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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

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.

Kent County Republican Party Internships

Kent County Republican Party Internships

August 25, 2016

The Kent GOP seeks skilled college students to intern in its downtown Grand Rapids office.

Kent County Democratic Campaign Internships

Kent County Democratic Campaign Internships

August 25, 2016

Campaign seeks unpaid interns.

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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

Mollie Smith

Mollie Smith

Student Founds Breast Cancer Awareness Organization.

Ryan Meyer

Ryan Meyer

Advocacy Manager for HealthHIV and Manager for the National Coalition for LGBT Health

Selma Tucker

Selma Tucker

Grad Works for City of Grand Rapids

Thomas Bell

Thomas Bell

Higher Education Consultant

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News

PLS 325 Winter 2017

PLS 325 Winter 2017

September 19, 2016

PLS 325 Human Rights and Democracy in Russia and the Post-Communist World

Dr. Zinman and Dr. King on "To the Point"

Dr. Zinman and Dr. King on "To the Point"

September 18, 2016

Political Science professors, Dr. Donald Zinman and Dr. Erika King, discuss the presidential campaign with Rick Albin on "To the Point"

Professor Diven Researches and Teaches in Sri Lanka

Professor Diven Researches and Teaches in Sri Lanka

July 18, 2016

As part of her winter 2016 sabbatical project, Professor Polly Diven spent the month of February teaching and researching in Sri Lanka.

Political Science Summer Interns 2016

Political Science Summer Interns 2016

June 28, 2016

PLS interns are working in a variety of offices this summer.

Prof. Walhof Recognized by APSA

Prof. Walhof Recognized by APSA

June 08, 2016

Professor Darren Walhof was recognized by the American Political Science Association for his excellence in teaching.

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Events

Legal and Bioethical Dilemmas Regarding Surrogacy

Legal and Bioethical Dilemmas Regarding Surrogacy

September 28, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

In the last thirty years, the desire to become a parent has been achieved in many cases through surrogacy, a phenomenon that has become a heated issue of law and bioethics.  The change in families,...

Sri Lanka: the Influence of a Small State Among Superpowers

Sri Lanka: the Influence of a Small State Among Superpowers

October 5, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Professor Diven will present her sabbatical research on Sri Lanka, including background on the history and culture of this "Pearl of the Indian Ocean." She will summarize her research into...

Human Rights Film Series: The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon

Human Rights Film Series: The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon

October 13, 2016 6:30 PM

The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon Story of Sudanese refugees adapting to life in the US.  Poignant telling of the aftermath of genocide, immigrant rights, and the sometimes hilarious...

Human Rights Film Series: MacFarland, USA, starring Kevin Costner

Human Rights Film Series: MacFarland, USA, starring Kevin Costner

November 10, 2016 6:30 PM

MacFarland, USA, starring Kevin Costner Costner portrays a Southern California high school coach starting a cross country team for migrant farm workers.  True story. *LIB 100 and 201 approved

Human Rights Film Series: Rango, animated film starring Johnny Depp

Human Rights Film Series: Rango, animated film starring Johnny Depp

December 1, 2016 6:30 PM

Rango, animated film starring Johnny Depp Somewhat light take on environmental rights issues, including the right to water.  Everyone needs a night of animation before final exams. *LIB...

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