Internship Success - Walt Disney Company

by Emma Carlo on April 13, 2021
Internship Success - Walt Disney Company

Emma Carlo, a Destination Management major from Hamburg, NY will graduate in May 2021. During her spring semester in 2019, Emma worked as the Bell Services Dispatcher at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge in Orlando, FL.

How did you secure the opportunity?

I heard through Niagara University and the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management that I could pursue this opportunity while earning 12 course credits back to NU. This allowed me to apply, stress free, because I knew my status as a student at Niagara would not be compromised and I would still be able to graduate on time.

What did you do on a daily basis?

I mastered guest service excellence through assisting guests daily with luggage and general questions about the resort. I operated two company vehicles, a shuttle that transferred guests from one side of the resort to the other, and a transfer van which I used to transfer guest luggage from resort to resort. I dispatched bellmen to deliver luggage to guest rooms and pick-up guest luggage from rooms upon departure.

Most importantly, what did you learn?

Regarding hospitality, I learned how to go from providing customer service to achieving guest service excellence. Disney is committed to a level of guest service that is sought after by companies across the world. Because of this internship, I was able to learn these skills from the best. Also, working in a resort provided me with both front desk and back office experience as well as a better understanding of overall hotel operations.

What advice do you have for future students?

Take advantage of opportunities! Niagara not only offers, but boasts work abroad, study abroad, and internship opportunities. There are hundreds of opportunities to apply what you learn on-campus to off-campus experiences. Use the tools provided to you on campus and utilize office resources to put yourself in the best position possible for graduation.

If you have worked with Career Services, how have they helped you?

Career Services has offered me resume guidance as well as network connections, career fair details, and potential job / internship opportunities. The staff is there to help, all you have to do is make an appointment.