Admissions

Graduate Assistantships

Whether you have a passion for finance research or event planning, there's a Graduate Assistantship that's a great fit for you. We listed out many of our available G.A. positions here.

The list is not exhaustive, since new opportunities arise each academic year to capitalize on trends and fulfill the changing needs of the college and the university.

If you see an assistantship that interests you, please let our Admissions team know at the time you apply. We honor candidate requests for GA position matches when feasible. For those without a preference, our team will work with you to find the best match between open positions and your skills/interests.


Dean's Office / Donor and Public Relations

Tippie College of Business Dean's Assistantship

Area: Dean's Office

Supervisor: Dean Sarah Gardial

As the Tippie college embarks on a new capital campaign, alongside the UI Foundation, this assistantship is critical in executing the Dean's Office functions behind the campaign, including donor follow-up, stewardship, event planning, and more.

College of Business Alumni Relations Assistantship

Area: Dean's Office

This position provides support to the Alumni Director and members of the dean's office and communication team. Some projects are development-related and will require use of the University of Iowa Foundation/Alumni Association database, so confidentiality is critical. Other tasks include alumni event planning and execution, organizing photo shoots, interviewing and profiling alumni, project planning, researching alumni, and more.

Required Skills: strong skills in writing, organization, and communication

College of Business Public Relations Assistantship

Area: Dean's Office, Alumni Relations

Supervisor: Barbara Thomas

This position provides support to the advancement team, including the External Relations Director, Alumni Director, and members of the dean's office and communications team. Some projects are development-related and will require use of the University of Iowa Foundation/Alumni Association database, so confidentiality is critical. Other tasks include alumni event planning and execution, organizing photo shoots, interviewing and profiling alumni, project/event planning, researching alumni, and more. This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Required skills: strong skills in writing, organization, and communication

Consulting & Small Business/Entrepreneurship

Business Solutions Center (BSC) Assistantship, Second Year MBA

Area: Tippie Business Solutions Center

The Tippie Business Solutions Center (BSC) is the nucleus of experiential learning within the MBA program. Real-world clients come to the BSC to utilize MBA-caliber consulting talent through highly analytical 16-week projects. These assistants support the Director and Associate Director of the BSC with its operations, events, and special projects. This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Required skills: Familiarity with project management. Second-year MBA student who has completed a BSC project is preferred.

Business Solutions Center (BSC) Assistantship

Area: Tippie Business Solutions Center

The Tippie Business Solutions Center (BSC) is the nucleus of experiential learning within the MBA program. Real-world clients come to the BSC to utilize MBA-caliber consulting talent. This assistantship designs and executes a process for assessing overall market potential, price sensitivity, departments most likely to utilize the BSC, and project types. In addition, these individuals will be responsible for developing, executing, and reporting the outcomes of a customer satisfaction survey as well as other tasks as assigned to support BSC operations. This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Required skills: Familiarity with market research and surveying methods.

John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center Assistantship

Area: John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center

The John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center teaches and supports innovation and entrepreneurial development, working with students, staff and faculty entrepreneurs as well as community entrepreneurs. These assistants work with a variety of startup businesses as they explore business ownership and launch and grow their businesses.

Tasks include business plan and business strategy advising and consulting for startups and student-run businesses, guiding students on feasibility of business ideas; assisting them in preparing for elevator pitch and business model/plan competitions, planning of new programs for innovation/tech commercialization and entrepreneurship, benchmarking best practices from other programs.

This role supports multiple assistantships.

Required skills: General business strategy and planning, market research, marketing, familiarity with general financial accounting and understanding of financial statements.

Desired skills: Familiarity with entrepreneurship, business formation, business entities, debt and equity financing and the venture capital process, business plan development, business models, and bookkeeping; and varied industry expertise.

John Pappajohn Entrepreneurial Center Assistantship

Area: Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

The SBDC provides free, confidential, professional business counseling and advice plus affordable, practical training workshops to Iowa small businesses. These assistantships provide and facilitate these activities for both existing business and pre-business clients. Counseling will include assessment of client needs and either the delivery of counseling services or a referral to an outside consultant or resource partner. The role includes financial projections; market research; business plan review; accounting; and other tasks as assigned. This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Required skills: Desire to represent the university positively to the community.

Desired skills: Knowledge of or experience with small, for-profit, successful businesses; interest in market research; experience with loan proposals.

