I am majoring in Human Resource Management with an emphasis in Legal Studies, and I am currently interning with Bemis Company in the Curwood Division. Bemis Company is a Fortune 500 company that specializes in flexible packaging used by leading food, consumer products, and 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
Last October, I began applying for HR internships throughout the Fox Valley, and I used Titan Jobs as my primary source. One of the HR internships I found was with Bemis Company, in which I sent in my resume and cover letter to apply for the position.
A few weeks later, I had my mock interview as part of the requirement for the UWO Professional Skills class. I ended up being placed with Bemis Company, and the interviewer recognized my name from the application I sent in a few weeks prior. The interview went very well, and he gave me several good pointers.
Approximately a week later, I was called in for an on-site interview for the HR internship position with Bemis Company. I interviewed with the same person for the mock interview and for three others. I made sure to make the changes that I was given during the mock interview. This really made me stand out, because Bemis could see that I was able to take criticism and improve on it.
What I do in My Internship
I began working for Bemis Company in March 2012 in the Corporate Talent Acquisition department in Neenah, WI. In this position, I worked with other recruiters to fill positions ranging from coordinators to senior specialists to managers, in a variety of departments across the United States.
In mid-September, I was given the option to stay with the Corporate Talent Acquisition team or to transfer to a Bemis divisional plant to see a whole new side of HR. I chose to make the transfer and am now working in New London, WI.
In New London, there are three plants with about 600 union employees. I work with three other HR employees to support these plants. My duties range from hiring, conducting testing, benefits entering, tracking affirmative action, updating job descriptions, data audits, going out on the plant floor daily to handle different HR tasks, and much more.
What I learned
I was amazed how different the plant work life is from the corporate work life. Corporate has many practices in place and there are no ways around them. Things tend to drag out and can sometimes never be wrapped up. The plant life is very fast paced and things change very quickly, which means the employees must change gears quickly too. It is interesting to see how the plants change what corporate gives them to make it work for the plant.