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Human Resource Management Internships

Arielle Kaufman, Human Resources Intern at Modern Woodmen

Company Overview

Currently, I am a Human Resources 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 Resources 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!

Brooke Harkins, HR Intern, City of Oshkosh

Brooke Harkins

Company Overview

I am currently the Human Resources Intern for the City of Oshkosh. The City of Oshkosh provides services to the City of Oshkosh 24 hours a day, 365 days a year through the Police, Fire, Transit, Public Works, and Parks Department, just to name a few. It operates under a City Council, who acts as the legislative and policy making body of the City, and a City Manager, who is responsible for planning, organizing, and directing the activities of the City. The City Manager is in charge of 620 full and part time employees.

Responsibilities & Projects

One of my projects was to research other cities’ and counties’ sexual harassment policies and anti-bullying policies. Once I reviewed my gathered information, I made recommendations for adjustments and additions to the City of Oshkosh’s policy. Another project was to research and compile information on the City’s comparables to prepare for the upcoming Police, Fire, and Transit union contract negotiations. I was able to participate in multiple interview panels and provide feedback on the candidates’ responses and qualifications and provide recommendations on who to hire. And, I am currently conducting research on the Best Practices for Wellness Committees to present to the head of the Wellness Committee, my supervisor, and the Assistant City Manager.

Impact of My Internship Experience

My internship experience confirmed that I chose the correct major. I have really enjoyed my internship with the City of Oshkosh, I met a lot of great professionals and got to experience and learn a lot. 

Brooke Maguire, Pierce Manufacturing

Obtaining My Internship

The first step I took in obtaining an internship starting freshman and sophomore year were attending both the spring and fall Career Fair. I was able to network with a variety of organizations and got a taste of what I wanted in an internship. Leading into junior year, I conducted three informational interviews, one of the companies being Oshkosh Corporation. After my informational interview with Oshkosh Corporation, I was contacted by a recruiter to discuss future internship opportunities for the Fall. When the fall semester started, I applied for the year round HR Internship with Oshkosh Corporation and connected with the same recruiter I was in contact with at the Career Fair. Within two days, I received a call to interview with Oshkosh Corporation’s number one brand in the fire and emergency segment, Pierce Manufacturing. After two rounds of interviewing, I received the offer for the HR Internship.

Connecting with Other Interns

Oshkosh Corporation does an excellent job of putting together intern events so interns from different locations can get to know one another and network. These events vary from learning about future financial stability to going to a Green Bay Gambler’s hockey game. Getting to connect with other interns in both a professional and social setting is a great way to learn how others balance working and being a full-time student. Oshkosh Corporation has put together a Facebook page for interns so we receive updates of different events throughout the year.

My Responsibilities/Projects

Overall, the HR Intern assists the HR department with any responsibilities or projects that may come up but the main focus is on recruiting, benefits, and employee relations. I assist my supervisor with setting up interviews with hiring managers, interviewing, calling candidates, and working with our Talent Acquisition and Management System (TAMS). Currently, I am the lead on hiring and placing our summer help; these are candidates who have parents who work at either Pierce Manufacturing or Oshkosh Airport Products. It’s a great opportunity for me to complete all the steps of the new employee hiring process. Within benefits, I assist with open enrollment in November, and I manage Pierce’s monthly service awards. I put together invitations, and PowerPoints recognizing employees for their years of service with Pierce. Employee Relations is something I observe more than take action. When any type of major employee issue arises, usually the HR Director will have me sit in on the meeting and take notes. Those type of situations you learn from experience and are definitely something I don’t get exposed to in school. These three main areas are what make up my daily responsibilities and projects.

Chelsea Nest, Bemis Company


I am majoring in Human Resources Management, and I am currently interning with Bemis Company at their Curwood Division in New London. Bemis is a Fortune 500 company that specializes in flexible packaging used by leading food, consumer products, medical and pharmaceutical companies throughout the world. Bemis Company has about 78 facilities located in 12 countries with more than 20,000 employees worldwide.

