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
PLS & IR Internship FAQ 

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

Anne Marie Carson Spotlight

Anne Marie Carson

Graduate of the Georgetown Law Class of 2014 and member of the Georgetown Global Law Scholars

Sheila Garcia Spotlight

Sheila Garcia

American Library Association "Spectrum Scholar"

Mario Amaya-Velazquez Spotlight

Mario Amaya-Velazquez

Amaya Appointed to Development Analyst Position with the Obama Foundation

Jennifer Ventimiglia Spotlight

Jennifer Ventimiglia

Peace Corps Volunteer and Fulbright Scholar Now Studying Education at U.C. Berkeley

Jillian Zirnhelt Spotlight

Jillian Zirnhelt

Jillian Zirnhelt is a Research Officer at the International Monetary Fund (IMF)

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News

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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Events

Chicago Christmas Market 2021

December 4, 2021 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

WHEN: Saturday, December 4th 2021 TIME: Meet at 8am, at Kirkhof and return to GVSU at 10-11pm COST: $30 per person DEADLINE: Sign-up deadline is November 29th, 2021 SIGN-UP: Fill out forms...

Festa di Natale (Christmas Party)

December 6, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come and join us for an Italian holiday party. We will be listening to Italian holiday music, playing holiday games, and having Italian Christmas cookies. All food is prewrapped and nut-free! RSVP...

THE GLOBAL EXPRESS: COVID-19 A TESTIMONY OF GLOBAL HEALTH IN RECENT TIMES

December 8, 2021 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Global Express is a public forum on global affairs and current events virtually on Wednesdays this Fall 2021. Join us on December 8 when Professor Azizur Molla from the School of Public...

Mno'Chigewin Student Success Program: End of Semester Celebration

December 9, 2021 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

For all our Mno'Chigewin students who participated in our Nwiijkiwenh Mentorship Program we will take this time to celebrate reaching the end of the semester! This will be fun and relaxing...with...

Mno'Chigewin-Cultural Teachings with Jason Wesaw: (1 of 4) Continuing talking circles with Indigenous knowledge keeper

January 20, 2022 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

We will be continuing the work we started last academic year with cultural teachings from a local Indigenous knowledge keepers. This will be a special time to gather, find community, and build...

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