Simmons Graduate Student Assistantship Opportunity

Hart Center for Engineering Leadership

Career Development Graduate Assistantship


General Description

This assistantship will provide you with the opportunity to interact with students, employers, and SMU faculty and staff from day one.  As the Hart Center’s Career Development Graduate Assistant, you will spend approximately 40% of your time working in a special projects capacity and 60% of your time as a career advisor. The Hart Center focuses on providing career events, guidance, and leadership programming to SMU Lyle Engineering students so they are more fully prepared from a career development standpoint.

 Primary Responsibilities

Career Advising & Events

  1. Meet with students during drop-in advising and one-on-one appointments to counsel students on resumes, cover letters, major and career exploration
  2. Interact with employers for career related workshops for AV and room set up/breakdown for in-person events
  3. Assist in managing the technological set-up and integration for virtual events primarily held via Zoom


  1. Maintain the Handshake career database
  2. Answer employer requests for interview rooms, information sessions
  3. Answer student account questions
  4. Provide office administrative help as needed
  5. Assist in managing the Hart Center social media platforms
  6. Create flyers and graphics to advertise events and services

Special Programming

  1.  Work closely with the Career Development Director to create and implement new career programs that impact experiential career learning. Projects may include:
  2. Engineering Connections, Engineering Resumania, Engineering Mock Interview Day
    1. Career exploration for specific majors
    2. Assessment of career development services

Desired Qualifications

  • A highly skilled program implementer, with an interest in career advising, who wants to learn about career development in the engineering discipline
  • Graduate student currently enrolled in SMU/Simmons School
  • Good communication and presentation skills and ability to work independently and with the Hart Center team
  • Professional demeanor and ability to maintain confidential career center data
  • Interest in working in career services
  • Familiar with social media platforms and ability to create content for followers
  • Creative and interest in creating flyers and graphics promoting services

Selections Procedure

Individuals will be chosen following regular graduate assistantship placement.

 Terms of Employment

The assistantship preference is for a 20 hour/week appointment and the period of employment is from early August to mid/end of May. Salary will start at $17 an hour.  May consider 29/ hour assistantship during summer period of enrollment.

 Supervisor/ Contact Information

Linda Parker

Hart Center for Engineering Leadership

Director Career Development





Intern / employment opportunity for Education Students

My name is Carol Anderson, and I am reaching out regarding a potential employment opportunity for an education student who is specializing in special education at SMU.

My sister is a 61 year old adult with intellectual disabilities.  She lives in an assisted living facility close to SMU.  I would like to hire someone who has an interest in working with people like Tracy, to spend time with her.  Tracy is mobile and verbal, but she is not able to read or write.  I do believe she has the capability to learn much more than she has, but, due to her age, there were not adequate resources available to her when she was in her formative years.  I would love to employ someone on a part-time, very flexible hours basis to work with and just spend time with Tracy.  Even just taking her out to drive around would be great as she loves getting out and about.

I also live in Dallas, in the Preston Hollow area, and I am Tracy’s guardian.

Thank you,

Carol Anderson


Volunteer Opportunity to Teach GED or ESL Classes

My name is Jessica Martinez, and I am currently a Doctoral student at SMU at the Simons School of Education and Human Development. Additionally, I work full-time at a non-profit organization named Aspire, formerly known as LIFT, where I serve as the Director of Adult Education.

Our mission is to provide educational opportunities to underserved communities in the Dallas area and empower them to reach their full potential and improve their lives. We offer a variety of classes from ESL, literacy classes, workforce training, to GED prep classes in English and Spanish.


I am reaching out to you, and the Simmons School of Education overall, because we are offering teaching opportunities for our GED online classes and ESL classes on a volunteer basis. Our Spring semester is scheduled for February 7th to May 11th, and we will continue to have opportunities open this Fall semester.


Please contact Jessica Martinez for more information:




Aspire (formerly LIFT and Aberg Center for Literacy) is a non-profit organization based in Dallas, Texas that specializes in cradle to career education programs: English (ESL) classes, foundations of reading and math, GED preparation, workforce training, Spanish education, Family Literacy, and Early