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Human Resources Internship (Academic Part Time)

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New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.
Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.
At JPL, you could say our mission is as big as space. Our discoveries in technology and space exploration advance humanity in many directions. We are constantly creating new solutions, new potential and even new ways of seeing the universe and life itself. If that sounds a little grandiose, it’s because it is.

As the Human Resources Directorate, we work together with our client organizations to attract, develop, retain, and enhance the experiences of candidates and employees (JPLers).  Our role is to focus on People, Processes, and Technology to help build the Lab of the Future, and propel JPL to achieve its goals and meet its mission.

The Talent Management (TM) Team, which includes Talent Acquisition, the HR Business Partner and Talent Specialist teams (HRBP and TS), Employee Relations, University Relations, Talent Management, and California Institute of Technology International Offices, focuses on engaging with clients, establishing consultative partnerships to drive strategic talent initiatives, collaborating with the HR Centers of Excellence (COE), supporting inclusion and diversity initiatives, acting as a strategic resource and trusted advisor to provide insights on organizational and people-related strategy and execution, and using data and analytics to guide decision-making and develop proactive solutions.
We currently have an opportunity for an Academic Part-Time Intern, to work with the TM team.

In this unique opportunity at JPL, you will be provided with practical work experience to gain a better understanding of Human Resources. You will be a part of the process to support Talent Management’s strategic goals and objectives, through projects, experiences, discussions, and assignments.
Tasks include, but are not limited to:
  • Provide administrative support in key areas as well as assisting with department projects and initiatives on an as-needed basis
  • Conduct research and planning of activities
  • Participate in the planning process and execution of change management and process improvement efforts
  • Maintain a high attention to detail when reviewing or entering data into our systems
  • Partner with other teams within the Human Resource Directorate to ensure communication, connection, and seamless client support
  • Analyze information, develop recommendations, and build presentation materials
  • Partner with Talent Management team members to implement new programs or processes
  • Participate in client discussions and meetings, based on project assignments and team support needs
  • Provide exceptional external and internal customer support

  • Must be enrolled at least half-time at an accredited local college or university pursuing a Bachelor's, Master’s in Business Administration, Human Resources, or major related to work assignment
  • Must be available to work a minimum of 8 hours per week, with a maximum of 30 hours per week during the academic school year
  • Must be available to work during the Summer Full time (40 hours per week)
  • Must have at least 1 semester or quarter remaining to complete degree
  • Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 out of 4.0 or equivalent
  • Recently completed coursework providing an understanding and application of standard principles, theories, concepts and techniques in Human Resources
  • General knowledge of applicable industry and/or academic practices and standards in Human Resources

Desired Qualifications:
  • Relevant internship experience
  • Project management experience
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively, and also able to work independently/be self-directed as needed
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills with ability to work in a team environment
  • Experience with development of presentations and supporting materials

JPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, race, color, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, marital status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, pregnancy or perceived pregnancy, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, protected military or veteran status or any other characteristic or condition protected by Federal, state or local law.
In addition, JPL is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory is a federal facility. Due to rules imposed by NASA, JPL will not accept applications from citizens of designated countries or those born in a designated country unless they are Legal Permanent Residents of the U.S or have other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3). The Designated Countries List is available here.