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Applications are due Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Please visit to complete your application!

The CHCI-SHRM Scholar Intern program allows undergraduate and graduate students to not only receive monetary support for their education, but also gain hands-on experience in the human resources field through a paid internship during summer 2018.


During summer 2018, CHCI and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) will award five paid internships at SHRM member organizations in the following cities:

  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Dallas, Texas
  • Los Angeles, California
  • San Diego, California

The CHCI-SHRM Scholar-Intern program is designed to allow students who are interested in learning more about the Human Resources field to gain first-hand experience with the day-to-day responsibilities and functions of a human resources department. Both individuals who are committed to a career in human resources and those interested in learning more about the field are encouraged to apply.

Interns are expected to work full time during summer 2018, and will be compensated at a minimum of $12 per hour. Exact pay rate, hours, and start/end dates may vary slightly based on where you complete your placement.

Please note that all CHCI-SHRM Scholar Interns will complete the same work even if working at different organizations.

Human Resources Intern

SALARY: $12.00 per hour


HUMAN RESOURCE FUNCTION: Essentially, the Human Resources department manages an organization’s employees, and is responsible for compensation, benefits, training and development, staffing, and other functions that help shape the corporate culture. HR is also responsible for making sure employees are working in a safe and comfortable environment while recruiting new, like minded employees to help achieve organizational goals.

SUMMARY: As an HR intern, you will have the opportunity to apply your academic curriculum to real-world situations. Tasks for an HR intern may range from preparing new hire paperwork, advertising open job positions, assisting in recruitment functions, or other related duties as instructed by the organization. The specific duties of the HR intern will differ based upon the needs of the organization. Obtaining course credit may also be possible, depending on the student’s program approval.

The Internship will provide exposure to the inner-workings of a human resources department. Depending on the specific organization where you are placed, interns may assist in the recruiting, employee relations and/or benefits processes. Examples of work you may be involved in includes, but is not limited to:

  • Assisting with recruitment activities focused on attracting and efficiently hiring qualified and competent staff in various areas throughout the company. Assist with the recruitment process of conducting background checks, scheduling interviews, etc.
  • Exposure to various employment laws and corporate policies
  • Developing/updating human resources procedures, etc.
  • Recommending events and activities that will enhance the company culture
  • Assisting with FLSA classification audits, job documentation, updating job descriptions to the appropriate website, and updates with benefits vendors
  • Updating various databases
  • Researching and collecting data for various HR initiatives
  • Assisting with training assessments
  • Assisting with other duties as assigned

REQUIRED EDUCATION: Undergraduate or graduate student enrolled full-time at an accredited university majoring in Business, Human Resources or other closely related field.


  • Ability to deal with ambiguity; flexibility
  • Detail-oriented with excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to maintain confidential information is required
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS (in addition to the CHCI Scholarship eligibility requirements):

  • Interest in career in human resources
  • Must be willing to submit to a background investigation
  • Must be able to work part time for at least ten weeks during the fall semester (exact start and end dates to be finalized by placement)
  • Minimum 3.0 grade point average
  • Sophomore standing or higher (30 credits)
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
  • Attending an Accredited Institution and working towards earning a bachelor’s degree
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must have a valid driver’s license

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Ability to sit and work on a computer for most of the workday. Other specific physical demands, including any lifting requirements, may be required and should be discussed with the candidate during the interview process.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Office cubicle, possibly a shared environment

Applications are due Wednesday, February 28, 2018.Visit to complete your application.

Please Note: You must reside in the Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles or San Diego area during summer 2018 to be eligible for the scholar-intern program as SHRM, the host organization, and CHCI do not offer housing or transportation. Scholar-interns must have their own housing that is close enough to get themselves to work on time each day.


Selection as a CHCI-SHRM Scholar Intern provides students with a one-time scholarship of $2,500 to pursue their degree. Scholarship awards are intended to provide assistance with tuition, room and board, textbooks, and other educational expenses associated with college enrollment.

Scholar-interns will receive their scholarship divided into two checks during the 2018-2019 school year after they have completed their internship; one check for $1,250 in the fall and one check for $1,250 in the spring. In order to receive their checks, scholar-interns must submit a verification of full-time enrollment. CHCI manages the disbursement of the scholarships. Successful completion of the internship is required in order to receive scholarship funds.

Eligibility Criteria

Selection as a CHCI-SHRM Scholar Intern is based on a combination of the following criteria:

  • Full-time enrollment in an accredited four-year university located in the United States or Puerto Rico for the 2018-2019 academic year.
    • Open to undergraduates of sophomore standing or higher or graduate students. All applicants must have at least one year of full-time enrollment remaining in their program.
  • A declared major in business or human resources, or interest in the field of human resources
  • Demonstrated financial need
  • Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities
  • Strong writing skills
  • Housing and transportation near the internship placement during summer 2018
  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, asylees, or individuals who are lawfully authorized to work full-time without restriction for any U.S. employer and who, at the time of application, possess lawful evidence of employment authorization

NOTE: Individuals who are seeking consideration under the “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival” (DACA) policy must possess an Employment Authorization Document at the time of application

Application Check List

  1. Application Profile
  2. One Letter of Recommendation
  3. Completed Scholarship Application:
    • Two essay questions (Suggested Length: 300 words minimum; 600 words maximum)
    • Resume (1-2 pages)
    • Complete copy of most recent Student Aid Report (SAR) with Expected Family Contribution (EFC) number clearly shown
  4. Legal Agreement

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