MSU Graduate Student Employment & Career Development

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Graduate Employees Union

The GEU serves as a labor union to make the Michigan State University community a better place in which to work and study. The Graduate Employees Union works to make MSU a more democratic, equitable, dynamic, and diverse community.

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GRADUATE ASSISTANTS:  Employment Information

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MSU Guidelines for Graduate Student Mentoring and Advising

The GSRR specifically addresses student conduct, academic pursuits, keeping of records and publications, and describes procedures for formulating regulations governing student conduct.

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MSU provides health coverage for graduate assistants and their eligible dependents through Blue Care Network (BCN). As a graduate assistant, you are enrolled automatically in the health plan, and MSU picks up the cost of your health coverage.
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Student Health Insurance Coverage 

The MSU Student Insurance Plan is available to all undergraduate and graduate students. The only students required by MSU to have health insurance are international, medical, and veterinary students.  If you are an international student, you can find help on US insurance and healthcare from OISS at Office for International Students and Scholars :: U.S. Health Care and Insurance (  You can also contact them at


US Healthcare and Insurance: Information for International Students and Scholars

The health care system in the United States is complex, and as a student or scholar at MSU, you are required to have health insurance. Learn how to use your health insurance so you can get the medical care you need. Just click on the icon to reach the link on the OISS page.  Need help beyond the information provided? Email the OISS health team at

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*Found in the  Office of the Registrar page – Academic Programs Catalog: Graduate Education. Click on image above to follow link or go here:


Health4U Program

MSU community members eligible for Health4U services include faculty, staff, graduate assistants, retirees, and spouses/partners of members in these groups. Health4U is focused on helping the MSU community explore the fundamentals of a health-promoting lifestyle. We provide access to high quality, evidence informed, and culturally conscious health education and support.

We offer health and wellness coursescoaching services and departmental services. On our website you will also find articles, resources, and recipes published by Health4U staff.   

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Graduate School Information, including Fellowship & Funding Opportunities

Future Academic Scholars in Teaching

The FAST program is for doctoral students with interests in teaching, learning, and assessment in higher education.

MSU BEST Program

The goal of MSU BEST is to empower trainees to develop professional skills and experiences which will permit them to pursue careers that will be personally and professionally meaningful.

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Grad Teaching @ MSU

At Michigan State University, we are committed to the professional development of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at postsecondary instructors.  Visit Teaching | The Graduate School ( for comprehensive resources.

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Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation

MSU’s Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation provides a spectrum of support for MSU’s educators to conceptualize learning, teaching, and programmatic opportunities and develop solutions. Instructors and educators may receive support and consultation, professional development opportunities, learning experience design collaborations, and support for online and blended programs.

The Graduate School

The office of Graduate Career Development in the MSU Graduate School provides multiple online resources, as well as workshops and advising, to support the many paths graduate students choose to pursue.

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Certification in Community EngagementThe Certification is designed to help graduate and professional students develop systemic, respectful, and scholarly approaches to their community engaged work.

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Career Services Network – This is your one-stop site for all things career development and job hunting. Graduate students – both Master’s and PhD will find resources and opportunities here. 

Center for Community Engaged Learning

The Center for Community Engaged Learning advances community engaged learning at Michigan State University and prepares students for lifelong civic and social responsibility.

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The Burgess Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation – This program empowers students to learn through action by providing programs, courses, and resources to foster an entrepreneurial mindset, develop empathy, and create new ventures. 

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MSU College of Law Taxpayer Clinic

The MSU College of Law Alvin L. Storrs Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic is a free legal-aid clinic that provides legal services to low-income taxpayers who are in controversy with the Internal Revenue Service and educational services relating to tax matters to those for whom English is a second language. We will arrange to meet with clients at other times on an as-needed basis.  The Tax Clinic also provides important tax-related legal services to indigent Michigan taxpayers. Please note that the Tax Clinic does not offer tax return preparation services.

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MSU Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) takes great pride and responsibility for our clients, our volunteers, and our University. Our mission is to provide our clients with high quality and accurate tax services.

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Starting Fall Semester 2023, Michigan State University Career Services Network opened the doors to its new Career Closet where all University students can find attire for that upcoming interview, career fair, presentation or other need without breaking the bank or even leaving the East Lansing campus.

Whether in need of professional or business casual clothing, shoes, jewelry, purses, belts or neckties, students will find items available from the new Career Closet at Career Services Network, Suite 113 of the Student Services Building at MSU. The attire is free to borrow for up to seven days, and the

Career Closet is open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 
Monday-Friday; no appointment necessary

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Welcome to MSU Connect! This site will help you find an alumni mentor for career exploration, career preparation, or for general advice to support your professional development.

Unlike LinkedIn, alumni whose profiles you see included on this site have indicated their willingness to support your career exploration and success and to be contacted by you to answer your questions related to your academic and career interests.

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