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

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.

City of Grand Rapids: Office of Energy and Sustainability internships

City of Grand Rapids: Office of Energy and Sustainability internships

August 25, 2014

A student internship agreement exists between the City of Grand Rapids and Grand Valley State University. The Office of Energy and Sustainability at the City of Grand Rapids is seeking an associate to assist with various duties and tasks.

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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

Dan Matthews

Dan Matthews

National Assistant Principal of the Year

Megan Koops Fisher

Megan Koops Fisher

Community Outreach Program Manager for Ready for School

Selma Tucker

Selma Tucker

Grad Works for City of Grand Rapids

Thomas Bell

Thomas Bell

Higher Education Consultant

Lyndsey Kitson

Lyndsey Kitson

Attorney for Employee Benefit, Labor and Employment Law

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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

Career Center Internship Award

Career Center Internship Award

September 1, 2014 All Day

The Career Center is currently accepting applications for the Career Center Internship Award. This $500 scholarship is awarded to 10 students who are completing an unpaid, for-credit internship.  The...

A Common Ground Panel Discussion

A Common Ground Panel Discussion

September 23, 2014 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

A panel of political science professors from GVSU will provide fresh perspectives on this year’s major elections—for the governorship, and the US House and Senate—and discuss the...

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