Written by: Michael Kuo
My name is Michael Kuo and I’m currently a fourth year double specializing in Accounting and Operations Management with (hopefully) a minor in Chinese. I graduated in 2007 from Kings High School, which is near Cincinnati, OH and am expecting to graduate in June 2012. I am currently work in one of Ohio State’s lovely residence halls and have been involved in RealLife, Dynamic Contrast A Cappella and University Housing to name a few. With the spare time that I do have here at Ohio State, I play soccer, run, sing, dance, read theology and play guitar… Whew, that was lengthy!
That being said, I’ve been blessed with the opportunity to go to work six months in the Disney College Program as a Merchandise Intern starting June 13th! The House of Mouse in Orlando, Florida!
For those of you who are not familiar with the College Program, the Disney College Program offers students the chance to work in the parks and resorts as a Cast Member. During my time in Florida, I will be able to take classes that are Disney focused, work at one of the best resorts in the country and live in sunny Orlando, Florida. How awesome is that!
The reason why I wanted to start working at Disney was because I had a desire to make people happy. Most people will instantly think of classic movies, their last resort/cruise experience or any kind of positive experience whenever you bring up the name Disney. I wanted to work for a company that not only did that, but go through a program that gave you the opportunity to meet hundreds of new people, experience world-class customer service training and grow as an individual. For those of you who have taken BUSMHR 701 with Prof. Inks, Prof. Inks talks about considering what defines your total rewards package. Disney’s benefits, tangible and intangible, align with what I desire, so working for Disney is going to be fantastic… you have no idea!
My hope and desire is that I can serve as a representative to those of you in the Fisher College who want to pursue a career at The Walt Disney Company. I’m not even sure if I will be able to secure a Professional Internship (PI), which is the next step up from the College Program (CP), but I want to show you all what it’s like to live in Orlando and work for one of the world’s biggest companies. Over the next few months, I will be posting updates about what goes on for a typical student working in Disney and bring you some fun tidbits about the Parks and Resorts… so be my guest and put my services to the test (props to whoever knows where that line comes from)!