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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

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.

Collene Lamonte (D) for State Rep. Campaign Internship

Collene Lamonte (D) for State Rep. Campaign Internship

August 25, 2016

Democratic Candidate Collene Lamonte is looking for dedicated students and community members to join her campaign.

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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

Ryan Meyer

Ryan Meyer

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

Nick Girimont

Nick Girimont

1L at MSU College of Law

Natalie Cleary

Natalie Cleary

Teach for America

Derrick Mathis

Derrick Mathis

Keeping the Community Warm

Robert Monaghan

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

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News

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.

Johnston to Peace Corps

Johnston to Peace Corps

May 23, 2016

Political science graduate Jacob Johnston is joining the Peace Corps.

Zac Thiel Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Zac Thiel Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 14, 2016

Zac Thiel's paper, "Exploring the Causes of Inequality in Developed Countries" has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2015.

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Events

Fall Internship Information Meeting

Fall Internship Information Meeting

August 31, 2016 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

It’s not too late for Fall 2016! Come find out about internships for credit in Political Science and International Relations. Wednesday, August 31, 6-7:30 pm in Kirkhof 2266 *Summer...

Human Rights Film Series: Blood Diamond, starring Leo DiCapprio

Human Rights Film Series: Blood Diamond, starring Leo DiCapprio

September 15, 2016 6:30 PM

Blood Diamond, starring Leo DiCapprio A drama/thriller depicting the diamond industry in sub-Saharan Africa and myriad human rights abuses including the impressment of child soldiers. *LIB...

The Washington Center Information Meeting

The Washington Center Information Meeting

September 19, 2016 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Interested in interning in Washington D.C. or abroad? Interested in an in-depth academic seminar that you could get credit for in a short period of time? Join us to learn from The Washington...

Pizza Social and Information Session

Pizza Social and Information Session

September 21, 2016 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Learn about study abroad, internships and careers. Eat pizza and socialize with your peers and professors. Open to current and prospective majors and minors.   For more information...

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...

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