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Monday, August 24, 2015

Brad the Intern's Farewell

Hello Everyone,

This will be my last blog entry…I know I’m sad too.  I have had a wonderful summer working here and I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who takes the time to read my posts.
Thank you to the agencies that hosted me: Patrick and Karen with IN State Dept of Health; Casey, Nicole and Ken at Dept of Corrections (Pendleton); Jess and Stephen from Dept of Corrections (Central Office); Aiesha, Dan, Jennifer and Rachel from Dept of Child Services; Maria from IN Dept of Homeland Security; and Eric, Melissa, Ryan, Rick and Angela from IN Dept of Transportation.  
A special thank you to the Talent Acquisition Team. 

Jerry: I never told you, but the best part of my internship was coming in on Monday mornings and reading the Weekly Jot from Jerry. It was also nice to be greeted by name every morning. As an intern I didn’t expect it, but it was nice. 

Caitlin and Jeremy: When we were setting up and working at the Employment Opportunity Fair at the Indiana Black Expo, I had a great time and you guys were hilarious, really friendly and super helpful. 

Adam, Bailey, Chanel and Lindsey: I only worked with you guys on a few things, but when Dawn wasn’t available, you guys were always able to answer my questions and you were always really friendly. 

Dawn: I want to thank you for putting up with me this summer.  I was a little rough when I first got here (remember that IBE email that took 15 drafts).  You have always been there to answer my questions and have made me into a much better HR professional. 

It was great working with the Indiana State Personnel Dept, I met some many amazing and knowledgeable HR professionals!

Until next time,

Brad the Intern

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Brad the Intern: Talent Acquisition & Dept of Transportation!

Hello Readers,
I am finishing up my last rotation here at the State of Indiana.  It has been a nice last couple weeks.  I have been wrapping up several unfinished projects and getting them ready to be handed off to the next intern.  I also snuck in a week at the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT). 

While at INDOT, I assisted in writing a formal standard operating procedure (SOP) for what to do when separating with an employee.  This required a fair amount of research into Indiana’s laws, rules, policies, etc as they related to employee terminations and retirements.  A couple other projects that I worked on involved making screening sets very similar to the ones I made for The Department of Homeland Security and taking the very beginning steps of forming a job description library. 

Then I came back to Talent Acquisition for my final lap.  This week I finished up the offer letters and got them loaded into PeopleSoft.  I also spent a little bit of time working on writing my final two blog posts. And for the first time, I was able to sit in on some interviews.  All in all, I have had a great week.

Stay tuned for my farewell blog post in which I will give out some special thanks. 

Until next time,
Brad the Intern    

Monday, August 10, 2015

Brad the Intern: Dept of Child Services & Homeland Security!

Hello fans, loyal readers, and first time visitors,

I have been all over the place these past couple weeks.  My rotations have taken me on visits with the Department of Child Services and the Department of Homeland Security. I worked on several projects for each agency and was able to meet some impressive people.

At the Department of Child Services (DCS), I was tasked with developing forms to assist with tracking several employee management processes.  I designed one form to assist supervisors, employees, and HR staff with processing an employee that is intending to retire or otherwise leave.  The project required me to do a sizable amount of research into the processes that have been utilized previously at DCS.  Similarly, I created two documents to use when bringing on new employees.  One is a general form that could be used for any position and the other is a form designed to accommodate the more in depth process of hiring a Family Case Manager.  In addition to creating forms, I also assisted with an I-9 and personnel file audit, and created several new employee files. 
The week after that I moved on to the Department of Homeland Security (IDHS), where I worked primarily on two projects.  The first project involved overhauling old pre-screen question sets.  I had to look at the old screening sets and compare them to the job descriptions of several positions to determine and correct any deficiencies that may have existed.  The other project was creating a universal job description bank, so to speak, for every position at IDHS.  I looked through and ensured that all the positions were labeled with their appropriate pay classifications.  I then took all of the job descriptions that I could find and converted them to PDF files and, subsequently, hyperlinked them to the excel spreadsheet that is to serve as the Master Job Description Bank, for Indiana Dept of Homeland Security. 

