As any human resources major knows, an internship is an important element of the college experience. The HR internship is where students integrate classroom knowledge with practical application and real-life experience. Students who complete an internship in human resources are prepared for the challenges they will face in the field and will gain the experience needed to face those challenges head on. Fortunately, many major corporations, non-profits, and government agencies offer internships designed for HR majors. Here we highlight some of the best we have seen. The best part of all? Each of these internships are PAID and many are designed as a pipeline to permanent employment!

JPMorgan Chase and Company

Human Resources Analyst Development Program – Internship

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The Human Resources Analyst Development Program Internship offered by JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a 10-week program working at one of the largest financial services firm in the world. Interns gain valuable on-the-job experience working on projects related to compensation, performance management, and employee relations. HR interns have the opportunity to network, listen to senior speakers, and attend philanthropic events. Those who complete their internship are ready for the workforce, and many interns receive offers of full-time employment with the organization.

Central Intelligence Agency

Undergraduate Internship Program – Human Resources Officer

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The Central Intelligence Agency features a top HR internship opportunity in the Washington, DC metro area. This full-time internship has a starting salary of $43,000 or $20.75/hour. Interns will operate in a number of areas including payroll, recruitment, leadership and development, and benefits. Interns may also work on projects doing policy development, curriculum development, customer service, or program management. To be considered for this unique internship opportunity, students should be attending college full-time in an HR related area, with a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Proctor and Gamble

Human Resources Internship

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Proctor and Gamble has built some of the most successful brands in the world including Tide, Pampers, and Gillette. They offer a top paid HR internship program lasting 12 weeks. Internships are available Mid July to Mid September in Kuala Lumpur, MY. To be considered, students should be an outstanding university student with less than two years until graduation. During that time, HR interns will work on a specific business by assessing, designing, and transitioning work process improvements. Interns will feel valued by working on projects of significant value to P&G.

General Electric Company

Human Resources Leadership Program Internship

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General Electric is a global corporation with products and services ranging from power generation to financing and oil and gas production equipment. GE offers a paid Human Resources Leadership Program Internship for students enrolled in either a master’s or bachelor’s degree program in business, liberal arts, or HR. Interns will work as part of a team, solving real-world challenges, collaborating on projects, and focusing on specific areas of HR. Interns are the primary pipeline for GE’s Human Resources Leadership Program.

CISCO

Human Resources University Program

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The Human Resources University Program offered by CISCO is a great internship for HR majors. CISCO is a global leader in IT, cybersecurity, and networking solutions. Their headquarters are in San Jose, California, nestled in the heart of Silicon Valley. CISCO features two different paid HR internship programs that each begin with a 12-week summer internship open to students during the summer before their graduating year. The HR Leadership Program (HRLP) is a three year accelerated development program for students with previous HR experience working on their MBA or master’s in HR or organizational behavior. The HRLP consists of three one-year assignments in high impact consulting roles that provide interns with experiential learning in a variety of leadership roles. The second HR internship is the HRUP Rotational Program for recent bachelor’s degree graduates. This 27 month program is comprised of three nine-month rotations that conclude with a full-time placement. Interns work in high visibility roles in business partnership functions and practice areas.

IBM

IBM HR Leadership Development Program

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IBM is a top global technology company that provides cloud based services, software, hardware, and cognitive computing. IBM hosts an HR internship program designed for early-career professionals who want to accelerate their career and be considered for the HR Leadership Development Program. The HR Leadership Development Program interns do meaningful work in a variety of areas including recruitment, workforce planning, and leadership development. They complete three, one-year rotations including an international opportunity and gain exposure to potential career paths.

Cigna

Internship Program-Human Resources

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Cigna offers a variety of professional internship opportunities in business including a top HR internship. Cigna is a global health company working with employers and organizations around the globe to help employees stay healthy. They work with a variety of stakeholders to lower medical costs to individuals and families and provide access to a network of medical providers and services. Interns are compensated and benefit from a 401K plan, plus opportunities for additional growth and development. Internships are completed during the summer months and many interns are hired on for full-time opportunities after graduation.

Estee Lauder Companies

Lauder Summer Internship Program

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Estee Lauder is a global corporation that creates and promotes skincare, makeup, and hair care products. Their top HR internship program promotes leadership development through hands-on experience, networking opportunities, and strategic thinking initiatives. Internships are 10 weeks. Interns are placed in either the Center of Excellence or in the HR Business Partner (HRBP)/Employee Services (ESO) area. To be considered for this unique opportunity, candidates should be majoring in HR, psychology or social service, or in marketing/communications.

Home Depot

Internship-Human Resources

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The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement retailer. Founded in 1978, they now have over 2,200 stores across North America. The Home Depot features a top paid HR internship program lasting 12 weeks. Interns are paid at an hourly rate that is dependent on the interns experience and degree level they are pursuing. While there is no guarantee that internships will turn into full-time positions, in 2018 77% of interns were offered a permanent position.

Kaiser Permanente

Business Functions Internship Programs

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Kaiser Permanente is one of the country’s largest non profit health plans. They offer a Business Functions Internship Program that gives students the opportunity to work on real-world projects. Internships are 10-12 weeks long and the majority are located in California. Historically, inters have worked on projects and initiatives looking at technology initiatives, media plans, and market research. Internships are available to both undergrad and graduate students.

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