Student Spotlight: Therese Screen, Walt Disney

Eller PDC Student Stories

photo_3Therese is working this summer at Disneyland as a part of the Walt Disney College Program.

Tell us a little bit about how you landed the internship:

I applied through the College Program website and had a phone interview.

What do you like and dislike about your internship and the industry you work in?

What kid doesn’t want to work in Disneyland? I love Disney and working in the parks has been a dream come true. It has been a great opportunity for me to network and gain knowledge about the company. I have been successful in making connections and building relationships and I cant wait to see where they lead me in my future.

I adore making magic for guests in the park. Seeing the excitement in a child’s eyes is one of the greatest feelings I have ever had. I like that I get to interact with lots of people. I have met so many interesting individuals, from foreign families to celebrities. Hearing their stories of past trips to the parks, or even their present trip makes my day interesting and fun.

I am not so much a fan of the ridiculous hours we work. Its hard to be standing in one spot for 10 hours a day. The other thing I don’t like is the attitudes of some of the older cast members. They feel that because they have been folding that same shirt you are folding for the past 30 years that they are somehow better than you (but that is expected with any job). I struggle with the “program” aspect in the sense that as a member of the College Program, I am not given the opportunity to grow. I am a person that once I’m comfortable doing what I’m doing I am ready for more, but since I will be leaving the company to return home and finish school I am not allowed to transfer positions or train to do other fun tasks. I truly enjoy the parks, but when it comes to working with The Walt Disney Company I wish to grow out of Parks and Resorts to work in the Studio or Corporate level (hopefully internationally as well).

What advice do you have for other interns?

Keep an open mind. In life, even your dream job will become just a job if you don’t make the most of everyday. Find ways to spice up what you do. Try not to let the attitudes of others to affect the way you perform your job. Gain as much knowledge as you can. It’s an internship, it will eventually be over and you are left with whatever you learned! Most of all, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy yourself. Take your time off to spend the day lounging by the pool, or binging on Netflix.