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Human Resources University Program

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We are all unique, but when we come together, #WeAreCisco, and we can change the world through technology. 

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Who we are

We attract, retain, and develop talent to fill critical roles for our next generation of leaders. The HRUP rotational program is for interns who are pursuing their bachelor's degree and full-time workers who have graduated with a bachelor's degree. The HRLP rotational program is for interns with prior work experience who are pursuing an MBA or other master's degree with an emphasis in Human Resources or Organizational Behavior.

Both programs begin with a 12-week summer internship that's open to students the summer before their graduation year. Interns are aligned to specific areas within HR based on individual preference and collaborate as an intern cohort to complete and present a business proposal by the end of the summer. The internship serves as a gateway to a permanent full-time position in the HRUP/HRLP rotational program.


HR Leadership Program (HRLP)

The HR Leadership Program is a three–year accelerated development program designed to grow high potential talent into key leadership roles. We do this by developing a community of innovative talent from top MBA and HR master’s programs. The program consists of three one-year HR rotations – with the option to rotate internationally or outside of HR. We deploy participants into high impact consulting roles that enable them to lead transformational change across Cisco’s business and the HR function. Through these assignments, participants receive real-world experiences and learning in leadership roles across the HR organization.


HR Undergraduate Program (HRUP)

Our HR Undergraduate Program is a 27-month rotational opportunity that provides three nine-month rotations throughout multiple HR disciplines. This program is designed for recent university graduates and culminates into full-time placement at the end of the program. Both intern and full-time assignments are aligned to immediate business needs identified by our HR Leadership Team and take into consideration the preferences of the individual. Participants work in various high-visibility, value-driving roles in practice areas and business partnership functions.

"The HR Leadership Program has helped me to choose who I want to become as a future HR leader, and has supported me with the experiences and resources to make that happen.  This isn't just a program full of individuals; it's my community and my family, and that's what makes it unique!"

Josh S.