CHAD supports an average of 12 to 15 graduate students and 6 to 8 undergraduates each year through externally-funded projects and off-campus assistantships. Graduate students supported by CHAD are usually enrolled in the Historic Preservation M.A. program or the Historic Preservation concentration within the M.A. Program in Urban Affairs and Public Policy, or in other graduate programs in the School of Public Policy and Administration. Some opportunities are also available for graduate students in Art History and in the Ph.D. Program in Preservation Studies administered by the Center for Material Culture Studies. Undergraduate students may come from a variety of departments relevant to material culture studies and historic preservation. CHAD research assistants are provided workspace in the Center, where they can meet and interact with each other, with CHAD faculty, and with visiting professionals.

By working in a research and public service center, CHAD students are able to combine their classroom education with the hands-on experience of working on preservation projects. Students learn practical skills with a diversity of experiences that make them competitive for a wide range of preservation-related jobs. They often become co-authors of CHAD publications. Assistantships offer competitive stipends and, for graduate students may also include tuition scholarships. To inquire about research assistantship opportunities and current projects, contact the CHAD Director, David Ames: E-Mail CHAD Director