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

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).

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

 

Set Up Your Internship

Internship Syllabus
PLS & IR Internship Syllabus

Experience Matters
See examples of GVSU Political Science 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

Internship Postings

Family Futures Internships

Family Futures Internships

March 16, 2015

Family Futures is a nonprofit organization located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan at the Riverview Center. For 30 years, Family Futures has worked to support families and to shape a community that protects children from abuse and neglect.

Legislative Intern for Daniela Garcia

Legislative Intern for Daniela Garcia

February 03, 2015

An intern would be expected to provide assistance to Representative Daniela Garcia and members of her staff ranging in the areas of legislation, communications, constituent affairs, general office management,and miscellaneous tasks.

Macomb County Board of Commissioners Legislative Internship

Macomb County Board of Commissioners Legislative Internship

January 23, 2015

 A student will walk away with knowledge in legislative affairs,  administrative management and government communications. It  is our desire to provide a student with a valuable experience in the public sector so they are prepared for such a career. 

Project Vote Smart

Project Vote Smart

January 13, 2015

Vote Smart announced today that they will provide three scholarships to Grand Valley State University students to work at its Great Divide Research Retreat during the coming Presidential Election cycle.

Henry Internship 2015

Henry Internship 2015

January 06, 2015

The Henry Internship places a GVSU student in the Washington, D.C. offices of one of Michigans U.S. Representatives or Senators during the spring/summer 2015 session.

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Jobs, Careers, Grad School & Law School

Jobs & Careers

The department 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. 

Career options

  • Advocacy
  • Business
  • Campaigns & elections
  • Communication
  • Criminal justice
  • Education
  • Government
  • International affairs
  • Law
  • Non-profit
  • Public administration and policy

Graduate & Law School

Political science is a suitable major for many graduate programs:

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

Spotlights

Reginald Oates

Reginald Oates

Program Evaluator for Government-funded Programs

Maro Houhanisin

Maro Houhanisin

Attorney for Probate, Estate Planning and Domestic Relations

Rebekah Bailey

Rebekah Bailey

Attorney for State and Federal Employment Law

Erion Veliaj

Erion Veliaj

Albanian Minister of Youth and Social Welfare

Derrick Mathis

Derrick Mathis

Keeping the Community Warm

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News

Kendziorski Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Kendziorski Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

March 19, 2015

Chelsea Kendziorski's paper, "The Politics of Exclusion in Georgia and Moldova," has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2014.

The Washington Center in the Lanthorn

The Washington Center in the Lanthorn

February 19, 2015

The Lanthorn recently published an article about internship opportunities at the Washington Center

Human Rights Minor Being Developed

Human Rights Minor Being Developed

February 18, 2015

GVSU Student Senate supports developing a Human Rights minor.

University Outstanding Teacher Award

University Outstanding Teacher Award

February 12, 2015

Darren Walhof, Professor of Political Science, was awarded the University Outstanding Teacher Award at the Faculty Awards Convocation.

Outstanding Community Service Award

Outstanding Community Service Award

February 12, 2015

Yi Zhao, Associate Professor of Political Science, was awarded the Outstanding Community Service Award at the Faculty Awards Convocation.

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Events

Legal Assistance Center Volunteers

Legal Assistance Center Volunteers

March 26, 2015 All Day

The Legal Assistance Center is seeking student volunteers. The deadline to apply is March 27. Click here for the application packet. Student volunteers have an opportunity to work directly...

IRO Panel on Syria & ISIS

IRO Panel on Syria & ISIS

March 26, 2015 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Organized by the International Relations Organization, this panel will feature a discussion of Syria's civil war and the ISIS connection. Panelists include Professors Cataldo (Honors College),...

Great Decisions Discussion Series

Great Decisions Discussion Series

March 30, 2015 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

Organized by the West Michigan World Affairs Council. All Discussions will be held at: Aquinas College Performing Arts Center 1607 Robinson Road SE Grand Rapids, MI  49506 Check out...

Legal Panel

Legal Panel

March 30, 2015 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Attorneys, Paralegals, & Admissions Officers will talk about their experiences in the field & answer any questions that you might have! Please click the link below for more information: Legal...

Peace Corps at GVSU

Peace Corps at GVSU

April 1, 2015 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Want to become engaged in the type of work that really matters? Stop by to speak to a recruiter and learn more about Peace Corps!

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