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

Kent County Defender's Office Internship

Kent County Defender's Office Internship

November 23, 2015

For the past 7 years we have sponsored an unpaid  Externship program for law students that provides an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in the legal system. Our externs are involved in cases from arraignment through trial.

The Washington Center Party Convention Program

The Washington Center Party Convention Program

November 20, 2015

Every four years, our country takes part in an effort essential to our democratic system: the election of the President of the United States. At the heart of this process are two extraordinary events: the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

Macomb County Board of Commissioners Legislative Internship

Macomb County Board of Commissioners Legislative Internship

November 19, 2015

The Macomb County Board of Commissioners is seeking a Legislative Intern for the Winter and Spring of 2016.

Campaign Support Intern Position- Family Futures

Campaign Support Intern Position- Family Futures

November 02, 2015

Family Futures has a new and exciting internship opportunity for a student interested in gaining experience working on a local, non-partisan political campaign.

Rep. Candice S. Miller (MI-10) Spring 2016 Interns

Rep. Candice S. Miller (MI-10) Spring 2016 Interns

October 22, 2015

Congresswoman Candice S. Miller (R-MI) seeks legislative interns for the Spring 2016 semester. Interns will work in a fast-paced congressional office, gaining valuable exposure and knowledge of the legislative process and the United States Congress.

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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

Megan Koops Fisher

Megan Koops Fisher

Community Outreach Program Manager for Ready for School

Maro Houhanisin

Maro Houhanisin

Attorney for Probate, Estate Planning and Domestic Relations

Mike Kolehouse

Mike Kolehouse

Political Organizer Founds Consulting Firm

Tyler Nickerson

Tyler Nickerson

Advocating for Affordable Housing

Natalie Cleary

Natalie Cleary

Teach for America

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News

Student Scholars Day Registration

Student Scholars Day Registration

February 05, 2016

Registration for Student Scholars Day is opening soon! REMEMBER: it is so important that you showcase your academic work! Do not miss this amazing opportunity!

Miller-Adam's Research appears in The White House

Miller-Adam's Research appears in The White House

January 26, 2016

The Political Science Department is proud to announce Professor Miller-Adam's research was a leading influence in the White House this past week! Download her book here!

The Heir Apparent Presidency

The Heir Apparent Presidency

January 22, 2016

The Political Science Department is proud to announce the publication of Professor Donald Zinman's book: The Heir Apparent Presidency

NEH Common Heritage award

NEH Common Heritage award

December 15, 2015

The Kutsche Office of Local History at Grand Valley State University, building on the work of Professor Andy Schlewitz, received a Common Heritage Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to collect oral histories of Michigan migrant workers.

Student Founds Breast Cancer Awareness Organization

Student Founds Breast Cancer Awareness Organization

November 17, 2015

Political Science minor Mollie Smith founds BRCAn't Stop Me.

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Events

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Migration to Michigan: Challenges and Opportunities

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Migration to Michigan: Challenges and Opportunities

February 8, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:15 AM

As a part of the Great Decisions Global Discussion Series, Mr.Goei, the former owner of Eastern Floral who now leads Michigan's Office for New Americans discussed how Michigan receives the third...

Outstanding Paper Award

Outstanding Paper Award

February 10, 2016 All Day

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

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

February 15, 2016 All Day

The Henry Internship places a GVSU student in the Washington, D.C. offices of one of Michigan’s U.S. Representatives or Senators during the spring/summer 2016 session.  Students may also...

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Climate Change: Local Solutions to Global Problems"

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Climate Change: Local Solutions to Global Problems"

February 15, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

When it comes to climate change, the local can impact the global! Former Mayor Heartwell draws on his decades of work creating a more sustainable Grand Rapids and insights gained for...

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Never Again: the UN's Role in Genocide Prevention"

Great Decisions Global Discussion Series: "Never Again: the UN's Role in Genocide Prevention"

February 22, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Though 70% of Americans believe the U.S. should prevent mass atrocities world wide, according to a recent study by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, how do we do it? Dr. O'Bannon discusses...

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