My name is Kayla Doherty and I’m from Westwood, MA. I’m currently going into my final year at the University of New Hampshire with a major in Psychology and minors in Sociology and Deaf Studies. I have a passion for music and utilize my talent in my role as the General Manager of UNH’s Premier Co-Ed Acapella Group, Alabaster Blue. This summer, I’ve been interning at Rogers & Gray Insurance, working in the Human Resources Department.
During the summer of 2018 I had an internship that didn’t lead to professional growth. I liked the project I was given, but I wasn’t given any guidance, support, or nurturing. When searching for an internship for the summer of 2019, the main goal I set for myself was to find mentorship. Upon finishing my phone interview with RogersGray, I dropped everything else that I had applied for and put all my time and effort into getting this internship.
Here we are now, with just a few weeks left, and I have gained so much knowledge and experience in addition to the mentorship I was seeking. I work closely with my manager, Amy Fleck, who is the Talent Acquisition & Development Manager here at RG. In addition to Amy, I have received great mentorship from the other women in HR – Alanna Empoliti, Ashley Horta, and Allison McEachern. Each member of the HR team has taught me valuable aspects of HR during this internship, broadening my skills and knowledge of HR itself, and reaffirming that this is the field I want to be in for my future career.
Day to day, I help manage the various HR email inboxes, work with our Applicant Tracking System to ensure workflow and schedule interviews for potential candidates, help with I9 and employee documentation compliance and auditing, help create training guides and instructions for various tools, amongst many other things. Because I’m a Psychology major, my favorite part of the job is using our Applicant Assessment System. These assessments that we send to potential candidates accurately measure an individual’s personality characteristics and individual motivations in order to predict on-the-job behaviors and potential: they predict performance and drive talent management. These skills that I’ve gained have proven to myself and others that having a Psychology major is, in fact, transferrable to the corporate world. The experience that I’ve gotten here at RG is a huge resume and confidence builder, leaving me with no doubt that I’ll be ready to take on a full-time HR job after I graduate in May 2020.