People Story - Kelsey Fletcher
The secret to recruiting awesome university students
By Naomi Thalenberg,
SAP iXp Brand Manager
Kelsey Fletcher has seen it all. In her two years recruiting university students for internship roles at Concur and SAP’s global Internship Experience Project (SAP iXp), she’s combed through thousands of resumes and interviewed hundreds of internship candidates.
She’s now changing roles from University Recruiter to Concur HR Business Partner of Global Services, focusing on the candidate experience and ensuring Concur employees are well taken care of.
We sat down with Kelsey to see what she’s learned in her two years of recruiting for a global and competitive internship program. Whether you’re a student seeking a new role or a novice recruiter looking for tips of the trade, Kelsey has insight for everyone.
Students seek a role where they feel they have a seat at the table and can make a difference through the projects work on. I always tell students that our hiring managers are looking for people who can challenge them and question the status quo. We want interns to raise their hands and ask the big questions.
Many students say “I want to make a difference and help people, or improve something.” Honestly, in my two years recruiting for this internship program, we’ve assured that each student fills this inherent desire through the projects they work on.
Our goal is to eliminate this fear that they won’t be making an impact by placing them on a great team with a project that’s focused on developing real solutions for real problems.