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.