MRA hosted an end of the year student celebration event on Friday, April 27, 2018, in our Waukesha, Wisconsin, office, where we were able to experience the excitement and enthusiasm of the next generation of HR professionals. We talked about bending the talent curve, the spectrum of workplace conduct, and held an HR career panel discussion, where MRA professionals answered all kinds of great questions from our attendees.
One topic that came up was the HR internship and how elusive it is to so many students before they graduate. Many said that internships were almost impossible to find and even harder to get. And knowing that three to five years of experience is required on many HR job postings, the students, while eager to jump in and get to work on an internship, seemed perplexed and frustrated on how to actually get one.
At MRA, we have an internship program every summer and always encounter hard-working, dedicated students who apply for these opportunities. It has been a great way to guide the future of the HR workforce, assist students in our community, and help lighten our workload a bit.
If your organization doesn’t have an internship program, consider starting one. It’s a benefit for all involved. Check out our article Interns as a Valuable Resource to find out how to get one going and ensure its success or talk to one of our HR Advisors at 866-HR-Hotline (866-474-6854) for ideas.
Source: Laurie Greenlees, Director, HR Services & Safety, MRA – The Management Association