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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

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

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).

Internship Syllabus

For more information
PLS & IR Internship Syllabus

Experience Matters
See examples of GVSU International Relations 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

Jobs, Careers, Grad School & Law School

Jobs & Careers

The International Relations 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. 

  • Foreign Service and other government agencies including
  • International Organization Program Officer
  • Legal profession as Lawyer or Judge
  • Lobbyist or Political Analyst
  • Public Policy Researcher
  • International Sales and Marketing
  • Non-Profit or Public Administrator
  • Journalist
  • International Education Specialist

Graduate & Law School

International relations is a suitable major for many graduate programs:

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • International affairs
  • International relations
  • Law (Pre-law information)
  • Political science
  • Public administration
  • Public Policy

For more information:
Pre-law 
See the graduate school section of our career guide.

Spotlights

Jessica Soto Smith

Jessica Soto Smith

Global Engagement Team, Buffett Institute for Global Studies at Northwestern University

Mario Amaya-Velazquez

Mario Amaya-Velazquez

Multilingual Graduate Serving in Peace Corps, Rwanda

Katrina Maynes

Katrina Maynes

Cambridge University Next for Grand Valley Graduate

Anne Marie Carson

Anne Marie Carson

Graduate of the Georgetown Law Class of 2014 and member of the Georgetown Global Law Scholars

Jamie Bash

Jamie Bash

Program Coordinator for Medical Teams International

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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.

International Relations Summer Interns 2016

International Relations Summer Interns 2016

June 28, 2016

Many of our students are pursuing internships this spring/summer at a variety of Grand Rapids, DC, and international placements.

IR Major Khader Jabbar Receives Gilman Award

IR Major Khader Jabbar Receives Gilman Award

June 07, 2016

Khader Jabbar was one of two Grand Valley students who were recently selected to receive the prestigious Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

Jiri Aberle Wins Thomas Seykora Award

Jiri Aberle Wins Thomas Seykora Award

June 07, 2016

Congratulations to Jiri Aberle, GVSU IR 2016, who won the Thomas Seykora Award for his "outstanding contribution to the campus community" and excellent academic standing.

Winners of the 2016 IR Scholarship for Study Abroad and Internship Abroad

Winners of the 2016 IR Scholarship for Study Abroad and Internship Abroad

June 07, 2016

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 IR Scholarship for Study Abroad and Internship Abroad!

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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 AM

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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