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

Get Covered America Internships

Get Covered America Internships

September 25, 2014

Get Covered America is a project of Enroll America, and is non-partisan, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to maximizing the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act.

The Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign internships

The Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign internships

August 27, 2014

The Michigan Democratic Coordinated Campaign is currently looking for interns and fellows for our fall internship program. This will be a great opportunity for students to become civically engaged and learn how a "Get Out The Vote" effort is run.

Mark Schauer for Governor (D) campaign internships

Mark Schauer for Governor (D) campaign internships

August 25, 2014

As a Fellow with the Mark Schauer for Governor campaign you will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of political fundraising and finance working on one of the most exciting and competitive races in 2014.

Brent Boncher for 63rd District Judge internship

Brent Boncher for 63rd District Judge internship

August 25, 2014

The campaign to elect Brent Boncher for 63rd District Judge for Kent County is seeking political science major/minors that are enthusiastic and hardworking for the Fall of 2014.

Donijo DeJonge (R) for State Rep. campaign internships

Donijo DeJonge (R) for State Rep. campaign internships

August 25, 2014

Donijo Robbins DeJonge is running to represent Grand Rapids 76th State House District. She is currently a tenured, full professor of Public Finance with the School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration at Grand Valley State University.

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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

Patrick Miller

Patrick Miller

Teaching at United States Military Academy

Ryan Meyer

Ryan Meyer

Earning Master's of Public Policy at Georgetown University

Natalie Cleary

Natalie Cleary

Teach for America

Adam Hukkula

Adam Hukkula

First-year Student Interns for MI House Democrats

Maro Houhanisin

Maro Houhanisin

Attorney for Probate, Estate Planning and Domestic Relations

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News

Myott ('09) Represents Couple in Gay Marriage Suit

Myott ('09) Represents Couple in Gay Marriage Suit

June 25, 2014

Attorney Stephanie Myott ('09) recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of her clients who want the State of Michigan to recognize their out-of-state marriage

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

GVSU Team Wins World Quest 2014

May 09, 2014

PIC Corp Team wins the 2014 World Quest competition hosted by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

PLS 339 Comparative Democratization

May 07, 2014

PLS 339 offered this fall semester, Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:45 p.m.

PLS Students Present at Student Scholars Day 2014

PLS Students Present at Student Scholars Day 2014

May 07, 2014

Samuel Hannah, Marc Plooster, and Marissa Swartz participate in Student Scholars Day

Mork Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

Mork Wins PLS/IR Outstanding Paper Award

April 14, 2014

Quinlyn Mork's paper, "Democracy in Ghana: A Product of Elite Construction?" has been selected as the Outstanding Paper written in 2013.

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Events

Boren Scholarship Information Session

Boren Scholarship Information Session

October 1, 2014 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

The Frederik Meijer Office of Fellowships will host two information sessions on Boren Scholarship to discuss the purpose of the scholarship and the application process ·         Wednesday,...

International Relations Discussion Series: International Sex Selection Abortion: Causes and Controversies

International Relations Discussion Series: International Sex Selection Abortion: Causes and Controversies

October 1, 2014 6:00 PM - 7:15 PM

The video “It’s a Girl” and the book “Unnatural Selection” have attempted to draw greater attention to the  phenomenon of sex selective abortion. Widespread in India,...

What is the Peace Corps Really Like?

What is the Peace Corps Really Like?

October 2, 2014 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

 Three recent IR alumnae have all completed their Peace Corps service in the past year.  They have agreed to come to GVSU and discuss their experiences on Thursday, October 2, 7-8:30...

Study Abroad Fair

Study Abroad Fair

October 9, 2014 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Thinking about studying abroad? Be sure to attend this fall's Study Abroad Fair. Remember that studying in another country not only helps you to gain important language and intercultural communication...

The Washington Center Informational Meeting

The Washington Center Informational Meeting

October 15, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Interested in a Washington, D.C. internship? Click on the link below for more information The Washington Center Informational Meeting

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