Journey to Professionalism

Having been in Senior Seminar for about two weeks now, I finally realize that as much as I thought I was ready for the real world, I may still have some work to do.  In two weeks alone I have already grown and matured than over break, so kudos to Dean Montague.

Having turned in my Industry Portfolio of all of the jobs I’ve held, events I have volunteered at, and my internships, was a great feeling of accomplishment.   The required amount of “hours” before reaching our senior year is 250…. and I well passed that goal.  1,811 hours later I feel like a true addict of the hospitality industry.  Working with companies such as Disney, The Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association, The Department of Defense, and Intercontinental Hotel Group I have branded myself as an individual who has a sincere passion for the industry, which of course came with sleepless nights and a few cases of Red Bulls, but none the less, I’m officially done.

But next up on my journey into professionalism, I recently applied for Disney Professional & Management Internships.  These are a great way to become involved with a top tourism destination as well as the #1 entertainment company.  But aside from that – it  has been my DREAM to work for Mickey ever since I could talk.  I’ve already begun my career path with Disney since my sophomore year, but now is my time to shine and make it big.  For those of you looking for a great opportunity, the Disney College Program is where it all began for me.  (Although for most of Disney’s Management internships it is not required to have completed a program, its just preferred.)

Tomorrow is my first round of interviews for the Professional Management Internships.  I am really looking forward to the opportunity to create magic every day in an events environment.  I’ll put the link to all of the Disney careers information down below – so take a look.  But these are the ones I’m most pulling for next semester.

  • Catering and Convention Services (Aulani & WDW)
  • Theme Park Operations
  • Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings
  • Distribution Marketing Services Event  Planner
  • And the special Alumni Only internships: Cast Activities Special Events, College  & International Housing Events, Guest Relations, and Park Event Operations Assistant.

I’m still incredibly nervous.  I know I have experience in the industry and STHM has been there preparing me for this day, I now just have to seize the fantastic opportunity ahead of me.   And one day, I’ll be writing to you all  from sunny Orlando.


** Edit: Disney contacted me and asked me to apply to a different internship:  Disney Institute Program Assistant… here goes nothing!


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