My Disney Internship: The Place Where Dreams Come True and Skeptics Become Believers

 

International Public Relations intern: the dream job (minus the intern part) through most of college.

Disney: not on the radar until a dear friend urged me to look into their opportunities.

I’m at the halfway point of my Professional Internship program with Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., and what an adventure it has been. From -20F and landlocked to 100F+ and hurricanes, this state and company have turned my world nearly upside-down—actually. Admittedly, I stepped into this role with more than a drop of hesitation; I’m not an animation aficionado, character connoisseur—heck—I couldn’t differentiate Epcot from Magic Kingdom before I arrived. Three months later, I’m happy to say that (almost) everything is coming together better than I could have imagined.

As the International Public Relations Intern (only one of my kind!), I use my Spanish and Portuguese daily to connect with media and celebrities from Spanish-speaking Latin America and Brazil. My team and I plan their visits, then accompany them during their stay (hello, fun and fancy meals, riding attractions on the clock and meeting crazy cool people from my favorite countries). Beyond working across borders, I’ve participated in local media events and partook in media stunts only Disney could pull off, all the while meeting incredible local journalists and social influencers.

Aside from personal enjoyment in my work, the company as a whole has surpassed a bar I didn’t even know existed. In other words, it has exceeded my (what now seem like) piddly expectations to such an extent that I struggle to comprehend what it is that makes this company so special. If you can imagine a world where everyone knows your name and gives a passing smile and welcoming wave every time you cross paths, you have a good initial understanding of Disney’s company culture. Support, creativity, growth and making magic have become four pillars of my Disney internship experience.

I may never be a die-hard park-goer or Disney expert, but I cannot deny my change in heart about this incomparable company. A little pixy dust really does go a long way.

Un beso,

Jeni

 

 

Published by

2 thoughts on “My Disney Internship: The Place Where Dreams Come True and Skeptics Become Believers

  1. Oi, Jeni! Adorei conhecer seu blog e tenho certeza que irei adorar acompanhar seus relatos durante seu estágio na Disney. I guess it will be nice if I comment in Portuguese, since you are so dedicated to learn my language as I am learning yours! I give you so much credit cause I know Portuguese is not an easy language to learn, so congrats on your hard work and on everything else you put your efforts in! Continue com o bom trabalho e vejo você na próxima postagem! Beijos!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s