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Internship with GE Transportation
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Carla Marano

Carla Marano

Paterno Fellow
Major: Human Resources & Employment Relations
Minor: International Studies
Hometown: Green Brook

How did you learn about this opportunity?

GE contacted the Student Services Coordinator of the School of Labor & Employment Relations about graduate-level internships in HR across all of their businesses. Two Penn State alumni and current GE employees then came to campus to recruit students.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

As an HR Graduate Intern for GE Transportation this summer, I was responsible for analyzing the entire GET global supply chain footprint in order to devise an overall site complexity/structure baseline. This baseline will be used as the key determination for devising an integrated talent plan encompassing: 1) site by site needs by position; 2) a career pathing matrix/guide for movement of roles within the site and outside of the site amongst other GSC locations; 3) training needs based upon site such as general leadership and specific training tied to particular roles; and 4) a Workforce Planning guide and framework for all of GSC that will be used at both the macro and micro levels within the organization.

"Working for GE Transportation was incredibly insightful by providing a glimpse into a diverse pool of HR-related interests, including Union Relations, Talent Management and HR Analytics."

How did this experience impact you academically?

Working at GE this summer has allowed me to put my academic knowledge into play in a real-world setting. Doing so allowed me to have a more holistic view of the knowledge I learned in my classes, implementing analytical tools and reinforcing high-level concepts. With an objective that required working across multiple locations and with multiple ops and HR leaders to make a sound determination, these skills were used as a cornerstone of many of my workplace decisions in accordance with business acumen.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

As a dual undergraduate and graduate student majoring in Human Resources & Employment Relations, my goal is to pursue a career in Human Resources upon graduating from Penn State in December of 2015. Internships are a cornerstone to obtaining a position in this field after graduation, in that they provide the fundamental exposure I need to become a more experienced professional. Thanks to this internship, I now stand one step closer to that goal.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes. Working for GE Transportation was incredibly insightful by providing a glimpse into a diverse pool of HR-related interests, including Union Relations, Talent Management and HR Analytics. This broad array of resources makes for an ideal learning opportunity.

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