How I Obtained My Internship 

I began searching for a new internship in February of 2013. I had been the HR Intern for another company for about a year, so I felt it was time to make a change. First, I updated my resume with my current experience. Then, I posted it on Titan Jobs, updated my LinkedIn profile, and sent out a few emails to contacts I made through my professional network.

The day after I emailed my resume to the contact I made at Bemis, I received a phone call from their Talent Acquisition team! The team member informed me about an internship in New London that would be available in April. About 2 weeks later I had an interview at the Student Success Center, and about a week after that I had an on-site interview in New London.

Thankfully, the day after the on-site interview I received a phone call offering me the HR Internship position. 

What I do in My Internship

I began working at the Bemis-Curwood plant in New London at the beginning of April. The internship was created due to the current HR supervisor going on leave until mid-August. I worked part-time until the semester was over, and then began working full-time. The HR supervisor left in mid-May, and I was left with many of her responsibilities.

The Curwood New London campus has three different plants, Curwood, Bemis Graphics and RE&D (Research, Engineering and Development). I work with two other HR employees to support these plants. Among the three plants we support about 675 employees, with about 500 of them being union workers.

A lot of my responsibilities involve recruiting. I am involved in the hiring process from start to finish. This includes: screening resumes, conducting phone interviews, conducting face to face interviews alone or with the hiring managers, scheduling the second interviews, making offers, and helping on-board the new employees.

Another part of my internship is being the HR representative for Bemis Graphics, which is part of the New London campus. Bemis Graphics has about 100 employees, and I am their main contact with any questions regarding benefits, employee relations, etc. Every Wednesday I have office hours for 2 hours where employees come and meet with me about any questions they may have.

Some of my other responsibilities include a payroll audit every other week, entering information into the HR Information System, assisting with FMLA claims, and helping answer general employee questions. 

Looking Forward

I will be graduating in December, and feel prepared for a full-time HR position. With the coursework I have completed and two different internships I am excited for the opportunities I will have!

Chris Bloxdorf, HR Intern, Tempel Steel Company

Chris Bloxdorf


I am currently the human resources intern at Tempel Steel Company located in Chicago, Illinois. I am going into my senior year at UW Oshkosh, were I am majoring in Human Resources and Economics.

Tempel Steel Company is the world’s leading independent manufacturer of precision magnetic steel laminations and makes steel laminations for a wide range of products, including automobiles, power tools, home appliances, HVAC systems, generators and many other products. Tempel Steel was started in 1945 by Tempel Smith on the north side of Chicago, and today it has grown into a global company with locations in China, Mexico, Canada, India and Chicago.

What I do at my internship?

As the human resources intern at Tempel Steel my position is of a HR generalist. The great thing about interning at Tempel is they are allowing me to work in each area of human resources. It has been a great experience to be able to work in all the different areas of Tempel’s human resources department. By having this opportunity I have been able to find out what areas of HR I like more than others.  

When I work in recruiting, I am involved throughout the whole recruiting process. My responsibility’s includes screening resumes, conducting phone interviews, setting up interviews with the hiring managers, conducting face to face interviews with the hiring managers and checking reference. Other areas of responsibility have been in benefits were I put employees benefit information into Tempel’s information system. I also work in the area of training employees. I work with Tempel’s HRIS system and type in information into the system that shows when an employee has completed the training and where they were training. Other responsibilities and projects I have include creating a new employee orientation presentation, creating job descriptions for current positions and helping set up company activities.

Obtaining my internship

I was looking for an internship summer of 2014 and was wanting to intern in the Chicago area.  I contacted a person I know at Tempel in early February to see if they would be hiring interns in human resources this summer. He then gave me the email address to Tempel’s HR Manager.  I emailed Tempel’s HR Manager my resume and cover letter explaining how I wanted to intern this summer at Tempel and was going to be in the Chicago land area this summer. I was then given a phone interview which lasted about 20 minutes. I was really nervous having interviewed a couple of other companies that did not work out. I was really hoping I would do well in the phone interview. At the end of the interview I was asked if I wanted to come in and do an in person interview which I agreed to. In my in person interview I was interviewed by the V.P. of Human Resources and the HR manager. After the interview I was very nervous about whether I was going to get the internship or not. Three weeks later, I got the job.

