My Experience as a Human Resources Co-Op

· by Graham Roth

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As I was finishing my graduate degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, I began searching for Human Resources internships.

Human Technologies, Inc. stood out to me among other companies. I noticed the high level of detail in the job description for the HR Internship position and the coverage of all areas in the “expected job duties” of HR including recruiting, training, employee relations, and benefits.

Even before I began the internship, it was clear that HTI strives to provide interns with a fulfilling internship experience.

I knew that I wanted to work in HR, but was unsure which aspect of HR I would enjoy most. An internship where I would be responsible for performing menial administrative tasks would not help me explore this. Therefore, I sought to gain valuable professional experience relevant to my career goals. As an HR Intern at HTI I have accomplished exactly that.

Within the first week of my internship, I was already getting hands-on experience in different areas of HR such as training and recruiting.

Since then, I have assisted with the internal recruiter by calling candidates, administering assessments to candidates, and performing reference checks. It is very rewarding to see candidates I spoke to begin their new positions at HTI. It feels great knowing I played a part in helping someone get a new job. I have worked on creating training presentations for internal employees and I conducted training during a new-hire orientation. I was assigned a mentor who was very helpful in answering any concerns or questions. My mentor provided me with guidance and support and answered all questions I had during the internship.

I also had the opportunity to work on two major projects throughout the course of my internship.

I was given a good balance of guidance and freedom to complete these assignments. The projects allowed me to interact with other departments at HTI including the Sales & Marketing team and On-site Management. This was beneficial because I was able to learn more about the role that each department plays at HTI. The projects that I worked on strengthened my critical thinking and project management skills. My ability to work collaboratively with others to achieve goals has been refined. Now that the projects are ending, I am proud of the work that I completed during my HR internship. It feels great knowing I was able to contribute to a successful company while gaining valuable professional experience. As a result of my success in the internship, I received an offer for a full-time position with HTI. I look forward to beginning this new position.