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

Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) internships (Fall 2015)

Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) internships (Fall 2015)

August 31, 2015

Launch your career by helping Governor Snyder Reinvent Michigan

Kent County Democratic Party Internship

Kent County Democratic Party Internship

August 31, 2015

The Kent County Dems are always looking for interns to contribute their time, hard work, and creative thought toward planning for the 2016 election.

Rep. Candice S. Miller (MI-10)- Fall 2015 Internship

Rep. Candice S. Miller (MI-10)- Fall 2015 Internship

August 13, 2015

Congresswoman Candice S. Miller (R-MI) seeks legislative interns for the Fall 2015 semester. Interns will work in a fast-paced congressional office, gaining valuable exposure and knowledge of the legislative process and the United States Congress.

Family Futures Fall 2015 Internships

Family Futures Fall 2015 Internships

August 13, 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.

The Office of Representative Amash Fall 2015 Internship

The Office of Representative Amash Fall 2015 Internship

August 13, 2015

The Office of Representative Amash is seeking bright, liberty-minded students to intern through the fall, spring, or summer semesters. A monthly stipend is provided and academic credit may be available.

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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

Amanda Fortino

Amanda Fortino

Major Gifts Officer for Farm Sanctuary

James Spaanstra

James Spaanstra

Energy and Natural Resources Attorney

Adam Hukkula

Adam Hukkula

First-year Student Interns for MI House Democrats

Dorothy Sewe

Dorothy Sewe

Aids Refugee Relocation Efforts

Toby Hutchins

Toby Hutchins

Student Wins School Board Seat

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News

Chelsea Kendziorski's Research Published In Pi Sigma Alpha: The Undergraduate Journal of Politics

Chelsea Kendziorski's Research Published In Pi Sigma Alpha: The Undergraduate Journal of Politics

July 16, 2015

Recent PLS graduate, Chelsea Kendziorski, has had an article published in Pi Sigma Alpha's Undergraduate Journal

Veronica Beltran Receives Thomas M. Seykora Award for Outstanding Contribution

Veronica Beltran Receives Thomas M. Seykora Award for Outstanding Contribution

May 05, 2015

Political Science and Spanish major, Veronica Beltran, is a recipient of the Seykora Award

Quinlyn Mork Receives Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award

Quinlyn Mork Receives Excellence-in-a-Discipline Award

May 05, 2015

Graduating Senior, Quinlyn Mork, was recognized as the outstanding student majoring in Political Science

Andrew Plague Presented with Kenneth R. Venderbush Student Leadership Award

Andrew Plague Presented with Kenneth R. Venderbush Student Leadership Award

May 05, 2015

Political Science Major, Andrew Plague, is the 2015 recipient of the Venderbush Award

Model EU

Model EU

April 20, 2015

GVSU students travel to Indiana University for Model EU.

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Events

Internship Information Meeting

Internship Information Meeting

September 2, 2015 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Recent interns will describe their internships with: The Open World Leadership Center, a diplomatic exchange organization in Washington, DC Kaliwatch International, a market research firm in...

International Relations Open House

International Relations Open House

September 16, 2015 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM

Calling all Business Majors!! Consider adding an INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS Major or Minor to your degree! For more information please click the link below: International Relations...

Political Science and International Relations Mixer

Political Science and International Relations Mixer

September 23, 2015 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Career and internship information will be provided. Prospective majors/minors welcome! Please click the link below for more information: Political Science and International Relations Mixer 2015

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