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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

Progressive Turnout Project seeks District Directors (Iowa, Illinois)

Progressive Turnout Project seeks District Directors (Iowa, Illinois)

March 17, 2016

Progressive Turnout Project is a grassroots Political Action Committee (PAC) with a single mission: get Democrats to the polls.

Macomb County Commissioners Summer internships

Macomb County Commissioners Summer internships

February 14, 2016

The Macomb County Board of Commissioners is seeking a Legislative Intern for the Summer of 2016.

Family Futures Internships Summer and Fall 2016

Family Futures Internships Summer and Fall 2016

February 14, 2016

Family Futures is currently accepting applications for Summer and Fall 2016 internships.

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.

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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

Dorothy Sewe

Dorothy Sewe

Aids Refugee Relocation Efforts

Richard Damstra

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Commissioned as Coast Guard Officer

Toby Hutchins

Toby Hutchins

Student Wins School Board Seat

Amanda Fortino

Amanda Fortino

Major Gifts Officer for Farm Sanctuary

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News

Johnston to Peace Corps

Johnston to Peace Corps

May 23, 2016

Political science graduate Jacob Johnston is joining the Peace Corps.

Zac Thiel Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Zac Thiel Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 14, 2016

Zac Thiel's paper, "Exploring the Causes of Inequality in Developed Countries" has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2015.

Spring/Summer Courses 2016

Spring/Summer Courses 2016

March 16, 2016

Check out the courses offered for this Spring and Summer!

Professor King Answers: GOP Strategy & Democratic Turnout Rates

Professor King Answers: GOP Strategy & Democratic Turnout Rates

February 23, 2016

Professor King answers looming questions about the GOP strategy and Democratic turnout rates.

The Heir Apparent Presidency

The Heir Apparent Presidency

February 22, 2016

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

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Events

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