Santee Cooper Through the Lens of an Intern: Why This Corporate Job Isn’t Like the Rest
Hi. My name is Cole Lowery, and I am one of this year’s summer public relations interns in Santee Cooper’s Corporate Communications department. I specialize in photography and videography, and am a rising senior visual communications major at the University of South Carolina’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications in Columbia.
This summer is quite the change for me as a photographer. I am used to traveling and constantly moving in search of a story. Last summer, I was traveling around parts of Africa volunteering for a nonprofit and creating a piece on the adventures of my classmates and me.
The summer before last, I was running around the woods in Georgia documenting the fun experiences of campers.
Typically, when I think of the jobs I want in the future, any type of corporate job doesn’t even make my list. When people think of working in big corporations, they think of an unfriendly atmosphere where people hate coming in, lack any passion for what they do every day, and just in general don’t enjoy their work.
It’s these thoughts that have kept me, as a journalist, seeking stories in any other environment possible. My experience at Santee Cooper so far though, has been very different from what I expected.
I expected to be sitting at my desk doing “busy work” until August, when classes start again, but I was thrown into the field on the first day before I could even set my bag down. I was whisked out to the dam on Lake Moultrie and helped with lighting on a story about one of the dam workers.
A few days later, I was standing on top of a stack at a Santee Cooper generating station, shooting for another story and enjoying a view that few others can say they have witnessed. This job is nothing that I expected it to be and I am loving every second and adventure.