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

Audrey Tappenden

AmeriCorps VISTA in Alaska.

Dan Matthews

National Assistant Principal of the Year

Rebekah Bailey

Attorney for State and Federal Employment Law

Alan Dunklow

Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland

Selma Tucker

Grad Works for City of Grand Rapids

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News

Paul B. Henry Internship Announcement

September 30, 2019

Paul B. Henry Internship

GV Students Spend Summer Interning in DC

September 27, 2019

GVSU Political Science and International Relations Summer 2019 Internships

Political Science Tutoring

September 17, 2019

Weekly Group Tutoring Sessions Available for PLS 102, 103, 105, and 211

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

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Events

GRADUATE SCHOOL FAIR 2019

October 23, 2019 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Explore your future at the annual Graduate School Fair hosted by the GVSU Career Center on October 23 from 10:30am to 1:30pm in the atrium of Henry Hall. Stop by to chat...

Checking Executive Power: The Role of State Attorneys General

October 24, 2019 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

In an age of expansive executive power, what role do the states play in holding that power in check?  Political Science Distinguished Alumni-in-Residence Alan Dunklow will talk about the important...

Thriving in the Job Market with your Humanities and Social Sciences Degree

October 25, 2019 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Distinguished Grand Valley Alumni from the humanities and social sciences discuss the paths they took from college into the real world. They will talk about how the diverse skills they gained through...

Water: A Vision in Dance - LIB 100 APPROVED!

October 28, 2019 7:30 PM

As rural workers left their farms to work in factories during the rise of industrial might in the 19th century, a new art form arose that emphasized nature over industry and led Romantic Era composers...

A CONVERSATION WITH GRAND RAPIDS MAYOR ROSALYNN BLISS

October 30, 2019 5:00 PM

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss became the first female mayor of Grand Rapids when she took office on January 1, 2016. She previously served as a Second Ward City Commissioner for 10 years. She earned bachelor’s...

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