A Week in the Life of a Human Resources Summer Intern

By: Gabriela Feitosa Rezende

Find out what a typical week at UPMC Enterprises looks like for our HR Summer Intern, Gabriela Feitosa Rezende.

gabi summer internHi, my name is Gabriela and I am one 20 Summer Interns at UPMC Enterprises. I was born and raised in Brazil and came to the United States to attend the University of Pittsburgh and play on their tennis team. I recently graduated in April, earning a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management. I will be working at UPMC Enterprises in Human Resources for the Summer and thought it might be interesting to give readers a look at what my typical week looks like.

I like to start each day early, arriving between 7:20 – 8:00 a.m. When I get to my desk, I always check my calendar to plan my day and prioritize my work depending on importance and urgency. For instance, my Monday and Friday reports are my first concern. I am accountable for adding all new hires and internal transfers to our performance management system and updating employee details. I also check my email and schedule meetings if needed. Besides my Outlook calendar, I always like to have my daily planner with me because I have all my assignments and projects written down. This helps me keep track of my projects’ status and ensure I complete any pending task each day.

Although those things are completed on a daily basis, I’ve really enjoyed the fact that no two days are ever the same. I am always doing something different, like meeting new people, attending different meetings, learning about departments, and working on new projects. The only real constant is our HR team “update meeting” that takes place every other week. For that meeting, I am responsible for reaching out to attendees for topics and then sending the agenda.

Beyond the day-to-day, a bulk of my week is usually spent on one of the four main projects I’ve been assigned. Two projects are related to onboarding, which focus on how UPMC Enterprises can improve the orientation process for new hires and internal transfers. The other two are associated with exit interview analysis and learning curriculum, which help us find different ways to keep employees engaged and provide resources for their professional growth. In addition to my HR experience at UPMC Enterprises, I have been exposed to opportunities for professional development including, the Speaker Series, hospital tours, and networking events provided by the UPMC Campus Program. These events have allowed me to improve my professional skills, learn more about the company, and network with UPMC Executives, staff members, and other Summer Interns. The program offers many opportunities to grow both professionally and personally.

My experience at UPMC Enterprises has been great and valuable so far, allowing me to learn about different projects, talk to incredibly smart individuals, and increase my knowledge of the health care industry. I am looking forward to making valuable contributions to my team and UPMC as a whole and believe that even though I don’t have direct contact with patients, my work is helping impact someone’s life in a meaningful way.