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Student Internship Leads to Veteran Recognition Award for Sabre Systems, Inc.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Emily DuPont is a junior at Pitt Business, earning the Human Resource Management and Business Information Systems dual degree. She says her goal is to pursue a career in HR and motivate employees to accomplish incredible things. Emily DuPont's Internship Leads to Veteran Recognition for Sabre Systems

Building on the knowledge of human resources she gained in the classroom, DuPont joined Sabre Systems Inc., a professional services company, in the summer of 2016 as a full-time Human Resources Intern. She had previously worked for the company in an administrative role in January 2015 and later as a part-time intern in the summer of 2015.

In her internship, DuPont gained valuable real-world experience. She was responsible for researching veteran hiring initiatives, analyzing trends for a tuition reimbursement program change, working in early-life cycle recruiting, developing in-house management training programs, and nominating the company for employment awards, specifically in the areas of diversity recruiting and veteran outreach. 

DuPont says she became aware of the VetJobs Outstanding Veteran Employer Award by working tirelessly to research awards for which that the company may qualify. 

Vet Jobs recognizes companies who are truly dedicated to the hiring and retention of veterans and their family members. As part of winning the award, Sabre Systems Inc. was featured in the “Veteran Eagle Newsletter,” a newsletter for veterans, transitioning military, their family members, and friends. 

Throughout the year, Sabre Systems Inc. supported the veteran community in many different ways: 

  • Donating laptops to the Travis Manion Foundation to support fallen veterans and their families
  • Raising money for the 2016 Honor Ride, which supports veteran rehabilitation programs
  • Pledging $10,000 in support of Operation: Tohidu, a rehabilitation program that helps wounded veterans and active duty military members recover from post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, and other deployment-related traumas.

“Government contractors provide a whole industry that many college students aren’t aware exists,” DuPont says. “They provide a lot of new challenges and opportunities for learning and growth. Sabre Systems, Inc. is a Defense Department contractor. Working in this industry in the HR department made me realize the value in hiring veterans, and the importance in having a well-developed diversity recruiting plan.” 

As a high school student, DuPont began considering which career path would be the right fit for her.  As part of the process, she made a valuable connection with an established human resources professional.

“Deborah Kliman is the VP of Human Resources at Sabre Systems, Inc., and I interviewed her while I was in high school, which helped me to map out my career plan,” DuPont says. 

Dupont says throughout her career at Pitt Business she stayed connected with Kliman, who today she considers a mentor.

“She was the ultimate reason for why I decided to go into the field of human resources,” DuPont says.

The Pitt Business Career Development Office works with students to identify the right path for each student by helping to secure internships that will open doors and lead to future jobs. Students may browse recent internship postings by logging in to CBA Connect