Major/MinorEnglish, Art/Creative Writing
For Washington College students, summer jobs and internships often lead to career opportunities—even when they’re unexpected.
Erica Walburg ‘12, a double-major in English and art, applied for the editorship of the Washington College Review, which includes a summer internship with a stipend. “I didn’t expect to get it,” Erica says. “But my mom told me I needed a summer job so I figured I’d apply.”
Erica got the job, which opened doors to new opportunities.
“I’ve been contacted by the 1997 Sophie Kerr winner, Brandon Hopkins, who was looking for a layout editor and publication designer,” she says. For this book project Erica will incorporate the editorial and graphic design skills she learned while working with the College Relations staff.
“I learned so much about inDesign and typography, and I fine-tuned my PhotoShop skills,” Erica says. “It was really interesting to be part of the editing and publishing process. I’m now considering a career in publishing.”
That doesn’t mean Erica, a creative writing minor and Sophie Kerr scholar, will be any less enthusiastic about her own writing. “I really enjoy reading other people’s work and being part of the process of editing and publishing, but I still want to pursue my own creative endeavors.”
Erica came to Washington College from Wisconsin because of the strength of the writing program. She’s contributed articles to The Elm student newspaper and The Collegian features magazine and has taken classes in fiction writing and poetry.
Though Washington College is a small community, Erica has found plenty of opportunities to explore the arts, serving a president of the Artists’ Union and vice-president of the Writers’ Union. In addition to acting in College drama productions, she is a member of the Musicians’ Union and has performed with the vocal consort.
And she still manages to spend a “huge chunk” of time on schoolwork. In addition to her Review editorship, Erica’s summer included an independent study course with Professor Alex Castro, which she called “Sequential Arts I.” Created to help her prepare for her art and English theses, the course explores how artists use words and pictures to tell stories.
“The course has taken unexpected directions,” Erica says. “I wanted to get into the nuances of the techniques of storytelling, but my independent study in illustration evolved into much more than that: incorporating pictures that carry their own message within the text.” Her final project, a visual interpretation of T.S. Eliot’s poem “The Four Quartets,” was shot on campus over the summer.
“I was stressed about it, but it’s better than I expected it to be,” she says.
The same could be says for Erica’s experiences at Washington College thus far.
“Everyone’s so nice here, and the professors genuinely care about your involvement and how well you’re doing. That’s something I really appreciate.”
- Majors: English and Art
- Minor: Creative Writing
- Presidential Fellow
- Hodson Trust Scholar
- Sophie Kerr Scholar
- Douglass Cater Society of Junior Fellows
- Artists’ Union, President
- Writers’ Union, Vice-President
- Musicians’ Union
- Vocal Consort
- Middle Hall Senator
- Drama Productions