Global at Home GRA Program

Modern Languages is partnering with Georgia Tech Residential Life to create a nationally unique work experience for graduate students. The Global at Home Intercultural and Diversity project bridges the expertise of cultural studies, global competence, and communications with the real-world challenges of creating inclusion and a true sense of "home away from home" for students from across the globe. 

Graduate Research Assistants who are hired by this program take on a variety of challenges, such as developing multicultural programs and events for diverse student communities, designing a meaningful orientation process for international students, or creating training programs in cross-cultural communication.

"Global at Home" has a separate application. Please view the job description below and follow the instructions to apply by February 15th. 
 

Job Position Description

The Department of Housing seeks to hire up to four (4) graduate research assistants (GRAs) who will assist with program design, training, organization, and event planning for The Global at Home Intercultural and Diversity pilot project, offered in collaboration with the School of Modern Languages in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts. These positions will work closely with the Director of Residence Life and will interact with other institute leadership and faculty members on a regular basis.

Review of application will begin immediately with a priority deadline of February 15, 2019.

Successful applicants will be expected to begin work in August 2019.

 

Project Descriptions

Graduate Assistant for Training and Development

This GRA position will develop a research-based model for the assessment and enhancement of intercultural competence of full-time Housing employees. The target population will include but is not limited to employees in management, administration, residence life, facilities, conference services and business operations.  The GRA will producea multi-modal training program that aligns with employee and Institute needs and will assist with creating an implementation plan for the training program. This position emphasizes research and design in the following fields: intercultural communication, organizational change management, human-centered design, technology-enhanced learning, and community development.

Graduate Assistant for Programming

This GRA position will design paracurricular community enhancement programming that provides undergraduate residents with a multinational perspective on major current issues in culture, science, and society, allowing residents to develop global readiness.   The content delivery may occur via workshops, film series, guest lecturers and other innovative formats. The GA will work collaboratively with the faculty in the Global Media and Cultures program and will conduct research in global media studies, film studies, cultural analysis and related fields in order to develop high-quality content for students.

Graduate Assistant for Extended Orientation for International students

This GRA position will develop a structured mentoring program (International Student Ambassadors) accessible for international students who live on campus during their first-year. This position emphasizes research and design in the following fields: intercultural communication, organizational change management, human-centered design, teaching and learning, and community development.

Graduate Assistant for Marketing and Promotion

This GRA position will serve as a media producer and writer  for the Global at Home Intercultural and Diversity project. The GRA will be responsible for creating testimonial videos, pamphlets and/or brochures, news stories, and other media that highlight the programs available to international students as well as the global community at Georgia Tech. The GRA will also provide strategic support on creating a digital knowledge base and media that highlights how international residents experience “home” while being abroad at GT. This position includes ethnographic research of Georgia Tech’s international community as well as the development of advanced skills in public-facing communications and applied media theory.

Compensation and Support

Graduate Student Research Assistants will be expected to work 13 hours per week during the academic year. They will also be eligible to work as Graduate Assistants (GA) during some weeks (specific dates negotiable) in the summer. Graduate Research Assistants (GRAs) will receive an in-state tuition waiver from the Ivan Allen College, a monthly stipend of $1,270, and a rent exemption for on-campus housing. Graduate Assistants (GAs) – summer employment – will receive hourly compensation.

Qualifications and Application Process

The successful candidate must:

  • Be an admitted full-time graduate student in the M.S. programs for Global Media and Cultures (MS-GMC) or Applied Languages and Intercultural Studies (MS-ALIS) with a start date of Fall 2019.
  • Have excellent intercultural, organizational, and communication skills
  • Have experience or interested in learning two or more of the following fields: cultural analysis, second language acquisition, diverse communities, cross-cultural communication, multilingual communication, media production, community development, curriculum design, organizational change management, institutional research.
  • Preferably, have experience working in an office environment with some knowledge of websites and databases.
     

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Interim Director of Residence Life, Dr. Sheree L. Gibson, sheree.gibson@housing.gatech.edu with copy to the Director of Graduate Studies in the School of Modern Languages, Professor Juan Carlos Rodriguez, juan.rodriguez@modlangs.gatech.edu.

Review of application will begin immediately with a priority deadline of February 15, 2020.

Successful applicants will be expected to begin work in August 2019.