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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

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.

Internship in office of state Rep. Jim Lilly (R-District 89)

Internship in office of state Rep. Jim Lilly (R-District 89)

January 09, 2017

Assist Legislator and staff in general office operations.

Gerald R. Ford Foundation Internship

Gerald R. Ford Foundation Internship

November 22, 2016

The Internship Program offers practical training experience to individuals interested in pursuing careers in education, museum education, history, civics, communication, and/or development.

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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

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

Rebekah Bailey

Rebekah Bailey

Attorney for State and Federal Employment Law

Quinlyn Mork

Quinlyn Mork

Studying Abroad in Ghana

Dan Matthews

Dan Matthews

National Assistant Principal of the Year

Erion Veliaj

Erion Veliaj

Albanian Minister of Youth and Social Welfare

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News

PLS 339 Fall 2017

PLS 339 Fall 2017

March 15, 2017

PLS 339 Democracy and the Authoritarian Challenge: Mondays/Wednesdays 4:30-5:45 p.m.

PLS 312 Summer 2017

PLS 312 Summer 2017

March 13, 2017

PLS 312 01 - U.S. FOREIGN POLICY Tuesday/Thursday, 8:30 - 11:45 a.m.

PLS 103 Summer 2017

PLS 103 Summer 2017

March 13, 2017

PLS 103 ISSUES IN WORLD POLITICS Tuesday/Thursday, 12-3:20 PM

PLS 206 Summer 2017

PLS 206 Summer 2017

March 13, 2017

PLS 206 - 01 AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL FOUNDATIONS Monday, 6 - 9:20 p.m.

Professor Walhof's Book: The Democratic Theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer

Professor Walhof's Book: The Democratic Theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer

January 17, 2017

Walhofs book examines the distinctive contribution that the writings of Hans-Georg Gadamer make to democratic theory.

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Events

The World Affairs Council - The EU: An Uncertain Future

The World Affairs Council - The EU: An Uncertain Future

March 27, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Concerned About “Fake News”? Here’s what we’re doing about it. The World Affairs Council brings in experts who have the real scoop: diplomats; policy makers and...

Adam M. Malson Memorial Scholarship

Adam M. Malson Memorial Scholarship

April 1, 2017 All Day

ADAM M. MALSON MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP Timothy R. Zeeb, who graduated from Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in 2002 with a major in International Relations and minors in Political Science and German,...

John T. Batchelder Scholarship

John T. Batchelder Scholarship

April 1, 2017 All Day

JOHN T. BATCHELDER SCHOLARSHIP The John T. Batchelder scholarship is funded by a generous grant from the Batchelder family. The scholarship honors Dr. John Thayer Batchelder who served...

Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Scholarship

Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Scholarship

April 1, 2017 All Day

Miller Johnson West Michigan Diversity Law School Scholarship Students of color (African American, Asian, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander) accepted to or presently attending an accredited...

Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP Minority Scholarship

Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP Minority Scholarship

April 1, 2017 All Day

Warner Norcross & Judd Law School Scholarship Students of color accepted to or presently attending an accredited law school within the US with a permanent residence in Michigan or attending...

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