What is it?

The Systemwide HR Fellows program is part of a multidimensional Talent Management strategy designed to attract and develop highly capable, competitive and career-focused individuals, thus creating a pipeline of exceptional talent familiar with University's Human Resources operations and the Systemwide HR Office's foundational areas: Compensation, Talent Management, Labor Relations, HR Policy, HR Compliance, Pension Operations, Employee Relations, and Benefits.

As part of the two year program, Fellows will work on assignments designed to enhance current skills, provide practical work experience, and foster in-depth knowledge of the different units within Human Resources. With additional emphases placed on Systemwide impact, organizational visibility, multi-unit involvement and clear deliverables, these assignments also afford unique opportunities to grow Fellows' professional networks and expand their portfolios.

Upon completion of the program, Fellows will be assessed for opportunities with HR.

Who should apply?

Individuals who are:

  • Interested in establishing a career in Human Resources
  • Seeking exposure to new HR disciplines and areas of interest
  • HR professionals looking for career growth opportunities
  • Recent UC graduates (undergraduates or graduate) in business/finance, law or other related field

In addition to evidence of high achievement, Fellows are expected to demonstrate characteristics such as: analytical thinking, self-motivated, risk-taking, and the ability to build relationships and credibility.

Can I apply?

The current program cycle is fully staffed, but a new applicant window will open in 2018. In the interim, please contact Siena Sarmiento or Melanie Kwan for more information.

Meet our current Fellows

Let us introduce you to our current group of Fellows.

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Vanessa graduated with distinction from Sonoma State University in 2006, earning a BA in English. She then followed her passion for direct service through various positions with different Boys & Girls Clubs in the North Bay area until the summer of 2011 when she accepted a volunteer position for the Peace Corps in Cambodia. From 2011-2013, Vanessa served as a Teacher Training and Youth Development volunteer in Battambang Province, Cambodia. Upon her return to America, she decided to focus her career development in the field of Human Resources.

In early 2016 Vanessa joined University of California, Office of the President as an Administrative Officer in Systemwide Employee Relations. She is eternally grateful for the role, as it taught her much about UC and brought her to the Systemwide Human Resources Fellows program, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for a professionals like her who want to commit to their professional development in HR and learn more about HR Human Resources within the UC System.

As an HR Fellow, Vanessa currently supports Labor Relations, where she will learn the basic skills of contract negotiation and administration. She also collaborates with the other Fellows, as well as Employee Relations, to contribute to a Systemwide Wellness Initiative.

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Nicole attended the University of Miami where she studied Human Resources Management. After graduating with a Bachelors of Business Administration, she began her career as a Human Resources Assistant at The Asia Foundation, a non-profit, non-governmental organization, and eventually worked her way up to Senior Human Resources Generalist. While there she gained exposure to various areas of human resources, including recruitment/onboarding, benefits, compliance and employee relations, and also obtained her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification. Following seven and a half years with The Asia Foundation, she made the move to Stanford University and worked there for nearly two years, specializing in benefits, before transitioning to UCSF Medical Center, where she again worked in benefits and gained an in-depth exposure to leave of absence management.

Nicole joined the Systemwide Human Resources Fellows Program eager to explore new areas of human resources, gain valuable experience, develop professionally, and grow her career. Having been assigned to the Systemwide Compensation Programs and Strategies division of Human Resources, she hopes to learn more about staff and executive compensation, and looks forward to working on projects such as assisting in the development of Job Builder, conducting job data & market analysis using CareerTracks, and assisting in the administration of the Outside Professional Activities (OPA) program. She's also excited to work alongside other HR Fellows on the new Wellness initiative.

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Lauren currently works in Talent Management with the Performance Management group, focusing on the performance review process and assisting with the UC Systemwide People Management Conference. She also collaborates with the other HR Fellows and Employee Relations on a Systemwide wellness initiative.

A graduate from Michigan State University, Lauren received her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies in Social Science. Following graduation, she began her career at Holland, Inc., a regional transportation company across the Midwest and Southeast, working first as an HR Administrator, then as a Recruiter and finally as the HR Hiring Supervisor over all of Holland's US locations.

Lauren intends to use her time within the Fellows Program to further both her personal and career growth and development. She hopes to use the experience and knowledge she gains within the program to achieve a greater understanding of the various facets of Human Resources, broaden her background within the field and help identify where her talents and experience would be best suited in the future.

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Sarah is a Systemwide Human Resources Fellow currently working on projects in both Talent Management and Employee Relations. Her current project in Talent Management is to provide support to UC locations as they undergo a Learning Management System upgrade. Her project in Employee Relations involves collaborating with other fellows on a Systemwide Wellness Initiative.

A recent graduate of the University of California, Davis, Sarah received her B.S. in Human Development and B.A. in Psychology, as well as a Minor in Human Rights. During her time at Davis, she served as a research assistant with both UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and the UC Davis Department of Human Ecology. She is thrilled to be continuing her involvement with the University through the Fellows Program at UCOP.

Through participation in the Fellows Program, Sarah is looking forward to enhancing her current skills through professional development training and gratifying her passions for teamwork, personal growth, and leadership. She will soon be receiving her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification and aspires to continue her career in Human Resources beyond completion of the Fellows Program.

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As an HR Fellow, Audrey is currently working within two Systemwide departments. As part of Talent Management & Staff Development she is working with Talent Systems and Analytics to support the 2017 launch of an updated Learning Management System. As part of Employee Relations, the HR fellows are collaborating with all UC locations to support and grow UC’s Wellness program. Furthermore she is developing her professional experience by studying for the PHR exam, and completing the UC People Management Series and Certification.

Prior to her fellowship role, Audrey attended UC Santa Cruz and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from UC San Diego. Her career has focused on working within start-up organizations where she could play a critical role in organizational development. Most recently she obtained her Masters of Science in Human Resources Development from Villanova University.

She is excited to be a member of this inaugural fellowship, where she can help shape the structure of the program to ensure its viability for future fellows to come.

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Steven received his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law. Since graduating, he has served as a municipal attorney in various cities and most recently, as an attorney at a statewide education law firm, where he advised local educational agencies across California in all matters of educational compliance, as well as representing them in internal and external complaint investigations, administrative due process hearings, and related civil litigation and appeals.

Working alongside teachers, administrators, and other providers in serving students allowed Steven to witness firsthand the impact that a talented work force can have in guaranteeing high quality public education. After several years of practice, he redirected his career to human resources here at the University of California, Office of the President because of the unique opportunity it provides to help develop and manage the human talent that is responsible for driving UC’s organizational success in higher public education.

In his current role at UCOP, Steven helps to ensure ongoing systemwide compliance with unemployment insurance requirements across all ten university campuses. He is extremely excited about his experiences here at UCOP and inclusion in the fellows program, and hopes to continue to leverage his legal training and experiences to build a productive and meaningful career in human resources and compliance.