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

Courtney Johnston

Entrepreneur Founds Copywriting Business

Amy Fuerstenau

Former Advisor to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Senior Political Strategist at the Energy Foundation

Dorothy Sewe

International Refugee Work in Grand Rapids

Emily Brown

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

Richard Damstra

Foreign Service Office, U.S. Department of State

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News

Two Graduating IR Seniors are Headed to Japan with JET

April 23, 2018

Kaboos and Moorhead to teach in Japan

IR Study Abroad Scholarship Winners

April 19, 2018

Hoisington, Zomer, and Bista win scholarships to study abroad

IR Excellence in a Discipline Award

April 13, 2018

Kilike Steyn receives the Excellence in a Discipline Award

IR Alumni Selected as Fulbright Semi-Finalists

April 13, 2018

Nick Ortiz's and Christy Bectel's Fulbright applications to teach English abroad go to the next round

Hecht and Paniagua-Pardo Win PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 09, 2018

Two papers were selected as the Outstanding Papers written in 2017

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