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

Jay Fleming

LEAP student with multiple clerkships at MSU Law

Andrew Wilson

Pursuing PhD and Studying Medicare Policy

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Joe Gordon

Product Technician at Sydex Computing Systems

Thomas Bell

Higher Education Consultant

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News

Beyerlein and Mattler Named Batchelder Scholars for 2019-2020

September 09, 2019

Beyerlein and Mattler Named Batchelder Scholars for 2019-2020

Bretschneider and Mendez Win Malson Memorial Scholarship

September 09, 2019

Bretschneider and Mendez Win Malson Memorial Scholarship

Professors Teach at GVSU Partner University in Germany

August 19, 2019

Professors Teach at GVSU Partner University in Germany

GVSU Students Participate in the National Security Seminar

August 14, 2019

GVSU Students Participate in the National Security Seminar

Professor Gasim Provides Expert Analysis of Developments in Yemen

July 29, 2019

Dr. Gamal Gasim, Professor of Political Science and Middle East Studies, has been quoted and interviewed in multiple news outlets recently about the UAE's announcement of a troop reduction in Yemen

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Events

HRT Film Series: Good Night, and Good Luck.

September 19, 2019 6:30 PM

Pizza will be provided, and the event is Lib 101/201 approved.  This Oscar nominated film, starring George Clooney, tells the story of news reporters’ efforts to stand up to Joseph McCarthy...

Water on the Mind: A Baroque Musical Journey - LIB 100 APPROVED!

September 23, 2019 7:30 PM

Water has transfixed the imagination and creative artistry of the human race since the earliest days on earth. To the ancient Greeks, water defined life and was seen as the essential element in the...

JEFFREY ROSEN: CONSTITUTION DAY 2019

September 24, 2019 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

The Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies helps us celebrate Constitution Day by hosting Jeffrey Rosen, esteemed legal scholar and CEO of the National Constitution Center. Rosen will offer his...

HRT Film Series: Beasts of No Nation

October 15, 2019 6:30 PM

Pizza will be provided, and the event is Lib 101/201 approved.  According to international law, it is a crime to enlist children under the age of 15 to serve as soldiers in war and yet hundreds...

GVSU FALL 2019 CAREER & INTERNSHIP FAIR

October 16, 2019 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Wed. 10/16/19: Career & Internship Fair, 1-5 p.m. Thur. 10/17/19: Next-Day Interviews (by employer invitation only), 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. The Career & Internship Fair is an excellent place...

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