Fall 2020 Student Employment Eligibility

No work should begin until a GSD payroll coordinator has verified students’ work eligibility and their hire paperwork has been completed. If you are a student who is offered a job, do not begin working until you have submitted the necessary documentation to your payroll coordinator and they have verified your work eligibility.

All students—incoming and returning students, domestic and international—who are in the United States and are legally authorized to work in the US may be hired as GSD student employees through December 31, 2020. Additionally, students residing internationally who have a valid I9 on file with the GSD from a previous job, including jobs during summer 2020, are eligible to work. Returning and incoming students who are not in the US and do not already have a valid I-9 on file from a previous Harvard job are not eligible to work.

If student employees have taxes withheld, it will be at the Massachusetts rate regardless of their physical location. Current, matriculating students should receive priority consideration for all student employment positions at the GSD.

Additional information related to TA, RA, TF, and other student jobs can be found here.

A TA assists faculty with the general duties of preparing for class and provides logistical support or coordination as needed for coursework, course/AV set up, room scheduling, transportation, etc. They may NOT assign grades or serve as substitute instructors in the absence of the instructor of record.

There is no one process for applying to be a teaching assistant. If you are looking for a teaching assistant opportunity, there are several approaches:

Contact an instructor to make a direct inquiry about the possibility of serving as a teaching assistant in one of their courses. You may want to check in with the instructor's department office first, as they may have information about instructors who are looking for TA's or who have already made arrangements for the semester and are no longer looking. Please note that while academic departments can assist in coordination, they do not play a role in the allocation of teaching assistantships.

Instructors may also advertise a teaching assistant position through the Office of Career Services, or through their academic department if they are seeking a TA from a specific program.

In general, a TA for a traveling option studio is selected after the options lottery, from among those students enrolled in the studio. While it is possible for a student not enrolled in the studio to serve as a TA for an option studio, only students enrolled in the studio are eligible to travel with the class.


Teaching Assistants can self-register here after completing their hiring paperwork: