Gaining practical, on-the-job experience under the guidance of an experienced HR professional is a fundamental cornerstone of the graduate program in Human Resource Development. In fact, it is so critical that working as an intern is one of our requirements for graduation.
The key to making the experience beneficial is ensuring that the intern’s manager is someone who has proven skills and competencies in one or more of the HR functional areas – such as compensation, benefits, employee relations, organization training, talent management, employee development, or recruiting. To learn more about the benefits of an internship, see our alumni testimonials.
One of the benefits of being a student in Villanova’s program is the comprehensive career support. We assist students to acquire an internship and to make connections with area employers. By working with their advisor, students are able to review possible internship sponsors and prepare for interviews. Frequently these valuable experiences are made available through our alumni.
Internships require a minimum of 120 hours in duration, they can span over more than one semester, and they are always paid. The number of hours per week will vary according to the employer’s needs and the student’s availability. Many times after completing an internship, the student will be offered a permanent position with the organization. **Please note: In order to fulfill the internship requirement in the HRD program and receive the 3 credits, a student must be financially compensated by the employer for that internship position.
Students need to do the following upon accepting an internship,
Should a student have sufficient work experience in the field of human resources when they begin their graduate studies in HRD, he/she can request to have the internship requirement waived. This would require the student to submit documentation, such as a resume, which would provide specific examples of his/her work experience in human resources. Waiver requests should be addressed with academic advisors.
Employers interested in recruiting Villanova students in the Graduate Programs of Human Resource Development for internships, should contact the HRD office for details and procedures at Villanovahrdinternships@gmail.com. Employers will be given the opportunity to post internship opportunities directly to a talented pool of rising HR professionals our graduate programs. Also, we highly encourage employers to attend our annual networking reception and panel discussion to meet with HRD students and area professionals.