Kim Records knows modern human resources pro­fes­sionals don’t just shuffle time sheets, update med­ical insur­ance brochures and file per­for­mance assess­ments. Far from it.

Today, human resources depart­ments play a cen­tral role in ensuring their company’s suc­cess. They guide hiring deci­sions. They advise on the most effi­cient reporting struc­tures. Most impor­tant, they help employees become all they can be.

Making sure every employee is in the right place, and pro­duc­tive, and per­son­ally bal­anced is very impor­tant,” Records explains.

At a young age, this busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion major is already pas­sionate about exploring the cre­ative, inter­per­sonal side of busi­ness. That’s not sur­prising: Her father is a human resources exec­u­tive himself.

But Records is def­i­nitely charting her own path to pro­fes­sional suc­cess, first with a chal­lenging triple con­cen­tra­tion in human resources, mar­keting and man­age­ment, then with an impres­sively varied array of co-​​op jobs and expe­ri­en­tial opportunities.

In fact, the senior’s ded­i­ca­tion to her field has earned her the 2009 North­east Human Resources Association’s John D. Erdlen Schol­ar­ship Award, part of the organization’s Future Stars in HR program.

Recently, Records studied in France at the Centre D’Etudes Franco Amer­i­cain de Man­age­ment, working as a con­sul­tant for Festé Tiles, an arti­sanal tile-​​making start-​​up in Villefranche-​​sur-​​Saône, north of Lyon. She helped revamp the company’s orga­ni­za­tional struc­ture, a change that made it easier for the busi­ness to keep track of orders and deadlines.

We saw the work­shop was very unor­ga­nized and thought things could be done faster if it were more clearly orga­nized,” she says.

Even before she left for France, a North­eastern course on the cul­tural aspects of inter­na­tional busi­ness taught her to nav­i­gate busi­ness eti­quette in a for­eign country. One dif­fer­ence she noted right away: When con­versing, French busi­ness­people stand much closer to one another than Amer­i­cans do.

Her ear­lier co-​​ops had intro­duced her to a range of expe­ri­ences. As a sopho­more, she worked as an employee-​​recruiting coor­di­nator in talent acqui­si­tion at Gillette, helping to find and hire can­di­dates for tech­nical roles.

The fol­lowing year, she did a co-​​op at Wellington Man­age­ment Com­pany, acting as the pri­mary con­tact when any of the nearly 1,900 employees had a ques­tion about ben­e­fits or 401(k) plans. She also helped develop an employ­ment well­ness ini­tia­tive, starting a newsletter that offered healthful lifestyle tips.

Nor is the Lafayette, Calif., native’s enthu­siasm for helping others con­fined to co-​​op. Records has played an active role in the Boston com­mu­nity as a member of Strong Women, Strong Girls, a non­profit orga­ni­za­tion that seeks to nur­ture the self-​​esteem and lead­er­ship skills of young girls.

Through Strong Women, Strong Girls, Records coached a group of 8– to 10-​​year-​​olds as they cre­ated a mural depicting the impor­tance of healthy lifestyle choices.

I decided when I returned from study abroad that I wanted to make a dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity,” Records says. “I love inter­acting with the girls. When they unveiled their mural, they were just so proud and really excited.”

The project improved the children’s inter­per­sonal rela­tion­ships with peers, teachers and com­mu­nity mem­bers, helping them lay valu­able ground­work for becoming all they can be, Records says.