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

Macomb County Board of Commissioners Legislative Internship

Macomb County Board of Commissioners Legislative Internship

January 23, 2015

 A student will walk away with knowledge in legislative affairs,  administrative management and government communications. It  is our desire to provide a student with a valuable experience in the public sector so they are prepared for such a career. 

Project Vote Smart

Project Vote Smart

January 13, 2015

Vote Smart announced today that they will provide three scholarships to Grand Valley State University students to work at its Great Divide Research Retreat during the coming Presidential Election cycle.

Henry Internship 2015

Henry Internship 2015

January 06, 2015

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 2015 session.

Sierra Club Internship

Sierra Club Internship

January 06, 2015

The Sierra Club is seeking to place a qualified and self-motivated individual into our Oakland County program office. The individual will have a chance to make valuable connections and learn firsthand about the environmental community in Michigan.

Internships: Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) Summer 2015

Internships: Executive Office of Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) Summer 2015

December 19, 2014

The application process is now available for students seeking a Summer 2015 internship with the Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder. The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, January 23.

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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

Ryan Meyer

Ryan Meyer

Earning Master's of Public Policy at Georgetown University

Erion Veliaj

Erion Veliaj

Albanian Minister of Youth and Social Welfare

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Chelsea Kendziorski

Chelsea Kendziorski

Student Summer Scholar 2014

Robert Monaghan

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

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News

Prof. Schlewitz on US-Cuba Relations

Prof. Schlewitz on US-Cuba Relations

January 05, 2015

Prof. Schlewitz discusses normalization of US-Cuba ties.

Gov. Appoints PLS and IR Alumni to Board of Trustees

Gov. Appoints PLS and IR Alumni to Board of Trustees

December 14, 2014

Megan Sall and Victor Cardenas named to GVSU Board by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Senior Political Science Major Wins School Board Seat

Senior Political Science Major Wins School Board Seat

November 11, 2014

Senior political science major Toby Hutchins wins Fennville School Board position

PLS Alumna Kristin Sage (Mahn)

PLS Alumna Kristin Sage (Mahn)

November 11, 2014

Look who's in the news for representing Wayne State University Law School!

Research Student Position at GVSU's Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Research Student Position at GVSU's Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

October 07, 2014

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student to assist in its community-based research and evaluation projects.

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Events

Orientation Assistant

Orientation Assistant

February 9, 2015 All Day

Orientation Assistants are student employees who work for the Admissions Office. They are responsible for assisting with registration for all of the summer Freshman Orientation sessions and Transfer...

Outstanding Paper Award

Outstanding Paper Award

February 9, 2015 All Day

The Department of Political Science and International Relations program are holding the second annual Outstanding Paper Award competition. We invite all students who major or minor (including teachable...

Frozen Time Screening

Frozen Time Screening

February 12, 2015 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Grand Valley is proud to present the screening of: Frozen Time, Liquid Memories: 1942-2012 a film by Dragan Kujundzic Kujundzic is a Professor of Film and Media Studies, Jewish, Germanic and Slavic...

Student Scholars Day (SSD)

Student Scholars Day (SSD)

February 13, 2015 All Day

Student Scholars Day will take place this year on April 8. This is a great opportunity to present your research! Contact a sponsoring professor and apply between January 26 and February 13, 2015.  

2015 LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship Program

2015 LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship Program

April 30, 2015 All Day

As part of our ongoing commitment to promote diversity within the legal profession, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP announces the eighth year of our LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship program. The...

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