Internship with AIG Insurance
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Porche Maloney

Major: Human Resource and Employment Relations
Minor: Organizational Leadership
Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Chapel Executive Intern

How did you learn about this opportunity?

In February, AIG held their Penn State information session in the Forest Research building. Thankfully, the cold weather did not come in the way of me attending the session that opened the door to my phenomenal 2016 work experience. University Relations Recruiter Theana Angelus and her rotational program team presented what AIG does and how young professionals like myself would benefit from working there. Needless to say, I applied that very day!

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

With all things accomplished and considered, I can say that this journey was certainly worthwhile. I can say that I have a real taste in what it is like to work in quite a few of the HR specialties and can identify my passion areas. I stepped out on a leap of faith by moving from Pittsburgh to Houston to live out my corporate dream and it would not have been possible without Chapel Executive Internship Program. The funding provided allowed me to find housing, transportation and live comfortably during my stay; all of which ensured that I approached my assignments with my best foot forward.

How did this experience impact you academically?

It’s not all about your title or job grade; having a variety of workplace experiences can be key in expanding your skill set.

Most of our time was dedicated to the Compelling Careers project. Compelling Careers was an initiative launched in an effort to reshape the way employees think when trying to advance their standing in the organization. Traditionally, employees are driven by working toward promotions and higher status; however, AIG is asking them to think about the bigger picture. During the summer, the PE team participated in rigorous focus groups, conference calls and innovation days to change our employees' mindsets from position-based to experience-based achievement. This means, the employee is more concerned with the varying types of expose they have throughout the company, making it easier for them to understand how it works both in and outside of their respective departments. I too benefited from this project because it even reshaped the way I look at my career progression. My takeaway is, it’s not all about your title or job grade; having a variety of workplace experiences can be key in expanding your skill set.

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

As of right now, my career goal is to be apart of the AIG University Relations team as a project leader/recruiter and enroll in their rotational program. My AIG experience provided opportunities and work variability that is endless because of the AIG universal networks I was able to work with. Moreover, it is unique because it allowed me to develop my skills in all facets of the HR field (recruiting, compensation, training) while allowing me to collaborate with HR specialty areas (HR supply chain) that I never knew existed. By being exposed to all the varied HR functions, I was able to gain valuable skills that as a result will be the most important moment in respect to my future career goals. Considering that I am motivated by opportunities that challenge me, I know that I do not want to stay in one area my entire career. Therefore this experience of letting me branch out to explore will allow me to asses my areas of interest, strengths, and opportunities for growth.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Absolutely, housing, transpiration and overall relocation cost can be covered with the assistance of this program. Without it, I would not have been able to afford the cost to relocate from Pittsburgh, PA to Houston, TX.

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