Public & Non-Profit Administration Career Guide

volunteers

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

Spotlights

Cory Jackson '12 Spotlight

Cory Jackson '12

There are so many great memories! As an overarching theme, I participated in Alternative Breaks and those collectively were some of my best memories from GVSU. I met my wife through the program and made some life-long friends.

Sharese Mathis(Shannon) '05 Spotlight

Sharese Mathis(Shannon) '05

I spent the majority of my time at GVSU serving as a Multicultural Assistant and being a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated. A specific memory was traveling to Alabama in 2001 for the Football National Championship with my good friend Yolan

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
  • CCPS 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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