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News orthwestern Electric Vol. 67 Number 10 August 2016


([SHULHQFLQJ WKH FRRSHUDWLYH GLIIHUHQFH ¿UVW KDQG by Hannah Darr


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he summer of 2010, I attended the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperative’s (OAEC)


Youth Power Energy Camp. Little did I know six years later I would be interning with them and attending camp as an intern assistant director. I started my internship with OAEC at the end of May under Stacy Howeth and Nikki Withey. My main duty was helping prepare everything for Energy Camp. I learned the process of planning and preparing for a youth camp. I also helped prepare for the Youth Tour trip to Washington, D.C. I enjoyed preparing for the banquet and help- ing with student registration. My favorite part of interning with OAEC was attending Energy Camp. ,W ZDV D UDLQ\ ZHHN ¿OOHG ZLWK energy, learning and a lot of fun. I enjoyed seeing the students’ willing- ness to learn about cooperatives and how excited they were to be at camp. One of my main duties at camp was planning, organizing and lead- ing the games. I thought getting the campers to play games would be easy. However, it is much harder to get over 80 campers to listen and understand the game than I thought it would be. It was challenging, but rewarding when the campers under- stood and enjoyed the games. I think camp might have been even more fun coming back as an adult. It was GH¿QLWHO\ D KLJKOLJKW RI P\ VXPPHU


Next I came to intern at North- western Electric under Jonna Hensley. I was so excited because this is my cooperative, and I received a schol- arship from them when I was in high VFKRRO


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home. Everyone was welcoming and excited I was there to intern. My main task was preparing social media posts for NWEC. I prepared them for months in ad- vance. These posts contain informa- tion about NWEC, energy fun facts and tips, employee spotlights, and much more. I think social media is a powerful tool to promote an organi-


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Tips of the month .........2 Youth Tour.....................3 Recipe............................3 Capital credits...............4


+DQQDK 'DUU JRW ¿UVW KDQG H[SHULHQFH RI GRLQJ EXVLQHVV WKH cooperative way when she interned this summer for the Oklahoma Association of Electric Cooperatives and NWEC.


zation, so I loved getting to do this. Not only did I work in communi- cations, but I got to learn about the different aspects of a cooperative. I helped in the consumer accounts department and learned about the billing process and the importance of quality customer service. I also spent one afternoon with the director RI ¿QDQFH DQG DGPLQLVWUDWLRQ , ZDV amazed how many spreadsheets and different programs are used to keep everything in order. This is a metic- ulous, detail-oriented job that is vital to the cooperative’s success.


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