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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

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.

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern

October 05, 2016

Miller Johnson partners with GVSU to provide an academic semester-long internship opportunity. 

Eric John Szczepaniak for Kenowa Hills School Board Campaign Internship

Eric John Szczepaniak for Kenowa Hills School Board Campaign Internship

September 08, 2016

Two candidates running a joint campaign for two seats on the Kenowa Hills School Board are seeking an unpaid intern that will receive two academic credits this semester.

Ottawa County Elections Internship

Ottawa County Elections Internship

August 25, 2016

The Elections Intern position is an opportunity to gain hands on experience in the areas of elections and public administration.

Hillary Clinton Campaign Fellowship/Internship

Hillary Clinton Campaign Fellowship/Internship

August 25, 2016

This fall we are looking for individuals who want to be a part of a historic opportunity to help elect the first female President of the United States, Hillary Clinton.

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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

Quinlyn Mork

Quinlyn Mork

Studying Abroad in Ghana

Lyndsey Kitson

Lyndsey Kitson

Attorney for Employee Benefit, Labor and Employment Law

Jeanine Anderson

Jeanine Anderson

Assistant DA in New York

Andrew Wilson

Andrew Wilson

Pursuing PhD and Studying Medicare Policy

Thomas Bell

Thomas Bell

Higher Education Consultant

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News

Cornish to Give "Last Lecture"

Cornish to Give "Last Lecture"

November 15, 2016

Two professors will give a lecture as though it is the last one they will ever give.

Political Science Department Faculty Member Visits Washington, DC

Political Science Department Faculty Member Visits Washington, DC

November 01, 2016

Political Science Department faculty member Michelle Miller-Adams visited Washington, DC, on October 24-26 in her capacity as an expert on place-based scholarship programs.

GVSU Interns in Washington DC, Fall 2016

GVSU Interns in Washington DC, Fall 2016

October 25, 2016

Washington Center Interns Fall 2016

European Conference of Political Research

European Conference of Political Research

October 10, 2016

Professors Diven and Constantelos attend the European Conference of Political Research conference in Prague.

GVSU IR Grad Working on Clinton Campaign

GVSU IR Grad Working on Clinton Campaign

October 10, 2016

GVSU 2011 IR graduate Kelly McCurdy is working on the Clinton campaign in Pennsylvania.

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Events

GVSU Dinner in Albania

GVSU Dinner in Albania

May 13, 2017 All Day

Join current GVSU President Tom Haas, his wife Marcia, and other GVSU alumni in Tirana, Albania on 13 May, 2017. Fellow GVSU alumni are eager to welcome you to the lovely capital...

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