MD Anderson Cancer Center HR Development Research
Students will have the opportunity to participate and shadow projects* including, but not limited to, the following:
• Test development – Assist with conducting job analyses for jobs under consideration for testing to understand the knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics required in the job
• Survey design and analysis – Assist with the design surveys to assess climate within a team or department, training course evaluation, and special topics (institution-wide survey, exit questionnaire); help to analyze results associated with surveys, interpreting themes
• Performance management – Review current trends in performance management; assist with analyzing current ratings distributions
• Mentoring and coaching – Exposure to projects where executive coaching and mentoring are being used and assist with program administration
• Competency development and succession planning – Build upon existing work in the institution’s competency model; expand the practices to help in planning for future leaders in the organization
*Project involvement will depend on level of experience with each intern. Interns will never be expected to carry out a project without the support or oversight of an employee within the department.
This would be a recurring opportunity that is available in the Fall and Spring for 10 – 20 hours and then in the Summer for up to full time if desired.
Allowed School Years
Sophomore, Junior, Senior
All majors allowed, psychology preferred
Expectations of student (Rice University requirements are listed):
– The student must devote 10 hours per week to the project (consistent with a 3-credit course) and will develop a timeline of activities in collaboration with supervisor(s). The student will meet at least monthly with the faculty supervisor(s) to evaluate progress.
Prerequisite training: (if any)
Knowledge and skills student can expect to gain:
Application of psychology and research to business, interpersonal skills in meeting settings