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

Family Futures Internships

Family Futures Internships

July 26, 2014

There are multiple internships available through Family Futures. Family Futures is a nonprofit organization that works to support families and to shape a community that protects children from abuse and neglect.

Candidate for the 72nd House District - Kemal Hamulic

Candidate for the 72nd House District - Kemal Hamulic

July 22, 2014

The 72nd House District is looking for an intern to work under the Kemal Hamulic campaign. This is a great opportunity to meet key players in the local politics and mingle with current and aspiring legislators and chiefs of staff.

Internship for State Rep. Lamonte (D)

Internship for State Rep. Lamonte (D)

July 15, 2014

Interns would provide assistance to Representative Collene Lamonte and members the office. It is a great opportunity to gain important hands-on office experience in a fast-paced environment and acquire valuable professional contacts.

Fall Internship for Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI)

Fall Internship for Rep. Dan Benishek (R-MI)

June 27, 2014

Congressman Benishek from Michigans First District seeks unpaid interns to fill positions for September through December 2014. This is a great opportunity for academic credit.

Fall internships in Governor Snyder's office

Fall internships in Governor Snyder's office

June 24, 2014

The deadline to apply for the Governor's internship program is July 18th. It will be competitive with such an amazing opportunity so do not delay.

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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

Lyndsey Kitson

Lyndsey Kitson

Attorney for Employee Benefit, Labor and Employment Law

Mike Kolehouse

Mike Kolehouse

Political Organizer Founds Consulting Firm

Nick Girimont

Nick Girimont

1L at MSU College of Law

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Natalie Cleary

Natalie Cleary

Teach for America

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News

Myott ('09) Represents Couple in Gay Marriage Suit

Myott ('09) Represents Couple in Gay Marriage Suit

June 25, 2014

Attorney Stephanie Myott ('09) recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of her clients who want the State of Michigan to recognize their out-of-state marriage

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

May 09, 2014

PIC Corp Team wins the 2014 World Quest competition hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

May 07, 2014

PLS 339 offered this fall semester, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

PLS Students Present at Student Scholars Day 2014

PLS Students Present at Student Scholars Day 2014

May 07, 2014

Samuel Hannah, Marc Plooster, and Marissa Swartz participate in Student Scholars Day

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.

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Events

Miller Johnson Paid Pre-law Diversity Internship

Miller Johnson Paid Pre-law Diversity Internship

August 11, 2014 All Day

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern Program Description Miller Johnson partners with Grand Valley State University to provide an academic semester-long internship opportunity (two opportunities...

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