HR Green Expanding Outreach and Opportunities for College Students
(Cedar Rapids) In the past few years, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) related occupations have started to top the list of careers students are looking to pursue. HR Green Inc. (HR Green) continues to work with high schools, community colleges and universities across the country to offer hands-on, professional level job shadow and internship experiences.
These opportunities are a crucial component to building a robust student development and college recruitment program for HR Green. To date, 15 interns from California, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota and Missouri are working alongside mentors and full-time colleagues on complex technical and management projects across multiple disciplines, including construction, governmental services, marketing, transportation and water.
Students are able to gain valuable skills training and see all aspects of the engineering environment in real time. Additionally, important workplace soft skills such as networking, client relations and understanding team dynamics are critical takeaways.
“The development of young engineers is our way to give back to the broader engineering community,” said Ed Barrett, Director of Human Resources. “By providing them with real-world, consulting projects, we give them a chance to see if this is a path they want. In fact, nearly half of our interns return to work for HR Green after graduation as full-time employees. We think that says a lot about the effectiveness of our experience.”
This fall, HR Green will introduce a pilot campus relations program with Iowa State University and the University of Illinois-Champaign to recruit ambitious minds ready to tackle the emerging challenges which will shape our future rural and urban landscapes.
“We’re developing campus teams to work with students and their schools to better match interests to opportunities,” said Eric Rys, Senior Human Resources Specialist for HR Green. “We’re eager to partner with student organizations, class projects, and engineer career services to paint a complete picture of the occupational landscape for civil engineers.”
HR Green is currently organizing campus teams and will launch the pilot program in connection with the start of the fall semester. For schools and career services departments looking to learn more about STEM careers and learning opportunities with HR Green, they can contact Eric Rys at 630.708.5003 or firstname.lastname@example.org.