What I have learned

I have learned a lot during my internship and have been a great learning experience. One of the things I learned about working in HR is you have to be quick to changes in the workday. You could be working on a project when something else more important comes up that takes precedence over your current work and you have to stop what you are working and focus on the new problem or project that came up. I saw this a lot with the Tempel’s benefits expert with people randomly coming into her office with questions on their employee benefits causing her to stop what she was working on to educate an employee on their benefits. I would also say I have learned a lot about staying organized and how important organization is with different projects and task coming up randomly.

Hillary Johnson, Recruitment Intern, Ministry Health Care

Hillary Johnson

Internship overview

Upon entering my senior year at UW Oshkosh, I began a new internship with the Recruitment Team at Ministry Health Care.  As a Human Resources Management major with a Healthcare Management emphasis, this was the perfect opportunity to apply my education within the industry I hope to be in after graduation.  I operate primarily out of Mercy Medical Center in Oshkosh, assisting a virtual team of recruiters filling positions for locations throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.  My duties include participating in intake sessions, phone interviews, and offer negotiations, dispositioning candidates through the hire process, assisting in coordination of job fairs and events, and updating the applicant tracking system, among other recruitment projects and initiatives.

Obtaining my internship

I first heard of the internship with Ministry Health Care through the UW Oshkosh SHRM Chapter.  The current intern at the time was serving on the SHRM board and was graduating at the end of the semester, and shared the upcoming opportunity with other members.  As I was anxious for more human resources experience within the healthcare field, I applied to the internship soon after. I then completed a phone interview with another current intern, a face-to-face interview with three recruiters, and an additional phone interview with the Recruitment Manager before being offered the position.  

Internship impact on career path

A major struggle I had going into my internships was deciding what area of human resources I wanted to focus on after graduation. The field of human resources has a wide array of niche areas to choose from (employee relations, recruiting, HRIS, benefits, etc.), and I credit my internships for helping me to narrow down my areas of interest.  I really enjoy healthcare recruiting, as you are able to indirectly impact patient care and work to recruit associates that do incredible things each and every day.  Through my experiences, I have also come to realize my ultimate goal of working in corporate wellness within a fast-paced healthcare setting.  

Advice for students beginning the internship search

The biggest piece of advice I would share with students would be to seek out internships early in your college career and try to complete multiple internships if possible.  I have interned with the UW Oshkosh Human Resources Office, The Medical College of Wisconsin, and now Ministry Health Care, and all have greatly impacted my professional development and level of confidence.  My overall understanding of human resource management has also increased, as each organization has given me a new perspective and has allowed me to apply concepts learned through my courses directly to real world situations.  Finally, interning with multiple organizations has allowed me to evaluate what type of organizational culture and environment I would like to be in after graduation. 

Jessica Miller, Pinnacle Machine LLC

Company Overview

Currently I am a proud intern at Pinnacle Machine LLC located in Appleton Wisconsin. I work as a Human Resources Manager. This consists of aiding employees with any needs they may have from benefits to scheduling conflicts, designing and implementing recruitment and evaluation processes, modifying the handbook, and overall helping in the development of a Human Resources department for the first time.

Pinnacle Machine began production in 1993 as a small three man shop, including owner Don Miller. Since that time they have grown steadily into a forty-five plus employee operation. Pinnacle Machine specializes in using exotic materials in the engineering, designing and creating of various metal products; a major market being that of hydro plants. Thirty machines varying from mills to lathes to CNCs produce products such as pumps, casings, shafts, and impellers. Pinnacle Machines products may be found around the local Fox Valley area, throughout the United States, and in a few other countries. Pinnacle Machine continues to become a key player in the machining industry and has recently began the acquisition of another plant which will double the size of the organization.

