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

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

Spotlights

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

Mollie Smith

Student Founds Breast Cancer Awareness Organization.

Mike Kolehouse

Political Organizer Founds Consulting Firm

Reginald Oates

Program Evaluator for Government-funded Programs

Marc Plooster

Budget / Audit Analyst, Ottawa County

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News

FREE POLITICAL SCIENCE TUTORING!

January 20, 2020

Tutors can help with content questions, study strategies, and exam review. Please visit www.gvsu.edu/tc to sign up & request a tutor. WHERE: Tutoring Center 11015 Residence Drive 201 Kliener Commons Or TBD by tutor at an on-campus location

Professors Richards and Zhao Publish Study of the Chinese Legal System

December 20, 2019

Professors Mark Richards and Yi Zhao teamed up for a research project on how the legal concept of the public figure, central to libel cases in the U.S., has now spread to the Chinese legal system.

DEAN ANNOUNCES COMMENCEMENT MARSHALS FOR FALL 2019

November 26, 2019

Dean Fred Antczak is pleased to announce that serving as commencement marshals will be Professor Polly Diven of Political Science and Jeff Kelly Lowenstein of the School of Communication.

International Relations Students Simulate Response to Calamitous Global Event

November 18, 2019

International Relations Students Simulate Response to Calamitous Global Event

Paul B. Henry Internship Announcement

September 30, 2019

Paul B. Henry Internship

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Events

THE GLOBAL EXPRESS: HIGHER EDUCATION AS A GLOBAL COMMODITY

January 29, 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The Global Express is a public forum on global affairs and current events on Wednesdays through the winter semester. Join us when Dr. Mark Schaub, Interim Dean for the Brooks College of interdisciplinary...

HRT Film Series: Blood Diamond

January 29, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Set during the 1990’s civil war in Sierra Leone, this film tells the story of two men, a white South African mercenary (Leonardo DiCaprio) and a black Mende fisherman (Djimon Hounsou) who form...

What Can I Do with an International Relations or Political Science Degree?

February 11, 2020 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Come hear from a panel of GVSU IR and PLS alumni about their career paths since graduating. Alumni Panelists include: Ileana Cardenas McAlary, Associate General Counsel, Wolverine Worldwide Kara...

THE GLOBAL EXPRESS: CHINA'S INTERNET CENSORSHIP AND SOCIAL CREDIT SYSTEM

February 12, 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

The Global Express is a public forum on global affairs and current events on Wednesdays through the winter semester. Join us on February 12 when Dr. Meghan Cai, Assistant Professor for Modern...

HRT Film Series: On Her Shoulders

February 20, 2020 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

This documentary follows Nadia Murad, a 23-year-old reluctant human rights activist, who works tirelessly to bring international attention to the 2014 genocide of the Yazidis in Northern Iraq. A refugee...

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