Undergraduate/Post Undergraduate (Summer) Intern - Exploration in Human Resources

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Undergraduate/Post Undergraduate (Summer) Intern – Exploration in Human Resources
CO - Golden
Position Type
Intern (Fixed Term)
Hours Per Week
Working at NREL
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), located at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Golden, Colorado is the nation's primary laboratory for research and development of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies.
From day one at NREL, you’ll connect with coworkers driven by the same mission to save the planet. By joining an organization that values a supportive, inclusive, and flexible work environment, you’ll have the opportunity to engage through our ten employee resource groups, numerous employee-driven clubs, and learning and professional development classes.
NREL supports inclusive, diverse, and unbiased hiring practices that promote creativity and innovation. By collaborating with organizations that focus on diverse talent pools, reaching out to underrepresented demographics, and providing an inclusive application and interview process, our Talent Acquisition team aims to hear all voices equally. We strive to attract a highly diverse workforce and create a culture where every employee feels welcomed and respected and they can be their authentic selves.
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Job Description
The Human Resources (HR) department at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is excited to announce an opportunity for a current or recently graduated bachelors student to explore different functions of HR as it applies to a national laboratory environment. The intern will work for 10 weeks on a rotational assignment, partnering with five groups on their events and projects.
Talent Acquisition
Under the Talent Acquisition team, you’ll shadow our recruiters to study the hiring process from resume review to phone screens to offer and dismissal calls. You’ll also participate in new employee orientation (NEO) activities and support crucial aspects of the onboarding process.
People Mobility
As an intern with the People Mobility team, you'll dive into the world of supporting employee mobility at NREL. You'll gain firsthand experience in relocation, detail assignments, research exchange programs, and US immigration services.
Projects will revolve around supporting NREL's foreign national employees, creating internal resources to educate staff about People Mobility programs, and getting a glimpse into the global mobility strategies that shape NREL's workforce.
HR Business Partnership
An HR Business Partner (HRBP) is the HR point of contact for all managers within each of our research directorates. Under your HRBP mentor, you may complete projects such as analyzing and presenting data collected during exit interviews, supporting manager competency-building, and coordinating professional development opportunities for managers and employees.
HR Legislation & Policy
As an intern in the HR Compliance, you'll participate in understanding laws and their impact on policy and practices at NREL. You'll learn more about workplace investigations, reasonable accommodations, and the compliance interplay with HR and business functions.
You'll participate in a team project to review updates to employment legislation, identify policy changes and updates, and jointly present the findings to HR staff.
Global Accessibility & Belonging
The mentors on this team need your help to compile upcoming and newly passed Colorado laws and study their potential impact on NREL’s HR practices. Based on your findings, you and your mentors will recommend updates to NREL policy to comply with new legislation. You may be invited to share these recommendations in a presentation to the HR team at the end of the summer.
Projects can be adjusted to a limited degree depending on the intern’s background and interests. The intern is expected to work for 40 hours per week for 10 weeks at the South Table Mountain campus in Golden, Colorado. Occasional remote work may be possible.
Basic Qualifications
Minimum of a 3.0 cumulative grade point average.

Undergraduate: Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a bachelor’s degree program from an accredited institution.
Post Undergraduate: Earned a bachelor’s degree within the past 12 months. Eligible for an internship period of up to one year.
Graduate: Must be enrolled as a full-time student in a master’s degree program from an accredited institution.
Post Graduate: Earned a master’s degree within the past 12 months. Eligible for an internship period of up to one year.
Graduate + PhD: Completed master’s degree and enrolled as PhD student from an accredited institution.
Please Note:
  • Applicants are responsible for uploading official or unofficial school transcripts, as part of the application process.
  • If selected for position, a letter of recommendation will be required as part of the hiring process.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
  • Must meet educational requirements prior to employment start date.
Additional Required Qualifications
  • Interest in human resources as demonstrated through coursework or previous work experience, including previous internships.
  • Experience in communicating verbally and in writing for different audiences.
  • Experience working independently (with consistent feedback) on research projects.
  • Basic understanding of workplace discretion.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working within a scientific environment, e.g., providing program support for a scientific department or club.
  • Experience in event coordination.
Job Application Submission Window
The anticipated closing window for application submission is up to 30 days and may be extended as needed.
Annual Salary Range (based on full-time 40 hours per week)
Job Profile: / Annual Salary Range: $38,300 - $61,300
NREL takes into consideration a candidate’s education, training, and experience, expected quality and quantity of work, required travel (if any), external market and internal value, including seniority and merit systems, and internal pay alignment when determining the salary level for potential new employees. In compliance with the Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act, a potential new employee’s salary history will not be used in compensation decisions.
Benefits Summary
Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; 403(b) Employee Savings Plan with employer match*; and sick leave (where required by law). NREL employees may be eligible for, but are not guaranteed, performance-, merit-, and achievement- based awards that include a monetary component. Some positions may be eligible for relocation expense reimbursement. Internships projected to be less than 20 hours per week are not eligible for medical, dental, or vision benefits.
  • Based on eligibility rules
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If you are offered employment at NREL, you must pass a pre-employment drug test prior to commencing employment. Unless prohibited by state or local law, the pre-employment drug test will include marijuana. If you test positive on the pre-employment drug test, your offer of employment may be withdrawn.
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