Industrial Graduate Assistantships

Industrial Graduate Assistantship (IGA) awards provide businesses and other organizations the opportunity to hire graduate level business students to work 20 hours per week in training positions during the academic year. The student is considered a university employee while receiving real-world work experience and also receiving a tuition scholarship from The University of Akron College of Business Administration (CBA).

Benefits for a company hiring an Industrial GA might include:

  • Ability for the company to acquire high level of talent on a temporary basis -- Can be used to evaluate individuals (try before you buy) and for short- to intermediate-term projects
  • Provide the company with new insights, skills, and perspectives

Process for Awarding an Industrial GA

To participate in the Industrial GA program, the company works with the Graduate Programs Office in cooperation with the related academic department. The company should begin the process at least two weeks before the start of the semester to get all of the agreements and contracts resolved.

The employer provides funding in the form of a grant to UA, to provide the stipend. This is billed to the employer at the end of the each semester for services provided. The awards can be given for one semester (16 weeks), the academic year (16 weeks each in fall and spring semesters) or a 12-month period. The minimum stipend is $3,750 for one semester, $7,500 for the Academic Year and $12,200 for a 12-month period. Employers are encourage to offer higher compensation to be competitive.

Initial Inquiries

Employers interested in hiring students for an Industrial Graduate Assistantship should direct initial inquiries to:

CBA Graduate Programs Office
Myra Weakland, Assistant Director
College of Business Administration, 412
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-4805
330-972-7043 Phone
330-972-6588 Fax
Detailed information on the IGA process and a sample IGA agreement are available below.

IGA Employer Resources


For Fall Semester
Term of Award: Fall Semester
Initial Request: for Resumes: Up through July
Agreement Deadline: By mid-August
Semester Begins: Mid- to Late August

For Spring Semester Term of Award: Spring Semester
Initial Request for Resumes: Up through November
Agreement Deadline: By mid-December
Semester Begins: Early January

For Summer Semester Term of Award: Summer Semester
Initial Request for Resumes: By mid-May
Agreement Deadline: Mid-May to Mid-June (multiple sessions exist in summer)

12 Month – may begin any semester
Term of Award: See above
Initial Request for Resumes: See above
Agreement Deadline: See above
Semester Begins: See above


College of Business Administration/Office of Graduate Programs Contact:
Myra Weakland
Assistant Director
Graduate Programs in Business
The University of Akron
Akron, OH 44325-4805

Office of Research Administration Contact:
Rebecca Campbell
Senior Grants Coordinator
Office of Research Administration
The University of Akron
Akron, Ohio 44325-2102
Phone 330-972-8073