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Human Resources Intern
Title:Human Resources Intern
Department:Human Resources
Location:College Park, MD

Human Resources Intern

Who we are:
The American Physical Society (APS) is a nonprofit membership organization working to advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics through its outstanding research journals, scientific meetings, and education, outreach, advocacy, and international activities. APS represents over 55,000 members, including physicists in academia, national laboratories, and industry in the United States and throughout the world. Society offices are located in College Park, MD (Headquarters), Ridge, NY, and Washington, D.C.

Position Summary:
We're looking for an HR Intern to provide administrative and project support for the APS HR team. This position is responsible for a variety of HR-related processes and transactions concentrated in the following functional areas: administrative support to the HR Director, position descriptions for various departments, HRIS projects, research on HR related topics, recruitment, and HR learning. The intern may be assigned to work with other HR team members to support projects for our department.

This is a great opportunity to help support several exciting HR initiatives, including but not limited to: an organization-wide compensation benchmarking project; implementing a new learning management and performance management system (Cornerstone); reviewing and updating all HR policies and the APS handbook; an internal values change management initiative; developing a peer-to-peer recognition program; and formalizing a professional development plan and manager training program.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Assist HR Director in various administrative and HR initiative projects.
  • Performs administrative duties as needed- create files, mailings, binders, scan documents, etc.
  • Reviews and update HR Tool Kit for key client projects.
HRIS Systems:
  • Learn various HRIS technologies to support the HR team.
  • Input employee data, forms, and other documents into HRIS.
  • Works with other HR team members to learn document retention requirements and best practices.
Position Descriptions:
  • Learn what a position description is and how it is used in the workplace.
  • Learn the APS position description template and how to use it.
  • Learn what ADA accommodations are.
  • Adapt position descriptions to the APS template.
  • Assist with varous recruitment project in ApplicantStack.
  • Research topics relevant to APS HR, such as new federal and state laws and regulations.

  • Must be a current junior or senior in college, recent college graduate or graduate student.
  • Polished, professional, optimistic and self-starting personality and attitude.
  • Highly organized individual who is detail-oriented.
  • Beginning proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel.

Our Mission:

To advance and diffuse the knowledge of physics for the benefit of humanity, promote physics, and serve the broader physics community, we:

  • Provide a welcoming and supportive professional home for an active, engaged, and diverse membership
  • Advance scientific discovery and research dissemination
  • Advocate for physics and physicists, and amplify the voice for science
  • Share the excitement of physics and communicate the essential role physics plays in the modern world
  • Promote effective physics education for all

The core values that drive our mission are:

  • The Scientific Method
  • Truth and Integrity
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Respect
  • Partnering, Cooperation, and Open Collaboration
  • Speaking Out
  • Education and Learning


The American Physical Society is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnic or national origin, ancestry, pregnancy (including childbirth or related condition), citizenship, familial status, mental or physical disability, veteran status, genetic information, other non-disqualifying disability, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

We welcome you to apply today! 

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