Finance Department

Finance Career Academy Assistantship

Area: Finance Career Academy

This assistantship provides critical support to help the Finance Career academy with its activities, functions, and associated research. Tasks include weekly blogging about and assisting with academy activities, researching future opportunities, event planning for special events, and other duties as assigned.

Required Skills: Ability to conduct research with little direction

Hawkinson Institute Assistantship

Area: Hawkinson Institute

The Hawkinson Institute facilitates career opportunities in investment banking, financial services, and consulting for Tippie undergrad students, acting as a major link between the college and the financial and consulting community. This assistantship assists the director with managing the logistical functions of the institute, including: recruiting sessions/interviews for new Hawkinson Scholars, audio/video capture of speakers, out-of-class seminars, event planning, resume review/revisions, on-campus interview scheduling (GAs with appropriate experience may also assist in the interview preparation itself), weekly updates of relevant internship and fulltime opportunities, website updates, and ICON site maintenance.

Desired Skills: Experience in investment banking or a related field is desirable but definitely not required

Iowa Center for Wealth Management (ICWM) Assistantship

Area: Finance

Supervisor: Professor John Spitzer

The Iowa Center for Wealth Management is part of the College’s Department of Finance and was founded in 2008 to provide financial education, guidance, and advice to the public for free. This assistantship is focused on updating and expanding the ICWM website, including monitoring of other websites related to wealth management and reporting of current events plus other duties as assigned.

Required Skills: Proficiency with internet search engines, familiarity with finance terms/concepts

Finance Academic Research Assistantship (Prof. Yao)

Area: Finance

Supervisor: Professor Tong Yao

This role supports Professor Yao's academic research and teaching activities in the area of investment management, including gathering and processing data and interpreting findings.

Required Skills: Basic finance knowledge, interest in the investment management industry

Finance Academic Research Assistantship (Prof. Tiwari)

Area: Finance

Supervisor: Professor Ashish Tiwari

These individuals support Prof. Tiwari's academic research and course development in the areas of corporate finance, international finance, and investments, as well as other finance projects or duties as needed. This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Finance Academic Research Assistantship (Prof. Lie)

Area: Finance

Supervisor: Professor Erik Lie

This role supports Prof. Lie's academic research and course development in the areas of corporate finance, international finance, and investments, as well as other finance projects or duties as needed.

Finance Academic Research Assistantship (Prof. Vijh)

Area: Department of Finance

Supervisor: Professor Anand Vijh

This role assists Professor Vijh with academic research in the areas of finance and investments, along with other finance projects and other responsibilities as assigned.

Finance Academic Research Assistantship (Prof. Garfinkel)

Area: Department of Finance

Supervisor: Professor Jon Garfinkel

This role assists Professor Garfinkel with academic research in the areas of corporate investment decisions and corporate financing decisions. These tasks will be largely centered on gathering information from the public domain to support research projects. Other duties as assigned.

Required skills: Microsoft Excel, proficiency with search engines

Desired skills: Above-average written communication, SAS programming

Finance Academic Research Assistantship (Prof. Rietz)

Area: Department of Finance

Supervisor: Professor Tom Rietz

This role assists Professor Rietz with academic research by performing research, collecting data, and providing analysis as required. Other projects as assigned.

Finance Academic Research Assistantship (Prof. Leverty)

Area: Finance

Supervisor: Professor Ty Leverty

This role assists Professor Leverty in academic research by collecting, managing, and interpreting data and with grading and other tasks as assigned. This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Finance Academic Research Assistantship (Prof. Li)

Area: Finance

Supervisor: Professor Wei Li

This assistant will support Prof. Li's academic research by collecting data and sorting out information in the data.

Finance Academic Research Assistantship (Prof. Qian)

Area: Finance

Supervisor: Professor Yiming Qian

These assistants will support Prof. Qian's academic research by collecting data on how CEO's personal characteristics affect corporate policies and processing this data. In addition, these individuals will support teaching by assisting in making and editing class lecture audio files. This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Required skills: Knowledge of library searches (including online databases)

Desired skills: SAS, STATA programing, audio/video editing

Henry and Krause Fund Assistantship

Area: Finance

Supervisor: Professor Todd Houge

The Henry and Krause Funds are the student-run endowment funds at the MBA and undergraduate levels, respectively. This assistantship provides administrative and educational support for both programs, including updating and maintaining websites, updating portfolio reports, advisory board meeting planning, and serving as a teaching assistant for the Krause Fund course (requires office hours and attendance at class). Other duties as assigned. Ideal for second-year Henry Fund analyst; candidate must have completed 6F:206 - Financial Modeling and Firm Valuation.

