Internship Bliss

I absolutely love my internship.  I work with amazing people and I have already learned so much.  I work at GE in Circleville as an HR intern.  I love my dorky safety glasses that I wear through the plant and all of the employees are so friendly.  I honestly wasn’t sure how I would feel about driving 50 minutes to and from work 3 times a week, but the drive doesn’t bother me at all.  It is actually nice to cruise down 23 with my window down and my music blasting.  It is also pretty much the only time I’m not stressing about studying because I can’t.  Although, I have actually tried to read my notes on my way to an exam while driving from work to class and came to the realization that it is more important to actually get to the exam than to get a slightly better grade.  No more reading and driving for me!

I’m on a policy team and we are working on rewriting the policy book for the plant.  The team is made up of the plant manager, the HR manager and then a sample group that is representative of the plant employees.  The discussions can get pretty intense and it is always interesting to hear what kinds of things are important to the employees.  I’ve learned a lot about how to facilitate a discussion around things that can sometimes cause people to get emotional.  My boss has even allowed me to run a few of the meetings.  That has been a great experience even though I sweat the entire time!

Another thing I do a lot of is select candidates for open positions in our plant and a couple of other plants in central Ohio.  I’ve worked in a recruiting role in a previous job but this is much different because I am recruiting for roles such as engineers and environmental health and safety technicians.  These are jobs that I previously would not have known how to fill or what to look for in a candidate.  It has worked out well that I am taking Staffing right now because I can apply what I learn at work to class and vice versa.

Speaking of class…I really need to study for Econ!  One more midterm and then I can focus more attention on my projects.  I'm ready for summer!