An internship is experiential learning and takes place outside the classroom and off the GVSU campus. An internship will give you the opportunity to work in business, government, or for a private agency and gain valuable experience and a taste of the working world in an area of interest to you. Most interns work in areas where they would like to be employed after graduation and often an internship will lead directly to a job. Students in the City and Regional Planning emphasis are required to take an internship but all others are strongly encouraged to do so as well. Unlike many other areas of study, internships in Geography and Planning are generally paid.
Generally, students make their own internship arrangements. The internship must be planned the semester before it is to take place. As an intern, you will be directed by a field supervisor where the internship takes place who will work with a Geography and Planning faculty member.
To receive credit for your internship you must 1) get an offer of internship from some organization, 2) obtain the approval of a GPY faculty member with whom you will discuss the dimensions of the internship and requirements, and 3) register for GPY490. Credit may be from 3-9 but normally students enroll for 3 credits: equivalent to 12-15 hours per week. GPY490 is graded on a credit/no credit basis. See your advisor for more details. A description of the Internship Management process is given in the Internship Guide for Students.
Once you've secured your internship go to GVSU's online Internship Management process to get registered.
A very old list of places where GPY students have interned in the past. Many of our students have had very rewarding internships with the Student Conservation Association (SCA). You can find them on the web