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Experiential Learning: Internships

Daniel Kim '14 internship at World renewExplore practical engagement

We strongly encourage all political science and international relations majors  to consider an internship during their time at Calvin College.  While the internship experience is invaluable as a means of professional networking and career advancement, at Calvin it is also designed to help students reflect on vocation, that is, their calling to serve God through public service.

Students may intern in a variety of national, state, and local executive and legislative offices, government agencies, political campaigns, party and interest group organizations, think tanks, judicial agencies, non-profits, and law firms. IR students may also consider internships in international business or non-government organizations (NGOs), perhaps coinciding with a study abroad experience.

Recently, Calvin students have interned locally with Rep. Justin Amash’s district office, World Renew, the Ottawa County Administrator, Kent County Republican Party, Bethany Christian Services, and Kent County Land Bank Authority.  In Washington, D.C., Calvin students have interned with the U.S. State Department, CNN, National Wildlife Federation, and the National Democratic Party.    

There are several ways to gain hands-on experience in jobs related to political science

  • Take POLS 380 and intern in a variety of government, private, and non-profit organizations engaged in public policy or public service. Students in the course will submit weekly journals and complete several short writing assignments to help them reflect on their experiences. Syllabus for POLS 380
  • Apply to go to Washington, D.C., the department's off-campus semester and intern in any number of federal agencies, Congress, think tanks, and national organizations.
  • Apply for the Comenius Scholars program in the spring for a paid for-credit internship at an area non-profit organization the following fall. For more information open the Comenius Scholars tab.

Other Internship Forms

For more information about these and other opportunities, please contact Professor Mikael Pelz, Internship Director for the Political Science Department, at (616) 526-6232 or