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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

Steven Richardson

Steven Richardson

Travel Assistance Coordinator for Youth For Understanding

Jamie Bash

Jamie Bash

Program Coordinator for Medical Teams International

Chris Williams

Chris Williams

IR Graduate with Internship Experience in Brazil

Sam Stephenson

Sam Stephenson

Member of U.S. Air Force, Graduate of the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California

Haley Gerlofs

Haley Gerlofs

Refugee Assistance at Bethany Christian with Americorps

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News

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.

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

GVSU Interns in Washington DC, Fall 2016

GVSU Interns in Washington DC, Fall 2016

October 25, 2016

Washington Center Interns Fall 2016

GVSU IR Grad Working on Clinton Campaign

GVSU IR Grad Working on Clinton Campaign

October 10, 2016

GVSU 2011 IR graduate Kelly McCurdy is working on the Clinton campaign in Pennsylvania.

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Events

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...

Social science and global health: a very real need

Social science and global health: a very real need

March 2, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM

Social science and global health: a very real need Guest Lecture by Dr. Juliet Bedford   Date: Thursday, March 2nd Time:  11:30-12:45 Location: Kirkhof Center room 2204 Pere...

Democracy 101: Who Can Participate? Asian Immigration & Exclusion in the US (1875-1975)

Democracy 101: Who Can Participate? Asian Immigration & Exclusion in the US (1875-1975)

March 13, 2017 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Democracy 101 A Series of Critical Conversations (and free pizza!)  “Who Can Participate? Asian Immigration & Exclusion in the US (1875-1975)”  Presenter: Dr. Kimberly...

The World Affairs Council - Afghanistan: Fight . . . or Run?

The World Affairs Council - Afghanistan: Fight . . . or Run?

March 13, 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...

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