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Admission & Financial Aid

Graduate Assistantships and Scholarships

There are a limited number of graduate assistantships available to graduate students in the M.A. in Museum Studies program. Graduate assistants provide services to Marist-LdM such as administrative and student support. Students may apply for more than one assistantship but can only receive one award. In order to apply for one of our assistantships, please indicate which programs you are interested in on your application.

Assistantship reviews will begin during the first week of March, and positions will be awarded by the end of April. Only those students accepted to the program will be interviewed for assistantship positions. To be considered for a Graduate Assistantship, please submit all application material on or prior to the March 1 deadline.

Available Awards

Graduate Assistantship in Program Support

The Graduate Assistant in Program Support is an appointment that runs in the fall and spring semesters. The position requires 10 to 15 hours per week in the Marist Branch Campus, compensated at a rate of $12 per hour. The actual number of hours completed in any given week may not exceed 15 hours.  A maximum of two of the weekly worked hours can be done from home with prior approval from the supervisor.

Job Description

The Graduate Assistant in Program Support will assist with the daily running of a busy International Education office. The graduate assistant will assist with the functioning of the Branch Campus office, collecting student paperwork, handling student inquiries, coordinating itineraries for visitors (students, families, faculty and staff from Poughkeepsie), and assisting with general administrative tasks. The graduate assistant will also support special project work of Marist-LdM such as the alumni initiative, admissions activities, program evaluations, and commencement.

Qualifications

  • Strong communication and organization skills     
  • Ability to meet given deadlines
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Ability to coordinate meetings and events
  • Solid writing skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Previous experience working in an office setting preferred
  • Previous experience in higher education administration or a study abroad setting

Graduate Assistantship in Student Activities and Marketing

The Graduate Assistant in Student Activities and Marketing is an appointment that runs in the fall and spring semesters. The position requires 10 to 15 hours per week in the Marist Branch Campus, compensated at a rate of $12 per hour. The actual number of hours completed in any given week may not exceed 15 hours. A maximum of two of the weekly worked hours can be done from home with prior approval from the supervisor.

Job Description

The Graduate Assistant in Student Activities and Marketing will work in collaboration with the Student Activities and Residential Life staff at the Marist Branch Campus to design, coordinate and promote activities and programming for all Marist-LdM students (FFE, B.A. and M.A.) in Florence. These activities should be focused on building community within and between these populations, and promoting outside the classroom learning experiences available in Florence. The graduate assistant will also promote activities and develop guidelines designed to focus students on museum visits, and cultural events in the region. The graduate assistant will also develop and implement strategies for helping students to enrich their cultural understanding/exploration of Florence during their time abroad.

Qualifications

  • Strong communication and organization skills     
  • Experience with public speaking
  • Experience in developing /organizing student activities
  • Strong writing skills
  • Strong computer skills and familiarity with maintaining a student focused blog, Twitter, and Facebook accounts
  • Ability to lead tours and interact with students and visitors
  • Knowledge of Florence and surrounding areas
  • Previous experience in higher education administration or a study abroad setting 

Graduate Assistantship in Cultural Heritage

The Graduate Assistant in Cultural Heritage is an appointment that runs in the fall and spring semesters. The position requires 10 to 15 hours per week at the Lorenzo de'Medici office, compensated at a rate of $12 per hour. The actual number of hours completed in any given week may not exceed 15 hours.  A maximum of two of the weekly worked hours can be done from home with prior approval from the supervisor.

Job responsibilities

The Graduate Assistant in Cultural Heritage will work in collaboration with the Clubs Coordinator at LdM to identify and promote recommendations designed for students on museum visits, cultural events in the region, and create strategies for helping students to enrich their cultural understanding/exploration of Florence during their time abroad. The Cultural Heritage Assistant will coordinate several cultural activities, including but not limited to museum excursions or visits, for all groups of students studying with Lorenzo de’Medici.

Qualifications

  • Strong communication and organization skills     
  • Experience with public speaking
  • Knowledge of Italian or desire to learn Italian and use it when interacting with others
  • Knowledge of Florence and surrounding areas
  • Previous Experience organizing tours and interacting with students 

Graduate Assistantship in Museology Review

The Graduate Assistant in Museology Review is an appointment that runs in the fall, spring AND summer semesters. Only students who are able to guarantee availability to live and work in Florence over the summer semester may apply for this position. The position requires 10 to 15 hours per week in the Lorenzo de'Medici offices, compensated at a rate of $12 per hour. The actual number of hours completed in any given week may not exceed 15 hours.  A maximum of two of the weekly worked hours can be done from home with prior approval from the supervisor.

Job responsibilities

The Graduate Assistant in Museology Review will work as a co-editor along with a second student co-editor from the University of Florence, to produce an online publication of museology reviews for the Florence is You website, with some reviews (in a shorter format) also being published in the bi-monthly paper edition. Both co-editors will create and solicit from other graduate students, analytical reviews of aspects of regional exhibitions or permanent installations and work together to translate them for the bilingual publication. The graduate assistant will be responsible for collecting, editing and translating of reviews – as well as coordinating with publication sites. As part of our agreement with Florence is You, the co-editors will be responsible for Instagram and Facebook blogs with short posts about student life as it relates to local museums and the Florentine cultural landscape more generally. The Graduate Assistant in Museology Review will work closely with the editor of Florence is You, the LdM web staff, the M.A. Program Director and the University of Florence Museology chair.

