Internships, Jobs & Careers

Internships

Why an internship? 

  • Learn through practical experience
  • Invaluable as a means of professional networking and career advancement
  • Make connections between regular classroom work and possible profession
  • Earn college credit
  • Intern in DC via our affiliation with The Washington Center

Placements

  • national, state, and local executive and legislative offices
  • government agencies
  • political campaigns
  • party and interest group organizations,
  • think tanks
  • judicial agencies
  • law firms
  • international business
  • international non-government organizations (NGOs).

For Employers

If you are interested in sponsoring an internship, please email us at plsdept@gvsu.edu with the following:

  • Position Description
  • Estimated hours
  • Length of Position
  • How to apply
  • Contact information

 

Set Up Your Internship

Internship Syllabus
PLS & IR Internship Syllabus

Experience Matters
See examples of GVSU Political Science internships from each student's perspective at the Experience Matters site.

Contacts

Political Science: Dr. Donald Zinman
Phone: (616) 331-8714; Email: zinmand@gvsu.edu

International Relations: Dr. Polly Diven
Phone: (616) 331-3282; Email: divenp@gvsu.edu

Find an Internship

Handshake provides current internship and job opportunities.

GV in DC  includes information about interning with The Washington Center in Washington, D.C.

Poli Sci / Intl Rel Majors/Minors Blackboard site, available to declared majors/minors.

Jobs, Careers, Grad School & Law School

Jobs & Careers

The department faculty work closely with Career Services and students on internships and career advising. Students are highly encouraged to pursue an internship. Capstone professors help senior students to prepare for careers and graduate school. For more information, consult our career guide and visit with your faculty advisor. 

Career options

  • Advocacy
  • Business
  • Campaigns & elections
  • Communication
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Government
  • International affairs
  • Law
  • Non-profit
  • Public administration and policy

Graduate & Law School

Political science is a suitable major for many graduate programs:

For more information:
Pre-law 
See the graduate school section of our career guide.

Spotlights

Steve Smith

Commissioned as Coast Guard Officer

Adam Hukkula

First-year Student Interns for MI House Democrats

Thomas Bell

Higher Education Consultant

Jacob Johnston

Jacob Johnston

Andrea Haverdink

Andrea Haverdink

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News

Poll Workers Needed! Campus Compact Launches Effort to Staff Polling Places

August 19, 2020

Poll workers needed for 2020 election.

Financial Assistance for Students

June 15, 2020

Financial Assistance for Students

Pattison Wins Political Science and International Relations Outstanding Paper Award, Student Summer Scholars Grant

June 08, 2020

Pattison Wins Political Science and International Relations Outstanding Paper Award, Student Summer Scholars Grant

Michigan Townships Association Robinson Scholarship available to students seeking a career in local government

May 29, 2020

Michigan Townships Association Robinson Scholarship available to students seeking a career in local government

Congratulations to Graduating Political Science Majors!

April 25, 2020

The Political Science faculty heartily congratulates all of our graduating Political Science majors.

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Events

Democracy 101 - Student Senate Panel

September 30, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn about Student Senate and how you can make a change on campus about the things you�re passionate about. INT 100/201 approved! RSVP on LakerLink

Democracy 101 - Student Senate Panel

September 30, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Learn about Student Senate and how you can make a change on campus about the things you�re passionate about. INT 100/201 approved! RSVP on LakerLink

Democracy 101 - Election Security: Does my vote really count?

October 7, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us to learn about Voter Suppression today and how your vote makes an impact. INT 100/201 approved! RSVP on LakerLink

Democracy 101 - Election Security: Does my vote really count?

October 7, 2020 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Join us to learn about Voter Suppression today and how your vote makes an impact. INT 100/201 approved! RSVP on LakerLink

Blood Drive with Versiti Blood Center of Michigan

October 13, 2020 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

The following Blood Drive is being held in partnership with Versiti Blood Center of Michigan. It will be held in a blood bus in the Marketplace parking lot (see lot MP on this campus map)...

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