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October 2, 2012

Catherine Doherty: Brookfield Renewable Energy Group
Interning with Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

Interning with Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

 

Name: Catherine Doherty
Hometown, State: Stoneham, MA
Major: Organizational Communication
Minor: Information Technology
Internship Sponsor: Brookfield Renewable Energy Group

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Creating a weekly media report to present to management
  • Managing the Brookfield fact sheets and brochures to be distributed to investors
  • Publishing and updating content for the company’s website
  • Coordinating team efforts to help execute Brookfield’s ‘Annual US Foundation Golf Tournament’

Blog Entry:
Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners is a non-profit organization that owns hydroelectric facilities and wind farms in Canada, Brazil, and the United States. As a  communications intern in the US, I have gained insight into the dynamics of a successful international company. Since Brookfield operates in 3 different countries, cultural and language barriers often arise. I find myself referring to terms and concepts I’ve learned in my International Marketing class here at Assumption to handle situations appropriately.

 

As a student with an Information Technology minor, I was thrilled when I was given the role of project manager for updating website content. I work behind the scenes on the company website to update media releases, change pictures, and create feature articles. I often call upon concepts from my Content Management Systems class when updating the site. I took this class last semester, and now I’m actually teaching some of the concepts to my co-workers who aren’t as familiar with content management systems.

 

This internship is a highly beneficial experience. Not only am I gaining real-life experience in a field I love, but I am also building a vast network of relationships with organizations in the energy field and my co-workers. I encourage all students to seek out an internship during their college career!

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