“A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.” Not only is this a recognizable song from the classic Walt Disney film Cinderella, but it is also the motto of an Auburn sophomore as she embarks on a new experience.
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From Powder Springs, Ga., Tiffany Watson, 19, is a pre-public relations student with big dreams. Last month, however, one of her dreams came true. On February 16, 2012, Watson received news from The Disney College Program informing her that she had been accepted as an intern for the fall semester of 2012.
Watson said that she and her family went to Disney World on vacation last summer. Watson said that she loved the magic that filled the parks and decided that she wanted to be a part of it. “I told my mom I was going to work at Disney World. She smiled and nodded at me like ‘OK Tiffany, we will see.’” Watson said that when they got back from their vacation, she started looking at the opportunities that Disney offered. In the process, she found out about the Disney College Program.
The Disney College Program offers college students the opportunity to join the magic at Disney. According to the Disney College Program website, the program offers valuable, hands-on job experience in Disney parks and resorts. In addition, students will have the opportunity to interact and build relationships with international students while expanding their knowledge in a classroom. Disney promises their interns that they will “discover new worlds and create long-lasting memories.”
According to Watson, the application process consisted of three rounds. She said that the first two rounds were web-based interviews and the third was a phone interview. “The phone interview was the most nerve-racking,” said Watson. “I scheduled my time and date for my phone interview and I was a hot mess the whole day waiting for them to call,” laughed Watson. “During my phone interview, I was asked about the three roles that I applied for which were merchandise, hospitality and character attendant. After I was explained the responsibilities and duties of each role, I was asked to rate each one high-low interest.”
Only three days after her phone interview, Watson was informed that she was chosen and would be working in merchandise. “I have retail experience from working at Baskin Robbins and American Eagle, so I am really excited about being able to work in merchandise at Disney,” said Watson.
Watson said that she believes her college experience thus far has taught her valuable lessons that she will be able to demonstrate during her time at Disney. “College has shown me how to interact and deal with different personalities,” said Watson. “Through my experience at Disney, I hope to continue developing my people skills. Also, I am excited about keeping the magic in everything I do 24/7,” said Watson.
Watson said that in addition to work experience, she views her upcoming internship as a networking opportunity. “I am excited about getting my foot in the door to do what I want to do later in life,” said Watson.
“If someone told me two years ago that I would be doing this, I would have never believed them—it’s literally a dream come true,” said Watson. Watson’s advice to anyone considering the Disney College Program is simple, “Do it,” she said. “Don’t hesitate. If it’s something you really want to do, do it. If you dream hard enough and work hard enough, your dreams can come true,” Watson said.
For more information regarding the Disney College Program, please visit disneycollegeprogram.com.