What is a typical day for an HR Intern at a medium-sized company? Hopefully this will give you an idea of what my work day looks like as well as what projects I’m tackling.
I generally set my alarm for 6:30AM, which gives me plenty of time to play on my phone until I actually need to start getting ready. I try to be out the door by 7:15 but can leave as late as 7:45 to still be at work by 8AM. My department tends to get to work pretty early and not many people stay past 4:30 so I’ve shifted my schedule to maximize that time.
When I get to work, I always write out what meetings I have for the day and any projects I know I need to work on. Things always get added to this list as the day goes on but it’s a good start to planning what I’ll be spending my time on. Today, I really need to finish up a task that has taken me about a week of on/off work to do. My team is working on transitioning from one applicant tracking system (ATS) to another one that will be more integrated with our other processes. I’ve been doing various tasks to help with this but today I’m exporting all of our job descriptions from the past three years so they’re available after we discontinue service with old system.
At 9AM, I need to head over to our other location (only 3 minutes away by car) to set up for a fundraiser that I’m running. Highlights has a Pelotonia team and each intern is partnering with a business leader to help fundraise for our riders. I actually have two teams that I’m working with, so you might hear more about my second project later in the summer. The one I’m starting today is a campaign called #WhatsYourArrow that encourages our employees to design their own Pelotonia arrow and submit it with a five-dollar donation. We’re planning to raffle off Amazon gift cards to those that participate. By the time I write this post 24 hours later, I’ve already raised $130!
After I set up for that, I head back to my desk and finish some outstanding projects that I’m working on. One is making a checklist of tasks for new-hires to complete in their first few days and weeks after their start date. Another project I’m doing supports some employer branding efforts that we’re working on. Highlights for Children has a few different companies under their umbrella and I’m auditing all of their social media accounts to see which companies are represented and where. While I’m working on all of this, I take a thirty-minute lunch break at my desk. We can take up to an hour for lunch and a lot of people go out to eat, but I like to pack my lunch and listen to a podcast. I still end up going out for food with people from work about once a week though. There are a bunch of great restaurants in the Grandview Heights area and I love having a reason to eat at them more often.
At 3 o’clock, the whole HR team has a bi-weekly meeting, so I join them in our conference room. I really enjoy these meetings because it gives me more exposure to some of the projects that everyone is working on, and I usually walk out with something new to help with. After the meeting, everyone disperses, and I use my last hour to get started on the PowerPoint that I’ll be presenting at the end of my internship. Our CEO and business leaders will be there, so I’m trying to make it as informative and engaging as possible.
At about 5:15, I head out for the day. It’s raining so I skip my run and watch YouTube videos instead. Anybody else feel like YouTube is better than cable? Just me?
Hopefully this gave some good insight to what a day at the office looks like and an idea of what projects HR interns might work on. It really varies by company (and especially by company size!) but I get to have a hand in a lot of different things and that’s been a great experience so far.