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

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

Aing-On Thammarattananon

Aing-On Thammarattananon

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

Amy Bush

Amy Bush

Intern at Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

Haley Gerlofs

Haley Gerlofs

Studying in Jordan

Claudia Hasbun

Claudia Hasbun

International Program Coordinator in DC

David Leestma

David Leestma

Winner of Nationally Competitive Critical Language Scholarship

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News

Aberle Awarded International Student Scholarship

Aberle Awarded International Student Scholarship

April 16, 2014

IR major Jiri Aberle has been awarded a Grand Valley State University International Student Scholarship

Bratt Recognized as 2014 IR Outstanding Student

Bratt Recognized as 2014 IR Outstanding Student

April 14, 2014

IR major, Paul Bratt, is the 2014 International Relations Outstanding Student.

Szost Awarded IR Study Abroad Scholarship

Szost Awarded IR Study Abroad Scholarship

April 14, 2014

IR major Elena Szost will study in Japan for the 2014-15 academic year.

Stott Awarded IR Study Abroad Scholarship

Stott Awarded IR Study Abroad Scholarship

April 14, 2014

IR major Kyle Stott will study in Japan this summer.

Bectel Awarded IR Study Abroad Scholarship

Bectel Awarded IR Study Abroad Scholarship

April 14, 2014

IR major Christine Bectel will study in Germany for the 2014-15 academic year.

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Events

Commencement

Commencement

April 26, 2014 3:00 PM

Commencement Ceremonies. Congratulations to our International Relations graduates!

Spring Classes Begin

Spring Classes Begin

May 5, 2014 All Day
Summer Classes Begin

Summer Classes Begin

June 23, 2014 All Day

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