"Before I came to Grand Valley, I ran various nonprofits for 10 years. I bring in real-life examples to the classes." - Heather Carpenter, School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration
The School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration seeks to "educate students for lives of active citizenship and for professional careers in public and nonprofit organizations." To do this, it is essential to provide students with real-life experiences that create a bridge between classroom theory and the challenges of professional life. This is accomplished through the SPNHA internship experience.
Whether a student is new to the profession, making a career change or is looking for ways to network and get a "foot in the door," the importance of an internship cannot be overstated. Research has determined that internships benefit students by:
(Taken from "Supporting and Expanding GVSU Internships" by Chris Plouff, GVSU Career Center)
Undergraduates receive three credits for each 150 hours of internship and may do up to two internships for credit.
Graduate students receive three credits for 300 hours of internship and may do up to two internships for credit.
Halie Black, National Kidney Foundation of Michigan, 2013
Diane Miller, Growing Goods - Muskegon Middle School Summer Feeding Program, 2013
Jason S. Escareno, City of Ferrysburg, 2013
Students who would like assistance in finding an internship should contact Quincy Williams at 616 331-2362 or WilliamQ@gvsu.edu at least three months prior to the beginning of the semester in which they wish to do the internship to allow time to find a site that meets the students' needs and interests.
For information on internships and job postings, check out:
If a student has a particular placement in mind, please first call the internship coordinator to see if a contact has been established with the organization. If not, you may contact the organization yourself and set up an informational interview to learn about a possible internship placement.
In recent semesters, students have successfully served as interns with many different organizations, including:
Once a student has found a placement, they may request a permit from the internship coordinator. The permit will allow the student to register for the appropriate credits and may be picked up from the SPNHA office, 288C DeVos.
Marcin Grzaka, Better Block / re:STATE, 2013
Lucas Roscoe, La Casa, Inc., 2013
Ulandra Reynolds, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation
Students must meet both academic and field hour requirements in order to receive credit.
Field Hour Requirements
The internship is graded on a Credit / No Credit basis.
Due to new state-to-state regulations, internships in the following states will not be permitted during the 2015-2016 academic school year: Delaware, Kentucky, New York, North Carolina.
Ingrid Scheer, US Attorney's Office, 2013
Tara Aday, National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), 2013
Blake Hamilton, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, 2013