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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

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

Paul B. Henry Congressional Internship

January 18, 2017

The Henry Internship places a GVSU student in the Washington, D.C. offices of one of Michigans U.S. Representatives or Senators during the spring/summer 2017 session.

Internship in office of state Rep. Jim Lilly (R-District 89)

Internship in office of state Rep. Jim Lilly (R-District 89)

January 09, 2017

Assist Legislator and staff in general office operations.

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.

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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

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Commissioned as Coast Guard Officer

Jeanine Anderson

Jeanine Anderson

Assistant DA in New York

Selma Tucker

Selma Tucker

Grad Works for City of Grand Rapids

Nick Girimont

Nick Girimont

1L at MSU College of Law

Dorothy Sewe

Dorothy Sewe

Aids Refugee Relocation Efforts

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News

Professor Walhof's Book: The Democratic Theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer

Professor Walhof's Book: The Democratic Theory of Hans-Georg Gadamer

January 17, 2017

Walhofs book examines the distinctive contribution that the writings of Hans-Georg Gadamer make to democratic theory.

Scholarships from the Grand Rapids Sister City Perugia Committee

Scholarships from the Grand Rapids Sister City Perugia Committee

December 13, 2016

Two visiting students from the University of Perugia receive scholarships from the Grand Rapids Sister City Perugia Committee

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

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Events

Democracy 101: Do Protests Matter?

Democracy 101: Do Protests Matter?

February 22, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Democracy 101 A Series of Critical Conversations (and free pizza!)  “Do Protests Matter?”  Presenter: Dr. Louis Moore, Associate Professor of History & Coordinator...

Issues Forum: Reforming the Federal Government

Issues Forum: Reforming the Federal Government

February 25, 2017 7:00 PM

Do you like intelligent debate? Are you interested in current events? Do you like free cookies?   Join Issues Forum Sundays at 7PM in the Holton-Hooker MPR!   February...

The World Affairs Council - South China Sea: Clash of Strategies

The World Affairs Council - South China Sea: Clash of Strategies

February 27, 2017 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Concerned About “Fake News”? Here’s what we’re doing about it. The World Affairs Council brings in experts who have the real scoop: diplomats; policy makers and...

Democracy 101 - The Path to Dictatorship: How Hitler Consolidated Power (1933-34)

Democracy 101 - The Path to Dictatorship: How Hitler Consolidated Power (1933-34)

February 28, 2017 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Democracy 101 A Series of Critical Conversations (and free pizza!) “The Path to Dictatorship: How Hitler Consolidated Power (1933-34)”   Presenter: Dr. Gary Stark, Professor...

Democracy 101: The Role of Media in a Democracy

Democracy 101: The Role of Media in a Democracy

March 1, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Democracy 101 A Series of Critical Conversations (and free pizza!) “The Role of Media in a Democracy” Presenters:  Dr. Len O’Kelly, Assistant Professor of Multimedia...

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