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

Internship Postings

State Rep. Jim Lilly (R-MI 89th) internship announcement

April 17, 2018

State Rep. Jim Lilly (R-MI 89th) internship announcement

Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder Internship

April 02, 2018

Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder Internship

Mona Shand (D) for state rep. internship

March 28, 2018

Mona Shand (D) for state rep. internship

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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

Nick Girimont

1L at MSU College of Law

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Kirsten Zeiter

Selected as UN Delegate

Abby Oliver

Abby Oliver Presents Honors Thesis Research at MPSA

Dan Matthews

National Assistant Principal of the Year

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News

Professors Lecture in Albania

June 19, 2018

Professors Polly Diven and John Constantelos visited Tirana, Albania to deliver a public lecture and connect with alumni.

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

April 23, 2018

Micaela Cole receives the Excellence in a Discipline Award

Hannah Patrick Presents Honors Thesis Research at MPSA

April 17, 2018

Hannah Patrick presents her Honors thesis research at the recent Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago

Bryce Hecht Presents Research at MPSA

April 13, 2018

Bryce Hecht presents his research at the recent Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago

Hecht and Paniagua-Pardo Win PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 09, 2018

Two papers were selected as the Outstanding Papers written in 2017

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Events

Legal Assistance Center Volunteers

July 27, 2018 All Day

The Legal Assistance Center is seeking student volunteers for summer and fall. Student Volunteer Opportunities Are you studying law or aspiring to a legal career? Are you passionate about...

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