Here’s What It’s Like Interning at Universal Orlando Resort as a High School Student
This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to intern at Universal Orlando Resort. It has been both a fun and educational experience. Being an intern as a high school student is completely different than being a regular college intern. I had the advantage of gaining a professional experience before most of my peers, allowing me to make more informed decisions about my career, what I’m interested in, and what I want to study. As an upcoming senior, the internship was just what I needed before preparing to leave high school.
For 6 weeks, I worked with the Program Development team to gain an understanding of Youth Programs and how Universal Orlando works to make education fun for kids. The first two weeks, I observed each of the programs while different groups were experiencing them. I got to see firsthand how the process worked and the effect Universal Orlando’s education programs had on real kids.
Each of the programs tied to an educational standard with one of the rides, like Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit roller coaster and Skull Island: Reign of Kong. I also had the opportunity to meet with professionals from different divisions of the corporate side of Universal Orlando. Everyone from each department was very knowledgeable. They helped me learn the importance of so many different jobs and positions I wouldn’t have originally considered a part of the business. I’m now able to draw connections between all the departments and how they contribute to the company.
Since I have a great interest in film, my leaders provided me with an experience that aligned with that. One day, I was able to visit the set of a photo shoot, as well as meet with some people responsible for digital film and media production. These meetings and experiences made me think differently about how film can be applied to different jobs, since before I wouldn’t have even thought about how many different companies use film production internally.
One of the biggest lessons I learned pretty early on is to always ask questions. Everyone I came across had a story to tell, and they loved nothing more than to share it with me. If I didn’t know the answer to something, people were more than happy to help me work it out. I was able to make mistakes and learn from them, and other team members were always eager to help me succeed. I was offered plenty of new experiences and opportunities, and taking them on helped me learn more and more.
This was my first job, so it really means something to me that I was considered a part of the team and held to a standard like all other Universal Orlando Resort Team Members. I’m glad I had this opportunity, especially at such an early age. Not only will these experiences prepare me for whatever comes next, it will also help me get where I want to go at a faster rate, which I am grateful for.
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