Justin Biegenwald’s internship with Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida was filled with a little bit of magic and a lot of fun. The junior Business Intelligence major spent his spring semester in the Sunshine State through the Disney College Program.
Biegenwald, a longtime Disney fan, knew that the company’s college program was something he wanted to achieve while at Holy Family University.
“For as long as I can remember it’s always been a dream of mine to work for the Walt Disney Company,” he said. “This opportunity gave me the best chance to achieve this dream. In addition, it was perfect as an internship. It definitely increased my guest and customer relations skills, gave me experience in a Fortune 500 company, and many networking opportunities.”
Biegenwald’s journey to the Magic Kingdom wasn’t without hurdles. He applied to the internship program four previous times without being accepted. Finally, on his fifth attempt, he got the news he had long hoped for.
“I honestly couldn’t believe it when I got the email saying I was accepted,” he said. “Honestly I was getting used to the rejection emails, but when I finally saw the acceptance one after two and a half years, words cannot describe my excitement and disbelief.”
Biegenwald was stationed in both Blizzard Beach Water Park and Tomorrowland, specifically working in guest relations for two attractions: Monsters, Inc. Laugh Floor and Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress.
“Disney really emphasizes their four keys, which are safety, courtesy, show, and efficiency. So my job was to make sure those four keys were implemented all day. Being in Disney for such an extended period of time was incredible. I made friends from not only across the country but also across the world that will honestly last a life time. All in all, the experience was one of kind and I would recommend anyone to apply for it because it will definitely change your life.”