A number of assistantships are also awarded each year. These awards provide experience in the discipline, such as curatorial projects in the university's exhibitions and acquisitions program or with the  American Museum of Asmat Art @ the University of St. Thomas, undertaking special research projects or serving as the graduate student representative. Full assistantships require approximately 150 hours of work over the course of the academic year and payment is received for work done. The postings of these assistantships are sent out in late spring for the following academic year. All degree-seeking students are eligible to apply for the majority of these assistantships.