Obtaining my internship

Previous to being offered the internship at Pinnacle Machine I had worked as an employee for five years doing basic reception work. In that time I developed strong relationships with my supervisors and co-workers, making them aware of my studies and progress throughout my college career. I had discussed with the owner, of whom I often did secretary work for, about the benefits of developing a Human Resources department, especially given the growth planned for the near future. Shortly thereafter I was called into a private meeting with him and two of my other supervisors. At first, I was nervous that I overstepped my boundaries suggesting such a change as a whole additional department; after all I was there to answer phones, not give advice to a man who built a company from scratch before I was even walking. My fears subsided when upon walking into the room he smiled and asked if I was up for a challenge, knowing I was looking for an internship for school; he offered me the opportunity to head in the development of the beginning of a Human Resources department, given I could demonstrate it was beneficial. Needless to say, I jumped at the opportunity as I was already a member of the Pinnacle team and culture, and shortly after began the development of the department to the best of my ability; with him and other management mentoring and supporting my knowledge on the subject.

What I learned

I am forever grateful for the opportunity given to me by Pinnacle Machine and its management team, as it has taught me so much about myself, my career choice, and what I can expect as a business professional. I have learned that I can be confident in the education I am receiving as it truly does assist in my daily duties. I have also learned that if I truly am passionate about something and have the motivation I do have the ability to get programs implemented and make a huge difference in the organization as a whole. Perhaps the most important thing about myself that I have learned is that I am now viewed as a professional and can be proud of that. My internship additionally has made me confident in my choice of major and ultimately career. I actually enjoy getting up in the morning, going to work and feeling like I made the workplace a better place that day, or the company a little more efficient. Lastly, I have had the first opportunity to sit in with many of the management team and owners to get an idea of what a life as a business professional entails; things that you cannot read in books.

Inevitably, I also learned and developed many of the skills desirable in a Human Resources position. I was given the opportunity and resources to try new things and the support to implement many of my ideas. This gave me daily practice of a HR professional, only strengthening my experience.

The internship at Pinnacle Machine has been one of the most rewarding adventures of my college career. I was able to be part of a company that let me put all that I was learning in the class room to action and trusted in my education. This gave me the opportunity for hands on experience at both failure and success in an active work environment; allowing me to grow wiser on the subject. Upon completion on the internship at Pinnacle I am hoping to secure a full time position.

Stephanie Thibodeau, HR Intern, Alta Resources

Stephanie Thibodeau


I am currently a senior at UWO majoring in Human Resources Management. I am a Human Resources Intern at Alta Resources in Neenah. Alta is a business to business outsourcer for many different fortune 500 companies. We specialize in Care, Sales, E-commerce, fulfillment, and Back-office Services. Alta has grown substantially since they were established in 1995 and now have locations in Wisconsin, California, Florida, Michigan, and the Philippines.

Obtaining my internship 

I had applied to Alta for a different job a few years ago but decided to go a different route and then I saw the HR Intern position located on Titan Jobs in March, so I applied. The recruiter remembered seeing my name from when I applied with the company earlier and was eager to set up an interview. I felt my interview with the recruiter went well so I stopped at their booth at the career fair just to reiterate how much I would like to work for Alta. A couple days later I received a call that they wanted to set up a in person interview. I felt great going into the interview and was offered the job a few days later!


I am one of the main people in charge of Alta’s ACE of Hearts program. ACE stands for Alta Customer Experience and ACE’s can be awarded to employees who do an outstanding job of driving performance in alignment with our strategic mandates. I compose the certificates and give them to the CEO to sign. After they have been signed I connect with the leaders so they can pick up the awards.

I have just recently been assigned the task of making sure all employees that require HIPAA training are signed up for training and complete it within a certain time frame. I then have to add their completed training into our HRIS system.

I am also responsible for running monthly audits on various topics ranging from benefits to hours worked weekly by part-time employees.

How this internship has impacted my overall career goals

I went into this internship wanting to be in recruiting and now that I work with compensation and benefits everyday it is hard for me to decide which end of Human Resources I ultimately will end up in. I have been working on getting more into the recruiting aspect to help make my decision.