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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

Joey Courtade

Joey Courtade

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Alumni of the Year

Quinlyn Mork

Quinlyn Mork

Grand Rapids Paralegal Volunteers with Iraqi Refugee Community

Aing-On Thammarattananon

Aing-On Thammarattananon

Assistant to Political Affairs, Royal Thai Embassy in D.C.

Amanda Miralrio

Amanda Miralrio

Compliance Office for U.S. Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control

Jenny Ventimiglia

Jenny Ventimiglia

Peace Corps Volunteer and Fulbright Scholar Now Studying Education at U.C. Berkeley

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News

PLS 325 Winter 2017

PLS 325 Winter 2017

September 19, 2016

PLS 325 Human Rights and Democracy in Russia and the Post-Communist World

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.

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Events

Legal and Bioethical Dilemmas Regarding Surrogacy

Legal and Bioethical Dilemmas Regarding Surrogacy

September 28, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

In the last thirty years, the desire to become a parent has been achieved in many cases through surrogacy, a phenomenon that has become a heated issue of law and bioethics.  The change in families,...

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...

Human Rights Film Series: The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon

Human Rights Film Series: The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon

October 13, 2016 6:30 PM

The Good Lie, starring Reese Witherspoon Story of Sudanese refugees adapting to life in the US.  Poignant telling of the aftermath of genocide, immigrant rights, and the sometimes hilarious...

Human Rights Film Series: MacFarland, USA, starring Kevin Costner

Human Rights Film Series: MacFarland, USA, starring Kevin Costner

November 10, 2016 6:30 PM

MacFarland, USA, starring Kevin Costner Costner portrays a Southern California high school coach starting a cross country team for migrant farm workers.  True story. *LIB 100 and 201 approved

Human Rights Film Series: Rango, animated film starring Johnny Depp

Human Rights Film Series: Rango, animated film starring Johnny Depp

December 1, 2016 6:30 PM

Rango, animated film starring Johnny Depp Somewhat light take on environmental rights issues, including the right to water.  Everyone needs a night of animation before final exams. �*LIB...

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