Scholarships, Assistantships & Internships

Valparaiso University’s Graduate School offers a variety of financial opportunities for graduate students, including scholarships, assistantships and internships. Scholarships are limited and reserved for admitted students who display exceptional academic achievement at the undergraduate level. Students interested in scholarships are encouraged to contact Graduate School Admissions.

 School Psychology and Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Students admitted into the School Psychology or Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs are eligible for merit-based scholarships up to $3,000 for the first year only.


Research Assistantships
A limited number of Research Assistantships are available to students in the following programs, based on the needs of each department:

Psychology & Counseling (1 position)

School Psychology & Education (1 position)

Digital Media & Sports Media (1 position)

International Commerce & Policy (2 positions)

English Studies & Communication (1 position)

Liberal Studies (1 position)

Information Technology & Management (2 positions)

These positions pair students with a faculty member in their program’s academic area to work closely on an academic research paper or project. To learn more about the Assistantships, please contact the Graduate School at 219-464-5313 or

Graduate Interns

Five Graduate Intern positions are available through the Graduate School office. Each position works closely with an element of the Graduate School’s daily operations – Recruiting, Social Events, Public Relations & Marketing, Academic Support, and Alumni. These positions are awarded at the start of each semester based on a student’s experience in relevant fields or interest in learning about graduate school administration. In addition to the stipend paid to each intern, each intern may choose the option of enrolling in one internship credit at the regular tuition rate.

To learn more about the intern positions, please contact the Graduate School at 219-464-5313 or

Academic Assistantships

Academic assistantships may include such jobs as tutoring in the Graduate Tutoring Lab. The Tutoring Lab serves all graduate students, but especially assists international students needing to improve their conversational English or discuss an assigned paper and the content. Tutors are paid hourly, and scheduling is flexible for class and other employment schedules. Interested students should contact the Graduate School office at 219-464-5313 or

Graduate Assistantships

Graduate assistantships may be available for athletic teams, based on each team’s seasonal needs. Assistantships may offer partial or full tuition and/or a stipend. For more information, visit to contact athletic team coaches.

Additional Opportunities

A variety of other positions for graduate students may be posted either before the start of the Fall semester and/or throughout the year. Past positions include a research assistant in the Office of the University Registrar and a Resident Counselor for International Graduate Housing. When such positions become available, the Graduate School will send an email announcement to the appropriate students regarding the position.

Graduate students may also wish to seek part time employment in the following areas:

1. Graduate School & Continuing Education office (4 to 6 positions each year) – contact the office at 219-464-5313.

2. Departmental positions – contact the individual department office.

3. General student positions throughout the University – contact Financial Aid at 219-464-5015 or Human Resources at 219-464-5214.