Penn State Berks Student Interns at Walt Disney World


James “Jimmy” Murray is living his dream: he is currently doing an internship at “Happiest Place on Earth”: Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

A major junior in business from Reading, Pa. Murray explains that he always wanted an internship at Disney World, so he did his research and was ready to apply when the coronavirus pandemic shut everything down last year – including Disney parks.

Fearless, he applied to the Disney College Program in May 2021 and was accepted in June.

Murray works in the World of Disney retail store, and he’s trained to fill in any Disney retail store if and when it’s needed, which is likely to become a regular event when Disney’s 50e The anniversary celebration begins in October.

In addition to Disney’s 50e anniversary, the World of Disney boutique will be celebrating its 25e anniversary, starting October 3. Murray says that although he currently works 30 to 40 hours a week, he expects his hours to increase in October with birthday celebrations and traffic during vacations in the parks.

Asked about his favorite part of the internship, Murray says these are the people he works with. “I can see how happy all the people are.”

He adds that most people don’t realize that after 6 p.m. about 75% of Disney employees are students.

Murray was able to save money by living with his family in Orlando, rather than taking advantage of Disney College Program internship accommodations, where rent is paid directly from intern paychecks.

In January 2022, Murray will return to Penn State Berks, where he plans to graduate and graduate in 2023. He has discovered a passion for sports marketing and plans to pursue a certificate in sports administration at. middle School. Her goal is to work in the front office of a professional sports team after graduation.

When asked why he chose Penn State Berks, Murray explains that he comes from a Penn State family. He also said that in Berks he will be graduating from Penn State near his home. He also had many opportunities at Berks as a former member of the NCAA Division III basketball team and the Men’s Volleyball Club.

He credits his time to Penn State Berks for getting him to this point and he credits both college and Disney for helping him develop critical communication skills that will aid him in his future career.

“I talk to hundreds of people a day at Disney. I wouldn’t be where I am if it weren’t for Penn State Berks.


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