Student Research Fellows

SHRLC Student Research Fellows program was created to match top Rutgers Human Resource Management students with senior HR leaders of SHRLC member companies to research specific HR issues confronting their organizations. In this highly competitive program, students get a first-hand, real-world look at the most pressing HR issues of the day, and members receive research assistance from some of the best HRM students at Rutgers University.

Company Information

To participate in the SHRLC Student Research Fellow program, you must currently be a member of the Strategic Human Resource Leadership Council. There are two ways you can become a SHRLC Corporate Member:

  1. Nomination by a member of the SHRLC Board of Advisors or a Rutgers HR faculty member.
  2. Self-nomination in a letter directed to SHRLC Director William Castellano, castellano@smlr.rutgers.edu.

As a participant in this program, you will have the ability to review candidate applications, selecting from a pool of pre-screened top Rutgers HRM students. These Student Research Fellows are not paid by the sponsoring SHRLC member companies, but do receive course credit for their work. In addition to gaining valuable research assistance on projects relevant to their strategic HR needs, many companies view this as a wonderful opportunity to see the student's work product before extending an offer.

Student Information

SHRLC Student Research Fellows are select students in the Rutgers HRM program who spend a semester working on current issues with an executive or an HR team from a SHRLC member company. Although no HR work experience is necessary, students must be enrolled in at least 6 credits in the Rutgers HRM program before they can apply to become SHRLC Student Research Fellows. Candidates must have outstanding written and oral communication skills.

Once SHRLC Student Research Fellows are assigned to an executive or HR team of a SHRLC member company, they conduct action-oriented research (which may include literature searches, written summaries of best practices, surveys, interviews and the like). SHRLC Student Research Fellows will be expected to meet to discuss the progress of their projects and work on skill-building, project management, etc. with the SHRLC Director, Professor William Castellano.

Students will receive 3 elective course credits for their involvement in the program.There will be no exams. Your grade will be co-determined by the SHRLC Director and the company advisor with whom you have worked for your project.

Participating SHRLC member companies have always been very flexible with school breaks and exam schedules. They realize that SHRLC Student Research Fellows are students first — with student schedules and obligations (such as other coursework, jobs, and exams). You are advised to work with your company advisor to discuss a mutually acceptable timeline to complete your project work comfortably while juggling your coursework and personal life. In addition, some SHRLC Student Research Fellows projects require travel in the US or abroad; if you do not want to travel, you can simply not apply for a given opportunity which requires travel.

Apply To Become a SHRLC Student Research Fellow:

  1. You must currently be enrolled in the Rutgers University HRM program to become a SHRLC Student Research Fellow.
  2. You may be interviewed for the given SHRLC Student Research Fellow opportunity and will be notified if you have been selected.
  3. If you are not selected, you are welcome to reapply for future opportunities.

If you are interested in becoming a SHRLC Student Research Fellow, email us at shrlc@smlr.rutgers.edu today!