HR Intern

The Industry

Are you looking for human resources internships or entry level human resources jobs? Human Resources can be a complicated industry, and many students are left wondering “What exactly does an HR professional do?” Essentially, the department manages an organization’s employees, and is responsible for compensation, benefits, training and development, staffing, and other functions that help shape the corporate culture. HR is also responsible for making sure employees are working in a safe and comfortable environment while recruiting new, likeminded employees to help achieve organizational goals.

The Internship

Most entry-level positions in human resources require past experience – usually through human resource internships. As an HR intern, you’ll have the opportunity to apply your academic curriculum to real-world situations. Daily tasks and projects will range from preparing new hire paperwork, advertising open job positions, advising employees on safety issues, and more.

College students who land a summer HR internship will use the opportunity to get familiar with the types of software commonly used by HR departments—everything from benefits and payroll products like Paycor and BambooHR to applicant tracking systems like Jobvite. In order to advance in the field, you will likely need to join a professional organization such as the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM) or obtain an MBA, a master of human resources management or a human resources certificate.

The Career Options

Typically, there are two career paths that are taken: generalist or specialist. The HR generalist has a wide range of responsibilities such as attracting and retaining employees, training, managing the workforce, and planning ways to meet human resources needs. Generalist roles are usually found in smaller companies or in management roles. HR specialists typically require deep knowledge and complete ownership of a particular HR program, such as employee and labor relations, compensation, benefits, conducting interviews or administering pre-employment tests.

The Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of human resources jobs is expected to grow about 9% over the next decade which is faster than average.

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