Intern, Human Resources

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The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world. Founded in 1876, our mission is to share our vision of the importance of libraries, literacy and free access to information. ALA offers professional services and publications to members and nonmembers, including online news stories from American Libraries and analysis of crucial issues from our Washington Office. Our main office is located in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast, right off of Michigan Ave, with satellite offices in Washington, DC, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.

The Human Resources department is located in our Chicago headquarters and provides resources for the remote locations as well as Chicago. Our mission is to contribute to the association’s achievement of its strategic goals through the effective use of its people.

We provide the association with coordinated, proactive quality services that support their business goals and objectives and are consistent with Human Resources Management principles. Working with individual business units, our staff provides expertise in problem solving, planning, and direct services in the following areas: employee relations, organizational development, strategic planning, compensation/benefits, and employee development/staffing/recruitment, to produce business-oriented results.


We currently have two internships available:

Social Media/Communications and HR Generalist, Human Resources

The social media intern will have a choice of two projects – development of a digital newsletter for the department or assisting with the development of a more robust social media presence for our job board.

The second intern will have an opportunity to study all aspects of Human Resource Management areas including HRIS, compensation, benefits, policies, and recruitment.

Both of these internships require sharp organizational skills, communication skills – oral, written, and electronic, as well as a strict attention to detail. Writing and research skills are also necessary for success in either of these internships.

Intern responsibilities will vary based on need, but will also include:

Work and assistance on the Affordable Care Act compliance requirements
Compensation Analysis, including market research
Work with the HR Director on selected HR employment policies
Research comparing our policies etc with best practices of other member-based associations
Assistance with Onboarding project.
Assist Sr Benefit Specialist with open enrollment for association employees; as well as other benefit projects


Some experience working in a highly confidential area, preferably a Human Resource department, and at least 2 years of college; preference will be given to senior level students with familiarity using a Human Resource Information System (HRIS). Proficiency in MS Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint). A professional appearance and demeanor. Ideal Intern’s major area of study is Human Resource Management or other business related area.

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