Graduate Assistantships

Berklee graduate assistantships allow graduate students on the Boston campus to work in the Berklee Global Jazz Institute or the Voice Department. These paid positions are open to both domestic and international students, and pay $15 per hour for up to 10 hours per week during the academic year.

Graduate students are welcome to apply for all positions for which they are qualified but will be selected for only one role. Descriptions of each role are included below. Students must submit a current resumé and a cover letter explaining their qualifications to studentemployment@berklee.edu by Friday, August 4, 2017, to be considered for a graduate assistantship. 

Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Concentration) Program Assistant

The Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Concentration) program assistant works up to 10 hours per week during the instructional weeks of the academic calendar on a number of projects and initiatives that include administrative assistance, outreach, assisting in the planning and coordination of events, working with students, and other duties.

The successful candidate for the position possesses:

  • punctuality;
  • an excellent attitude;
  • administrative experience;
  • the ability to follow detailed, complex instructions;
  • the ability to work in a self-directed manner;
  • strong communication and interpersonal skills;
  • cultural competency and a commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion;
  • proficiency with Mac OS X; and
  • proficiency in using Microsoft Office applications.

The Master of Music in Contemporary Performance (Global Jazz Concentration) program assistant reports to the managing director of the Berklee Global Jazz Institute.

Voice Department Accompanist

A graduate assistantship in the Voice Department's accompanist program is an excellent opportunity for a pianist to develop accompanist skills with vocalists of all levels. The accompanist will have the opportunity during the fall and spring semesters to accompany courses in many genres. Opportunities exist in the genres of jazz, Latin jazz, pop, rock, country, classical, musical theater, and a variety of fusion styles. This pianist must be strong enough to accompany classes on his or her own as well as collaborate with full rhythm sections. About 10 hours of work per week are available, along with periodic substitute work. There are also mentoring opportunities with younger undergraduate accompanists who may need help with sight-reading techniques, post-undergraduate life queries, how to network, and so on.

The successful candidate for the position possesses:

  • punctuality;
  • an excellent attitude;
  • high-level, multi-genre piano skills and sight-reading ability;
  • strong communication and interpersonal skills; and
  • cultural competency and a commitment to the values of diversity and inclusion.

The Voice Department accompanist will report to the Voice Department accompanist coordinator.