I remember coming across the Henry’s Fork Foundation internship program this past March and instantly thinking, “I have to do this.” I have always loved taking pictures and want to combine my environmental background with wildlife and conservation photography. The position offered through my university, St. Lawrence, was a visual media photography/videography job that I was extremely excited to accept, and I haven’t looked back since. Admittedly, I had my previous doubts about moving to a town of 1,200 people in a part of the country I’d never been to before. However, life in Idaho has nothing but exceeded my expectations and this internship has been a great opportunity for me to take my photography more seriously. In the first couple weeks I feel like I’ve learned so much about the area, the river, and the general research and work done by HFF. Outside work, I’ve been able to fish at least a couple times per week, explore the area, and even visit Yellowstone. Time is already flying!
My Role at HFF
This summer, I will be working with Jamie Laatsch creating content for HFF to use in their outreach, on social media platforms, and for educational purposes. I will be working on a few different photo and video campaigns throughout the summer, which I will be posting here on the blog as well. Additionally I will be presenting about the work I’ve done so far and will work on moving forward during HFF’s Summer Seminar Series on July 12th at 11AM!
Henry’s Fork Day is one of the most important days for the organization, but it was equally important for me to really develop a sense of community that HFF creates. I hadn’t realized the true extent of HFF’s work and outreach until this day, when people from all over all joined beneath a big white tent alongside the river to celebrate. It was fun to see everyone reconnect with old friends and compare fish stories, even some from that same day. It was also exciting to see how much people were giving to support the foundation through the silent and live auctions, personal donations, and new and renewed memberships. This helped me realize how essential fundraising is to nonprofit organizations, appreciate all the hard background work that goes into pulling off a successful event like HF Day, and better understand how HFF has been able to accomplish all it has. I created a short video to capture the afternoon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjNfRZg8VqM