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 and Public Service Career Events

Explore Human and Public Service Majors and Careers

Many students are interested in pursuing areas within human and public service at GVSU, but aren’t sure how to get started.  Here are some tools to help you learn more about GVSU majors and various pathways in human and public service careers.  

 

How to Get Involved and Gain Experience

Getting involved and gaining experience is a great way to explore your interests, “test out” ideas, and learn more about the world of work.  Getting involved can look like a variety of things. The important thing is to try something!

 

Beyond the Bachelor's Degree

Some jobs and industries may require you to go beyond a bachelor’s degree to consider graduate level programs and/or licensure. For some students, they may choose to start a graduate program immediately after undergrad, while others may choose to take a gap year to gain experience before pursuing an advanced degree.

 


Explore Human and Public Service Majors and Careers

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Many students are interested in pursuing areas within human and public service at GVSU, but aren’t sure how to get started.  Here are some tools to help you learn more about GVSU majors and various pathways in human and public service careers.  

 


Common Pathways

Nonprofit

Areas of interest might include advocacy work, support services, counseling, development, philanthropy, programming, or outreach

 

Government

Areas of interest might include public safety, law enforcement, policy, research, lobbying, foreign service, or regulatory affairs

 

Private Sector

This area might include consultation, sales, entrepreneurship, law, or human resources

 


Career Guides by Major

Click on each career guide to obtain information about internship & volunteer sites, job titles, and skills relevant to these areas.


Academic Departments

Check out department websites for course offerings and curriculum guides, additional career resources, relevant events, and more!

 


Minors and Certificates

Minors and certificates can be a great way to demonstrate to employers that you have training in a specific area or skillset. 

 


Alumni Profiles

Check out what alumni are doing in human and public service related sectors to help inform your own career journey. 

Human & Public Service Career Community

Tiffany Clarke '09 & '11 Spotlight

Tiffany Clarke '09 & '11

I loved meeting my friends for lunch at the commons on Wednesdays each week. These meet ups included pizza and a lot of laughs!

Judith Majnun Miller-Lindsey '78 Spotlight

Judith Majnun Miller-Lindsey '78

Learning to develop & print black and white film as well as color - doing it the old-fashioned way. Professor Whitney Sevin was an amazing teacher.

Austin Langlois '13 Spotlight

Austin Langlois '13

A huge part of my experience at GVSU was working as a tour guide in Admissions. I started as a Freshman and ended up giving tours until I graduated.

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Find more Human & Public Service alumni on LinkedIn!

Don't have a LinkedIn profile? Read these tips to learn more!


How to Get Involved and Gain Experience

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Getting involved and gaining experience is a great way to explore your interests, “test out” ideas, and learn more about the world of work.  Getting involved can look like a variety of things. The important thing is to try something!

 

Work Like a Laker Podcast Episodes

Internships: The Basics

Study Abroad and Career

 

  • Complete a job shadow or informational interview with a professional in an industry of interest 
  • Get involved in undergraduate research with a faculty member
  • Find ways to volunteer on or off-campus as a way to gain experience and build your network
  • Consider studying abroad to enhance your studies and immerse yourself in a new experience
  • Talk with the faculty internship coordinator for your program. See list for contacts
  • Look for part-time jobs in Handshake working with a population, program, or cause you’re interested in.
  • Find virtual experiential learning opportunities through Candid Career. These opportunities are a great way to validate your interest in a career, without needing to commit significant time to do so in the way that a traditional internship requires.
  • Apply for a micro-internship - short-term, paid projects for employers that can be completed within 10-40 hours.

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.

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

Career Community- Human & Public Service

Traveling Career Quiz

August 23, 2024 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Embark on a journey of self-discovery outside of Kleiner Commons with the Career Center's student staff as your guides. First-year students, come and explore a myriad of career quizzes tailored...

JCPenney Suit Up - Fall 2024

September 29, 2024 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

All Grand Valley students and alumni are invited to attend a GVSU/JCPenney Suit-Up Event! This event will include options to participate virtually or in-person. In-person: Come to JCPenney at RiverTown...

GVSU Fall 2024 Career and Internship Fair

October 9, 2024 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...

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Sample Resumes


Beyond the Bachelor’s Degree

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Some jobs and industries may require you to go beyond a bachelor’s degree to consider graduate level programs and/or licensure. For some students, they may choose to start a graduate program immediately after undergrad, while others may choose to take a gap year to gain experience before pursuing an advanced degree.

 


Beyond the Bachelor's Degree

  • Attend an Info Session. Questions about a graduate program? Some programs will offer in-person or virtual info sessions to learn more about a program you might be considering 
    • Consider attending a GVSU Graduate School info session for a program of interest
    • Check out GVSU’s Graduate School Podcast Series for more information
  • Gather information on whether to pursue graduate education and a timeline for preparing for graduate study.

 

Some common post-undergraduate pathways in Human and Public Service may include:

  • Personal Statements: The personal statement is an opportunity to introduce yourself and share your story in a well-crafted narrative. Find a collection of tips and resources from the Fellowship Office and meet with the Writing Center, your Career Advisor, or faculty for additional feedback
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV): You may be asked to create a CV as part of your application. This is a more comprehensive resume demonstrating your full academic credentials including research, teaching, publications, and more!
  • Graduate School Entrance Exams: Depending on the program, you may be required to take an entrance exam such as the GRE or LSATS. Be sure to check the specific program to understand requirements and recommended score ranges
  • Ways to Finance Your Graduate Education: https://www.gvsu.edu/gs/financial-support-28.htm   
    • Look into Graduate Assistantships and scholarships you may be eligible to apply for to help offset costs
    • If you are working, see if your employer offers tuition reimbursement benefits
  • LARA is the Licensing and Regulatory Affairs department for the State of Michigan. Learn more about licensing or certifications required for your field. If moving out of state, be sure to check with that state’s licensing board. 
  • The Center for Adult and Continuing Studies offers continuing education programs for Educators and Social Workers
  • Learn more about the badges and certificates offered by Grand Valley to help expand your skill set and enhance your professional profile

 


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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. 




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