Required skills: detailed understanding of equity valuation techniques such as discounted cash flow (DCF) analysis, economic profit analysis, relative multiple valuation, and dividend discount model (DDM); strong financial statement analysis and accounting skills; advanced Excel programming; an ability to distill complex ideas.

Desired skills: Basic HTML programming and website editing

Marketing

MBA Marketing Assistantship

Area: MBA Marketing

These assistants support the marketing and content creation efforts of the Tippie School of Management and its MBA programs. Tasks may include support and development of marketing collateral, project management, search engine marketing/optimization, analysis of marketing research and report creation, copywriting, development of marketing research surveys, support of website redesign for all MBA programs, CRM database management, and other duties as assigned.

This position is supported by multiple assistantships.

Required Skills: Highly analytical

Desired Skills: Familiarity with graphic design software and principles, video editing, experience conducting consumer research, expert working knowledge in MS PowerPoint and Excel

MBA Blogging & Social Media Management Assistantship

Area: MBA Marketing

These individuals will directly support marketing and recruiting activities of the School of Management's MBA programs by creating original content for the Tippie MBA blogs and social media sites. Bloggers create new content regularly (two times per week) and manages Tippie's presence on Facebook (posting statuses, photos [and procuring photos, either by attending events or commissioning classmates], and news), and Twitter. Other tasks as assigned.

This position is supported by multiple assistantships.

Required Skills: Strong creative writing skills, ability to write engaging short-form blog entries

Desired Skills: Wordpress familiarity, strong understanding of promotion of content via social media, knowledge of Adobe Photoshop or Fireworks

Marketing Career Academy Assistantship

Area: Marketing Academy

The role of a Marketing Career Academy Graduate Assistant comprises two areas: (1) Assisting in the development of the academy brand through networking, social media, academy content development, and brand awareness; (2) Assisting in the academy administration including contacting guest speakers, special project management, and event logistics. These individuals develop content for sharing on social media, participate in LinkedIn groups to network with alumni, monitor industry trends, solicit potential speakers, and more.

This position is supported by multiple assistantships.

Required Skills: Knowledge of brand development; working knowledge of "strategic selling" to engage prospective students and recent alumni

Desired Skills: Working knowledge of social networking platforms; short-form article writing.

Neuromarketing Academic Research Assistantship (Prof. Hedgcock)

Area: Marketing

Supervisor: Professor William Hedgcock

These positions support Professor Hedgcock in his neuromarketing research by conducting and organizing research using physiological techniques (ex. eye tracking, heart rate, skin conductivity, facial emotion encoding) and communicating findings to stakeholders. This will include internal communications to the college, alumni, and the media. May include conference presentations. This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Required Skills: Desire to learn about physiological research methods

Desired Skills: Experience in an advertising agency, experience analyzing large amounts of quantitative or qualitative data, computer programming, web design, statistical analysis, psychology/neuroscience/research background

Marketing Academic Research Assistantship (Prof. Murry)

Area: Marketing

Supervisor: Professor John Murry

This assistant will work with Professor Murry to develop and implement a pilot marketing education program for social service agencies in Iowa. Primarily, the assistant will work to identify and obtain funding from private foundations for the program and assist in research. Tasks may include interviews with social service agency directors; review of funding resources available; assist in the development of proposals to funding sources; conduct literature searches; and develop pedagogical materials for a social service agency education program.

Required Skills: strong telephone communication skills

Desired Skills: demonstrates ethical behavior in diverse situations; meets customer service expectations

Marketing Academic Research Assistantship (Prof. Gruca))

Area: Marketing

Supervisor: Professor Tom Gruca

This assistantship works with Professor Gruca in his academic research, specifically related to an ongoing healthcare research project.

Undergraduate Marketing Institute Assistantship

Supervisor: Professor Peggy Stover

This assistantship assists the Director of the Marketing Institute (MI) in a variety of functions, including managing field project student teams, providing guidance to teams, conducting project review sessions, tracking progress on milestones, and assuring completion of biweekly project status reports to clients. In addition, this role will engage with website visitors via live chat and will take on a key role assisting with event planning, exam/assignment grading and proctoring, lecture prep, researching leads for projects, reviewing student applications, and interviews of candidates. This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Desired Skills: Strong proofreading, passion for mentoring and interacting with business leaders, creativity, strong business etiquette, and advanced proficiency with the MS Office suite, Adobe Dreamweaver, and Wordpress.

