Dart Human Resources Intern in Des Moines, Iowa

This job will remain open until filled

The Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) is the largest public transit agency in Iowa, serving 18 cities in and around Polk County to varying degrees. Those include Alleman, Altoona, Ankeny, Bondurant, Carlisle, Clive, Des Moines, Elkhart, Granger, Grimes, Johnston, Mitchellville, Pleasant Hill, Polk City, Runnells, Urbandale, West Des Moines and Windsor Heights. DART will be a leader in improving Central Iowa citizens quality of life by placing the customer first while providing safe, innovative and efficient public transportation service to the region.

Position Summary:

Under the direct supervision of the Human Resources Manager, this position is responsible for providing assistance to the Human Resources team with administration and coordination of HR related tasks, duties and projects.

Essential Functions of this Position:

  • Coordinates interviews and related travel for open DART positions; conduct related phone interviews and report on DART position and candidate statuses.

  • Conducts pre-employment onboarding activities including, but not limited to the following: physicals, drug screens, background checks, and references.

  • Ensures compliance with federal, state and local laws related to, but not limited to the following: employee correspondence and leave of absence notices and tracking.

  • Coordinates employee engagement activities including employee events, activities and volunteer opportunities.

    Non-essential Functions of this Position:

  • Performs a variety of support duties which may include; maintenance of department records, selecting and compiling data, preparing reports, data entry, sorting and filing.

  • Compiles data and prepares monthly reports for distribution and analysis. Makes recommendations based on the analysis of data.

Education and Experience:

  • Working toward a two or four year degree in a related field; Must be at least 2nd year student.

  • Related experience in an administration role preferred

    Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of:

  • Federal, State and local laws and regulations related to human resources

  • DART processes and procedures related to administration and human resources

    Skill, Ability to:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Gather, comprehend and analyze technical data

  • Intermediate skill required for Microsoft Suite (including Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint)

  • Learn and administer applicable software systems and communication systems

    DART Competencies

  • Accepting Responsibility

  • Accepting Direction

  • Acting with Integrity

  • Displaying Creativity

  • Interacting with People at Different Levels

  • Meeting Basic Work Expectations

    Supervisor Responsibility:

This position has no supervisory responsibility.

Physical Demands:

On a normal work day, this position requires:

  • Prolonged periods of sitting and reaching

  • Extensive use of hands, fingers and arms in operations requiring constant handling of paper documents, computing and entering data using a keyboard and ten key calculator

  • Exerting up to 20 lbs. occasionally or negligible weights frequently

  • Clarity of vision at 20 inches or less to read and enter numerical data

  • The ability to hear normal verbal conversation with or without corrective devices to communicate with co-workers and customers

    Work Environment:

  • Work is performed in an office environment while sitting at a desk.

  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office, or moderately loud when in the field.


This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of responsibilities, skills, duties, requirements, efforts, or working conditions associated with the position. While this list is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current position, DART reserves the right to revise the functions and duties of the position, or to require that additional or different tasks be performed when circumstances change (e.g., emergencies, staff shortages, work load changes, rush jobs, or technological developments).