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Human Resources - Benefits and Leave of Absence Internship

The Human Resources Internship in Benefits and Leave of Absence offers a motivated individual an opportunity to spend a summer placement within the Human Resources department at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Interns will work side-by-side with professionals on projects in a professional environment to gain insight and experience in the world of Human Resources Management and Development.

The internship will be project-focused with exposure to various components of our working environment. The internship is located in Memphis, TN.

Candidates should note that our internships are full-time learning experiences. You should expect to be available Monday through Friday during standard office hours starting June 3, 2024, through August 9, 2024. 

Typical Learning Opportunities and Responsibilities

This comprehensive experience will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills in the following competencies: Benefits and Leave of Absence.


  • Assists with ongoing new employee preparation and orientation for benefits.
  • Assists with developing, planning, and implementing institution-wide benefit plan and leave policy communications including summary plan descriptions.
  • Assists in the administration of leave and all benefit plans and maintains knowledge of all plans/policies, eligibility requirements, enrollment process, and other information required to accurately administer plans/policies.
  • Assists with enrollment audits, invoicing and payment requests and expenditure monitoring to ensure budgetary compliance.
  • Engage with benefits and leave of absence team and participate in weekly team meetings.

Additionally, you will take part in a variety of activities such as building relationships with professionals across the institution and have access to a dedicated mentor to continue developing new skills.

Education Required

  • Interested candidates must be enrolled in an accredited college (entering junior or senior year) or graduate program.
  • Candidates are accepted from all majors; an interest in Human Resources, Healthcare, Science, or a related discipline is preferred. 3.0 GPA or above. GPA will be validated by transcripts and communication with an advisor. Any exceptions to these requirements must be approved by the VP of Academic Programs.

Characteristics of the Successful Candidate

Students most likely to succeed as an intern will possess:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills
  • The ability to manage priorities and work autonomously as appropriate
  • Proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment
  • Experience with Microsoft Office and LinkedIn

How to Apply

Apply using the application link here. Both your resume and cover letter should be in PDF format. Your letter should include a statement on how participation in this internship would support your academic and career goals. Any previous internships or work experience should be included on your resume.

Successful candidates will qualify for a stipend. Other expenses, including food and transportation, are the responsibility of the selected intern.

Deadline to Submit Cover Letter and Resume

Applications are now open. The deadline to submit is February 9, 2024.