Internships, Jobs & Careers


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 with the following:

  • Position Description
  • Estimated hours
  • Length of Position
  • How to apply
  • Contact information


  • 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
PLS & IR Internship FAQ 

Experience Matters
See examples of GVSU International Relations internships from each student's perspective at the Experience Matters site.


Political Science: Dr. Donald Zinman
Phone: (616) 331-8714; Email:

International Relations: Dr. Polly Diven
Phone: (616) 331-3282; Email:

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:
See the graduate school section of our career guide.


Kimberly McKenzie Spotlight

Kimberly McKenzie

Assistant to U.S. Supreme Court Justice

Emily Brown Spotlight

Emily Brown

Foreign Affairs Officer, State Department of Global Women's Issues

Jasmine Caldwell Spotlight

Jasmine Caldwell

Social Security Administration

Claudia Hasbun Spotlight

Claudia Hasbun

Global Law Scholar at Georgetown University Law School Secures Position with London Law Firm

Karissa Kresge Spotlight

Karissa Kresge

2013 IR Grad Works for UNICEF USA

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IR Alumni Heading to Law School

IR Alumni Heading to Law School

Alexys Neal (l) '21 will attend Michigan State University College of Law and Marie Edouard (r) '20 will attend Boston University School of Law.

Aug 2, 2021

GVSU Students Intern in DC through The Washington Center

GVSU Students Intern in DC through The Washington Center

The department of Political Science and International Relations is pleased to have four of our students participating in TWCs summer program.

Jul 19, 2021

Salam Recipient of GV in DC Scholarship

Salam Recipient of GV in DC Scholarship

Congratulations to Shireen Salam!

Jun 22, 2021

Bowen and Boss Named 2021-22 Batchelder Scholars

Bowen and Boss Named 2021-22 Batchelder Scholars

The Political Science Department is pleased to recognize Rebekkah Bowen and Kylie Boss as our Batchelder Scholars for the 2021-2022 school year.

Apr 28, 2021

Linderman Wins International Relations Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award

Linderman Wins International Relations Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award

Congratulations to Elyssa Linderman, who is this year's winner of the Excellence in a Discipline award for International Relations.

Apr 7, 2021

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Break The Fast Dinner

September 16, 2021 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

GVSU Hillel Presents: Break the Fast dinner for Yom Kippur. We are ending the Jewish High-Holy-day, Yom Kippur, with a dinner catered by Campus Catering! This event will be held on Thursday, September...


September 17, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Each On the Wall Artist Talk features an artist whose work is currently on view on campus discussing their creative process and how their work is influenced by other fields of study. This On...

Let's Play Pétanque (Outside Event)

September 21, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Want to learn a popular French game? Come join us outside to play pétanque (also known as bocce ball in the United States). We hope to see you there! RSVP on LakerLink

Conversations of Color

September 22, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Conversations of Color are open and honest discussions about race, popular culture, identity, and current events. Conversations of Color happen monthly and are scheduled on Wednesday from 12:00...

BE 365 Go Get It event

September 22, 2021 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Wednesday, September 22, 2021 in HHLL from 6:00-7:30pm RSVP on LakerLink

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