, assisting with the competition and the selection of applicants to the AU-Pulitzer Center International Reporting Fellowships, and other duties as need arises. Some travel may be involved.

Qualifications

  • Enthusiastic, professional, productive, diligent, responsive, creative, efficient, organized, and good-natured.
  • Interested in current events, foreign affairs, international news and media.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong computer and communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence.
  • Intermediate visual language skills (shooting/editing photo and/or video).
  • Foreign language skills preferred but not required.

Category: Research

Eligibility

  • Applied and admitted to the MFA in Film and Media Arts or MA in Film and Media Production or the MA in Journalism and Public Affairs at the School of Communication.
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more).
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student.

How to apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 500 words, describing why you would enjoy working with Professor Gentile on issues related to the craft of foreign correspondence, foreign affairs and international media, and how this assistantship will help you achieve your long-term career objectives.

The School of Communication is seeking a Graduate Assistant to work with Prof. Maggie Burnette Stogner, Executive Director of the Center for Environmental Filmmaking. The incumbent will work on specific projects and tasks related to the Center’s focus on creating films and innovative media that engage, inspire and empower people on issues of wildlife, sustainability, environmental justice, biodiversity, and environmental science. This position will include programming development, promoting events, website and social media management, conducting research, and assisting with special projects such as Classroom in the Wild, the Eco-Comedy Video Competition, fundraising, writing a newsletter, and other duties as assigned. The hours are flexible and some of the work can be done remotely.

Qualifications

  • Enthusiastic, professional, productive, diligent, responsive, creative, and organized.
  • Interested in the natural world and in topics related to environmental issues
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Strong computer, web and social media skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Category: Research

Eligibility

  • Applied and admitted to the MA in Film and Media Production or MFA in Film and Media Arts
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more)
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student

How to apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 500 words, describing why you are interested on issues related to the natural world and environmental issues, and how this assistantship will help you reach your academic and/or professional goals.

The School of Communication seeks a Graduate Assistant to join the Learning Lab team that supports the production, promotion and distribution of the award-winning documentary, In the Executioner's Shadow.

The GA will work closely with Professors Stogner and Stack on specific tasks related primarily to the promotion, distribution and marketing of a documentary dedicated to stimulating thought and discussion about capital punishment. Assignments may involve drafting press releases and other forms of media outreach, researching and developing educational materials, updating and maintaining social media platforms, organizing screenings, and other duties as needed. The hours are flexible.

Qualifications

  • Enthusiastic, professional, productive, diligent, responsive, creative, efficient, organized, and good-natured. Ability to work independently and as a collaborative member of a small team
  • Eager to learn and take on new challenges in the marketing and distribution of a documentary film
  • Interested in criminal justice reform and social justice issues
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Strong computer and communication skills
  • Mature individual with strong interpersonal skills

Category: Research

Eligibility

  • Appplied and admitted to the MFA in Film and Media Arts or MA in Film and Media Production or the MA in Strategic Communication at the School of Communication 
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more)
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student

How to Apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 250 words, providing concrete examples of how you have contributed to inclusion and diversity issues personally and/or professionally. 

Journalism

Graduate Assistant for Foreign Correspondence Assistantship

The School of Communication is seeking a Graduate Assistant to work with Professor Bill Gentile, Senior Professorial Lecturer/Journalist in Residence. The selected student will work closely with Professor Gentile on a variety of projects and tasks related to his Foreign Correspondence class, his FREELANCERS with Bill Gentile documentary series, and AU’s membership in the Pulitzer Center Campus Consortium, all of which are designed to promote awareness surrounding, and the practice of, foreign correspondence. This position includes conducting research and outreach related to the FREELANCERS series, coordinating and promoting AU-Pulitzer co-hosted events, working with colleagues in the Foreign Correspondence class, drafting articles and posting on social media, assisting with the competition and the selection of applicants to the AU-Pulitzer Center International Reporting Fellowships, and other duties as need arises. Some travel may be involved. Hours are flexible and some work can be done remotely.

Qualifications

  • Enthusiastic, professional, productive, diligent, responsive, creative, efficient, organized, and good-natured.
  • Interested in current events, foreign affairs, international news and media.
  • Excellent writing and editing skills.
  • Strong computer and communication skills.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence.
  • Intermediate visual language skills (shooting/editing photo and/or video).
  • Foreign language skills preferred but not required.

Category: Research

Eligibility

  • Applied and admitted to the MFA in Film and Media Arts or MA in Film and Media Production or the MA in Journalism and Public Affairs at the School of Communication.
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more).
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student.

