Public & Non-Profit Administration Career Guide

Consider joining the Human and Public Services Career Community or any other Career Community you are interested in!

Past Internship Sites:

  • City of Grand Rapids
  • Ottawa County
  • Kent County
  • Hispanic Center of Western Michigan
  • ArtPrize
  • Spectrum Health
  • Literacy Center of Western Michigan
  • Susan G. Komen Michigan
  • Boys & Girls Club of Grand Rapids
  • Humane Society of West Michigan

Where Alumni Have Landed

  • Accounting Assistant – LINC Community Revitalization, Inc.
  • Constituent Relations Director – Michigan House of Representatives
  • City Year
  • Various Positions – Bethany Christian Services
  • Various Positions – State of Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
  • Various Positions – City of Holland
  • Various Positions – City of Grand Rapids
  • Office Manager & Executive Assistant – Local First of West Michigan
  • Recruiter – Staffing Now
  • Mentor Michigan College Coaching Corps – Grand Rapids Community Foundation
  • Teach For America
  • Training Team Leader – Meijer
  • Staffing and Development Manager – Gordon Food Service
  • Event Planner – University Club of Grand Rapids
  • Federal Affairs Assistant – Consumers Energy


Khadijah Johnson '13 Spotlight

Khadijah Johnson '13

As a student employee working for Financial Aid.

Carissa Patrone Maikuri '12 & '18 Spotlight

Carissa Patrone Maikuri '12 & '18

Some of my favorite memories that I cherish were from discussions during my Spanish class with Zulema Moret focused on feminist voices from Latin America.

Cathy Winick '12 Spotlight

Cathy Winick '12

My favorite memory at GVSU was walking at graduation... we were treated like rock stars at the VanAndel Arena!

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Student Organizations to Consider

  • Association of Fundraising Professionals
  • International Student Group

Study Abroad Programs

Focus on the management processes of public and nonprofit organizations that can serve and improve your community while studying abroad. While abroad, you can develop the capacities for ethical judgment, critical thinking, and the core competencies necessary to fulfill multiple roles as effective managers and public servants. Explore the International best practices across the world while traveling to places such as Australia, Ghana, Japan, Italy, and more.

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

Graduate & Professional Programs

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