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

Selma Tucker

Selma Tucker

Grad Works for City of Grand Rapids

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Robert Monaghan

Robert Monaghan

Corporate Executive and Nonprofit Leader

Dan Matthews

Dan Matthews

National Assistant Principal of the Year

Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Commissioned as Coast Guard Officer

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News

PLS 382 Politics of Post-Communist Europe

PLS 382 Politics of Post-Communist Europe

March 28, 2015

Offered this fall semester, Mondays and Wednesdays at 4:30-5:45 p.m.

PLS 385 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

PLS 385 Russian and Post-Soviet Politics

March 28, 2015

Offered winter semester 2016, Mondays and Wednesdays at 1:30-2:45 p.m.

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.

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Events

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!

WMWTA Scholarship

WMWTA Scholarship

April 3, 2015 All Day

The West Michigan World Trade Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to maintaining West Michigan’s competitive edge in the global marketplace. As part of this commitment, the...

Miller Johnson Paid Pre-law Intern

Miller Johnson Paid Pre-law Intern

April 10, 2015 1:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Miller Johnson Pre-Law Student Intern Program Description Miller Johnson partners with Grand Valley State University to provide an academic semester-long internship opportunity (two opportunities...

2015 LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship Program

2015 LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship Program

April 30, 2015 All Day

As part of our ongoing commitment to promote diversity within the legal profession, Warner Norcross & Judd LLP announces the eighth year of our LSAT Preparation Course Scholarship program. The...

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