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European Studies Center (UCIS) has an opening for a  Graduate Student Assistant for Spring 2021!

The European Studies Center (ESC) at the University Center for International Studies (UCIS) has embarked on a multi-year mission to re-think, re-imagine, and re-define what area studies and a traditional area studies center are and what we do.  Future programming, scholarship, teaching, and community engagement should reflect the larger goal of understanding our world and preparing students for the demands of a globalized and international workforce. Through several key initiatives and in cooperation with units across Pitt’s campus, the ESC believes that the re-invention of area studies can and, indeed should, begin with European Studies.  Moreover, through interdisciplinary study of Europe, students will gain key competencies that will prepare them for work in the 21st century labor force.  Those competencies are best summed up in the acronym HELMS: Historical context, Ethics, Language proficiency and cultural literacy, Media literacy, and Social Science methodologies.

The ESC thus seeks a Graduate Student Assistant (GSA) for the Spring Semester 2021.  The primary responsibilities of this GSA position will be to assist the Director and Associate Director of the Center in advancing the mission of the ESC by identifying significant research clusters related to a reimagining of European Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, researching external scholars, centers, and practitioners who are rethinking how we study Europe, identifying “experts” for Center programming, and assisting in the intellectual organization of upcoming conferences (selecting paper proposals, engaging additional scholars).  The ideal candidate will have a strong understanding of contemporary or historical Europe, have conducted research related to Europe, and present evidence of their ability to work and to consider research issues across many disciplines. 

The GSA must be able to work 20 hours every week during the spring semester.  The position will cover full tuition and most fees (except the student activity fee) and includes a monthly stipend for 4 months. (Stipend will be based upon standard University rates, which is $8,030/term for the 2020-2021 academic year.) Graduate student insurance will also be included.

Duties and Qualifications:

  • Work with the Director and Associate Director to identify potential speakers for the Center’s different lecture and speakers series.
  • Assist in researching innovative approaches to “area studies” and identify key scholars or practitioners as potential speakers in a new “Reimagining European Studies” speaker series.
  • Engage with Pitt and ESC alumni to identify potential mentors for current ESC students as well as panelists for alumni panels.
  • Prepare reports from the database (and other sources) as needed for ESC reporting requirements and grant proposals.
  • Other duties as assigned by ESC staff.


  • Excellent writing skills with ability to connect with different audiences required.
  • Works well independently, takes initiative.
  • Strong academic and internet research skills required.
  • A demonstrated understanding of Europe and experience researching a topic related to European studies.
  • Creative thinker open to approaches from many different disciplines.
  • Professional demeanor, highly organized, detail-oriented.
  • A knowledge of a European language other than English preferred, but not required.

An interview will be required.  Interviews are anticipated to take place the first week of December.  Interested students must be enrolled in the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences.  Please send questions to: europeanstudies@pitt.edu

To apply, please send a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for two references to europeanstudies@pitt.edu by November 20, 2020 with the subject line “European Studies GSA Application.”