Strategic Innovation / Management Sciences

Strategic Innovation Career

Area: Strategic Innovation (SI) Academy

This individual will assist the Strategic Innovation Academy Business Director with research and analysis on job roles of interest to SI Academy students, develop online communications to highlight academy speakers, events and functions, assist with event planning including the I3 forum and fall/spring trips, and other duties as assigned. Intended for a student pursuing the SMI track within the SI academy.

Required skills: Market research, capability to distill large amounts of data, social media platforms

Operations Management Academic Research Assistantship (Prof. Ohlmann)

Area: Operations

Supervisor: Professor Jeff Ohlmann

This assistantship supports Professor Ohlmann with academic research, including but not limited to collection of data, analysis of data with statistical software, and development and organization of operations management/business process analysis cases and supporting materials.

Required skills: Mathematical training

Required skills: C++ programming, statistical software, experience and coursework in operations management

Management & Organizations Academic Research Assistantship (Prof. Thomas/Brown)

Area: Operations/M&O

Supervisor: Barry Thomas/Ken Brown

This assistantship supports operations/management and organizations research under the supervision of Professor Thomas and Professor Brown, including but not limited to conducting library research, including locating and summarizing articles, and conducting phone and/or on-site interviews of managers, and other duties as assigned.

Career Services

MBA Career Services Employer Relations Assistantship

Area: MBA Career Services

This individual will support MBA career services by writing content for the blog, maintaining the MBA Focus contact database, sourcing content for the Career Services Twitter feed, and assisting with employer presentation setup and introductions, and other tasks as assigned.

Required skills: Project management

MBA Career Services Event Management Assistantship

Area: MBA Career Services

These individuals are responsible for oversight and management of various Career Services projects such as Mock Interview events on campus and Tippie Table Talk alumni networking events, which may include recruiting alumni to assist with events, on-the-ground management of the event, overseeing communication with alumni, and gathering feedback after each event. Being available on Fridays and some evenings is required. Other tasks include benchmarking against other institutions, researching career topics, assisting with lead sourcing, alumni/employer research, and other tasks as assigned.

This position is supported by multiple assistantships.

Required skills: Project management

MBA Career Services Corporate Development Assistantship

Area: MBA Career Services

This individual supports the Associate Director of Corporate Relations with projects related to lead sourcing, fulltime and internship employment, alumni and employer research, and related activities as assigned. The primary task will be sourcing of weekly MBA job leads; other tasks include research projects to identify key alumni and employers in certain geographies as well as support around regional and national career fairs. Other duties may be assigned as needed.

Required skills: Google Docs familiarity and proficiency with online research tools and job boards like Indeed.com and LinkedIn.

Student Services

Student Services Event Planning Assistantship

Area: MBA Student Services

These assistants will manage the logistics of MBA Student Services activities and events including Executive Speakers, Case Competitions, and other student-focused events.

This position is supported by multiple assistantships.

Desired skills: Event management or project management

Admissions & Recruiting

MBA Recruiting & Event Planning Assistantship

Area: Full-time MBA Admissions/Recruiting

These individuals will assist the recruiting and admissions team with initiatives/tactics that promote the program to prospective students. This will include event planning and execution, assistance with print and digital communications, direct interactions with prospects, maintaining a presence for Tippie on international MBA forums, representing Tippie during campus visits, dinners, information sessions, presentations, virtual fairs, and as a student ambassador, responding to email inquiries, managing the student ambassador program, and other special projects as assigned. This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Required skills: Project and/or event management. Strong writing skills. Exemplary initiative (brings new ideas to the team and helps drive them forward). A self-motivated self-starter.

Desired skills: HTML editing, Adobe InDesign and Photoshop or Fireworks, familiarity with major social networks, event planning

School of Management

MBA for Professionals & Managers Assistantship

Area: MBA for Professionals & Managers

The MBA for Professionals & Managers is Tippie's part-time MBA program, with offsite centers in three Iowa cities. This assistantship is focused on supporting the operations of the program from its administrative headquarters on campus in Iowa City. Responsibilities include research and analysis (competitive analysis, benchmarking against competitors, analysis of survey results and other data) and marketing (event planning and execution, LinkedIn group management, and information session planning).

