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Intern, Human Resources
Title:Intern, Human Resources
Department:Finance & Administration
Location:Washington, DC or Remote
Organizational Overview
The National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council) is the unifying voice of America’s community mental health and addictions treatment organizations. A not-for-profit 501(c)(3) association, the National Council for Behavioral Health’s mission is to advance our members’ ability to deliver integrated healthcare. Together with our 3,400 member organizations, we serve our nation’s most vulnerable citizens — more than 10 million adults and children living with mental illnesses and addiction disorders. We are committed to ensuring all Americans have access to comprehensive, high-quality care that affords every opportunity for recovery and full participation in community life. The National Council introduced Mental Health First Aid USA and more than 2.5 million Americans have been trained.

The National Council is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and commit ourselves to creating an inclusive environment for everyone.

Position Summary
The Human Resources Intern will directly assist the Human Resources Department with a wide range of projects related to HR compliance, recruiting, onboarding/orientation, employee benefits, and intern programs. This internship is designed to be both educational and practical. In this position, the intern will learn how to take skills they have acquired in school related to their particular areas of interest and apply them in a professional setting. They will gain a better understanding of the role that Human Resources can play in a non-profit setting, and be better prepared to work in the arena of human resources and the nonprofit sector. The candidate will also have opportunities to network with the administration, finance, staff in all departments and other interns.

  • Attend staff engagement activities, department meetings, all-staff meetings
  • Assist in the recruiting and hiring process: posting job openings, reviewing resumes, and scheduling interviews
  • Assist setting-up new hires for orientation and onboarding with IT, Finance and Hiring Team
  • Assist IT, Finance and hiring team in new hire orientation and onboarding processes
  • Maintain confidentiality, proper maintenance of employee files, and forms management
  • Work with HR and Finance in the areas of new employee paperwork, payroll issues related to onboarding and termination
  • Learn the use of an HRIS, intranet and payroll management database
  • Conduct research in support of HR laws, best practices, responses to employee inquiries, environmental scans, and surveys of staff
  • Support virtual meetings on Zoom for various events
  • Quantitative and qualitative data entry and visualization
  • Contribute to formatting, citation, and proofreading in Word and PowerPoint
  • Edit drafts for All Staff memos and intranet postings
  • Special project coordination including developing timelines, rollouts and effectiveness
  • Participate in professional development opportunities organized for interns, such as virtual meet-ups with organizational leadership, peer networking, and other professional development opportunities

  • Current or recent enrollment in a graduate or undergraduate degree program with an interest to work in Human Resources, or non-profit management/administrative fields
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and handle numerous assignments simultaneously
  • Personable, able to deal with a variety of people comfortably and pleasantly
  • Strong customer service skills
  • Exceptional written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational and planning skills
  • Ability to effectively learn and acquire new knowledge and skills
  • Ability to share knowledge and work in a strong team-oriented environment
  • Detail oriented
  • Proficient in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and e-mail
  • Student Member of SHRM a plus

  • Initiative
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Results Oriented

National Council is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer – All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.

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