Administrative & Advising Graduate Assistant, Visa & Immigration Service Advising

Graduate Assistantship

Supervisor: Degi Betcher, International Student Advisor, Visa & Immigration Service Advising (VISA)


Application Process: Qualified applicants can send their resume and cover letter to the VISA office at by Friday, May 14 

If additional information is needed from an applicant and/or an applicant is granted an interview, we will contacthim/her via ODU student e- mail.


  • Regular admission in a graduate degree program at ODU with good academic standing is required;graduate assistants are required to maintain a full course of study during the term of their appointment as agraduate assistant.
  • Demonstrated strong oral and written skills
  • Computer competency with Microsoft Office
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Event planning experience (e.g. workshops and the like)


  • Presentation experience beyond a classroom setting
  • Experience in working with international students or study abroad
  • Familiarity with professional advising of international students
  • Advising or counseling experience in a professional setting
  • Desire to work in the field of international education as a career choice
  • Overseas experience
  • Proficiency in social media 

Job Description & Responsibilities: The administrative and advising graduate assistant provides support tothe associate director and other staff members of VISA in serving ODU’s international population in the followingareas:

  • making various presentations to the international community and/or the general campus population
  • coordinating the Global Certificate Program, a professional development program for ODU faculty, staff and graduate assistants 
  • coordinating the ISAB travel grant 
  • responding to a significant amount of e-mail correspondence with students
  • creating a number of reports and charts on student population. 
  • verifying student data—including some basic analysis
  • processing of international student paperwork such as RCL, CPT, OPT.
  • performing data-entry
  • advising international students—in person and via e-mail—of basic processes
  • planning new student check-in
  • representing VISA and/or international students throughout the campus community
  • updating VISA’s online presence on social media
  • providing coverage of the front desk as needed

Length of Assistantship: August- May; potentially renewable

Hours and Wage: 20 hours per week / $15,000 academic year / 61% tuition waiver for out-of-state students

Academic and professional knowledge/skills to be derived from this experience; the GA will:

  • Achieve experience in international education and develop skills in programming activities for cultural events and activities.
  • Improve cross-cultural competency skills.
  • Obtain an understanding of skills needed to work with a diverse international student population.
  • Gain practice in making presentations.
  • Acquire knowledge in counseling international students on a wide variety of issues.
  • Become familiar with immigration and related laws pertaining to international students at a higher education level.