This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Executive MBA Program Assistantship

Area: Executive MBA program

Tippie's Executive MBA program holds classes on alternating Fridays and Saturdays on campus in Iowa City. The Executive MBA assistants are required to be in attendance at the Executive MBA offices when classes are in session to provide support for the students and faculty for first-year Executive MBA students, as well as other duties as assigned. An EMBA class schedule is available at http://tippie.uiowa.edu/execmba/program. This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Required skills: Must have the ability to be present on campus when classes are in session.

School of Management Special Projects Assistantship

Area: School of Management Dean's Office & Program Administration

These individuals works closely with Associate Dean of the Tippie School of Management, as well as other departmental administrators depending upon the project, to lead research projects and comparative analyses, including core curriculum, course offerings, and competitive data collection/analysis. This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Required skills: Familiarity with research methodologies, exemplary follow-through and follow-up, attention to detail, strong written communication, ability to distill large amounts of data into actionable recommendations

College of Business

Assurance of Learning Assistantship

Area: Marketing Department

Supervisor: Cathy Cole

The Assurance of Learning (AOL) program is part of what maintain's the Tippie College's accreditation from the AACSB. This role analyzes and interprets data to write reports, create spreadsheets, and make recommendations, as well as creates and deploys surveys using the university's Qualtrics system and analyzes the data. Other duties as assigned. This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Desired skills: Experience implementing changes in processes within an organization; interest in Marketing, knowledge of social media, familiarity with Qualtrics or similar survey program.

Behavioral Research Assistantship

Area: Behavioral Lab

In support of research undertaken by Tippie College of Business faculty and students, the behavioral research lab assistantship provides assistance to faculty and students conducting behavioral research. They will identify research grant opportunities, support grant application preparation and fundraising, help to develop the lab's website, create the program's educational materials, assist with seminars and new researcher orientation, manage pre-prep and post-experiment reset, and oversee daily operations/scheduling.

Desired skills: Familiarity with research protocol and research/grant proposal preparation

Economics Academic Research Assistantship (Prof. Riezman)

Area: Department of Economics

Supervisor: Professor Ray Riezman

This assistantship assists Professor Riezman by performing research, collecting data, and providing analysis of research data, as well as other duties as assigned

Other

IOWA Club Assistantship

Area: University of Iowa Alumni Association

These individuals work in alumni relations for the university. As new IOWA Clubs are created (for example, the Minneapolis IOWA Club or Seattle IOWA Club), this assistantship assists the UIAA and club presidents in meeting UIAA standards for reporting and event promotion. Other responsibilities include researching potential concerns related to non-profit law, incorporation qualifications, and other issues; developing and confirming club bylaws; assisting in member recruitment and incentives; providing general IOWA Club support. This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Skills required: Production of well-written and usable documentation of research findings; database and spreadsheet software management.

Desired skills: Volunteer management; experience with non-profit organizations.

Arts Share Assistantship

Area: Division of Performing Arts

Graduate assistants represent the Division of Performing Arts (music, dance, theatre), the School of Art and Art History, and the Writers' Workshop, providing administrative support for the University of Iowa's arts outreach programs. Tasks vary but may include coordinating outreach events, liaising between artists and clients, recruiting artists for the Arts Share roster, designing flyers and marketing materials, maintaining the Arts Share website, and other duties as assigned.

Desired skills: Background in or knowledge of the arts; experience with graphic design software and web editing tools

University of Iowa Healthcare Assistantship

Area: University of Iowa Healthcare

This assistantship includes work on various projects assigned by the Co-Chief Operating Officer, ranging from institutional level projects to unit level projects. Projects may include working with Associate Hospital Directors on key initiatives, such as improving patient satisfaction, workflow, level loading, staffing levels, and more. This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Required skills: Teamwork and basic analytical skills

University Hygienic Lab Assistantship

Area: University Hygienic Lab

The State Hygienic Laboratory is deploying an integrated strategic planning structure that includes strategies and tactical plans, performance measures, and balanced scorecard. This assistantship provides assistance to the Performance Excellence Consultant on day-to-day activities that affect strategic deployment and would include the use of Lean and national performance standards within an organizational systems framework. This is an opportunity to gain hands-on experience and develop an understanding of process/systems improvement within a strategic planning context.

This position is supported by multiple assistants.

Desired skills: Self-directed, problem solving, task-driven