For most students, interning is a short one-time gig. Most internships last 10-12 weeks, with the primary purpose of providing real-world experience that offers a student the skills that will enhance their career in the future.
What does an internship at a company focused on fishing look like? And, how long is too long at an internship? Well, don’t ask the interns at Wired2fish.com. They are absolutely not the norm. Like the full-time crew at Wired2fish, their interns on board are also amazingly skilled anglers—and interns that, well, they just don’t go away. Some of Wired2fish’s previous interns are also now high-level managers in and around the fishing industry.
Kobie Koenig, Bemidji State University
Kobie Koenig, a Grand Rapids, Minn. native, celebrates his fifth summer internship this year with Wired2fish.
“It’s kind of funny,” Koenig said, “I just found out last week that our advertising partners refer to me as ‘the Intern that never left.’ I guess I’m kind of like a full-time seasonal employee.”
Like all the guys at Wired2fish, Koenig started fishing at a young age. He was exposed to Wired2fish in its early years and tagged along with co-founder Scott Glorvigen on video shoots, which piqued his interest in the company. He is also an extremely grateful team player—matching the DNA of the Wired2fish team perfectly. So, it’s easy to see why they keep asking him to come back. Koenig’s first year of interning compromised of “doing anything that they asked” and evolved into actual field production with a heavy focus on underwater filming.
“I’d say he is one of the most adaptive guys of the group,” said Kyle Peterson, Field Producer for Wired2fish. “He is always willing and up for the task. It makes no difference what it might be—he’s always willing to learn and learn fast. He’s a bit of a multitool, I’d say.”
“Before I am a camera guy & editor, I am a fisherman,” Koenig said. “And I am just really, really grateful to have these great opportunities.”
Nick Dumke, University of Montevallo
Sophomore Nick Dumke is enjoying his second summer interning at Wired2fish. No one has to wonder if Dumke is enough of an avid angler to be lucky enough to intern on the Wired2fish team. Attending the University of Montevallo on a fishing scholarship, Dumke’s angling skills contributed to the University being named School of the Year by the Association of Collegiate Anglers in June 2021.
“When I was two years old, I got caught walking to the lake by myself to fish,” Dumke stated. “Since that time, I’ve never stopped fishing. I’ve been beyond lucky in my fishing career traveling with Kobie on the High School team around the country, and now doing something totally different on the water every day.”
“Nick is a hardworking dude that embodies Wired2fish — literally,” Ryan DeChaine, VP of Video and Production for Wired2fish said. “Nick brings fresh insights on what angling looks like through the lens of today’s young enthusiast anglers, and this adds tremendous value to Wired2fish’s video content efforts. In addition to being an on-camera host, Nick has been a quick on-the-job study with various camera technologies to get behind the lens in a meaningful way.”
Nick also shoots a lot of the fascinating underwater footage for Wired2fish and “loves all the firsts” and surprises that working on the team has offered him.
It’s a pretty selective group at Wired2fish, and getting your foot in the door is not easy. But when you show a good work ethic and an eye for good fishing content, it can open up a lot of long-lasting opportunities for aspiring creatives.