Long time no write, but my goodness much has happened.
Perhaps the biggest news- I'm staying in Disney World! I was offered a Professional Internship with the lovely title "New Vacation Operations External Communications Intern." Basically, I'll be working for the Public Affairs team for the Disney Cruise Line (and a little bit of Adventures by Disney and the Disney Vacation Club too) doing written communications. I'm so so excited and feel so lucky to have been selected.
My internship starts January 16 and runs until June 3, so if you're coming to Florida in that time let me know. As I learn more I promise to update you all.
As far as getting the internship went, PI applications are an intense process. I applied for roughly 8, and two denied me instantly for not meeting "basic qualifications" that, at least according to the application, I did meet. I met with the Learning Center here to have them look over my resume and met the most delightful education intern who connected me with her friend who connected me with the DCL department I ended up getting my internship with. So it's true what they say- at Disney, connections are EVERYTHING. Plus it's a lot of fun hearing people's Disney stories and everyone is so kind and friendly. It's unbelievable how nice Disney employees actually are, and how willing these lovely ladies have been to help me, someone they barely know!
The interviews were unlike other interviews I've had. I felt like the women I spoke with (my future supervisors!) only wanted me to succeed and were very warm and welcoming. I felt comfortable at these interviews with only a tinge of nervousness :)
When I got the call that I was offered the internship, I almost couldn't believe it! I still can't believe it sometimes. I feel so fortunate to have this opportunity, and can't wait to start the next part of my Disney journey!