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Career Opportunities

An MHRIR from Illinois affords instant credibility that few programs can provide.

Graduates are highly sought for internship opportunities and full-time employment. The aggressive and effective Career Services office will provide you with one-on-one counseling, career workshops and access to major Fortune 500 companies that recognize the program’s quality.

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Companies hire graduates in full-time positions that are either direct hire or rotational. Direct hire positions enable you to immediately begin contributing in a specific role; rotational programs are development opportunities designed to give your career a boost by providing broad-based skill development, a wide understanding of the business and high visibility. Below are a few examples of job descriptions that encompass direct hire and rotational job types, as well as internship opportunities.

Sample Job Opportunities

Boeing, Human Resources Intern

Boeing is the world’s largest aerospace company and leading manufacturer of commercial jetliners and defense, space and security systems. We are engineers and technicians. Skilled scientists and thinkers. Bold innovators and dreamers. We all work together to do amazing things. In more than 65 countries, you’ll find our people working on advances like remarkable aircraft comprised mostly of composite materials. Versatile and powerful jet fighters and rotorcraft that explore new uses of technology. Aircraft powered by hydrogen and biofuels. And even blended wing body and hybrid-electric aircraft.

Join us, and you can build something better for yourself, for our customers and for the world. Over the course of our 10-12 week internship experience, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Work directly with a mentor in your field of study while finding solutions to real world problems
  • Experience our products up close by touring our state-of-the-art manufacturing and research facilities
  • Interact directly with our company leaders to discuss strategy and the future of Boeing
  • Build a lasting professional network through social events and engaging activities
  • Gain the skills and knowledge to become a future leader in the aerospace industry

PepsiCoHuman Resources Intern

Being part of the HR team at PepsiCo requires that you help create a culture, which encourages teamwork, decision making and ownership of the business results. Our full-time HR Representatives are required to play a broad HR generalist role within a manufacturing, operations or sales client group. In partnership with the lead HR Manager or Director, the HR Representative takes an active role to help support an employee base of between 400 and 1,000 associates. You will have real responsibility day one serving in a broad HR role as a functional expert, business partner, and enabler for the organization through a strategic approach that leverages your academic knowledge and personal capabilities.

Whether you join our Food or Beverage division, you can expect experiences that will build the leadership excellence and functional expertise needed for long-term career growth. This is achieved through the leadership and execution of HR processes which provide direct and technical support to the business. Business partnerships with senior leadership allows HR professionals to actively participate in the business and learn our ongoing challenges. This allows our HR team the flexibility and autonomy to match the right solutions, ideas, skills, people and processes to the specific needs of their businesses in ways that create measurable results. Creating valuable change in line with the business agenda defines our overall contribution to our organization goals. At PepsiCo, we reserve a spot for you at the leadership table, but it’s up to you to earn your voice and make an impact.

RaytheonHR Leadership Development Program

The Raytheon Human Resources Development Program (HRLDP) Internship engages participants in a challenging 3-month assignment that is focused on developing business acumen and leadership skills while working in a variety of HR functions. The internship is designed to involve the participants in meaningful work that is directly connected to meeting business objectives. The HRLDP Internship program offers the opportunity to obtain broad exposure to our numerous HR functions including Employee Relations, Talent Acquisition, Global Talent Development, Organizational Effectiveness, HR Operations, Labor Relations, Compensation, Performance Development, and more. HRLDP Interns will learn how to partner with managers to execute critical HR processes that enable business success. They will learn how to work collaboratively with multiple HR functions and teams to provide high-impact HR solutions to their business partners. Members of the HRLDP Internship will be coached on how to establish trusted relationships with their stakeholders through disciplined collaboration, effective communication and partnering skills. The HRLDP Internship Program offers a comprehensive assimilation and mentoring program along with formal and on-the-job learning and development.

Shell OilHuman Resources Representative

Human Resources (HR) is a great place to be in Shell. It involves managing the processes that affect human performance and behaviors in a way that delivers business results. The value added by HR activities can significantly increase the rate of return on Shell’s investment in people. HR policies and processes directly impact the bottom line through employee attraction, on boarding, retention, development of leadership capabilities and motivation. Shell places a high value on its staff, and within Shell, HR is a valued partner with business leaders and is a trusted resource for resolving employee issues and advocating employee interests. Our global community of HR professionals is accountable for the quality, implementation and execution of these processes to deliver business results.

Recent graduates in Shell do real jobs from day one, making a contribution to the energy business right from the start. Graduates begin in a rotational development program, which is designed to provide broad exposure to multiple aspects of the discipline in an environment over their first several years. Graduates move between roles after a duration that maximizes learning but still allows varied assignments and experiences.