How to apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 500 words, describing why you would enjoy working with Professor Gentile on issues related to the craft of foreign correspondence, foreign affairs and international media, and how this assistantship will help you achieve your long-term career objectives.

The School of Communication is seeking a Graduate Assistant to work with Associate Professor, Wendy Melillo. The selected student will work closely with Wendy Melillo on a variety of projects and perform research on the following topics: propaganda, the Peace Corps, women in political communication, social media, beverage alcohol (booze), and ethics. Duties include conducting academic and mainstream database research for historical book projects, academic papers and opinion editorials. Managing and organizing a collection of historical archival documents on Dropbox. Writing memos based on the research conducted. Assisting with conducting interviews for a political communication book project that will include some notable media professionals.

The assistant will attend weekly, up to one-hour meetings, either in person or by phone, Google Hangout, Skype, or Zoom. 

Category: Research

Qualifications

  • Ability to conduct library database research is required. Strong computer and communication skills
  • Must be able to work independently and have an interest in current events and news related to communication and media
  • Must be able to produce quality work and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of Square Space is a plus but not required
  • Some videography and sound production skills are preferred but not required

Eligibility

  • Applied and admitted to the MA in Journalism and Public Affairs at the School of Communication.
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more).
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student.

How to apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 500 words, describing why you would enjoy working with Professor Wendy Melillo.

Public Communication

The School of Communication is seeking a Graduate Assistant to work with Assistant Professor, Ericka Menchen-Trevino. The selected student will work closely with Ericka Menchen-Trevino on a variety of projects and tasks. Digital media offer new possibilities for social science research and understanding the role of new media in politics. This position offers the student the opportunity to contribute to cutting-edge research in this area. The assistant will search for and summarize relevant literature related to political communication and research methods in international contexts, code web browsing and survey data for analysis, and possibly perform other data analysis depending on skills and interests. The data for this research comes from a three-country project studying political polarization in the U.S., Poland and the Netherlands and combines survey and web browsing data. The assistant will also work on a book project on researching digital trace data, articles on political communication and research methods. The assistant will attend weekly meetings, as well as keep a log of hours worked and tasks completed.

Qualifications

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to search and summarize academic articles
  • Strong writing skills are essential
  • Some programming skills and knowledge of research methods would be very helpful
  • Native-level fluency in Polish or Dutch and knowledge of the media and political systems of these countries would be very nice to have

Category: Research

Eligibility

  • Applied and admitted to the MA in Strategic Communication at the School of Communication.
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more).
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student.

How to apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 500 words, describing why you would enjoy working with Professor Ericka Menchen-Trevino as the graduate assistant for Research Methods and International Political Communication.

The School of Communication is seeking a Graduate Assistant to work with Professor Leonard Steinhorn. Politics, elections, social trends, recent American political and cultural history – these are Professor Steinhorn’s areas of expertise, and the selected student will work closely with him on research to support his writing, public speaking, media work and teaching.

Specific duties include in-depth research on presidential and congressional elections, tracking major political issues, culling articles and research studies, researching American political history, curating and editing online video for use in class and lectures that Professor Steinhorn gives nationwide. Professor Steinhorn is also a CBS News political analyst, so the assistant will also help him prepare for major political events as well as his weekly podcast on politics. The work schedule is flexible with frequent communication. 

Qualifications

  • Good research skills
  • Knowledge of American politics
  • Enough digital fluency to capture videos that may be hard to access and download

Category: Research

Eligibility

  • Applied and admitted to the MA in Political Communication at the School of Communication.
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more).
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student.

How to apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit a short essay, no more than 300 words, describing why you would enjoy working with Professor Leonard Steinhorn as the graduate assistant for politics and elections.

The School of Communication is seeking a Graduate Assistant to work with Professional Lecturer, Rajul Bhaskar. The selected student will work closely with Rajul Bhaskar on a variety of projects and tasks. Duties include assisting in ongoing research for case studies and weekly lecture preparation, along with an opportunity to guest lecture a class. The assistant will conduct weekly research for public relations writing, events management, and entertainment communication classes.

Category: Research

Qualifications

  • Interest in consumer/entertainment PR
  • Excellent written skills
  • Basic understanding of PR and strategy
  • Organized
  • Meets deadlines
  • Reliable

Eligibility

  • Applied and admitted to the MA in Strategic Communication at the School of Communication.
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more).
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student.

How to apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 500 words, describing why you would enjoy working with Professor Rajul Bhaskar.

