Equestrian Center Graduate Assistant

5 hours/week

Reports to the Director of the Equestrian Center


The Graduate Assistant assists the director in maintaining a social media presence for the many events at the Center, assists in marketing and promoting the program, and provides general assistance on a wide range of tasks. Depending on interest, the GA may also assist in developing our equine assisted psychotherapy program or in assessment work.


  • Assist the director with maintaining the Equestrian Center Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channels.
  • Follow up on interviews, tours and emails from prospective students, including sending thank you notes and answering questions.
  • Assist the director in researching Equine Assisted Psychotherapy programs at other schools. Depending on interests and skills, may assist director more comprehensively in program exploration.
  • Assist in marketing the program using possible advertising opportunities in trade publications
  • Assemble setup for vendor tables at outside events such as Equine Affaire
  • Depending on interests and skills, may assist director with assessment.

Learning Outcomes

Over the course of the semester, the GA will:

  • Engage in program promotion using social media and traditional print media
  • Learn to work as part of a team to meet broad departmental goals
  • Learn to prepare, conduct and analyze qualitative and quantitative assessment projects*
  • Understand the elements involved in starting an Equine Assisted Psychotherapy program*

*depending on interests/skills


This is a 5 hour/week assistantship which provides a half-tuition aid award. The GA will be invited to department staff meetings if schedule permits, and will be invited to all Student Experience general professional development on-campus opportunities.

For more information, please contact Steve Shank, program director.

All Student Experience graduate assistants are expected to coordinate expectations and schedules with academic faculty and employers (if applicable).