MONCKS CORNER, SC (WMBF) – A senior from Aynor majoring in biology at the College of Charleston participated in the Santee Cooper Environmental Internship this summer.
Jordy James is one of 12 students chosen as an intern, with seven representing their respective congressional districts and five representing the state at large.
The interns are building knowledge on renewable energy, how it is used to make electricity and the importance of balancing it with real-time electrical demand, according to Nicole Aiello, Corporate Communications of Santee Cooper. Interns also spend six weeks of their internship working in three two-week rotations through environmental areas of the company.
"I have seen how much dedication and effort is required to provide reliable energy for South Carolina," James said. "I have also learned the importance of the management of invasive, aquatic plant species in South Carolina's lake system," James said of the internship.
The program is very competitive and after their internship, the interns will leave Santee Cooper with lessons they can take back to the classroom and their careers.