Natalie Augustine

B. F. Saul Company & Affiliates - Human Resources Department
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Natalie Augustine

Major: Psychology
Hometown: Phoenixville
Chapel Executive Intern

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I found out about this wonderful experience online through the "Liberal Arts Network Symplicity" career/internship website. Since the experience was in the D.C. Metro area, I was curious as to why this D.C. local company branched all the way out to Penn State to look for interns, so I asked one of my supervisors and, as it turns out, she attended Penn State herself and knew that Penn State students were quality candidates.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

This internship was the best decision I've ever made for my career path. I went into this internship expecting to be completing mostly administrative tasks (filing, photocopying, grabbing coffee, etc.). When I started, I was blown away with the amount of responsibility and enriching tasks that were delegated to me from my superiors. Within my first week, I was assigned to head projects that would directly impact the company (for example, the biggest project I completed was to implement a harassment prevention training program to all 1,600 employees to keep the company compliant and help avoid harassment in the workplace). I was taught various aspects of the human resources function (anything from benefits, to hiring/recruitment, to employee relations, and more), and I learned something new and exciting about working in business every day.

This internship was the best decision I've ever made for my career path.

How did this experience impact you academically?

This internship taught me all about the various employment laws and regulations that companies need to be compliant with in order to continue conducting business. Since I am a psychology major (and in the "Life Sciences" option, at that - not even in the "Business" option), I had little-to-no knowledge prior to this experience about employment laws and regulations. However, working at B. F. Saul taught me about a lot of different employment laws and practices that I would not have otherwise learned about in my science-based courses. Working at B. F. Saul also strengthened the knowledge I had previously from my social psychology courses about aggression and hostility in the workplace, and how to effectively deal with these issues.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

The primary reason I wanted to intern in a human resources department was so that I could narrow down my future plans between going to graduate school to conduct research, working in the human resources department of a company, and going to graduate school to receive my PhD in clinical psychology and open up my own practice. After completing my internship, I discovered that I truly loved every minute of working in human resources, and I strongly believe that is what I want to pursue a career in. The HR department of B. F. Saul helped me every step of the way this summer in deciding my future plans by providing me with the necessary exposure to all parts (good and bad) of human resources so that I could go on to make an educated decision about where to go after graduation. I am not only confident in choosing HR as my field of work, but I am confident in my abilities to get a job in the HR field, thanks to my training and experience working for B. F. Saul.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would absolutely recommend interning at B. F. Saul to other Liberal Arts students looking to get into business/the human resources field. This past summer was the first year that the human resources department of B. F. Saul hired an intern, and I believe the program was an overwhelming success, both for me, and for the company. If they choose to recruit from Penn State again, I strongly recommend applying. At B. F. Saul, you receive the proper training and real-world experience to be successful in the field of human resources.

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