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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

Legislative Internship

Legislative Internship

April 24, 2017

The office of Representative Sue Allor of the 106th District is currently looking to fill internship positions.

Internship at Michigan Immigrant Rights Center

Internship at Michigan Immigrant Rights Center

March 20, 2017

The Michigan Immigrant Rights Center (MIRC) is seeking a full-time bilingual intern for its office in Grand Rapids for the summer of 2017. 

John H. Logie Fellows Program

John H. Logie Fellows Program

March 20, 2017

The John H. Logie Fellows Program offers Grand Valley students an exceptional opportunity to experience and contribute to the operations of Grand Rapids city government.

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.

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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

Shaun Brodie

Shaun Brodie

Attorney for Social Security Administration

Derrick Mathis

Derrick Mathis

Keeping the Community Warm

Erion Veliaj

Erion Veliaj

Albanian Minister of Youth and Social Welfare

Dan Matthews

Dan Matthews

National Assistant Principal of the Year

Abby Oliver

Abby Oliver

Abby Oliver Presents Honors Thesis Research at MPSA

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News

Jessica Baniukaitis Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Jessica Baniukaitis Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 10, 2017

Jessica Baniukatis's paper, "Saakashvili the State-Builder: Establishing State Capacity and its Consequences for Democratization in Georgia" has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2016.

Abby Oliver Presents Honors Thesis Research at MPSA

Abby Oliver Presents Honors Thesis Research at MPSA

April 10, 2017

Abby Oliver presents her Honors thesis research at the recent Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago

PLS 339 Fall 2017

PLS 339 Fall 2017

March 15, 2017

PLS 339 Democracy and the Authoritarian Challenge: Mondays/Wednesdays 4:30-5:45 p.m.

PLS 312 Summer 2017

PLS 312 Summer 2017

March 13, 2017

PLS 312 01 - U.S. FOREIGN POLICY Tuesday/Thursday, 8:30 - 11:45 a.m.

PLS 103 Summer 2017

PLS 103 Summer 2017

March 13, 2017

PLS 103 ISSUES IN WORLD POLITICS Tuesday/Thursday, 12-3:20 PM

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Events

Softball Party

Softball Party

April 27, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

THE ULTIMATE CHALLENGE!! Political Science vs. International Relations SOFTBALL (with a few kickball innings!) Can Professor Walker hit the long ball?  Does Professor Diven...

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP - 2017 LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship Program

Warner Norcross & Judd LLP - 2017 LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship Program

April 30, 2017 All Day

As part of our ongoing commitment to promote diversity within the legal profession, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP announces the 10th annual LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship program. The program...

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern

May 3, 2017 All Day

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern – Fall 2017 Program Description Miller Johnson partners with Grand Valley State University to provide an academic semester-long internship opportunity...

GVSU Dinner in Albania

GVSU Dinner in Albania

May 13, 2017 All Day

Join current GVSU President Tom Haas, his wife Marcia, and other GVSU alumni in Tirana, Albania on 13 May, 2017. Fellow GVSU alumni are eager to welcome you to the lovely capital...

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