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

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

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).

Internship Syllabus

For more information
PLS & IR Internship Syllabus

Experience Matters
See examples of GVSU International Relations 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

Jobs, Careers, Grad School & Law School

Jobs & Careers

The International Relations 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. 

  • Foreign Service and other government agencies including
  • International Organization Program Officer
  • Legal profession as Lawyer or Judge
  • Lobbyist or Political Analyst
  • Public Policy Researcher
  • International Sales and Marketing
  • Non-Profit or Public Administrator
  • Journalist
  • International Education Specialist

Graduate & Law School

International relations is a suitable major for many graduate programs:

  • Business
  • Communication
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • International affairs
  • International relations
  • Law (Pre-law information)
  • Political science
  • Public administration
  • Public Policy

For more information:
Pre-law 
See the graduate school section of our career guide.

Spotlights

Clair (Radyko) Scheiderer

Attorney for Freedom House Represents Asylum Seekers

Katrina Maynes

Cambridge University Next for Grand Valley Graduate

Amy Fuerstenau

1999 Graduate Former Advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Now Senior Political Strategist at the Energy Foundation

Kristina Wallace

2004 Graduate Now Program Manager at Pardee RAND Graduate School

Karissa Kresge

2013 IR Grad Works for UNICEF USA

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News

Emmons and Coulter win the Zeeb IR Study Abroad Scholarships for 2019

September 11, 2019

Emmons and Coulter win the Zeeb IR Study Abroad Scholarships for 2019

Bretschneider and Mendez Win Malson Memorial Scholarship

September 09, 2019

Bretschneider and Mendez Win Malson Memorial Scholarship

Three GVSU IR Majors Win Gilman Scholarship

August 21, 2019

Three GVSU IR Majors Win Gilman Scholarships

Anna Szalay Awarded Fulbright Scholarship for Austria

August 21, 2019

Anna Szalay Awarded Fulbright Scholarship for Austria

Professors Teach at GVSU Partner University in Germany

August 19, 2019

Professors Teach at GVSU Partner University in Germany

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