College Relations

Becky Neilson – College Relations Director

Welcome to the Texas SHRM College Relations section. Below you will find answers to those questions. As we seek to improve College Relations and develop some of the best SHRM Student Chapters in the world, I look forward to working with you. Together we can help develop our future Human Resource leaders

If you have questions concerning College Relations, please feel free to reach out to me at  or 817-272-3649.

If you would like to share your ideas or success stories, please contact me.  We would love to showcase you, your chapter and student chapter.   

Frequent Asked Questions Concerning College Relations and SHRM Student Chapters

Where do I find information on forming a SHRM Student Chapter and other information on SHRM Student Chapters?

Answer: The SHRM Student Resource Center is an excellent place to start. You will need to log into SHRM and then go to Student Member Center.

This resource contains sections on:

  • Student Chapter Resources
  • SHRM Student Case Competition and Career Summits
  • Student Chapter Presidents and Advisors
  • Student Case Study Resources
  • SHRM Chapter Directories

What is my role as a Student Chapter Advisor?

The success of a student chapter is determined by your dedication in providing the continuity as well as developing a strong leader for the student chapter. As the person closest to the students, you play an integral role in advising and assisting the students in running their own chapter. Future leaders for local chapters are often are student leaders, before they become professional leaders. In essence, you hold the key to the future of your local chapter. Carrying out your responsibilities is critical to the success of the chapter. So what are those responsibilities?

  • Act as official point of contact for the student chapter
  • Ensure chapter continuity
  • Work with student chapter liaison to foster leadership and organizational skills
  • Screen and sign off on student membership applications
  • Submit a yearly Student Chapter Information Form by June 1st
  • Ensure that the chapter meets eligibility requirements
  • Act as advocate for the student chapter in school affairs as needed
  • Assist students in completing submitting the Merit Award package by April 15th
  • Maintain your SHRM membership

Specific information and guidance can be found in the SHRM Student Chapter Resource Center

What can I do to engage today’s students?

  • Emphasize the most critical concepts to them in order to be effective
  • Provide a visual for them and real world examples
  • Help students link what they are doing with real world outcomes
  • Treat students with respect
  • Hold them to a higher standard and be prepared to follow up on what you expect
  • Don’t assume the worst, help them in budgeting their time to achieve the goals of the student chapter, as well as their own academic and personal goals
  • Be enthusiastic and passionate about what you’re doing. Remember the students will emulate your behavior.

What can I do to engage more students in the local SHRM Student Chapter?

Engaging today’s students and making them aware of the resource and opportunities offered through local chapters, as well as through SHRM is critical, if you are to have a successful student chapter. Here are some ideas for engagement.

  • Meet with the student chapter president as soon as possible to establish goals for the year, as well as opportunities where you can assist the student leaders in their roles
  • Solicit members from your local chapter to act as committee members
  • Solicit members to act as mentors and coaches for the college students
  • Provide information workshops for the students on career development, such as:
    1. Developing a resume
    2. Interview skills
    3. How to give an elevator speech
    4. How to work a career fair
    5. How to network
    6. Dining Etiquette
    7. Financial literacy
    8. Professional dress
    9. How to establish a professional profile on a social media site, such as LinkedIn

There are many more, this is only a sampling of workshops or sessions that you can provide that will greatly aid your engagement with the students. You can reach out to the university/college local career center or to the Texas SHRM for presentations or additional resources.

  • Work with employers to provide internships and externships (a full or half-day experience with a company to experience the work environment in human resources)
  • Host a networking event for the students or include them in your local chapter networking events
  • Work with the college or university to develop a career closet for the students
  • Plan or work with the college or university to host a career conference
  • Sponsor a student or students to attend HRSW
  • Help them to attend and participate in the SHRM Regional Student Conference and Case Competition
  • Use social media to stay connected with the students

What are some best practices for SHRM Student Chapters?

  • Strong Student Chapters have clear guidelines and goals
  • Dedicated leadership by the student chapter president
  • Strong support by the student faculty advisor
  • Have programs available for student involvement
  • Met guidelines as outlined for Student Chapters by SHRM
  • Submit timely required paperwork to SHRM
  • Actively recruit members from different majors
  • Have informative meetings that provide value to the student membership
  • Participate in the SHRM merit program
  • Attend regional Student Conferences, State Conferences, and local chapter meetings  

How do I go about developing an internship program?

One of the great benefits that you can provide to future Human Resource Professionals or any student majoring in business is to provide them internship opportunities. By focusing on business majors many have not determined their future profession or might not have a Human Resource major at their college. This is a wonderful opportunity to help them in determining that Human Resources could be a viable profession for them by providing real world experience during their college years. Here are some tips to follow to ensure the success of your program:

  1. Gain Support of the Local Chapter and Management at the companies where internships will take place. Gaining a commitment up front will help ensure that the time, energy, supervisory and financial resources (if applicable) are available for developing a strong internship program.
  2. Define specific eligibility requirements. Determining eligibility requirements for all internships helps to set the foundation and criteria used in the selection process, i.e. currently enrolled college students, GPA, preferred/required major(s), specific skills and experience.
  3. Maintain a strong working relationship with the college by developing a relationship with the career counselors. This will help promote your internship program as well as help to find which students are seeking an internship.
  4. Define internship benefits, i.e. housing, transportation, food stipends. You will also need to determine if the internship will be paid (recommended), but based on entry level positions in the field. Some organizations offer unpaid internships but require do the internship for credit.
  5. Ensure the organization hosting the internship has an orientation program for new interns. Remember this may be their first experience in a working environment. By helping to orient them to the work environment, you are ensuring that they are going to be much more successful.
  6. Ensure students will receive the proper training, supervision and mentoring. Just having them copy and file does not an internship make. By ensuring creative quality and meaningful work assignments, you are helping the student learn and gain knowledge in the field.
  7. Develop detailed job descriptions or ensure they are available outlining task and responsibilities of the internship.
  8. Students should receive consistent and detailed feedback during the internship on a regular basis. Especially, if the organization is considering extending a full-time job offer to the student after graduation.

Keep in mind that companies often look at an internship as a try before you buy and the same for the student as well. In order to make it a “Win – Win” for both the employer and student, it is imperative that a solid program be in place.


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