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Student Employment


Jobs are available in the

Office of Residence Life &

University Housing for any student:


  1. Awarded Federal Work Study or HUSEP
  2. Validated for enrollment during that term.


If yes to both eligibility requirements, then:



New Resident Assistant Position

The following items MUST be included with the COMPLETED Resident Assistant Application:

  • Cover Letter (no more than 500 words)
  • Two (2) References 
  • Most recent Resume

Click Link Below to Apply

New Resident Assistant Application

The application deadline is January 29, 2018


New Graduate Resident Assistant Position

The following items MUST be included with the COMPLETED Resident Hall Staff Assistant Application:

  • An unofficial transcript for verification of GPA
  • Cover Letter (no more than 500 words)
  • Two (2) References
  • Most recent Resume
  • E-mail your unofficial transcript to -

Click Link Below to Apply

New Graduate Resident Assistant Application

The application deadline is February 4, 2018


Resident Assistant/Graduate Resident Assistant

 Selection Process

Our selection process is a multistep process. The first step is attendance at one of the Information Sessions. The second step is completing and submitting the RA or GRA Application. The third step is ensuring that you have participated in the Housing RSVP selection process, if applicable. The fourth step is the Interview. The fifth step is the Hiring Decision and Mandatory Orientation Workshop/Training and the final and sixth step is the Final Offer.

Every part of the selection process is important and is considered when making final selection decisions. Your past behavior within the residential or campus community is also considered. Factors we evaluate include, but are not limited to:

√ The application- reviewed for completeness, accuracy, and timeliness. Your short answers are reviewed for depth of thought, coherence of message, and freedom from errors. References are reviewed and comments are considered.

√ The group interview- a 90 minute to two hour long process designed to evaluate how you communicate, solve problems, conduct work-related tasks, and participate in discussions in a group setting. We will be looking at how your resolve differences within the group. You may be asked questions. Because we can only evaluate what we see you do, it is important that you are active and engaged. However, do not feel compelled to act in a way that is not you – “acting” or “forcing it” will not help your score.

√ The individual interview- designed to judge your understanding of important concepts related to the position, your ability to put those concepts into words, and to provide examples of how you would respond in the position. Questions for each position are different, but all candidates should think about the following topics:

  • How strong communities are built
  • The impact of positive and negative student behavior on a community
  • How you help other students resolve problems or concerns
  • How you work on a team of 6 to 20 people
  • How you will handle this new commitment, should you be hired
  • How you will function in an environment that is celebrative of differences
  • How you resolve ethical dilemmas and what the importance of role modeling
  • The role of “customer service” in the position for which you have applied



Returning RA/GRA Application & Selection Process


Reapplication form
Submit your online reapplication form no later than 11:59pm on Saturday, January 27, 2018.


Click Link Below to Re-Apply

Returning Resident Assistant Application

Returning Graduate Resident Assistant Application


After you submit your reapplication form you will be contacted by the RA/GRA Recruitment and Selection Committee with instructions on how to sign up for a Personal Interview Session on February 6, 7 or 8, 2018. 

Personal Interview

Returning RA/GRA candidate interviews will take place February 6-8, 2018.  During the Personal Interview, you will be required to bring your completed portfolio and conduct a 10 minute oral presentation (no handouts, no PowerPoint presentations, no visual aids of any kind) about why you are interested in returning as an RA or GRA, how you will keep yourself motivated, what your goals are, how you are working to further develop as a leader and why you should be considered to be on staff for the 2018-2019 academic year.

While preparing your oral presentation, please consider sharing the following:

  • A challenge you faced as a first-year RA/GRA.
  • How have you grown and how would you apply what you've learned as a returner?
  • What other areas are you seeking to grow in as an RA/GRA?
  • What motivates you to re-apply?
  • What would you bring to the position as a returning RA/GRA?
  • How would you maintain your excitement for the position?


Your portfolio should consist of the following:

  • Goals for next year
  • What you have learned in the position
  • What you would like to do differently next year
  • How you will benefit from being on staff again
  • How RESLIFE will benefit from having you on staff again


Failure to meet all application procedures may screen you from further consideration. If you have further questions about the Returning Resident Assistant or Graduate Resident Assistant application process, do not hesitate to talk with your supervisor. Conditional offers will be made to qualified returning staff pending verification of GPAs. Good luck during the reapplication process!


Timeline and Deadlines for RA/GRA 

Selection Process

Application Timeline for Spring Semester Hiring 2018


The timeline and descriptions below are to help you understand each phase and your role in the process:



January 23rd 9pm

Information Session   Location: West Towers Meeting Room (P52)

January 24th 7pm

Information Session   Location: CHS (lower level) Multipurpose Room

January 25th 5pm

Information Session   Location: Drew Hall Lounge

February 4th 11:59pm

New Resident Assistant applications

New Graduate Resident Assistant applications Returning Resident Assistant & Returning Graduate Resident Assistant Re-Applications

CLOSE and all documents are due



February 7th @  11:59pm

Deadline for candidates to sign up for a time slot for  New RA Group & Individual Interviews



February 9th, 10th and 11th

New RA Group Interviews (Carousel) & New RA Individual Interviews

February 13th,  15th & 20th

Returning Resident Assistants and Graduate Resident Assistant Interviews

February 21st thru 23rd

New GRA Interviews (Online and In-person)

February 21st thru 24th

Study Abroad Applicant Interviews (Online)



March 6th 11:59pm

RA decision emails sent (1) Conditional Offer (2) Alternate Offer (3) No Offer

GRAs decision emails sent (1) Conditional Offer (2) Alternate Offer (3) No Offer

March 13th  11:59pm

Deadline for RA applicants to accept or decline the initial offer

Deadline for GRA applicants to accept or decline the initial offer





March 24th 9am – 4pm

Mandatory Orientation Workshop

Mid May/Early June

Grades & Registration verified

Mid June

Final Offers extended via Human Resource

Mid June

Deadline for applicants to make final accept or decline decision

Late July/Early August

Mandatory Fall Pre-Service Training



Hours of Operations
8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Mon., Wed., Fri.
(Office Hours by Appointment: 3 to 5 p.m.)

8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tues. and Thurs.

Residence Life & University Housing
2205 4th Street, NW 
Washington, D.C. 20059