Nicole Gawlik ’15 knew from the age of 3 that she wanted to help others experience the magic she felt visiting Disney parks and resorts. As a Nichols student, Gawlik’s dream came true when she was accepted into Walt Disney World’s Spring Advantage.
This highly competitive internship program offers college students a wide variety of opportunities. Whether as character performers, lifeguards, or guest services representatives, the student interns strive to create magical moments for all guests.
“My interest in Disney comes from my love of the movies, but also the joy I felt while at the parks and resorts,” Gawlik explains. “I've had some of the best family memories at Walt Disney World and wanted every family to experience that.”
As a hospitality major at Nichols, Gawlik felt confident and knowledgeable, going into the Spring Advantage program. “When I interviewed for the position, I knew the lingo/key words and that the most important goal for a hospitality company is to keep the guests coming back,” she says. “Everything about Disney is hospitality.”
While interning at Disney may seem all fun and games, their optional college classes for credits enhance the internship experience. “The ‘Guest Experience’ class really provided a networking opportunity,” Gawlik explains. “I was able to meet with senior management from different departments including marketing and merchandising.”
When the internship ended, Gawlik was invited to return for summer employment. Gawlik recommends Disney’s internship program to any interested college student. “Anyone who loves Disney can do it if they take it seriously,” she says.