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

Kimberly McKenzie

Kimberly McKenzie

Assistant to U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Nerina Cevra

Nerina Cevra

Human Rights Lawyer and Advocate

Anne Marie Carson

Anne Marie Carson

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

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Amy Bush

Amy Bush

Intern at Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies

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News

PLS 385 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

PLS 385 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

March 28, 2015

Offered winter semester 2016, Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:30-2:45 p.m.

PLS 382 Politics of Post-Communist Europe

PLS 382 Politics of Post-Communist Europe

March 28, 2015

Offered this fall semester, Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30-5:45 p.m.

Kendziorski Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Kendziorski Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

March 19, 2015

Chelsea Kendziorski's paper, "The Politics of Exclusion in Georgia and Moldova," has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2014.

The Washington Center in the Lanthorn

The Washington Center in the Lanthorn

February 19, 2015

The Lanthorn recently published an article about internship opportunities at the Washington Center

Human Rights Minor Being Developed

Human Rights Minor Being Developed

February 18, 2015

GVSU Student Senate supports developing a Human Rights minor.

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Events

Great Decisions Discussion Series

Great Decisions Discussion Series

March 30, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Organized by the West Michigan World Affairs Council. All Discussions will be held at: Aquinas College Performing Arts Center 1607 Robinson Road SE Grand Rapids, MI  49506 Check out...

Law Society Networking Event

Law Society Networking Event

March 30, 2015 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM

The GVSU Law Society has organized a networking event with local legal professionals. Attorneys, paralegals, and law school admission officers will talk about their experiences in the field and answer...

Peace Corps at GVSU

Peace Corps at GVSU

April 1, 2015 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Want to become engaged in work that really matters? Stop by to speak to a recruiter and learn more about Peace Corps!

WMWTA Scholarship

WMWTA Scholarship

April 3, 2015 All Day

The West Michigan World Trade Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining West Michigan’s competitive edge in the global marketplace. As part of this commitment, the...

Miller Johnson Paid Pre-law Intern

Miller Johnson Paid Pre-law Intern

April 10, 2015 1:00 AM - 4:00 PM

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

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