Intern name: Peter Coborn
Major (s): Business Management
Title: Human Resources Intern
Place of internship: CentraCare Saint Cloud Hospital
How did you find out about the internship and what was the application process like?
I found out about the internship through a friend of my father's. I could have easily found the internship online in their job postings as well. You have to apply for the position online and then they will review the applications for the job, if you meet the qualifications, you will have an interview.
What were some of the internship highlights?
A major highlight of the internship was learning exactly how the hiring and firing process works. I learned many tips on how to have a successful interview and application. Another highlight of the internship was going to a plethora of meetings involving the employment process as it relates to globalization and expanding employment to people of different ethnicities.
What was a typical day like? What were some of your major responsibilities?
A typical day involved setting up a myriad of interviews for the recruiters with the candidate. I did this primarily through communication over the phone. I was also in charge of checking references that candidates would list in order to make sure that the candidate would fit well within CentraCare's organization. My final major responsibility was dealing with the advertisements within the local newspapers for the company. I would be in charge of communicating to the newspapers of what we wanted listed and how CentraCare wanted it presented in an advertisement for the week.
What were some of the challenges of your internship?
One of the primary challenges in my internship was learning how to communicate with strangers over the phone in order to set up an interview. It was challenging because every person responds differently. It also was a challenge to schedule interviews for certain hiring managers that had extremely busy schedules. I would have to speak with a doctor's administrative assistant in order to find a time slot that would work for both the candidate and the hiring manager.
What did you learn?
I learned that there is a lot more to the hiring process than one would think. There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes that makes a company run smooth internally.
What advice would you give other students interested in internships?
My best piece of advice for other students interested in internships is to do your work as well as you possibly can. Most of the time, it does not matter how long it takes to get a project accomplished, but rather it be done right in the first place. Take the time to do things right the first time by effectively communicating with the people you work with.