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Internship Experience at Edmentum: Jessica Reedy

Wednesday, August 9, 2017 -- Carly Bursik

Jessica Reedy spent her summer interning in our Human Resources Department. Find more out about Jessica and her experiences at Edmentum!

My name is Jessica and I’m from Vadnais Heights, Minnesota. I’m going to be a senior at the University of St. Thomas, double majoring in Human Resources and Business Communications. I love rollerblading, shopping, spending time with friends and family, and being outside.

As I finish my last couple of weeks at Edmentum, I can confidently say my time here has been nothing but positive. I had some HR experience previously, but I came into this job not quite knowing what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised.

As a Human Resources Intern, I had many tasks. However, there were two main things I worked on this summer. First was FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act) training. My manger, Ina, and I teamed up conducting company-wide training on FMLA for all the managers at Edmentum. This involved many steps including hours and hours of research, creating a PowerPoint, adding interactive features, practicing presenting, and much more. It was a large project with endless amounts of work, but the reward of completing the project outweighed any challenges we faced along the way. I am glad I could take part in this project as it taught me extensively about FMLA as well as expanded my public speaking and professionalism skills.

The other main task I performed was HR Orientation for all new hires. This involved knowing the ins and outs of all Edmentum’s benefits and how to sufficiently operate through the HRIS, UltiPro. I learned so much from this and became extremely comfortable with the specifics of each benefit. I enjoyed seeing the benefits side of HR, and expanding my knowledge on numerous topics.

FMLA training and HR orientation were just two of the many aspects that I got to be a part of here at Edmentum. I worked on various communications promoting benefits, researched volunteer opportunities, assisted with payroll tasks, and shadowed many different departments to gain a better understanding of how the company operates. Although I greatly value all the knowledge and skills I’ve gained, I would say my favorite part about working at Edmentum were the people. I was welcomed with open arms, and truly felt I became a part of the HR team. The fun and inviting work culture made it a little easier to wake up at 6 am every day!

Besides the ample amount the knowledge I gained from the tasks explained above, there are countless other things I will take away from this internship outside of HR:

  1. No matter how much you think you know, there’s always more to learn.
  2. Be open to trying new things.
  3. Mistakes are your best learning tool.
  4. Ask questions- lots of them!
  5. Don’t get too caught up in the little things.

Thank you, Edmentum, for allowing me to learn and grow through a model company!