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School of Labor and Employment Relations University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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

Merck & Co.Human Resource Specialist – Intern
Merck HR Interns are placed into departments matching students’ interests with assignments providing exposure to Merck’s business and key HR initiatives. Interns will be provided with one primary project, but will also have the opportunity to work on other projects to obtain a variety of experiences. Each intern will receive a mentor that will provide ongoing professional support and developmental feedback. Internship assignments will be in one of Merck’s Centers of Excellence: Compensation, Decision Support, Diversity, Organizational Development, Organizational Learning, Staffing and Work Environment.

National Labor Relations BoardField Examiner 
Field Examiners perform a number of functions, including investigating charges alleging unfair labor practices filed by individuals, employers and labor unions; conducting pre-election hearings; and conducting elections. Graduate students interested in positions with the Agency must possess analytical, investigatory, writing, and negotiating skills. They must also have the ability to deal with diverse parties and witnesses, and to handle a heavy case load. Integrity, honesty and a desire to serve the public interest are a must.

Pepsi Bottling GroupHuman Resources Intern
Interns will experience an HR generalist’s responsibilities including: staffing, labor/employee relations, legal compliance and project work. Interns work closely with a Human Resources Manager supporting a local market unit team in either a plant or headquarters environment. An HR intern will have the opportunity to make significant contributions to the business and provide independent thinking and analysis on business issues and human resources matters.

RaytheonHR Leadership Development Program
HRLDP is a 2-year rotational program focused on developing leadership talent for a dynamic HR organization. Three 8-month assignments will afford the opportunity to gain broad exposure to our diversified businesses and achieve breadth across the HR functions. Participants will be assigned challenging positions and projects that will provide them the opportunity to be a strategic business partner, working with various levels of management. HRLDP offers a comprehensive assimilation and mentoring program along with formal and on-the-job training.

Shell OilHuman Resources Representative
Human Resource Representatives are responsible for providing HR products, services and systems to support Shell’s performance and business objectives. These include: providing organizational excellence support; modifying policy and procedure in accordance with business requirements; defining/delivering team development activities; leading projects such as staff planning, compensation, and benchmarking studies; administrating discipline and performance management systems; managing employment processes and EEO/AAP efforts; and promoting and fostering diversity.