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

Political Affairs Internship

Political Affairs Internship

November 13, 2014

The Borgen Project, a national campaign focused on alleviating poverty in developing nations through securing support from congressional leaders, has a telecommuting internship opening.

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows

Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows

October 23, 2014

The newly-launched Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program, which is a competitive five-and-a-half week summer leadership program, is now accepting applications. Rising juniors are eligible to apply.

West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center Internships

West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center Internships

October 16, 2014

The West Michigan Refugee Education and Cultural Center is, in large part, dependent on volunteer help. We are always recruiting for the following volunteer and intern positions.

Terra Strategies internship (paid)

Terra Strategies internship (paid)

October 07, 2014

Terra Strategies is hiring canvassers for an issue advocacy and voter mobilization for a campaign it is conducting on behalf of an independent expenditure effort in Grand Rapids.

Family Futures Internships 2015

Family Futures Internships 2015

October 07, 2014

Family Futures is a nonprofit organization located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Riverview Center. For almost 30 years, Family Futures has worked to support families and to shape a community that protects children from abuse and neglect.

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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

Shaun Brodie

Shaun Brodie

Attorney for Social Security Administration

Megan Koops Fisher

Megan Koops Fisher

Community Outreach Program Manager for Ready for School

Nick Girimont

Nick Girimont

1L at MSU College of Law

Derrick Mathis

Derrick Mathis

Keeping the Community Warm

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News

Gov. Appoints PLS and IR Alumni to Board of Trustees

Gov. Appoints PLS and IR Alumni to Board of Trustees

December 14, 2014

Megan Sall and Victor Cardenas named to GVSU Board by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Senior Political Science Major Wins School Board Seat

Senior Political Science Major Wins School Board Seat

November 11, 2014

Senior political science major Toby Hutchins wins Fennville School Board position

PLS Alumna Kristin Sage (Mahn)

PLS Alumna Kristin Sage (Mahn)

November 11, 2014

Look who's in the news for representing Wayne State University Law School!

Research Student Position at GVSU's Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

Research Student Position at GVSU's Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

October 07, 2014

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student to assist in its community-based research and evaluation projects.

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

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Events

Humanity in Action Fellowship

Humanity in Action Fellowship

January 8, 2015 All Day

Intensive and demanding, the Humanity in Action Fellowship brings together international groups of college students and recent graduates to explore national histories of discrimination and resistance—including...

Outstanding Paper Award

Outstanding Paper Award

February 9, 2015 All Day

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

Frozen Time Screening

Frozen Time Screening

February 12, 2015 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Grand Valley is proud to present the screening of: Frozen Time, Liquid Memories: 1942-2012 a film by Dragan Kujundzic Kujundzic is a Professor of Film and Media Studies, Jewish, Germanic and Slavic...

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