Allenials At Work is a management consulting firm specializing in unlocking strategic growth opportunities for enterprises to increase operational efficiency and profitability while prioritizing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Through the Level UP remote internship program, CEO and Principal Consultant of Allennials At Work, Clair Kim, partnered with learner, Amanda Pynn, to receive assistance on internal Human Resources (HR) policies and procedures.
A student at Seneca College in Toronto, Amanda worked on specific HR policies and procedures for Allennials At Work.
Amanda found working at the company to be a valuable and supportive learning experience.
“My immediate supervisor supported me the best she could. She created a training plan and provided direction and clear expectations for each project. She did an excellent job on that.” Amanda shared.
Clair was impressed with how Level UP students thought outside the box in the face of specific, challenging tasks. She appreciated that students were resourceful while demonstrating the ability to ask for help when needed.
“The students’ willingness to seek outside help was key to the project's success. They approached their supervisor for guidance and consulted professors, previous coworkers, and industry mentors. This allowed them to bring a unique blend of textbook knowledge and current market insights to the project,” Clair shared.
Amanda valued the real-life HR experience her Level UP project delivered. It has already shaped and impacted her career.
“Having that real-life experience was extremely valuable to me. To be able to add specific things to my resume that I’ll be doing as an HR professional has helped me tremendously. I do feel better prepared after this project. It has helped me in my current role. I’m a bigger part of the recruitment process now.”
Solid communication and clear expectations were crucial to project success, and the feedback review sessions provided opportunities for correction.
“I received feedback on every task and project. Each task had a review session before it was completed. Clair would provide immediate feedback on things that could be adjusted or if I needed further clarification,” Amanda said.
Students appreciated that Allennials At Work was a good place for growth and independent thinking.
“We encourage individuals to figure out how to approach tasks independently. While this was an adjustment for some, they eventually appreciated the freedom to contribute.” Clair shared.
Clair believes in the Level UP program and would love to work with Level UP students again.
“I have several other projects that I would love to involve in the Level UP program. It's a fantastic initiative.”
Amanda likewise sees the value of the Level UP program and would recommend it to others.
“This program was great because it was flexible, and I could do the work when it worked for me. It was really nice to gain experience and get paid for it.”
Thank you to Amanda Pynn for sharing her experience on Riipen. To learn more about how you can get started with the Level UP remote internship program as a student or employer, visit the website here. Stay updated with the latest in higher education, experiential learning, and the future of work, and subscribe to our bi-weekly newsletter, The Riipen Report.
Riipen Level UP program is funded by the Government of Canada's Innovative Work-Integrated Learning (I-WIL) Initiatives program. The opinions and interpretations in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of the Government of Canada.