The Happiest Place on Earth: Interning for Walt Disney Company

Sarah Chapman standing outside of Cinderella's castle at Walt Disney World.

Disney World really is the ‘happiest place on earth’ for senior mechanical engineering major Sarah Chapman. Beginning with the Disney College Program in 2012 working park operations, Sarah is now employed as a Professional Intern working for Magic Kingdom Engineering Services.

“The Disney brand is so well known and respected that any experience here would be valuable to my future career,” said Sarah.

Sarah is one of five professional engineering interns, and is entrusted with a variety of different tasks. Her team plans and schedules work for park rehabilitations, performs data analysis, organizes inventory, and trains the cast how to use handhelds to track work orders.

One of the most important aspects of her job is being comfortable with new and unfamiliar situations, and Sarah credited Project High Flight with preparing her to work with people from different skills and backgrounds.

Her advice to students considering an internship or co-op is simple.

“You learn so much about an industry when you work in it that you cannot learn in school. Intern as early as you can and as often as you can,” said Sarah.Picture of name tags of Miami interns at Disney

She doesn’t mind taking a semester or two off school to work because the experiences she’s had have been invaluable. Miami University assists with putting her scholarships on hold to assure she can have an internship.

“I have been able to do so many amazing things here in Disney and I have made friendships that will last a lifetime,” Sarah said.

Click here to learn more about Disney’s professional internship opportunities or here to learn how Miami can help you secure your own internship or co-op.

Written by Sarah Mattina, student communications assistant