College Relations

Becky Neilson – College Relations Director

Welcome to the Texas SHRM College Relations section.  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.


Becoming a national member of SHRM… 

has great benefits for students. If you are serious about the profession you are about to enter, you will want to begin to associate with members of that profession very early.  Making those connections can help you understand human resources and narrow down the area you like the most.  Another great benefit of being a national SHRM member is the opportunity to apply for SHRM scholarships.  The SHRM scholarship window is open until October 10th.  Please go to this link to apply for scholarships:

Students often ask if having a degree in human resources is necessary to get a job in HR.  There are varied opinions on that very topic.  In the September 2017 edition of HR Magazine, the is a Point/Counterpoint piece on the topic.  Great reading for students. 

Great Summer Advice from College Relations

Soon it will be time to start back to school!  If you took the summer off, I hope you have been enjoying your vacation.  Now is the time to start thinking about an internship.  One good way to get experience and a job is to have an internship.  There are several things you should consider when looking for an internship:

  • Do you know if there is a industry you would like to work in? Some HR jobs require you to do more than just the 8 to 5 HR job functions.  For example, if you work in a nursing home or a hospital, there may be some interactions with patients or families that might be required.    An internship is going to give you good exposure to the profession and the industry. 
  • How do you find an internship? You can check with your advisor. Advisors often get emails from businesses letting them know about internship opportunities.  If your college or university has a career services department, it often posts jobs for current students and alumni.  You might also network through different organizations like your Student SHRM Chapter or your local professional SHRM chapter.  Companies also put internship opportunities on their websites.
  • Once you have applied for the internship, learn all you can about the company. This will help you prepare for interviews.  Yes, you have to study to be ready to give a good impression during the interview.  Always remember there are a lot of students out there and you want to do all you can to stand out in a positive manner.  Being knowledgeable about the company and being prepared with good questions, will help you stand out from the group.  Practice interviewing.  Your career services department and SHRM groups often have practice interview sessions.  Take advantage of these opportunities. 
  • Arrive early for your appointment and make sure that you leave your phone in the car or turn it off so you will not be tempted to look at it during the interview. Always treat everyone you meet with courtesy and respect.  The receptionist will often provide input to the interviewer.  Give a good handshake and good eye contact.  Be confident because you practiced and you are ready for this.  Always thank the interviewer for taking the time to see you.
  • After the interview, write a thank you note. A way to get attention is to keep thank you notes in your car.  You can go out and write a thank you note and bring it back into the receptionist.  That quick response will be noticed. 
  • If all goes well and you get the job, you will want to be the type of employee organizations hire. This is how many college students get their full-time job. 

Wishing you luck on your internship hunt!

SHRM Scholarships

It is that time of the year that many people are thinking about going back to college or starting their educational journey.   Here are some SHRM scholarships that may interest you:

Available SHRM Scholarships


Application Deadline




Susan R. Meisinger Fellowship for Graduate Study in HR 

P, S

August 15, 2017

Innovation Awards


October 1, 2017

Undergraduate Scholarships

P, S

October 10, 2017

Graduate Scholarships

P, S

October 10, 2017

Certification Scholarships – Spring Exam Window

P, S, SC/C

October 10, 2017

P = Professional Member

S = Student Member

C = Chapter Member

Many people do not apply for scholarships because they think they will not get them.  I want to encourage you to apply.  If you do not apply, you definitely will not get one.  I will continue to put scholarship opportunities on the website for you  to review.  You will need to sign into SHRM using your account information. 

The HR Southwest Conference (HRSWC) is October 1 -4, 2017.  It is an exciting educational and networking event.  It is open for registration and there are student sponsorships available. Please take this opportunity to look at attending.  You might also contact your local professional SHRM chapter to see if they are sponsoring students for HRSWC.

Student HR Survey

As members of the Texas State SHRM,  our committee is trying to find out how we can better connect and help students get into the HR profession.  The Texas State SHRM Council is interested in your feedback on how the council can support you as a student and your efforts to launch your HR career. Please take a few minutes to provide your responses to the following questions. Thank you in advance for helping us to learn how we can best help you!

Please click on the following link (or cut and paste it into a browser) to complete the survey:

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.   


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