Graduate Student Assistantships, Internships, & Opportunities

SMU strongly encourages graduate students to participate in leadership and processional development opportunities within areas of Residence Life & Student Housing (RLSH).

Discover your fit within one of these on-campus graduate student opportunities.

During the summer, RLSH hires ACUHO-I interns to assist with three different functional areas – student leader training, conferences, and summer school housing. In addition to gaining practical experience, all interns participate in professional opportunities, meet and network with other Division of Student Affairs (DSA) professionals and summer interns, and visit a regional university with interns and professional staff. The full job descriptions will be posted to the ACUHO-I Internship website in January of every year. Candidates must register through the ACUHO-I program to view the job descriptions and apply. Also, review our former intern testimonials as you consider opportunities at SMU.

How to apply: Candidates must register through the ACUHO-I Internship Program to apply

Contact: Kiel King (kielk@smu.edu), Assistant Director for Housing Operations


The Assistant Residential Community Director (ARCD) for Mary Hay, Peyton, Shuttles Commons (MHPS) will work on the leadership team that oversees a single Commons consisting of three separate buildings: Mary Hay Hall, Peyton Hall, and Shuttles Hall. All of the buildings are traditional suite-style rooms with a mix of all undergraduate grade levels, but primarily first- and second-year students. In total these halls house approximately 358 residents.

How to applyInitial preference is provided to the Simmons School of Education masters students in Education Policy and Leadership. Each February, admitted students are invited to attend Preview Day and interview for positions across the university. At the beginning of March, vacant positions are open to graduate students across SMU and are available for application on a rolling basis. At that time, an online application will be posted. More information about this process can be found here  

ContactRoman Peterson (romanp@smu.edu), Residential Community Director

The Assistant Residential Community Director (ARCD) for Upper Division Housing (UDH) will work in a community of buildings that includes: Daniel House, Martin, Smith, Perkins, and Moore residential halls. All of the buildings consist of predominantly upper-class and non-traditional students. Halls consist of apartment-style and traditional double occupancy residence halls. View the full job description here. 

How to applyInitial preference is provided to the Simmons School of Education masters students in Education Policy and Leadership. Each February, admitted students are invited to attend Preview Day and interview for positions across the university. At the beginning of March, vacant positions are open to graduate students across SMU and are available for application on a rolling basis. At that time, an online application will be posted. More information about this process can be found here  

Contact: Luis Robles (larobles@smu.edu), Residential Community Director 

The FHD position is a live-in graduate student worker role. Organizationally, FHDs are student staff members of the Office of Residence Life. FHDs may be assigned to oversee up to 2 fraternity houses. The primary functions of the role is to provide leadership in community standards, Residence Life & Student Housing (RLSH) administration, facilities operations, and access control management. Administrative requirements include submitting work orders, participating in an on-call duty rotation, attending weekly team and one-on-one meetings, reporting alleged violations of laws and/or university policy, facilitating check-in, check-out, room inspections, and damage billing processes.

How to apply: Candidates can apply via Handshake in February.

Contact: Alexander Jennings-Rentz (arentz@smu.edu), Associate Director of Residence Life

The Graduate Assistant for Engage Dallas within Residence Life & Student Housing (RLSH) is a position reporting to the Residential Community Director of SMU Service House. Engage Dallas is a place-based community engagement initiative via SMU’s Residential Commons to address community needs focusing on South and West Dallas. The initiative is a long-term, university-wide commitment led by students to partner with local residents, organizations, and other leaders to positively impact the community. As a member of the Academic Initiatives team and co-supervisor of the Engage Dallas Student Directors, the GA champions a culture of community engagement and improvement within the department in support of student learning, development, and success.  

How to apply: Initial preference is provided to the Simmons School of Education masters students in Education Policy and Leadership. Each February, admitted students are invited to attend Preview Day and interview for positions across the university. At the beginning of March, vacant positions are open to graduate students across SMU and are available for application on a rolling basis. At that time, an online application will be posted. More information about this process can be found here.   

Contact: Audryanna Reed (audryannar@smu.edu), Associate Director for High-Impact Practices

The Graduate Assistant for The HUB will serve as the lead advisor for the organization. The HUB is charged with representing all on-campus students (over 3,000 students) to the office of Residence Life and Student Housing. The HUB is focused on supporting the Residential Commons when appropriate, programming for on-campus students, and serving as an advocate for residential and affiliated students. The HUB has three values - promoting leadership opportunities, building community, and growing all students. These students are typically classified as sophomores - seniors. The HUB’s mission is to support SMU residential communities in the development and enhancement of initiatives and traditions. View full job description here.

How to applyInitial preference is provided to the Simmons School of Education masters students in Education Policy and Leadership. Each February, admitted students are invited to attend Preview Day and interview for positions across the university. At the beginning of March, vacant positions are open to graduate students across SMU and are available for application on a rolling basis. At that time, an online application will be posted. More information about this process can be found here  

Contact: Eleanor Luna (eeford@smu.edu), Associate Director of Residence Life

The Graduate Assistant (GA) for Assessment, Research, and Planning within Residence Life & Student Housing (RLSH) is a position reporting to the Director of Academic Initiatives. As a member of the Academic Initiatives team and co-supervisor of the Research Team, the GA champions a culture of evidence and improvement within the department in support of student learning, development, and success. The GA provides leadership to increase the department’s knowledge about residents, the educational residential college environment, and institutional effectiveness to continuously improve student programs and services, and does so through service in support of outcomes-based assessment, data informed decision-making, strategic planning, student-focused research, and professional education.

How to apply: Initial preference is provided to the Simmons School of Education masters students in Education Policy and Leadership. Each February, admitted students are invited to attend Preview Day and interview for positions across the university. At the beginning of March, vacant positions are open to graduate students across SMU and are available for application on a rolling basis. At that time, an online application will be posted to SMU Handshake. More information about this process can be found here

Contact: Director of Academic Initiatives

Spiritual Life Mentors provide a listening presence to fellow students struggling with academic pressure, relationships, homesickness or other stressors through programming, 1-1 meetings, and small group settings. Supervised by the Office of the Chaplin and Religious Life, the aim of the Spiritual Life Mentors is to help connect a peer’s personal experience to their purpose in life so that they find meaning not only in what they do but in who they are.