Graduate Assistantships

The Recreational Sports Department prides itself on student development for graduate and undergraduate employees. We are a program that is for the students by the students through employment and leadership experiences. Graduate Assistants (GA's) are provided opportunities to apply their skills and knowledge while planning, coordinating and implementing programs and services to an active student body while working closely with an engaged undergraduate team and supportive professional staff. 


We are currently accepting applications for a spring, 2019 semester GA's in Athletic Training. The Outdoor Connection/Climbing Wall assistantship is currently filled.


To be considered for an assistantship, candidates must be accepted into or have an application in progress to a UWL graduate program. All GA's must be currently certified in adult and pediatric first aid, CPR & AED prior to the start of fall staff training (late August). Athletic trainers must also obtain the NATABOC Certification and WI State Licensure as an Athletic Trainer (or be eligible). GA's must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA throughout the graduate assistantship.


  • $11,070 stipend for 9 months (tuition waiver not included)
  • Full benefits
  • Funding for professional development opportunities


For information regarding the graduate program application, see the graduate admissions page. To apply for a graduate assistantship, see the  UWL employment page.  GA applications require a cover letter, resume and list of references.


Former graduate assistants who are now working in the field of campus recreation:

"I cannot speak highly enough of my experience as the Special Events Graduate Assistant at UW-La Crosse. I met some of my best friends and gained a wealth of knowledge during my time as GA. I was able to develop many skills that carried over into my current campus recreation position of Fitness & Aquatics Coordinator including, but not limited to: time management, supervision, discipline, event management, marketing and promotions, safety and risk management, and delegation. The professional staff does a great job of letting you take your position on as your own, but at the same time being available when needed. 
-Mackenzie Hunter, Fitness & Aquatics Coordinator, UW-Stout

"By far the most influential part of my path into campus recreation was my time at UWL as the GA for intramurals. The experiences and leadership opportunities given to you as a young professional are exceptional. But most importantly, the members of the professional staff at the Eagle Rec Center made my development and experience one I will never forget. Forever grateful."
-Casey Pivonka, Recreational Program Coordinator, UW-Green Bay

"While applying to graduate school at UW-La Crosse, I found out about the Graduate Assistantships offered through the Recreational Sports Department. I decided to apply hoping to gain valuable experience outside of the classroom related to sports that could be transferred into any sports related career and separate me from the rest of my classmates. I absolutely LOVED my two years as the Graduate Assistant for Sport Clubs. I felt like an athletic director dealing with budgets, travel, home contests and events, and also with student development. During that time, I was also able to get valuable experiences with intramural sports, special events, facilities, risk management, student development, and overall student leadership. The Graduate Assistantship led me into my first full-time position as the Coordinator of Intramural Sports and Sport Clubs at UW-La Crosse. Now, I am the Senior Manager of Minneapolis Facilities for the Recreation and Wellness Department at the University of Minnesota. I strongly believe the experiences gained outside of the classroom at UW-La Crosse as a Graduate Assistant have separated me from the rest and helped me further my professional goals." 
-Ryan Rudesill, Assistant Director of Recreation, UW-River Falls

"My two years as a Graduate Assistant at UW-La Crosse helped me prepare for my career in collegiate recreation. UWL's GA program was unique in the fact that I was able to be involved with many different aspects of campus recreation which helped round out my knowledge and skills. Some of the things I enjoyed most about working for the Recreational Sports Department included having great mentors who cared about professional development and the opportunity to leave my imprint on the program. I was able to plan, organize and implement new programs, and contribute ideas which were always heard and often seen through. When I look back at my time spent at UWL I view the experience as two of the best years of my life, where I further developed my leadership style, fostered my passion for student development, and received an excellent education. For anyone interested in doing their Graduate Assistantship at UW-La Crosse, I highly recommend the opportunity!" 
-Jordan Olson, Assistant Director of Campus Recreation - Intramural Sports, University of Vermont