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

 

Internship Syllabus

For more information
PLS & IR Internship Syllabus

 

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

Cathy Forbes (D) for state senate, campaign internships

Cathy Forbes (D) for state senate, campaign internships

August 20, 2014

Cathy Forbes is fighting to represent the middle class in Lansing and needs YOUR help!

Third Congressional District coordinated campaign

Third Congressional District coordinated campaign

August 15, 2014

The Third Congressional District coordinated campaign is looking for interns to work at our campaign office in Grand Rapids. Interns will work inside a professionally run, fast paced, fun, county-wide, and state wide campaigns.

Terra Strategies (D) internships

Terra Strategies (D) internships

August 14, 2014

There are currently two positions they are hiring for: Field Organizer and Regional Canvass Director. There will be projects in battleground US Senate races as well as paid canvasses directly through the DSCC's IE arm.

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) internships

Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI) internships

August 14, 2014

Congresswoman Candice S. Miller (R-MI) seeks legislative interns for the Fall 2014 (September-December) semester. Interns will work in a fast-paced congressional office, gaining valuable exposure and knowledge of the legislative process and the United Sta

Internship Informational Meeting

Internship Informational Meeting

August 04, 2014

This event is a great way to learn more about internships, why they are important, and how you can register. You will be learning from the internship coordinators themselves for both Political Science and International Relations.

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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

Nick Girimont

Nick Girimont

1L at MSU College of Law

Emily Brown

Emily Brown

Master's Student Working for State Department

Andrea Vanderkolk

Andrea Vanderkolk

Studies Arabic in Jordan

Natalie Cleary

Natalie Cleary

Teach for America

Amanda Fortino

Amanda Fortino

Major Gifts Officer for Farm Sanctuary

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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

Internship Informational Meeting

Internship Informational Meeting

August 27, 2014 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This event is a great way to learn more about internships, why they are important, and how you can register. You will be learning from the internship coordinators themselves for both Political Science...

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