Qualifications

  • Strong communication and organization skills     
  • Ability to communicate effectively as part of a team and solicit information from external sources
  • Solid writing skills
  • Strong computer skills
  • Knowledge of Italian
  • Background in Museum Studies or experience working in a museum setting 

Graduate Library Assistantship

The Graduate Library Assistant will work closely with LdM librarians, as well as faculty and staff of the MA in Museum Studies Program to support a Museum Studies reference library.  The Graduate Library Assistant will maintain open reference library hours, work directly with library users, and maintain and manage the Museum Studies reference collection of approximately 2500 sources. This is a hands-on position that requires a flexible, pro-active individual who is skilled at multi-tasking. Experience working in a library is an advantage.

Job responsibilities

  • Provide reference services through a variety of means to Marist-LdM Museum Studies faculty, staff, and students
  • Instruct user on the use of print and electronic resources for research related purposes
  • Develop appropriate knowledge of print and electronic reference sources both in Florence and in Poughkeepsie, including the libraries’ catalog and subscription databases
  • Perform other duties as assigned

Eligibility requirements

  • Must be a fully admitted graduate student to the MA in Museum Studies program
  • Must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 for the duration of the assistantship
  • Meet requirements to be eligible for employment by a U.S. university
  • Graduate Assistantships require a commitment of between 10 to 15 hours of work per week. The actual number of hours completed in any given week may not exceed 15 hours.  A maximum of two of the weekly worked hours can be done from home with prior approval from the supervisor
  • The rate of compensation for Graduate Assistantships is $12 per hour

Resident Assistant

The Resident Assistant offers a remuneration of room and partial board and is valid for the fall and spring semesters. This position will require 15 hours of work per week at the residence and running student programs. The actual number of hours required to complete RA assignments and programs in any given week may vary.

Job responsibilities

The Resident Assistant will work for the Marist-LdM office of Residential Life and will reside in a building that houses no more than 40 Marist undergraduate students in apartment-style or dormitory living arrangements. The primary responsibility of the RA is to facilitate the growth and development of the residence community, under the guidance of the Resident Directors and the Office of Housing and Residence Life, and help each student achieve their academic, social, and personal goals. RA's play a key role in creating an environment for students that is conducive to academic, personal, and social growth. The Resident Assistant will adhere to and enforce all aspects of the Student Code of Conduct and Residential Handbook and promote a sense of community throughout the entire Marist residence. The RA must take an active role in developing and implementing a variety of residence life programming that is educational and practical and must exercise authority in crisis situations, and take an active role in the prevention of such situations.

Qualifications

  • Strong communication and organization skills     
  • Ability to meet given deadlines
  • Ability and desire to interact with students
  • Demonstrated experience in Student/Residential Life
  • Knowledge of Italy, Florence and surrounding areas desired
  • Experience planning and coordinating events and activities
  • Previous experience as a resident assistant/director preferred 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be a fully admitted graduate student to the M.A. in Museum Studies program
  • Must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 for the duration of the assistantship
  • Meet requirements to be eligible for employment by a U.S. university
  • Graduate assistantships require a commitment of between 10 to 15 hours of work per week. The actual number of hours completed in any given week may not exceed 15 hours.  A maximum of two of the weekly worked hours can be done from home with prior approval from the supervisor.
  • The rate of compensation for graduate assistantships is $12 per hour.

Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici Recognition Awards 

In addition to the graduate assistantships, Istituto Lorenzo de' Medici offers a limited number of Recognition Awards each academic year to students in the M.A. in Museum Studies program. All students admitted to the program are automatically considered for these awards. No application is necessary. Award selection and the amount of the award is based on student academic performance, the potential for success in the program, and financial need.

Marist Graduate Scholarships

Merit Graduate Scholarships

  • Graduate Scholars Award 3.5 GPA or higher $2,000 - $5,750
  • Graduate Academic Award 3.2 - 3.49 GPA $1,200 - $3,450
  • Marist Alumni Scholars Award 3.5 GPA or higher $2,000 - $5,750
  • Marist Alumni Academic Award upon accept $1,200 - $3,450

Merit awards are made at the discretion of the scholarship committee. The total scholarship amount awarded covers the duration of the program and is applied by course each semester in the amount of $150 or $250 per course.

Alumni Tuition Benefit

In recognition of the significant contributions Marist alumni make to the institution and to the community, we want to give back and encourage you to further your education by pursuing a master’s degree at Marist.  To help get you started, we are offering all alumni their first graduate course tuition free.

Eligibility

  • The tuition benefit only applies to new students initiating an application to a stand-alone graduate program through the Office of Graduate Admission.
  • Students may only take their first graduate course tuition free (valid starting January 2019; currently enrolled graduate students do not qualify.)  The first course of enrollment may be pre-determined based on the program selected.

Corporate & Organizational Partnerships

Marist College has created academic partnerships with organizations who share our commitment to diversity and places a high value on the importance of community and the principles of service. Please visit the partnerships page to see a full list of participating associations and employers and learn about specific benefits. 

Students cannot receive both a merit award and an academic partnership discount together. The Office of Student Financial Services will award the higher allocation if a student qualifies for both awards.