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Internships, Jobs & Careers

Internships

Why an internship? 

  • Learn through practical experience
  • Invaluable as a means of professional networking and career advancement
  • Make connections between regular classroom work and possible profession
  • Earn college credit
  • Intern in DC via our affiliation with The Washington Center

Placements

  • national, state, and local executive and legislative offices
  • government agencies
  • political campaigns
  • party and interest group organizations,
  • think tanks
  • judicial agencies
  • law firms
  • international business
  • international non-government organizations (NGOs).

For Employers

If you are interested in sponsoring an internship, please email us at plsdept@gvsu.edu with the following:

  • Position Description
  • Estimated hours
  • Length of Position
  • How to apply
  • Contact information

 

Set Up Your Internship

Internship Syllabus
PLS & IR Internship Syllabus

Experience Matters
See examples of GVSU Political Science internships from each student's perspective at the Experience Matters site.

 

Contacts

Political Science: Dr. Donald Zinman
Phone: (616) 331-8714; Email: zinmand@gvsu.edu

International Relations: Dr. Polly Diven
Phone: (616) 331-3282; Email: divenp@gvsu.edu

Internship Postings

Debra Wirth (D-MI) for Congress Campaign Internship

Debra Wirth (D-MI) for Congress Campaign Internship

June 28, 2016

Need interns who would be interested in starting right away to help with the write-in campaign efforts for the August 2nd primary.

Progressive Turnout Project seeks District Directors (Iowa, Illinois)

Progressive Turnout Project seeks District Directors (Iowa, Illinois)

March 17, 2016

Progressive Turnout Project is a grassroots Political Action Committee (PAC) with a single mission: get Democrats to the polls.

Macomb County Commissioners Summer internships

Macomb County Commissioners Summer internships

February 14, 2016

The Macomb County Board of Commissioners is seeking a Legislative Intern for the Summer of 2016.

Family Futures Internships Summer and Fall 2016

Family Futures Internships Summer and Fall 2016

February 14, 2016

Family Futures is currently accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2016 internships.

Kent County Defender's Office Internship

Kent County Defender's Office Internship

November 23, 2015

For the past 7 years we have sponsored an unpaid  Externship program for law students that provides an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in the legal system. Our externs are involved in cases from arraignment through trial.

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Jobs, Careers, Grad School & Law School

Jobs & Careers

The department faculty work closely with Career Services and students on internships and career advising. Students are highly encouraged to pursue an internship. Capstone professors help senior students to prepare for careers and graduate school. For more information, consult our career guide and visit with your faculty advisor. 

Career options

  • Advocacy
  • Business
  • Campaigns & elections
  • Communication
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Government
  • International affairs
  • Law
  • Non-profit
  • Public administration and policy

Graduate & Law School

Political science is a suitable major for many graduate programs:

For more information:
Pre-law 
See the graduate school section of our career guide.

Spotlights

Robert Monaghan

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Ryan Meyer

Ryan Meyer

Advocacy Manager for HealthHIV and Manager for the National Coalition for LGBT Health

Kristen Zeiter

Kristen Zeiter

Selected as UN Delegate

Mollie Smith

Mollie Smith

Student Founds Breast Cancer Awareness Organization.

Lyndsey Kitson

Lyndsey Kitson

Attorney for Employee Benefit, Labor and Employment Law

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News

Professor Diven Researches and Teaches in Sri Lanka

Professor Diven Researches and Teaches in Sri Lanka

July 18, 2016

As part of her winter 2016 sabbatical project, Professor Polly Diven spent the month of February teaching and researching in Sri Lanka.

Political Science Summer Interns 2016

Political Science Summer Interns 2016

June 28, 2016

PLS interns are working in a variety of offices this summer.

Prof. Walhof Recognized by APSA

Prof. Walhof Recognized by APSA

June 08, 2016

Professor Darren Walhof was recognized by the American Political Science Association for his excellence in teaching.

Johnston to Peace Corps

Johnston to Peace Corps

May 23, 2016

Political science graduate Jacob Johnston is joining the Peace Corps.

Zac Thiel Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Zac Thiel Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 14, 2016

Zac Thiel's paper, "Exploring the Causes of Inequality in Developed Countries" has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2015.

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Events

Legal Assistance Center Volunteers

Legal Assistance Center Volunteers

July 29, 2016 All Day

The Legal Assistance Center is seeking student volunteers. The deadline to apply is July 29. Apply via the LAC website: https://legalassistancecenter.org/volunteer/ Volunteering at...

Fall Internship Information Meeting

Fall Internship Information Meeting

August 31, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

It’s not too late for Fall 2016! Come find out about internships for credit in Political Science and International Relations. Wednesday, August 31, 6-7:30 pm in Kirkhof 2266 *Summer...

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