“I always wanted to work in the outdoor industry and was willing to do anything to get me there,” says Erik Barber, who enjoys hunting, fishing and shooting competitive archery. A senior from Colgate, Wis., he took a semester off to take a dream internship at “Midwest Whitetail” magazine.
He is now living in Albia, Iowa, as the magazine’s Journalism and Film Intern. His duties entail uploading web shows and writing articles for “Midwest Whitetail” and “Deer Nation” at Cabelas.com. The “Midwest Whitetail” site hosts a semi-live hunting series and a show on the Sportsman Channel, winner of the Best Hunting Show three years in a row.
Erik says, “The opportunity to work with some of the most talented individuals in the industry is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that I need to make the most of. It is a dream job, but still a job.”
The “Midwest Whitetail” internship can be challenging, and Erik is learning to adapt to pursuing his passion in the context of a career. In the meantime, he is building an impressive portfolio of work.
Erik does not regret delaying his graduation until December 2014, and appreciates the support of his girlfriend and family. He has followed his interests in writing to a major in communication and a minor in business marketing. He started at Carroll as an exercise science major.
Some of his previous coursework at Carroll helped prepare him for this internship. Erik cites a 2013 summer photography course and a journalism course as especially helpful. He also has had experience filming hunts and editing video.
Erik will return to Carroll in spring 2014.
Written by Jenna Villanova ’14