Human & Public Service Career Community

Human & Public Service Career community

The Human and Public Service Community covers a wide range of jobs or career interests. Passionate about advocating for change? Enjoy communicating ideas and presenting on them? Skilled in critical thinking around various issues? This may be a great community for you to join! Some of the jobs you may learn more about include social worker, attorney, city planner, lobbyist, non-profit administrator, and detective. Jobs will be explored through internship postings, event opportunities, industry information, and professional development resources.


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Human & Public Service Career Community Areas to Explore

Human Services

There are many ways to enter the field of human services. Here are a few major guides with information about internship sites, job titles, and skills relevant to this area. A complete listing of major guides can be found at

Human service related positions can be found within many different types of employers. Explore more of these areas, along with specific job titles, at the O'Net.


There are many ways work for the government. This can include the county, state, or federal level. Here are a few major guides with information about internship sites, job titles, and skills relevant to this area. A complete listing of major guides can be found at

Government jobs can include many different titles and any major. You can check out sample titles on the O'Net . 

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Human & Public Service Career Community

Emily Rienks '21 Spotlight

Emily Rienks '21

My favorite Grand Valley memories are being down on the sideline for Laker football games cheering the team on for many Grand Valley Victories. Watching football from anywhere but the sideline will never be the same!

Logan Knoper '16 Spotlight

Logan Knoper '16

Although I thoroughly enjoyed the classes that I took, my favorite memory at GVSU was attending the sporting events like soccer games and football tailgates with friends.

Sanda Vazgec '17 Spotlight

Sanda Vazgec '17

The friends I made my freshman year are still my friends 10 years later! I met the best people at GVSU and I am so grateful for those connections.

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Career Community- Human & Public Service

Criminal Justice Internship Information Session

October 4, 2023 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Interested in Experiential Learning? Join us for information about Criminal Justice Internships! Learn the benefits of interning and details about the credits and course Hear experiences...

Prepare for the Career Fair - Allendale Campus

October 9, 2023 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Are you preparing for the Fall GVSU Career and Internship Fair, but unsure where to start? The Career Center will host a drop-in event to help you refine your resume, formulate your elevator pitch,...

GVSU Fall 2023 Career and Internship Fair

October 12, 2023 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Fall Career & Internship Fair is an excellent place to kick off your job or internship search, or to begin networking with organizations looking to hire Grand Valley students and alumni of...

FBI Career Pathways Info Session

November 7, 2023 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Interested in a career with the FBI? Join us for a virtual info session with Cortney Smalley, FBI Recruiter with the Detroit Field Office. Get an overview of the FBI and learn about the various career...

Career Center Open House Fall 2023: Rock Your Potential

November 14, 2023 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Join the GVSU Career Center for their biannual open house! This semester's theme is "Rock Your Potential".   Stop by any time from 3-4:30pm. Click here for...

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Student Organizations and Professional Associations - Human and Public Service

On-campus student organizations with a professional goal are an excellent way to explore your future career and get involved in your field. For more information on the organizations below use the GVSU LakerLink.

  • Alpha Kappa Delta – International Sociology Honor Society
  • Alpha Psi Sigma – Scholastic honorary society for criminal justice
  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • Criminal Justice Student Association
  • Lambda Epsilon Chi – Legal Honor Society
  • Law Society
  • Mock Trial Club
  • Pals Student Mentors
  • Psi Chi – National Honor Society for students in Psychology
  • Psychology Club – In partnership with Psi Chi
  • Sociology Club
  • Triota Honor Society – Academic honor society for the field of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Meet Your Human & Public Service Career Advisors

Dayna Philips

Dayna Philips

Office Address: 101B DeVos
Phone: (616) 331-6708
Email: [email protected]

Dayna is a Career Advisor who works with students, faculty, and employers in the public, nonprofit, and social science areas. She also works with exploratory students. 

Rachel Becklin

Rachel Becklin

Office Address: 101B DeVos
Phone: (616) 331-6708
Email: [email protected]

Rachel is a Career Advisor and Internship Specialist, helping students and faculty with internship programming and initiatives. She also serves students in psychology, dance, theatre, and music. 

Page last modified November 9, 2022