In other news, the end is near my friends…I will likely be posting two more blogs: one detailing my exhilarating stint at the Indiana Department of Transportation and my last pass with Talent Acquisition, then a thank you and overview of my time here as Brad the Intern. 

Until then,

Brad the Intern​

Check me out below, second to the right of the Governor, after attending his speaker's series:

Gov Group 2015

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Brad the Intern - Employment Opportunity Fairs

Hello Friends,

My internship is beginning to wind down, but don’t think that I am not still keeping busy.  This past week I may have been the busiest that I have been so far. 
I was back at home base with Talent Acquisition and I was working to finish as many projects as possible.  I worked especially hard on what will become a training video for potential applicants.  The training addresses all of the steps of the application/job search process.  My portion of it is nearly done then it will just need to be sent off for approval and then recording.  After those steps are completed, it will be posted on the website.

The other big project that I worked on last week was the Employment Opportunity Fair at the Indiana Black Expo.  As I have mentioned before, I had the opportunity to sit on the planning committee for the event and it was amazing.  My job was to help run the State of Indiana employment booth.  In doing so, I was able to speak with numerous potential candidates.  The Employment Opportunity Fair has definitely been one of the highlights of my internship so far. 

That is it for now, as you will hear from me again, as I have three more rotations/adventures left, so stay tuned.


Brad the Intern 

Monday, July 13, 2015

Intern Haley Says Goodbye!

It is my last day here at Indiana Veterans’ Home (IVH) and my time here has been a great experience. I have learned so much about the importance of a well run Human Resources department and how serving employees of an agency can assist in all aspects of the establishments overall mission.

For the last few weeks my focus has been mainly on talent acquisition, but during my time with the State Personnel Department, I have had a chance to be involved in all operations of HR. I have been verifying employment history and running orientation programs for our new hires. We have updated the database to comply with new retention policies and have finally settled into the new offices for the department here at IVH.

Specifically I have learned to verify new employee information and how to contact previous employers for professional history. Through the Talent Acquisition process we have found dozens of strong candidates and everyone is hopeful about the energy and assistance these recruits will bring to the facility.

The management staff at IVH is incredible. The superintendant Linda Sharp works so hard for her residents and everyone follows her example. When it comes to the veterans, people around here really advocate and it has been rewarding to work with such a dedicated group of people.

As part of the Governor’s Intern Program, I have also attended speeches at the Statehouse from Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson as well as General Goodwin. I have learned a lot about the goals of Indiana; how we are trying to focus on health and fitness by encouraging State employees to be active, and the new opportunities in higher education.

Back at the Veterans’ Home, we are ramping up for the 4th of July which should be fun. The residents here love it and are looking forward to Fireworks. I have become well acquainted with some of the veterans that live here and that has made my time as an intern even more special.

I am leaving this internship slightly sooner than most of my peers because of a semester of Study Abroad. I will be leaving the country and so I have to say goodbye to SPD and IVH. I want to thank everyone for their time, patience, and assistance. I have learned so much about what the work force really looks and feels like as well as the intricacies of the Human Resource profession.

Thank you,
Haley Arndt

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Brad the Intern: Department of Corrections Pendleton

Hello Again,

This has been a very interesting couple of weeks.  As I mentioned in my last post, I have been working in the Pendleton Correctional Facility.  I spent most of my time bouncing back and forth between the Juvenile Correctional Facility and the Industrial Correctional Facility. I started my week by getting to tour all three of the facilities.  It was a great experience, and while slightly intimidating it was definitely one of the highlights of my time here. 

As far as the projects go, I helped to plan two career fairs.  I designed advertising materials, researched possible contacts, and finalized some of the finer details of the planning phase.  Also, I have been processing background checks for potential future employees, such as professional references and employment verification checks.  Another learning experience I had at Pendleton was the opportunity to sit in on a few employee termination meetings. Right now, I am working to finish up my final project which is to plan a few activities that will provide the workers here an opportunity to earn some Humana Vitality points, which feeds into the State of Indiana Invest in Your Health initiative:  

All in all, I have really enjoyed my time here in Pendleton.  Tune in next time for my next adventure Brad the Intern: Department of Correction Pendleton. 

Brad the Intern