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

 

Internship Syllabus

For more information
PLS & IR Internship Syllabus

 

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

Mary Whiteford for State Rep

Mary Whiteford for State Rep

April 09, 2014

The Mary Whiteford for State Rep. campaign is now accepting applications for anyone interested in an internship or volunteer opportunity during the summer of 2014.

Washington Center Deadline Extended

Washington Center Deadline Extended

March 21, 2014

The Washington Center confirms it is still accepting summer 2014 applications on a space-available basis.

Jon Hoadley Campaign

Jon Hoadley Campaign

March 20, 2014

There is an internship available for the campaign for Jon Hoadley, candidate for State Representative from the 60th District.

Robert Regan Campaign

Robert Regan Campaign

March 18, 2014

Internship available. Campaign for Robert Regan, candidate for State Representative from the 73rd District.

Brenda Lawrence for Congress (D)

Brenda Lawrence for Congress (D)

April 18, 1920

Brenda Lawrence (D) of Southfield is looking for interns for their bid for US Congress in Michigan's 14th District. She is seeking candidates committed to Progressive politics. Posting attached.

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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

Maro Houhanisin

Maro Houhanisin

Attorney for Probate, Estate Planning and Domestic Relations

Lyndsey Kitson

Lyndsey Kitson

Attorney for Employee Benefit, Labor and Employment Law

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller

Teaching at United States Military Academy

Nick Girimont

Nick Girimont

1L at MSU College of Law

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News

Mork Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Mork Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 14, 2014

Quinlyn Mork's paper, "Democracy in Ghana: A Product of Elite Construction?" has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2013.

Marsh Recognized as 2014 PLS Outstanding Student

Marsh Recognized as 2014 PLS Outstanding Student

April 14, 2014

PLS major, Alissa Marsh Mack, is the 2014 Political Science Outstanding Student.

Leestma Wins Language Scholarship

Leestma Wins Language Scholarship

March 26, 2014

IR major David Leestma wins nationally competitive Critical Language Scholarship.

Washington Center Deadline Extended

Washington Center Deadline Extended

March 21, 2014

The Washington Center confirms it is still accepting summer 2014 applications on a space-available basis.

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Events

Commencement

Commencement

April 26, 2014 3:00 PM

Commencement Ceremonies. Congratulations to our Political Science graduates!

Spring Classes Begin

Spring Classes Begin

May 5, 2014 All Day
Summer Classes Begin

Summer Classes Begin

June 23, 2014 All Day

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