Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Thursday, May 25, 2017
After completing my first few days as an intern for the Indiana State Personnel Department (INSPD), I am excited to gain more experience in all areas of Human Resources (HR) and gain more skills specifically in the areas of talent acquisition and recruitment. I am going to be a senior at Indiana University in the fall, where I am studying Human Resource Management. I have acquired a passion for HR through past internships I have had. From these experiences I have learned that HR is a driving factor to any successful organization and I am excited to have a new experience with INSPD this summer!
While working with these different agencies, I was able to see how HR functions differently for every department and how each HR team has their own culture. I think these past four weeks have given me real-life skills that will help me in my future careers.
Later in the week we spent a day with the Employee Relations team and learned about their day to day responsibilities and what it takes to be successful in their individual roles. We also attended a soft skills session on listening. It ultimately made me more aware of how often I truly am not listening, and what it takes to be a better listener. I had fun hearing numerous stories from each person in Employee Relations and I sparked an interest in investigations once the job shadowing was complete. Gaining exposure in the numerous HR areas has been great because it allows me to grasp a better understanding of what I want to do post-graduation.
Throughout the past month we have been working on projects
for the Department of Revenue as well as the Department of Child Services. Both
of these agencies gave us exposure to different aspects of Human Resources. At
the Department of Revenue we worked on updating and auditing a 600 person
personnel file filing system. On the other hand, at the Department of Child
Services we were able to shadow the employee relations specialist and see how
to handle employee relation disputes. This experience also allowed us to see
the legal side of employee relations, which was extremely interesting. We learn
about employment law in school, however, it was great to see how it is used in
real world situations. I really have enjoyed how this rotational internship program
allows us to go to different state agencies because we get to know the
different HR teams at each agency and see how they operate.