Amanda Malizia Hicks

Amanda Malizia Hicks

Graduate Student in Human Resources and Employment Relations


Amanda Malizia Hicks is a first-year student in the HRER program. She is a proud Penn State alumnus, having graduated in the summer of 2021 with a bachelor's degree in Labor and Human Resources. She is also a proud graduate of The State University of New York at Delhi, having graduated with an associate degree in Hotel and Resort Management in 2012.

Amanda's areas of interest include employee health and wellness, talent development, and hospitality-related human resources. Amanda became interested in these areas while a hospitality intern at Walt Disney World. Recently, she completed an internship with the Georgia State games, where she developed her management skills. Currently, she is interning for Penn State University Career Services as a Career Fair Intern. In this role, Amanda is assisting with the renowned Penn State career fairs. Amanda enjoys this role because it allows her to build relationships between Penn State students and employers. Amanda also works for Penn State Auxiliary Business services as a Part-Time Foods Service Specialist. In this role, Amanda performs general human resource tasks such as scheduling, assisting employees, and hosting new employee orientations. Amanda enjoys this role because it allows her to develop her understanding of human resource business practices.

As an undergraduate student, Amanda was the secretary of the Adult Learners at Penn State organization. She was also a Healthworks Ambassador, a member of a THON committee, and a member of the student chapter of SHRM. As a graduate student, Amanda looks forward to joining the Graduate and Professional Student Association and being active in both the student chapter of SHRM and the Adult Learners at Penn State Organization.  

As a mother of four children, Amanda values family time and work/life balance. She greatly enjoys vacationing at Disney World with her family and taking her children to sports and activities. Amanda's hobbies include kayaking, karate, and camping.