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

Abby Oliver

Abby Oliver Presents Honors Thesis Research at MPSA

Dan Matthews

National Assistant Principal of the Year

Quinlyn Mork

Studying Abroad in Ghana

Lindsay Ryan

Lindsay Ryan- Chief of Staff: Congressman John Moolenaar

James Meernik

Political Science Professor

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News

Apply for the Summer 2019 Henry Congressional Internship Award

December 07, 2018

Henry Fellow applications now being accepted

Willoughby Awarded Malson Memorial Scholarship

November 16, 2018

Willoughby Awarded Malson Memorial Scholarship

Immigration, Trafficking and Human Rights Panel and Mixer

November 05, 2018

Immigration, Trafficking and Human Rights Panel and Mixer

Rides to Polls for GVSU Students on Election Day

November 04, 2018

GVSU offers transportation to polls on election day.

Naturalization Ceremony at GVSU

October 26, 2018

The International Relations program and Political Science Department host a naturalization ceremony at GVSU.

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Events

JON MEACHAM: THE SOUL OF AMERICA

January 10, 2019 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

Far too many citizens remain unfamiliar with the profound connections to history that shape this confusing time. Our American story, filled with dramatic conflicts between hope and fear, assures victory...

Human Rights Movie Series: The Visitor

January 23, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES When professor Walter Vale (Richard Jenkins) travels to New York for a lecture, he's stunned to find illegal immigrants...

ANNETTE GORDON-REED AND PETER S. ONUF: JEFFERSON, SLAVERY, AND THE MORAL IMAGINATION

January 24, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Thomas Jefferson – the most revered expositor of the early republic’s Enlightenment ideals – was deeply involved in the nation’s original sin of slavery. DNA testing has established...

Human Rights Movie Series: The Kite Runner

February 21, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES Afghani immigrant Amir is summoned from his California home to Pakistan by Rahim Khan, an old, dying friend of his father....

Human Rights Movie Series: Gattaca

March 26, 2019 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

HUMAN RIGHTS MOVIE AND PIZZA NIGHTS - CO-SPONSORED BY RELIGIOUS STUDIES Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) has always fantasized about traveling into outer space, but is grounded by his status as a genetically...

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