Political Science Career Guide

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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

  • 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
  • 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

*This position may require an advanced degree or specialized certification


Takeelia Garrett '96 & '00 Spotlight

Takeelia Garrett '96 & '00

My favorite GVSU memory is singing at the football stadium with the Voices of GVSU. That was so much fun even though it was cold.

Hunter Stephens '22 Spotlight

Hunter Stephens '22

I love going and supporting our Lakers no matter what sport they are playing. The energy from football games and the Laker pride will always stick with me!

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.

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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          


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