Most human resources intern positions are aimed at full-time students, working toward a related undergraduate degree; these interns are seeking relevant workplace experience to help get full-time work upon graduation. Human resources internships require many of the same tasks and abilities that full-time human resources positions do, importantly maintaining confidentiality for employees. Human resources interns generally work in an office environment with a team on tight deadlines. Employers are looking for self starters with solid communication skills who are also proficient in basic computer programs such as the Microsoft Office suite.
Human resources interns need to be organized and able to complete functions such as research, workplace analytics, and worker compensation-related tasks using strong problem-solving skills and being a creative thinker. Job duties can include employee document filing, creation and editing of job advertisements and employee packets, employee orientation and training, data entry, and benefits administration. Candidates should have the ability to learn and also teach new technology, as well as utilize analytics to create more efficient processes throughout the company.
Most human resources interns are students who plan to work full-time in the field upon graduation and are looking to learn about all aspects of human resources under the supervision of a full-time staff member in a workplace environment. The intern is expected to act professional at all times and perform many of the same duties as full-time staff members, putting the college training that student has acquired to use in a practical environment.
Human Resources (HR) Intern Tasks
Review and post job listings on multiple sites and schedule interviews for candidates.
Facilitate and coordinate in person, web, and telephone meetings.
Enter data and track hiring goals and objectives.
Prepare documentation for new and prospective hires.