Since 2013 Peoplecorp has been partnering with Universities across NSW in the development and management of an innovative HR Undergraduate scheme for final year students studying HR as their major.
Whilst the theory studied at University gives students one perspective, we work with a variety of businesses across a range of industries encouraging them to support top tier students experience HR in practice.
To date we have placed many HR Undergraduates with nearly 25% of our interns impressing their sponsor company so much they were offered a permanent role post-graduation.
We believe it’s important to help the next generation of HR talent obtain tangible experience; therefore we don’t charge recruitment fees for the 3-month placement. We will do all the research, screening and recruitment and we simply ask that you pay the interns the fair minimum wage for the work they do. We are proud to say this pro-bono scheme has proven to be mutually beneficial for employers and undergraduates alike.
A selection of clients who have supported the Peoplecorp Intern Program
The experience exceeded all of our expectations. We would recommend the intern program without hesitation - HRD, Avanade
We usually place the Interns with our Clients for a period of 3 months and with a schedule of 2 to 3 days a week (to fit in with their studies). The scheme itself runs all year round as some students graduate mid-year and others at the end of the calendar year.
Generally speaking, we recommend the structure of the program to be made up of 3 key elements to be split equally in terms of workload:
• Project related work
• Administrative work
• Shadowing more senior members of the team, sitting in on meetings etc
Of course, the Client is able to structure the internship how they please if they have a set plan for the Intern to focus on.
Peoplecorp does not charge any fees for the 3-month internship placement.
Under the Fair Work Act it is mandatory for students to get paid and most clients pay Interns the national casual minimum wage of $26.68 per hour inclusive of Super.
All candidates who apply with a professional CV and cover letter are carefully considered against a criteria including relevant work experience, academic merit (WAM: weighted average mark) and extracurricular and leadership experience. We work in partnership with the Management Societies of top tier Universities who assist with recommending outstanding students.
We meet with all candidates in a face-to-face interview to assess their style, qualifications and passion for HR before putting them forward for interviews with clients, after considering their suitability to the business needs and team culture.
Since we run the program year-round and have a pool of interviewed candidates ready to go, we have been able to turn around a placement in as little as one week. From the initial call that we receive from clients, we manage the process of shortlisting, arranging interviews, reference checks and contracts for successful placements so that the business can focus on engaging the successful intern in their new placement.
Due to our careful screening process and the high standards of our university-educated students, clients have been consistently impressed with the high calibre of interns who have been placed since the scheme began in 2013. We often hear how quickly they have been able to add value and hit the ground running with support for the team, whilst also expanding their practical experience.
As an additional service, we offer our clients the option of paying students through Peoplecorp HR Contracting payroll. Under the Fair Work Australia Act, students will need to be paid the minimum casual wage of $25.03 per hour inclusive of Super. In addition to the casual wage we would only charge client on-costs (Payroll Tax and Workers Compensation) and a small administration fee.
That’s a great outcome all round if that ends up being the case. If you do keep the intern beyond the 3-months of work experience, either on a temporary or permanent basis, then there are some very nominal fees associated which we can explain further.
Many other ‘professions’ have work-experience related programs. If you want to be a lawyer, you have to do a summer-vacation scheme program; same story for tax and accounting, or engineering. There is a gap between HR theory that you learn at university and how it translates to the real-life work place. It is great for us to be able to assist our Clients by connecting them with upcoming HR talent and it is nice to know we are doing our bit in the development of tomorrow’s HR professionals.