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Renewable Energy Group Intern, Human Resources in Ames, Iowa

Our comprehensive, 12-week paid internship program gives you the opportunity to test your skills working for the nation’s leading producer of cleaner fuels and developer of renewable chemicals. This internship will begin May 17, 2021 and end August 7, 2021. REG values our interns. Our hopes are to host you in person, but with the potential of being remote like we committed to in the summer of 2020.


The purpose of this position is to take on rotational assignments with the REG HR team that will assist functional HR leaders with projects in the fields of talent acquisition, payroll/benefit administration, learning & development and employee relations. The HR Intern will be provided specific short term projects that can be completed in three week intervals as well as one major project to be completed by the end of the internship and reported on to senior leadership. This internship experience will mimic a “day in the life” that an HR generalist could encounter in scope of duties.


Key Accountabilities:

Talent Acquisition

•Attends job/career fairs with appropriate staff as a source to generate qualified applicants

•Assists with the writing of and updating of all job descriptions

•Provides information on company operations and job opportunities to potential applicants

•Arranges travel and lodging for applicants, if necessary

•Instruct applicants on completing employment applications and review for completeness

•Coordinates interview appointments for applicants

•Assists management and supervisors in identifying personnel needs, job specifications, job duties, qualifications and skills

Payroll & Benefit

•Assists with running payroll for a business unit

•Orients a new employee on use of ADP, Payroll and Benefits

•Assists with preparation of source documents

•With assistance, answers an external site question regarding pay

Learning and Development

•Assists with class administration

•Leads a section of a training course

•Enters information into the Learning Management System

•Works with course evaluation scores

•Meets with an internal customer to help assess L&D needs

Employee Relations

•Assists HR Director with an employee discipline/investigation case

•Assists Talent Management team with Intern social events

•Attends a community event as a representative of REG

•Documents and employee relations case

Other frequent duties:

•Process HR paperwork

•Assists or prepares correspondence

Perform other duties as assigned


Be available for daily work and overtime as required

Communicate effectively with customers and co-workers (oral and written)

Demonstrate attention to detail

Ability to use office equipment (computer, copy/fax machine, telephone, postage meter, etc)

Organize and manage multiple tasks simultaneously and meeting deadlines

Provide suggestions to offer alternative perspectives to situations

Collect, analyze and organize information into a logical and efficient format to support economic and efficiency analyses

Maintain composure and work under pressure situations

Work independently or with others as a team to complete assigned projects

Provide personal contact information on an as needed basis for official business purposes

Maintain confidentiality


Education Required: Pursuing a bachelor’s degree – Business or related degree

**Rising Senior or Junior status required

Experience Required:

**Business environment experience, relevant courses, club participation and internship preferred

Skills Required:

Strong verbal and written communication skills

Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word)

Basic math and accounting skills

Special skills or knowledge preferred:

Knowledge of government compliance requirements

Advanced Excel skills (Pivot table, Macros, Advanced Excel Functions)

REG is committed to creating a diverse environment and is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or veteran status.