“Families are the compass that guide us,” is a familiar saying.
University of Southern Indiana art major Cory Lawrence may buy into that acclamation, since it was his uncle and his grandmother who played supporting roles in helping him earn a photography internship with Discovery Communications in Maryland. He starts the internship in mid-May with the global mass media company that produces The Discovery Channel.
His uncle Philip Goad is an audio engineer and introduced Lawrence, while he was in high school, to video lighting and editing.
Lawrence’s grandmother Cindy Lahr of Indianapolis had a chance meeting with Discovery Channel producer Karen Smith during lunch aboard an Alaskan cruise ship. The two engaged in a conversation about Lawrence and his interest in photography and interactive media. Smith suggested Lawrence check into the internship program with her network.
After two phone interviews with Discovery Communications, Lawrence traveled to Maryland during spring break for an onsite interview with staff at The Discovery Channel, and he was offered the 10-week internship. “It’s an unpaid internship, but the experience is so valuable,” said Lawrence. He is receiving financial support from the College of Liberal Arts and the Office of the Provost with the help of the USI Foundation to cover expenses.
An art major with double emphasis in photography and interactive media design, the USI senior is minoring in Spanish and entrepreneurship. He graduated from North High School in Evansville and enrolled at USI as an engineering major interested in technical design. He soon learned his real interest was creative design, and he changed majors.
Lawrence was the director of video lighting for Crossroads Christian Church and now works at the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana. He plans to graduate in May 2013.
He is writing a blog, www.discovery.corylawrence.us, about his internship experience.
Photo Credit: USI Photography Services