HR Internships: Expert Career Advice for HR Internships

Intern Avenue provide you with an insight into a Career in Human Resources.

How to get a HR internship?
What is Human Resources?
What can you expect are HR intern responsibilities on a day-to-day basis?
Is HR for you, and have you got the skills/qualifications to succeed?
You’ve got a HR internship/HR graduate job, but what’s next?
HR Summer Internships
What’s the best way to find a paid HR internship, or HR graduate job?
Why should you choose Intern Avenue?

How to get a HR internship?

Thinking about taking a break from your studies to get a dose of the real working world, or are you newly graduated and ready to take the next step? Well, if you’re considering an internship in HR, the following information will get you in the door and in front of the right people.

Taking on an internship means that, as well as learning ‘on the job’, you’ll make connections that could prove priceless in the future. And while you’re learning you can expect to take home an average HR salary of around £9-£12 per hour.*

What is Human Resources?

The HR department of any company is the place that every employer wants to get to know well, as it deals with the hiring, training and administration of staff, as well as those all important holiday requests! Working in HR means you get to see the entire life-cycle of a role; from when an employee first arrives, to when they ask for a pay rise, to when they take maternity or paternity leave, and ultimately, move on.

What can you expect are HR intern responsibilities on a day-to-day basis?

It’s your job to be a proactive, confident and approachable support to the HR team and its clients. HR is about problem solving and has a large customer service slant to it, so your communication skills need to be on point.

While no two days will be the same, here are just some of the tasks that you can expect from a HR intern job description:

• Administrative support to the HR team and its clients
• Use HR databases and searchable resources
• Track progress, deadlines and priorities
• Prepare Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents
• Post new positions on various job sites (Like Intern Avenue, obviously..)
• Complete and mail out offer letters

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Is HR for you, and have you got the skills/qualifications to succeed?

When it comes to skills, there will be a strong focus on customer service and how you communicate. The kind of person who would suit HR is someone that’s detail orientated, curious and comfortable with asking questions.

You would work well in a team – which includes real listening skills – and most importantly, you need to be personable! When it comes to qualifications, you’ll need to be proficient in email and you’ll find office software such as Word, Excel and Powerpoint a doddle.

As you develop in your HR career, you may choose to invest in the certifications and diplomas that the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) offer.

You’ve got a HR internship/HR graduate job, but what’s next?

According to PayScale, the average starting salary for a HR graduate is £20,026. So expect to receive a monthly income around that mark.

If you decide to take on a HR internship during University, or if you get a HR graduate role after University, your career path can go any number of ways. Maybe you’ll discover you’ve got a real eye for talent and go on to be a head hunter or talent developer, or perhaps you’ll find that you’re pretty damn awesome at corporate strategy?

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You can also consider working in diversity and equality in the workplace or in recruitment. That’s a lot of options of career paths and skills to develop, which you can find below:

Employment law: Concerned with employment legislation, and the legal rights of a company’s employees and employers. This would include aspects such as bullying and harassment, race discrimination and dismissals.

Learning and development: The function of fostering a learning organisation and culture. This would involve people development and workplace learning.

Corporate strategy: Achieving long-term business prosperity by developing a mission statement, corporate culture, ensuring productivity and fuelling innovation. A HR professional can contribute towards setting the course of an entire organisation.

HR function: The HR function operates to improve the management of the rest of the HR department, producing HR audits and developing HR plans. This role builds organisational capability.

Diversity and equality: Overseeing the personnel diversification within an organisation, along with ensuring that everyone has access to equal pay, and has the opportunity to access training and development.

Performance management: Management of instilling a culture that thrives on constant improvement of business services, processes and personnel skills. Performance management involves self-appraisals, team appraisals, performance reviews and setting SMART objectives.

Recruitment: The process of ensuring that the best suited person is hired for the right position. Initial analysis of candidates is imperative pre functional leader interviews,  whilst diversity and inclusion must be taken into account during the recruitment process as companies should never overlook talent due to candidate characteristics and demographics.

Reward management: HR professionals are involved with the planning of reward strategies and creating pay structures. Having a robust pay structure is key for maintaining and expanding an organisation which operates at optimal efficiency.

Talent management: This is an essential management practice which nurtures talent within an organisation. A human resources department oversees career planning, talent audits and talent pools to maximise the performance of an organisation.

Employee relations: Managing the relationship between an organisation’s employees and the employers as a collective.

Health, safety & well-being: Concerned with the health and safety of employees at work, whilst developing health and safety policies which abide by the law. This can involve managing security arrangements, offering employee assistance programmes and dealing with employee well-being.

Management & business skills: A HR professional must develop skills for leadership, time management and budget allocation. Along with problem solving, key decision making and having an ability to negotiate.

HR Summer internships

If you’re tempted to try an internship before you graduate, you can take a break during the summer holidays in between your first and second or second and third year.

We offer 10-12 week paid internships, which means, not only will you be bringing in some cash, you’ll be gaining massive career bonus points for later. You might even secure yourself a job offer once you’ve graduated. Nice.

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What’s the best way to find a paid HR internship, or HR graduate job?

• Start showing your work now. Yes, you might be at University and sometimes your work might seem decidedly un-noteworthy, but believe us, it is. Start developing a portfolio of your work and keep your CV regularly updated.

• Set yourself up on LinkedIn; it’s a great way to share your latest work progress and you can start making connections with relevant HR departments across the globe.

• Sign up for Intern Avenue email alerts so you always know about the latest HR internships and graduate jobs

Why should you choose Intern Avenue?

Aside from the fact that we’re one of few companies who only ever offer paid internships, we pride ourselves on being approachable and putting you in exactly the right role that will suit you and your skills. So, what are you waiting for?

Sign up for Intern Avenue alerts today.

*Average based on range of HR intern salaries found at Glass Door.

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