Students From Around the World Spend the Summer at H&R Block

August 04, 2016 : H&R Block

From the other side of the globe to its own backyard, 11 interns from around the world have been spending the summer at H&R Block. Hailing from six universities, these interns have spent the summer working with 11 different departments.

H&R Block has had an ongoing internship program for many years, and it continues to provide students with the opportunity to gain real world experience.

Director of Talent Acquisition, Carolyn Walters, described H&R Block’s internship program as providing rewarding experiences for student interns that then helps attract talent in the future.

“We are able to provide them an internship experience working for a large company in their field of study. In addition, they get to work downtown and experience the culture and vibe of The Power & Light district. From an associate perspective, I think interns bring a level of energy and enthusiasm for learning that is felt by anyone who interacts with them. The students enjoy the downtown Kansas City location, and the unique culture at H&R Block,” Walters said.

Student intern Hiep Pham from Missouri University of Science and Technology echoed Walters sentiment about the unique culture at H&R Block, “I was surprised at the easy going atmosphere at H&R Block. Everyone is so nice, and I have never met so many welcoming people in my life,” Pham said.

Walters also explains that she often hears from student interns that H&R Block provides interesting and robust work assignments where students feel they are able to add value in a short-period of time.

Due to this, intern Anna Marken from Kansas State University was pleasantly surprised when she began working at H&R Block. “I feel like I’m not just to do busy work or run errands. I like that the stuff I am doing has an impact,” Marken said.

Besides giving students real work experience, the H&R Block internship program plans fun events for the interns throughout the summer. Students had the opportunity to attend a Royals game, have question- and-answer sessions with executives and attend a local concert.

In addition to the events that the company provides, H&R Block works with TeamKC to create fun events for the students to enjoy outside of work. TeamKC is a Kansas City-based organization that works to attract individuals to live and work in Kansas City. Through TeamKC, the students have enjoyed networking events, happy hours and volleyball tournaments.

With just a week left in the internship program, the interns are wrapping up their final projects and getting ready to head back to school. Even with a week left, one thing is for sure; associates and interns both are better for the experience.

Authors note: This article was written by Kaitlyn Wallace, a senior-to-be in the Journalism School at the University of Missouri. She has spent the summer as an intern in the Corporate Communications department.

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