Internships, Jobs & Careers


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


  • 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 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.


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

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

Internship Postings

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

April 17, 2018

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

U.S. Senator Gary Peters State Office Intern

March 21, 2018

U.S. Senator Gary Peters State Office Intern Opportunity

Paid Political Campaign Fellowship with Students for a New American Politics PAC Summer 2018

February 26, 2018

Paid Political Campaign Fellowship with Students for a New American Politics PAC Summer 2018

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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:
See the graduate school section of our career guide.


Kirsten Zeiter

Selected as UN Delegate

Andrew Wilson

Pursuing PhD and Studying Medicare Policy

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

Quinlyn Mork

Studying Abroad in Ghana

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PLS 325 Winter 2020

March 23, 2019

PLS 325 Human Rights and Democracy in Russia and the Post-Communist World

PLS 339 Fall 2019

March 20, 2019

PLS 339 Democracy and the Authoritarian Challenge: Mondays / Wednesdays 3:00-4:15 p.m.

Kimberly McKenzie Assisting 'Notorious R.B.G.'

March 05, 2019

2003 International Relations Graduate Featured in Grand Valley Magazine

Steven Henley to Present at Pi Sigma Alpha National Students Research Conference

February 12, 2019

Steven's Paper is a comparative analysis of electoral systems

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Human Rights Movie Series: Gattaca

March 26, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) has always fantasized about traveling into outer space, but is grounded by his status as a genetically...

Lecture by Prof. Hilary Earl, "Educated Murderers: The SS-Einsatzgruppen Leaders"

April 4, 2019 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM

Hilary Earl is Professor of European History at Nipissing University, Ontario, Canada. Her research and teaching interests include comparative genocide, war crimes trials, perpetrator testimony,...

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern

April 8, 2019 All Day

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern – Fall 2019 Program Description Miller Johnson partners with Grand Valley State University to provide an academic semester-long internship opportunity...

Wesorick Lecture: Building Healthy Community: Inequities and Polarized Tensions

April 9, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Barry Johnson, Peter Whitt, and Lindsay Burr offer a fresh way of seeing and addressing reoccurring conflicts and tensions that affect the health of communities. They offer an important message and...

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