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Internship with PeopleShare Inc.
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Travis Pierson

Travis Pierson

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Nazareth, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity by searching online for human resources internships in the area.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

During my experience at PeopleShare Inc, I served as a recruiting/business/HR intern. I learned a great deal about several human resources tasks such as selection, recruiting, and the interview process. My duties included seeking out qualified candidates to fill positions for clients, pre-screening candidates before interviews, on-boarding candidates into the system, running criminal background checks on candidates, and interviewing and placing candidates with client companies. Additionally, in this position, I became more familiar with computer software programs like Microsoft Outlook and HR management systems. I also learned how to effectively navigate Careerbuilder.com and other employment websites, run expense reports, and generate sales leads.

"Many of the skills I learned at my internship correlate directly to what I may be doing in my future career."

How did this experience impact you academically?

My experience at PeopleShare taught me a great deal academically. As a psychology major, I have taken many courses pertaining to Industrial and Organizational Psychology and also Labor and Employment Relations and general business courses. While these courses were valuable to my knowledge and understanding of general organizational practices and human resources duties, nothing was as valuable as actually being able to apply this knowledge and learn first-hand by working in a company. At PeopleShare, I was given the opportunity to learn these processes by actually doing them, rather than reading about them in a book. I learned a great deal especially about the interview process and was even given the opportunity towards the end of my internship to participate in an interview process.

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

My career plans are to attend graduate school in the field of human resources management or industrial and organizational psychology and to become a human resources manager and, ultimately, a human resources director. This experience has helped me greatly in learning about several different human resources processes and it has given me a taste of the field. Many of the skills I learned at my internship correlate directly to what I may be doing in my future career. During my internship I also developed valuable professional relationships with the individuals working at PeopleShare which helped develop my professional network. I am also confident that this internship will look good on a resume when applying to graduate school and later on for jobs.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, I would recommend this internship to anyone who is interested in the fields of human resources or recruiting. I feel as if I gained so much from the internship that cannot be learned in the classroom. The staff at PeopleShare were extremely helpful and more than willing to take time out of their day to help explain or assist in anything that I wanted to learn or needed help in learning.

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