5th Year MIDS Working on Campus

Types of Student Academic Jobs

At UC Berkeley, student instructional positions are graduate student instructor (GSI), reader, or tutor. GSI is synonymous with a teaching assistant (TA) at other universities. A GSI serves as an apprentice under the active supervision of the faculty member who is the instructor of record for the course. Readers and tutors typically, grade papers and exams, hold office hours, attend lectures, and assist course instructors in other ways. Tutors may also provide individual or group tutoring sessions. Readers and tutors do not teach. For more information, see the Graduate Division’s website on appointments

A graduate student researcher (GSR) is a graduate student who is engaged in or assisting in research projects. The specific duties of GSRs vary widely.

Advantages of Working on Campus

On top of the experience itself, there are a number of advantages to working in these types positions:

  • Wages: First, you receive an hourly wage, ranging from around $15 to $25 dollars an hour depending on the type of position. This obviously helps with living expenses. Current ASE Salary Scales
  • Fee Remission: Second, you may receive a fee remission waiver of some of your tuition, determined by the number of hours worked during the course of the semester. As 5th Year MIDS tuition is on a per-unit basis, please review the fee remission amounts below.
    • Fee remission is not available for summer semesters, only for fall and spring semesters. Students may still be hired as a GSI, reader, tutor, or GSR for summer positions and they will earn a wage, but no fee remission will be generated even if you’re enrolled in summer classes.

Where to Look for Campus Jobs

As an I School student, you are eligible to work in any campus department. Since you are a Cal graduate, many students have in the past worked in a wide variety of departments, particularly since you may have taken specific undergraduate courses here at UC Berkeley. Be sure to keep your prior coursework and undergraduate background in mind when you are looking for an appointment.

The I School hires a number of teaching assistants every semester; see the list and application here. For INFO courses, the I School primarily hires GSIs or readers. Most I School TA positions go to Ph.D. students or to second year MIMS students who have already taken the course. Students hired for an INFO teaching support position are typically required to be on campus.

As a new student, it may be easier to find a GSI, reader, or tutor position than a GSR position — especially if you are qualified to teach in another department. Faculty prefer to know your research abilities before hiring. That is, they've probably had you in one of their courses. Many students who choose to work their first year do so as a GSI, reader, or tutor and occasionally moving into GSR positions their second year.

There is no single way to go about finding an GSR or GSI appointment, and there is no single online bulletin board for posting open appointments. Several approaches you might consider:

  • For GSI, reader, and tutor  positions: Berkeley maintains a list of departments which typically offer graduate-student positions. (There is no similar list for GSR positions.) Contact individual departments from this list or other departments for which you may be qualified (based on your undergraduate education) to see which positions they have available.
  • For GSR positions: For the most part, you will need to approach departments and/or faculty directly, talk with them, present your qualifications, and see if they are hiring. This is how it works at the I School: faculty for the most part make individual arrangements with qualified and eligible students depending on their needs and resources. There is a wide range of opportunities available, and different departments and faculty members approach GSR hiring differently.

Fee Remission Types & Estimated Fees Paid by Fee Remission

The amount of fee remission students may be eligible for depends on the type of academic appointment and number of hours hired for; students must meet all qualifying criteria. Review fee remission details and eligibility criteria here.

Partial Fee Remission Eligibility

  • GSIs, readers, & tutors hired at 25–50% time for the fall or spring semester
  • GSRs hired at 25–44% time for the fall or spring semester

Full Fee Remission Eligibility

  • GSRs hired at 45–50% time for the fall or spring semester

Estimated Tuition and Fees

These estimates are based on tuition and fees from the 2021–22 academic year. 2022–23 tuition and fees will be announced after July 1, 2022.

2021–2022 MIDS Tuition/Fees (per semester) Fall
(10 units)
(9 units)
(1 unit)
(7 units)
Total tuition & fees (for students with no fee remission)* $30,962.75 $28,151.75 $4,632 $22,727.75
For students with partial fee remission:        
Covered by partial fee remission $9,479 $9,479 $0 $9,479
Remaining fees* $21,483.75 $18,672.75 $4,632 $13,248.75
For students with full fee remission:        
Covered by full fee remission $10,123.75 $10,123.75 $0 $10,123.75
Remaining fees* $20,839 $18,028 $4,632 $12,604

* For students following the standard course sequence. Estimates based on currently approved amounts.

More Information

The Graduate Division’s GSI, GSR, Reader, and Tutor Guide outlines all of the above in much more detail.

If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Katie Gede at studentaffairs@ischool.berkeley.edu.

Last updated:

May 24, 2022