The School of Communication is seeking a graduate assistant to help the Director of the MA Political Communication program, Molly O'Rourke, plan events, including bringing prominent speakers to campus and promoting these forums. In addition, this assistantship will support building the strength of the MA Political Communication network through outreach to alumni and identifying development opportunities, including internships and other professional partnerships. Most of the work for this assistantship can be done independently with weekly meetings/phone calls with the Program Director. 

Qualifications

  • Must be a self-directed
  • Enjoy taking initiative
  • Attention-to-detail
  • Collaborative working style
  • Solid research & writing skills are a must
  • Graphic presentation/design software skills are very valuable

Category: Research

Eligibility

  • Applied and admitted to the MA in Political Communication program.
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more).
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student.

How to apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 500 words, describing why you would enjoy working with Professor Molly O’Rourke as the graduate assistant for the Political Communication Program Director.

The School of Communication is seeking a Graduate Assistant to work with Assistant Professor, Scott Talan. The selected student will work closely with Professor Talan on a variety of projects and tasks. Duties include attending each class session, managing in-class media and technology (computer/advancing slides/etc.), identifying various media examples to share in class, moderation of online discussion boards, facilitating small group discussions or activities, preparing course materials for distribution, creating and delivering online surveys, and other specific projects related to the Comm 337 PR Writing. 

Qualifications

  • Exceptional written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Strong computer and communication skills

  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines while paying close attention to detail
  • Interest in current events and news, related to communication and media

Category: Teaching

Eligibility

  • Applied and admitted to the MA in Strategic Communication at the School of Communication.
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more).
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student.

How to apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, up to 250 words, describing why you would enjoy working with Professor Scott Talan in COMM 337.

The School of Communication is seeking a Graduate Assistant to work with Professor Caty Borum Chattoo, Director of the Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI) and Executive in Residence. The Center for Media & Social Impact is an innovation lab and research center that studies, creates and showcases media designed for public good and social change. Focusing on independent, documentary, entertainment and public media, the Center bridges boundaries between scholars, producers and communication practitioners across media production, media impact, public policy, and audience engagement. The Center produces resources for the field and academic research; convenes conferences and events; and works collaboratively to understand and design media that matter.

The graduate assistant will work closely with Professor Chattoo on specific projects and tasks related to media and social change, as well as other research and creative initiatives focused on this topic. This position will include supporting scholarly and public research through writing, archival research and editing; producing original editorial articles for CMSI's Media That Matters blog; supporting CMSI's strategic communication efforts in social media and blogging; supporting CMSI events, such as film screenings; producing the bimonthly e-newsletter; and graphic design as needed. The hours are flexible and virtually all of the work can be done remotely.

Qualifications

  • Self-starter, enthusiastic, professional, productive, diligent, responsive, creative, efficient, organized, good-natured
  • Must have experience meeting deadlines
  • Interested in the role of media for public good and social change
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Proven ability to conduct archival research, via scholarly and news databases (Lexis-Nexis, Proquest)
  • Excellent GPA in undergraduate career (3.6 or higher)
  • Strong computer and communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and high emotional intelligence
  • Bonus, but not required: (1) Quantitative research skills in communication (via communication undergraduate degree or professional experience), (2) graphic design familiarity/experience (Adobe InDesign)

Category: Research

Eligibility

  • Applied and admitted to an SOC MA graduate program, with a preference for those in the MA in Strategic Communication program
  • Enrolled full time (9 credits or more)
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident, or international student

How To Apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 250 words, providing concrete examples of how you have contributed to inclusion and diversity issues personally and/or professionally. 

The School of Communication is seeking a Graduate Assistant to work with Professor Kathy Fitzpatrick. The selected student will work closely with Kathy Fitzpatrick on a variety of projects and tasks. Duties include conducting scholarly and professional research on corporate social responsibility and corporate social activism. Targeting research for scholarly and professional publications (article/monograph/essay) on the topic of corporate social responsibility and corporate social activism. The assistant may work remotely, submitting bi-weekly research reports and meeting with the professor as needed throughout the semester.

Category: Research

Qualifications

  • Experience in conducting targeted systematic scholarly research through communication and business academic databases and properly documenting all source materials. Interest and coursework in international affairs and communication.
  • Experience in conducting professional/industry research and properly documenting all source materials.
  • Ability to develop an annotated bibliography of sources with proper citations.
  • Familiarity with APA and/or Chicago style of citation.

Eligibility

  • Applied and admitted to the MA in Strategic Communication at the School of Communication.
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more).
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student.

How to apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent fromgradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 500 words, describing why you would enjoy working with Professor Kathy Fitzpatrick.

