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Interns working for the Public Affairs/Marketing Communications department at Cooley Dickinson
Hospital will specialize in promoting Cooley Dickinson Health Care. The experience will give them the opportunity to add these lines to their resume: AP style, database maintenance, website content development, event coordination, and editing of safety manuals.
Ted Zarek, a spring 2011 intern at the site, worked with supervisor Christina Trinchero and helped with projects small and large, from producing luncheon invitations to creation of newsletter and press release content. “The staff there are friendly and helpful,” he says about the position, which he feels is a great fit for a student already under the pressure of 12-credit coursework.
Lauren Mattos, a 2010 intern, writes that the internship “helped me hone my AP style writing skills and prepare for a career in the field of Public Relations.” Lauren describes a typical day: “On most days, Janice [Janice Beetle, Publications Specialist at Cooley Dickinson Hospital, and Lauren’s supervisor] would give me articles or press releases to write for STAT, the bi-monthly employee newsletter of Cooley Dickinson aimed at improving internal communication.
Generally, I would write about certain events the hospital was holding; other times I had the opportunity to interview department leaders if there was any new medical technology or initiative relevant to their area.” Lauren says that her skills at dealing with various types of personalities in a business setting have certainly grown and that she faced new challenges that the classroom cannot replicate.