The University of Texas at Austin Human Resource Services
Spring 2014 Site Review
Position: Human Resource Internship Program
Student: Anthropology, Senior
Over the course of the Spring 2014 semester, I had the distinguished opportunity to intern at the University of Texas at Austin’s Human Resource Department. This internship is a great opportunity for anyone who is hoping to work in the field of Human Resources. Under the direct supervision of the HR director, you will gain practical and formal experience in a plethora of HR functions. The director is a great supervisor; he is friendly, caring, and extremely knowledgeable about every aspect of Texas’ HR functions.
A typical day would consist of meeting/checking in with the supervisor in the morning, depending on your scheduled time. You would discuss an HR function, specialty, policy, or even go over a technical system used by the staff. During this time you would have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have or review material you previously learned. After visiting with him, you may meet with a specialist in the department you are learning about that day or week to get a more in depth understanding of that department. After meeting with a specialist one-on-one, you would assist the HR Customer Service Specialist at the front desk and either answer simple HR questions or assist the specialist in whatever they needed.
Throughout this internship you will have the opportunity to attend New Employee Orientation, possibly assist with the President’s Outstanding Staff Awards, and attend managerial training sessions as well as any other training sessions that HR is offering at the time for its employees. You also will attend meetings your supervisor may have, and HR Customer Service meetings with an HR Coordinator and his group. I also had the opportunity to sit in on some Affordable Care Act meetings and interviews.
Overall, each day is truly unique and interesting. You will learn something new and interact with individuals who all have different backgrounds in HR, and are willing to share their journey as an HR staff member at Texas. This internship requires no previous HR experience or knowledge, so I would encourage any individual who wants to get into HR to apply for an internship here.
Spring 2012 Site Review
Position: HR Intern
Student: Anthropology Sophomore
Interning at the Human Resources Department required a strict commitment to the values of the values here at UT. A typical morning consisted of me coming in at 10 am and checking in with my boss Mr. James/Jim McElroy, also known as the director of the Human Resources Services Department. Once I checked in with Mr. McElroy, he would have something assigned for me to do for each particular day. A friendly and jolly fellow he would also take the time out to get to know me as a student too.
The morning responsibilities usually consisted of learning Human Resource Systems such as the new People software and the online applications as well as databases. I not only had to learn the exterior of these systems but also the internal work HR put into making such complex programs to increase efficiency. However, on Monday mornings the routine would be a little different. I would have to attend the New Employee Welcome Orientation with Mr. McElroy. I would assist with the background and help set up the different stations for the incoming staff and faculty.
My afternoon shift consisted of establishing rapport with my colleagues as well as other UT employees. I worked closely with Ms. Michelle Bennett to organize the huge President’s Outstanding Staff Awards. I would make phone calls, send emails, and interact with other HR staff to make sure we were on schedule. This communication allowed me a chance to ask serious questions and figure out my future plans as a college sophomore.