Game Design

The School of Communication and AU Game Lab is seeking a graduate research assistant to help conduct observational field studies, interviews, analysis, and background research on livestreaming platforms as they pertain to games, game development, art creation, and other related topics. This work engages heavily with community studies, observation-based research, analysis, and the creation of new research contributions to the field. Applicants should be familiar with livestreaming in multiple contexts - both large scale streams typical of eSports and other similar activities, and small casual streams associated with non-famous personas, hobbyists, and tinkerers. In addition, knowledge of multiple streaming platforms (Twitch, Mixer, etc.) is desired.

This work is multi-institutional, and the graduate assistant in this position will be required to engage not only with the faculty supervising this work, but to work collaboratively with students in other graduate programs at other universities as a part of the larger effort. You must be available for weekly meetings and multiple check-ins, along with electronic communication with supervising faculty. You will have the opportunity to work remotely / collaborate over skype, chat, slack, etc. You will have the opportunity to collaborate and contribute to presentations of this work as needed. 

Qualifications

  • Passionate and curious about streaming as an activity and its potential as a social and educational platform
  • Excellent writing, editing and communication skills
  • Ability to work remote and collaborate over skype and electronic tools
  • Interest in topics related to gender, race, culture, class, sexuality, ethnicity, and identity
  • Strong computer and technical communication skills
  • Experience with streaming platforms
  • Detail-oriented organized, and capable of multitasking and prioritizing tasks Strong interpersonal skills

Category: Research

Eligibility

  • Applied and admitted to the MA in Game Design or the MFA in Games and Interactive Media programs at the School of Communication.
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more).
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student.

How to apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent fromgradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 500 words, describing why you would enjoy working with Professor Andy Phelps as the graduate assistant for Games & Streaming Research Studies.

The School of Communication is seeking a graduate assistant to engage in a careful review of existing lightweight game engines (being defined as tools or processes that allow mid-level game creation with a minimum of scripting or programming, and that target distribution methods of simple executables and/or web-based delivery), suggest implementation strategies, demonstrate basic techniques, compare and contrast existing tools and packages, and potentially extend tools and provide documentation for use of such at the AU Game Lab. The graduate assistant will engage with a Literature and functional review of existing lightweight game engines, creation of basic demos, and written analysis of comparative strengths and weaknesses of tools and capabilities with an eye towards integration into AU Game Lab workflows and project support. You will work remotely when applicable and work effectively with faculty and staff that may also (at times) be remote. In addition, the GA will meet weekly with supervising faculty, both in person and/or over skype/hangout/etc. and must be able to work independently given basic guidance, formulate weekly task plans and objectives, and provide key deliverables and written reports.

Qualifications

  • Core strength in written communications and preparation of technical documentation
  • Experience in using lightweight game engines such as GDevelop, GameMaker, GameSalad, others, or in comparable scripting such as javascript, python, etc
  • Passion for smaller, independent game development

Category: Research

Eligibility

  • Applied and admitted to the MA in Game Design or MFA in Games and Interactive Media.
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more).
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student.

How to apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 500 words, describing why you would enjoy working with Professor Andy Phelps as the graduate assistant for Lightweight Game Engine Research & Development.

The School of Communication is seeking a graduate assistant will be responsible for researching the current state-of-the-art in lightweight, web-based delivery of VR/AR, including javascript frameworks, browser implementations, etc. Key activities will be creating small demos in several competing environments and comparing and contrasting workflows and content pipelines, in consultation with associated faculty. Weekly demonstrations and continual re-assessment as the technology continues to evolve are required. In addition, the graduate assistant will present weekly on findings and include in these presentations demo projects illustrating best practice in various lightweight VR environments as well as, submit written reports and analysis comparing and contrasting current tools and methodologies with an eye towards incorporation into AU Game Lab projects and processes. 

Qualifications

  • Excellent written and presentation skills
  • Prior experience with javascript, html5, web-based libraries, webpage creation
  • Prior experience with virtual reality / augmented reality
  • Passion for new, emerging technology exploration

Category: Research

Eligibility

  • Applied and admitted to the MA in Game Design or MFA in Games and Interactive Media.
  • Enrolled full-time (9 credits or more).
  • U.S. citizenship, permanent resident or international student.

How to apply

Once the applicant is admitted to the appropriate degree program listed above, an email will be sent from gradcomm@american.edu to the email address provided in the application. A link to an online form will be provided and you will be asked to complete the form and to submit an essay, no more than 500 words, describing why you would enjoy working with Professor Andy Phelps as the graduate assistant for Lightweight VR Research & Analysis.