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Graduate Student Assistant (4872)

Graduate Student Assistant

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: MF40
  • Class Code: 4872
  • Established: 05/03/1972
  • Revised: --
  • Title Changed: --


Under close supervision and in a trainee capacity, to assist in the performance of professional duties such as research and other functions related to the departmental assignment; and to do other related work.

Job Characteristics

The class of Graduate Student Assistant is a training class established to provide limited term employment offering supervised experience in various professional areas. Employment in this class is restricted to students in a college or university curriculum leading to an advanced degree in a professional area. This class is designed to provide graduate students with an opportunity to familiarize themselves with the State's professional work. It enables State agencies to utilize the services of graduate students during the course of their graduate training and facilitates more effective recruitment of applicants for professional careers in State service.

Typical Tasks

Receives training from the departmental staff and gains practical experience by observing and assisting with the work performed; assists in and performs research; analyzes and evaluates data; prepares recommendations, reports and correspondence; observes methods, problems and principles related to the departmental assignments; gains experience in the methods and ethics of professional conduct and practice.

Minimum Qualifications

Registration as a graduate student in a college or university of recognized standing. (Persons appointed during the summer months must produce evidence of eligibility for such registration in the following enrollment period.)

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: General concepts and principles involved in the departmental assignment.


Ability to: Reason logically; establish and maintain effective working relationships; draw sound conclusions and make appropriate recommendations.

Special Personal Characteristics

Interest and aptitude in the work; willingness to do routine work in order to learn; high ethics and moral standards.

  Updated: 6/3/2012
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