Political Science Career Guide

International Relations

Past Internship Sites:

  • The Washington Center
  • United States House of Representatives
  • Irish Parliament
  • Kent County Defender’s Office
  • Michigan State Senate
  • City of East Grand Rapids
  • Help Women Project (Peru)
  • Sierra Club
  • National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations
  • Democratic Coordinated Campaign of Kent County
  • Jackson County GOP
  • Miller Johnson
  • Avanti Law Group

Where Alumni Have Landed

  • Community Economic Development Volunteer – Peace Corps
  • Teacher – Teach For America
  • Legal Assistant – Legal Aid of Western Michigan
  • Assistant Attorney General* – Maryland Office of the Attorney General
  • Attorney* – Social Security Administration
  • Organizational Efficiency Analyst – City of Grand Rapids
  • First Vice President of Commercial Banking* – Amalgamated Bank
  • Assistant District Attorney – Bronx County
  • International Admissions Counselor – University of Detroit Mercy
  • Associate – Democratic Partners
  • Outreach Vice Chair – Michigan Republican Party
  • Transitional Foster Care/Refugee Resettlement Assistant – Bethany Christian Services
  • Mortgage Banker – Quicken Loans
  • Youth Specialist – Ottawa County
  • Advocacy Manager* – HealthHIV


*This position may require an advanced degree or specialized certification


Spotlights

Melissa Harris '06 Spotlight

Melissa Harris '06

The years have changed most of my memories into fond ones, including walking from my dorm to my class with wet hair that was frozen solid by the time I crossed Little Mac.

Kate Marsh '20 Spotlight

Kate Marsh '20

My favorite memory from Grand Valley would have to be the shows I did with my improv team Subject to Change. I can not express how amazing it was to find a group of like minded, hilarious, and amazing friends!

Robert Zinger '12 Spotlight

Robert Zinger '12

I have fond memories of spending time in nature at GVSU while hiking the ravines for samples and measurements during the NRM course called The Climatic Factor as well as during the Rowing I course I finally got enrolled in my senior year.

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Student Organizations to Consider

  • Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Society
  • GVSU Law Society

Study Abroad Programs

Study abroad and improve your critical thinking, research, cross-cultural communication, intercultural, and problem solving skills. Gain course credit while traveling to the country of your choice, and create lifelong relations with people throughout your adventure. Walk along Grand Rapid’s beautiful sister city at the University of Perugia (Italy), learn Japanese while studying at APU (Japan), or immerse yourself in the Polish educational and cultural center after class at the Cracow University of Economics (Poland).


Develop some of these technical and professional competencies to be successful:

  • Research Skills
  • Strong Reading Comprehension
  • Project Management
  • Team Management
  • Information Management
  • Business Strategy
  • Inventory Control
  • Production Planning
  • Quality Assurance
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking
  • Ability to conduct research
  • Presentation Skills          

     


Graduate & Professional Programs


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