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

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.


Katrina Maynes

Cambridge University Next for Grand Valley Graduate

Ashley DeBoer VandeBunte

2008 Graduate Director of Meetings for the American Political Science Association

Austin Saycocie

Austin Saycocie on JET Program in Japan

Courtney Johnston

Entrepreneur Founds Copywriting Business

Chris Williams

IR Graduate with Internship Experience in Brazil

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November 26, 2019

Dean Fred Antczak is pleased to announce that serving as commencement marshals will be Professor Polly Diven of Political Science and Jeff Kelly Lowenstein of the School of Communication.

International Relations Students Simulate Response to Calamitous Global Event

November 18, 2019

International Relations Students Simulate Response to Calamitous Global Event

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

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