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Environmental Intern Program FAQs

Click the questions below to find out answers to frequently asked questions by our past interns.

The internship is based at Santee Cooper's corporate headquarters in Moncks Corner, SC.  Moncks Corner is approximately 35 miles inland from Charleston.

Santee Cooper's Environmental Internship is a 10-week education-in-the-workplace opportunity including:

  • An in-depth 2-week orientation to learn about the electric utility industry and Santee Cooper, South Carolina's state-owned electric and water utility
  • A 1-week team research project related to renewable energy.  Interns present their findings and recommendations to Santee Cooper's CEO and other members of executive management.
  • Three 2-week rotations in key environmental areas of the company.  (See the "Where will I work and what will I do? question below to learn more about the rotations.)
  • And more...

Students work for two weeks each in three of Santee Cooper's environmental areas. Interns will not all work in the same three areas. Work assignments are made based on work needs and the goal of providing all students with a well-rounded internship. Consideration is given to a student's major and interests. Field trips are scheduled throughout the internship to enhance the students' learning experience. Areas typically included in the rotations, but not limited to these, are listed below.

The exact projects and work duties the interns will be assigned will depend on the business needs of Santee Cooper at the time of the internship. 

  • Air & Water Quality
  • Analytical Services / Biological Services
  • Coal Combustion Products & Waste Management
  • Investment Recovery
  • Old Santee Canal Park
  • Property Management
  • Renewable Energy
  • Right-of-Way Management
  • Vector Management

Click here to find out more about each work area.

Interns live in a furnished five-bedroom house on the corporate headquarters campus in Moncks Corner. They are assigned to single-gender bedrooms with a twin bed for each occupant.

Living and working together are integral components of the internship program.  Interns live in relatively close quarters, so a willingness to be tolerant of and to cooperate with one another in the spirit of teamwork is critical.

Interns are paid an hourly wage of $13.00 per hour and for nine weeks receive an additional food allowance of $75 per week.

Interns typically work 40 hours per week. Occasionally, overtime work may be required.

Appropriate work attire depends on where you are working at the time.  More details will be sent to selected students after their work rotations have been assigned.  

In general, when you are working in the field, you are likely to get messy and/or wet. You will probably want to wear jeans or work pants, a T-shirt and athletic shoes or work boots for these occasions. At other times you will be working in the office where "Business Casual" attire is appropriate (chino-style pants and collared shirt for men; slacks, capris or skirts with a non-revealing top for women). Nice shorts are acceptable for interns helping with summer camp. Twice during the internship, you will be making a presentation to Santee Cooper management. More formal attire is appropriate for this day: sport coat and tie for men and nice dresses, skirts or pantsuits for women. Santee Cooper will provide all necessary safety equipment during the internship.

The application for the Environmental Intern 2017 position will be  available from December 1, 2016 - February 1, 2017. 

The application must be completed in one sitting; it cannot be saved and completed later. 

Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

To access the application 

  • Click the "Complete an Application" Quick Link in the right column.  
  • Select the position in one of two ways:
    • Under "Select Position Type(s)," scroll down to and select "Environmental Intern," and click Search OR
    • In the "Search by Job ID" field, enter the number (TBD) and click Search.
  • On the Search Results page, click the block by Environmental Intern 2017 (Job ID 4511) and then click Apply to Selected Job.
  • If you have never applied for a position at Santee Cooper, click Create a new account.  If you or a returning applicant, login using your email address and password.
  • The very last section of the application is a questionnaire for the Environmental Intern position only.  You need to complete the entire application, not just the final questionnaire.


Before you begin

Have the following required documents available to be uploaded to your application:

  • Cover letter
    The same cover letter will be sent to all appointers, so it should not be addressed to any one individual.
  • Résumé
    Include your paid and/or volunteer work experience, extracurricular activities, honors, hobbies, community involvement and any other items of interest to a potential employer.
  • Essay: "Why I should be selected to be an intern"
    While the essay has no required minimum or maximum length, the recommended length is two typed pages or less.
  • Transcript
    Your transcript should include your Fall 2016 grades and your cumulative GPA.  An unofficial transcript is acceptable.  
  • Spring 2017 Courses and Credit Hours
    If this information is included on your transcript, you do not need to upload a separate document with just the spring information.
  • Copy of your driver's license

 Optional documents

You  may choose to enhance your application by submitting up to two letters of reference.  These can either be

  • Uploaded to the application, 
  • Emailed to, or
  • Mailed to:
    Environmental Intern Program Coordinator, M402
    Santee Cooper
    PO Box 2946101
    Moncks Corner, SC  29461-6101


Applications will be accepted all day February 1st.  When midnight occurs at the end of February 1st and the beginning of February 2nd, applications will no longer be accepted.
You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 to be considered for the internship.
Yes, to be eligible for the Environmental Internship, you must be a South Carolina resident who is a full-time student at an in-state college or university.  Students who are residents of another state, even if they are paying in-state tuition rates, are not eligible for the program.
Yes, co-op students are an exception to the 24 credit hours requirement.  As long as you are a full-time student during the semester you are taking classes and you meet the other eligibility requirements, you are qualified for the internship.

The appointers will notify Santee Cooper of their selections in mid - late March. Santee Cooper will contact these students shortly afterwards to schedule a pre-employment physical examination. Students must successfully complete the physical examination, which includes a drug and alcohol test in order to become interns.

For additional information, call Ms. Kearney Gregory at 843-761-8000 ext. 5363 or e-mail your request to

Remember that there are several opportunities for appointment. Despite receiving a rejection letter from one of the appointers, you may still be appointed by another.

Questions? Contact:

Mrs. Kearney Gregory

Santee Cooper, M402
Community Relations
PO Box 2946101
Moncks Corner, SC 29461-6101

Call: 843-761-8000 ext. 5363



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