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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

One Michigan Alliance Internship

One Michigan Alliance Internship

September 12, 2017

One Michigan Alliance & Team David LaGrand are seeking interns.

Legislative Internship

Legislative Internship

April 24, 2017

The office of Representative Sue Allor of the 106th District is currently looking to fill internship positions.

Internship at Michigan Immigrant Rights Center

Internship at Michigan Immigrant Rights Center

March 20, 2017

The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is seeking a full-time bilingual intern for its office in Grand Rapids for the summer of 2017. 

John H. Logie Fellows Program

John H. Logie Fellows Program

March 20, 2017

The John H. Logie Fellows Program offers Grand Valley students an exceptional opportunity to experience and contribute to the operations of Grand Rapids city government.

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

January 18, 2017

The Henry Internship places a GVSU student in the Washington, D.C. offices of one of Michigans U.S. Representatives or Senators during the spring/summer 2017 session.

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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

Kirsten Zeiter

Kirsten Zeiter

Selected as UN Delegate

Mollie Smith

Mollie Smith

Student Founds Breast Cancer Awareness Organization.

Selma Tucker

Selma Tucker

Grad Works for City of Grand Rapids

Amanda Fortino

Amanda Fortino

Major Gifts Officer for Farm Sanctuary

Richard Damstra

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

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News

PLS 325 Winter 2018

PLS 325 Winter 2018

October 16, 2017

PLS 325 Human Rights and Democracy in Russia and the Post-Communist World

Batchelder Scholarship Winners

Batchelder Scholarship Winners

May 19, 2017

Gabrielle Lewis and Estefany Paniagua-Pardo are the winners of the John T. Batchelder Scholarship.

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

May 12, 2017

Audrey Tappenden received the Excellence in a Discipline Award.

Alum Eri Veliaj Delivers Commencement Address

Alum Eri Veliaj Delivers Commencement Address

May 08, 2017

GVSU Political Science alumnus Eri Veliaj delivered the April Commencement address.

Midwest Model EU

Midwest Model EU

May 08, 2017

GVSU Delegation Attends Midwest Model European Union.

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Events

The Trump Presidency: An Early Assessment on October 18, 2017

The Trump Presidency: An Early Assessment

October 18, 2017 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Join us for a panel discussion featuring brief presentations from the following members of the Political Science Department:  Paul Cornish, Polly Diven, Erika King, Roger Moiles and...

PPIA on November 1, 2017

PPIA Program

November 1, 2017 All Day

PPIA (Public Policy and International affairs) Junior Summer Institute (JSI) is a rigorous, intensive seven-week summer program of classes and co-curricular activities promoting the professional and...

PPLC Flyer on February 8, 2018

Public Policy and Leadership Conference

February 8, 2018 All Day

The Public Policy and Leadership Conference (PPLC) seeks to provide students from underrepresented, underserved, low socioeconomic status areas access and opportunity to graduate programs focused on...

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