Arielle Kaufman, Human Resources Intern at Modern Woodmen
Currently, I am a Human Resource intern at Modern Woodmen of America out of the Appleton office. I work under the Regional Director who is responsible for all of the agents in the surrounding area. Modern Woodmen is the 3rd largest fraternal financial firm in the country. The agents act as financial representatives and assist in fulfilling their client’s insurance needs. They ensure that their clients are set for the future, financially. As a company, they also do a lot to give back to their communities.
What I Do At My Internship
As a Human Resource intern, I am responsible for all the recruits that come into the office. I handle all of the incoming resumes as well as looking for potential recruits. Because most of the resumes and applications come in over the internet, some of the work I do can be done from the comfort of my own home. I receive the resumes through my email and use the company’s intranet system to document them and keep them organized. Through doing this internship, I have learned that I chose the right major for myself. I love doing the HR side of the business and am learning what it takes to be good at the job.
How I Found My Internship
In my senior year, I took the Professional Skills class that is offered by the College of Business through Career Services. One of the requirements of the class was to attend a Networking Night with a variety of different employers. At Networking Night, I had the opportunity to meet Richard Parks with Modern Woodmen. He was mainly looking for Finance majors but he stopped me and started a conversation. We seemed to hit it off right away and he explained to me what he was looking for in an HR intern.
After Networking Night, he LinkedIn with me and sent me a message that he looked forward to speaking with me further at the Career Fair the following week. I stopped by the booth and he had information all laid out for me on what he wanted from the HR side. I was immediately interested and we set up an on-campus interview.
This should be a lesson to all to use Career Services to your fullest advantage. It is how I made the connection and got my internship!