Air Liquide USA
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Erika Daniel

Major: Labor and Employment Relations
Minor: Business in the Liberal Arts
Hometown: Westfield, NJ
Chapel Executive Intern

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I researched some companies and available opportunities before attending Penn State Career Days. I saw that Air Liquide was recruiting for HR Interns, so I stopped by their booth and talked to one of the recruiters. I had a great conversation, which led to an interview on campus that week. A few weeks later I was offered an internship.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

For my internship experience, I worked in Talent Management within Human Resources. My main individual project revolved around career mapping. Career mapping is visually displaying career progression / development. This is something that employees have been requesting in survey feedback. I worked on Career Maps for a HR Director role, Plant Manager role, Safety Specialist role, and a Commercial Director role. I had to research information and interview employees in these roles to find out what was necessary for an individual to move up to these roles. I also worked closely with Employee Relations. For a group project, I worked with 2 other HR Interns to create a Human Resources Toolkit for employees. This Toolkit is an electronic resource that contains important company information, contacts, and commonly reviewed policies. The Toolkit is completed and will be live on one of our internal websites shortly.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This experience showed me real world experience. I was able to take what I have learned in the classroom into my internship. I am now able to take what I have learned from my internship back into my academic learning at Penn State. I definitely learned a lot about what areas of HR interested me more than others. In some of my LER classes, we touched on different HR roles and areas. After my experience, I can say my interests are in Talent Acquisition and Talent Management. However, I am open to exploring other areas of HR. It was very beneficial for me to have this great opportunity working for a big company. I have definitely grown professionally throughout my 10 weeks at Air Liquide and I learned a lot.

Having this great internship experience on my resume is going to be a great talking point in any future interviews.

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

My career goal now is to secure a full time job offer for after graduation in May 2018. I would love to be considered for a position within Air Liquide. I love the company culture and the emphasis on safety. I also plan on attending Penn State Fall Career Days in September. This experience greatly impacted my career goals and plans. Having this great internship experience on my resume is going to be a great talking point in any future interviews. I will transfer my knowledge and learning experiences from my internship into my career. I also would love to secure a job in Human Resources for a large company.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I definitely would recommend this experience to other students. Having great internship experiences will help tremendously when looking for full time jobs. I also was able to experience a real work setting and working on real projects that will benefit the company. Internships may show you what you are interested in and what you are not.

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