Garrett Heidler

Garrett Heidler

Graduate Student in Human Resources and Employment Relations

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Garrett Heidler is a second-year graduate student at Penn State who is pursuing a Master’s degree in Human Resources and Employment Relations (2022). He received his undergraduate degree in Criminology with a focus in Business and Public Administration at Penn State.

Garrett recently served as an intern with United States Steel in their Total Rewards department for summer 2021.  Along with accumulating an extensive amount of experience with both union and non-union employees, Garrett gained useful insights into the practical implications of implementing a wide variety of employee incentive programs.  Furthermore, Garrett’s experience with United States Steel strengthened his appreciation of how Human Resources can serve as a cultural cornerstone in a strong organization.

Throughout his undergraduate studies at Penn State, Garrett was exposed to a diverse range of individuals in various occupations and roles.  From working in the service industry to social entrepreneurship to philanthropy, he has a wide range of experiences that have enabled him to work well in a variety of circumstances and peer groups. Being extensively involved in THON, a student-run philanthropy benefiting childhood cancer patients and their families, Garrett developed a greater appreciation for helping others succeed and work through challenges in their lives.  As a result, Garrett is primarily interested in aspects of HR relating to career advancement, talent acquisition, and training and development.  He believes that by assisting others in their personal development and desire for achievement, companies can create the greatest competitive advantage with Human Resources

In his free time, Garrett enjoys traveling, the outdoors, and time with family and friends.  Furthermore, he still maintains a great interest in philanthropy and assisting others, which are great driving factors in his desire to be an innovator of Human Resources in industry.