Redfield Internship Program: Jordan Erickson
Jordan Erickson is a full-time student at Michigan Tech University and has been an avid hockey fan since she was seven years old. Erickson is currently majoring in history and minoring in journalism while entering her second season as the Sports Editor for the award-winning Michigan Tech Lode newspaper.
“We had a remarkable collection of applicants and finalists, but at the end of the day, Jordan’s passion and personality stood above the rest,” said The Goalie Guild founder Justin Goldman. “Her desire to improve her future as a sports journalist was uplifting, and I feel strongly that she not only reflects some of the traits that made Jessica so special, but that she understands the importance of upholding our internship program’s mission statement.”
Aside from hockey, Jordan’s biggest passion is archaeology. In fact, she spent three months last summer in the Andes Mountains of Peru at an archaeological field school, where she had the chance to hold artifacts that hadn’t seen light in 1,000 years. It is her desire to uncover ancient artifacts and learn about past cultures that led her to major in history.
Beyond her duties with the school’s newspaper, Jordan is a part-time campus tour guide.
With a passion for writing, Erickson decided to minor in journalism when she started with the Michigan Tech Lode. It was a new field for her at the time, so her main goal as an intern for The Goalie Guild is to improve her hockey writing skills, and develop her own unique hockey personality.
The goal of The Goalie Guild’s internship program is to ensure Erickson not only takes the next step in accomplishing her goals, but to ensure she gains a better understanding of what it takes to be successful in the pro hockey industry.
“Throughout the selection process, I found myself reviewing Ms. Erickson’s application time and time again, believing her to be one of the strongest candidates,” said internship director Amy Gist. “Upon speaking with her, I was struck not only by her passion and enthusiasm for the sport of hockey, but also for her drive and incredible willingness to learn. Jordan will be a welcome addition to The Goalie Guild, and I believe an incredible asset to our team. I look forward to providing her with valuable mentorship and insight as she grows in her role as a hockey journalist.”
Over the next few weeks, The Goalie Guild will get to know Jordan better and create a custom-tailored program that focuses on giving her real-life experiences in the field of pro hockey journalism. She will submit articles and profiles on goalies for The Goalie Guild, but she will also work directly alongside Goldman and Gist and learn how North America’s only independent pro goalie scouting service works.
The Redfield Internship Program is not only dedicated to improving Erickson’s journalism skills, but also to act as a mentoring program that cultivates her personal growth and development as a student, an individual, an athlete, and a professional. She will have access to a number of pro hockey resources, and will be in daily contact with The Goalie Guild.
“The Goalie Guild created this internship to enhance and advance the personal and professional growth of Jordan Erickson,” Goldman said. “We look forward to working with her this season and supporting the Jessica Redfield Foundation along the way.”
The Goalie Guild would like to thank everyone at the Jessica Redfield Foundation for their support of our annual internship. To learn more about the Redfield Internship Program, click here. To learn more about Jessica’s story and her foundation, click here.