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

Lyndsey Kitson

Attorney for Employee Benefit, Labor and Employment Law

Andrea Vanderkolk

Studies Arabic in Jordan

Marc Plooster

Budget / Audit Analyst, Ottawa County

Jeanine Anderson

Assistant DA in New York

Amanda Fortino

Major Gifts Officer for Farm Sanctuary

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News

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.

Jones Wins Venderbush Student Leadership Award

April 07, 2020

Cameron Jones is the 2020 recipient of the Venderbush Student Leadership Award.

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