For senior Rachel Johnson, being able to intern at Walt Disney World has always been a dream of hers since she was young. After four years of hard work and dedication, that dream became a reality after she was accepted into the lucrative Disney College Program.
“I have wanted to do this program since I heard about it in eighth grade,” Johnson, a Communications major from New Lenox, IL, said. “I have spoken with many past program workers while on vacation and they have had nothing but great things to say about it. I have been vacationing at Disney ever since I was in kindergarten and have since been there about 28 times. I want to be on the other side, making magic for the guests.”
A member of the women’s volleyball team, Johnson applied for the internship in February. After completing both web and phone interviews, she was notified on March 14 that she was accepted. Johnson will be working with the Merchandising team.
“I was actually landing on my flight back from Chicago after spring break when I opened up my email and saw that I was accepted,” she said. “I immediately Face Timed my parents when I got off the plane and could not stop smiling. I wanted to cry I was so happy.”
After completing her internship with Disney, Johnson hopes to make a career out of her love for sports.
“I have always wanted to take my love of sports and turn it into a career,” Johnson said. “Whether that is with a major sports team or sports network—I hope that doing this program will allow me to network with a lot of people and help me figure out whether I want to pursue either a professional internship with ESPN, which is owned by Disney, within the Disney parks, or explore other jobs in the sports world.”