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

Rebekah Bailey

Rebekah Bailey

Attorney for State and Federal Employment Law

Thomas Bell

Thomas Bell

Higher Education Consultant

Maro Houhanisin

Maro Houhanisin

Attorney for Probate, Estate Planning and Domestic Relations

Mike Kolehouse

Mike Kolehouse

Political Organizer Founds Consulting Firm

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

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News

The Postsecondary National Policy Institute Scholar Program

The Postsecondary National Policy Institute Scholar Program

February 12, 2016

The applications for the Summer Scholar Program by the Postsecondary National Policy Institute are now available! Check out this amazing opportunity!

Professor Erika King Evaluates Primary Results

Professor Erika King Evaluates Primary Results

February 11, 2016

In an interview, Political Science professor Erika King discusses the New Hampshire primary results

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!

Professor Erika King Discusses Caucus Results

Professor Erika King Discusses Caucus Results

February 02, 2016

Professor Erika King Discusses What Comes Next for Presidential Candidates

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!

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Events

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...

Presidential Candidate John Kasich is coming to GVSU

Presidential Candidate John Kasich is coming to GVSU

February 15, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Ohio Governor and Republican presidential candidate John Kasich will be speaking at GVSU! Room opens for general seating at 9:30.  Sponsored by College Republicans. For more information...

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...

Career Fair

Career Fair

February 25, 2016 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Career Fair is for Everyone! First & Second Year Students: explore job titles, career paths & employers Juniors: meet employers & learn about internship opportunities Seniors &...

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