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

Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder Internship

April 02, 2018

Executive Office of Governor Rick Snyder Internship

Mona Shand (D) for state rep. internship

March 28, 2018

Mona Shand (D) for state rep. internship

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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

Andrea Vanderkolk

Studies Arabic in Jordan

Derrick Mathis

Keeping the Community Warm

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Erin (Meteer) Hendges

Campaign Fundraiser Founds Consulting Firm

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News

Voter Registration Week at GVSU

September 24, 2018

Grand Valley staff and students host events on voter registration and elections.

Hank Meijer Presentation at GVSU

September 19, 2018

Hank Meijer Presentation at GVSU

Professors Lecture in Albania

June 19, 2018

Professors Polly Diven and John Constantelos visited Tirana, Albania to deliver a public lecture and connect with alumni.

PLS Excellence in a Discipline Award

April 23, 2018

Micaela Cole receives the Excellence in a Discipline Award

Hannah Patrick Presents Honors Thesis Research at MPSA

April 17, 2018

Hannah Patrick presents her Honors thesis research at the recent Midwest Political Science Association conference in Chicago

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Events

"Fighting the Politics of Illusion: Technology, Democracy and the Public Good" talk by Professor Ed Tywoniak

September 26, 2018 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Anyone who considers themselves a member of “Gen Z,” or those who are concerned with technology, democracy, and the public good, are invited to Edward E. Tywoniak‘s James W....

HerStory: Professor Heather Tafel

October 3, 2018 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Sponsored by the GVSU Women's Commission, the HerStory series offers the GVSU community the opportunity to hear stories of women in leadership positions firsthand and discover how these experiences...

Global Health Showcase 2018

October 5, 2018 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Global Health Unites Health Professionals -- Learn how faculty, students, and community members are impacting global health. The program includes keynote speaker, Dr. Justice Bawole, podium and...

Study Abroad Fair

October 9, 2018 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Check out the many opportunities GVSU offers for students to study abroad!

Human Rights and Climate Change: Poverty, Privilege, and Responsibility by Brooke Ackerly

October 15, 2018 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM

Professor Brooke Ackerly, of Vanderbilt University will discuss the relationships among climate change, human rights, and justice. 

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