Disney Professional Intern Spotlight: Disney Learning Center team
As Mary Poppins once said, ‘In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun!’ The Professional Interns at the Disney Learning Center provide you with resources to ensure your program is nothing short of ‘supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.’
Our interns are responsible for the operating the Disney Learning Center (DLC), while also supporting the Disney Internships and Programs Education team. Meet the team who will assist you in the most delightful way:
Hometown: Washington Township, NJ
School/Degree: Rowan University, Psychology
College Program: 2013 – QSFB, Backlot Express; 2014 – Attractions, Space Mountain
Q: What is your favorite part about working in the DLC?
A: I love interacting with College and International Program participants. I enjoy sharing my story with them and encouraging others to pursue their dreams whether it is a career with Disney or something in their hometown. Working with a great group of fellow cast members really makes my day special. It’s great to walk into work with a true smile on my face, looking forward to the shift.
Q: What is the most fun and exciting thing you’ve done during your PI?
A: The most exciting thing I’ve done in this internship has been getting to know other cast members. In this position, I have met people from all around the world who work in such diverse lines of business. It’s great to see participants in all stages of the program and witness the life-changing effect this program has had on them.
Hometown: Tucson, AZ
School/Degree: University of Arizona, Bachelor of Arts, Theatre
College Program: 2015 – Attractions, Expedition Everest at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Q: What was the Professional Internship application process like for you?
A: The application process seemed slow at times, but it was definitely worthwhile. I applied for positions that I was both interested in and qualified for. In my phone interview, the recruiter tailored questions toward potential roles and internships he saw fit for me, so I had a better understanding of my possibilities. My one follow-up interview was for my current position. I left that interview feeling confident I showcased my work experience and qualifications. Very shortly after the interview I was offered the internship, and I couldn’t have been more excited!
Q: What will you take away from this internship?
A: I think I will take away not only working with my fellow teammates, but also becoming such great friends with them. I will also take away amazing life lessons and words of wisdom I have gained from my leaders. The amount of experience and knowledge they have about the company and being successful in life has amplified my experience.
Hometown: Stevenson, AL
School/Degree: Jacksonville State University, Communications-Public Relations
College Program: 2015 – Attractions, “For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration”
Q: How did your Disney College Program prepare you for your Professional Internship?
A: My College Program helped prepare me for this role by allowing me to develop great guest service skills. I have easily transitioned those skills into my current role, where I assist hundreds of programs participants each day! I also made lasting connections with my leaders who encouraged and supported me during my College Program, providing helpful hints and interviewing tips.
Q: How has your PI influenced your Disney career?
A: My Professional Internship has provided me with so many great experiences, such as building lasting relationships. These interactions have truly enriched my Disney experience. I currently have the opportunity to work alongside a very talented team that inspires me to focus on my personal strengths in order to reach a common goal. I have gained an amazing network filled with knowledgeable leaders who help set me up for success.
Hometown: Manalapan, NJ
School/Degree: Rutgers University, JournalismandMedia Studies
College Program: 2010/2011- QSFB, Stands East/Cosmic Rays
Q: Did you take advantage of Educational offerings, better known as the “Learning” component during your College Program?
A: Absolutely. I studied Marketing You, Organizational Leadership, and the CreativityandInnovation accredited courses, which benefited every facet of my professional career and enhanced my strengths as a writer. I was able to analyze my personal goals and apply lessons from each class toward my ambitions after the Disney College Program.
Q: What is the best piece of advice you could give a future Professional Intern?
A: Future Professional Interns should remember this is a learning opportunity, so take time and recognize how your skill set can be maximized in your role. Be open to new possibilities and be yourself so your work ethic and personality will always shine!