Joanna Caballero is a double major in Economics and Communications set to graduate in May of 2020. She has recently accepted an internship with The Walt Disney Company: Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
How did you find this position?
I wanted an internship with a company whose values aligned closely with my own, and I always admired Disney’s vision of service when it came to the guest experience. I explored internship opportunities within Disney via LinkedIn which is where I came across the Disney College Program.
Tell us about the process of interviewing with this company.
You begin the process by submitting a standard application online, then you enter the submission stage. Some applicants will be invited to participate in a web-based personality interview. If you pass, you will be sent a link to schedule a phone interview with a Disney recruiter. The recruiter may ask you very situational questions and/or ask you to elaborate on your experiences.
What previous experience have you had that you think contributed to your success securing this position?
My part-time retail sales position equipped me with the skills that I needed to secure my internship with Disney. I gained excellent customer service skills throughout my time as a retail sales associate which is something the Walt Disney Company prioritizes. Also, being the UA Economics Society president enables me to hone my skills in leadership, public speaking, and time-management.
What are you most looking forward to about your position/company?
In addition to making genuine connections with guests from all around the world, I am looking forward to developing my professional skills with a top 100 Fortune 500 company. I also look forward to exploring careers in data analysis, research, and marketing within the Walt Disney Company.
Any word of advice you could give to your fellow Eller/ECON Students?
If you’re struggling to figure out what you want to do after college, join as many clubs/activities as you can without overwhelming yourself. This way, you can determine what you’re truly passionate about and then figure out how build a career from it. FESO clubs such as the Business of Entertainment gave me clarity about which industry I see myself in post-graduation. Having a solid idea of which industry you want to enter makes it so much easier to set career goals for yourself and network with industry professionals.