Many of us millennials grew up watching Disney movies, playing the soundtracks over and over, and dressing up like our favorite characters for Halloween (or, if you were like me, you did this way more than once a year). As college students, we also have been told by family, peers, academic advisors, and professors how important it is to have an internship in college. It’s a way to gain real experience in your field and reaffirm you’re headed on the right career path upon graduation. Did you ever think that your favorite Disney characters could want you to land that internship, too? Here’s why!
“I’ve got a dream, I’ve got a dream!”
Rapunzel has a dream, that’s for sure, and you do, too! Start by thinking about what your dreams and aspirations are for your future employment. What kinds of tasks do you want to do throughout your work day? What types of companies interest you? If you don’t have any specific career goals to work from, think about your passions and how you can connect them to the job opportunities that are out there. Internships are a fantastic way to explore all of your options and start to figure out what you want and what you don’t want, and what you’ll need to do to achieve your dreams.
“There’s a thousand things to see…”
Much like Aladdin and Jasmine on their magic carpet ride, there are so many new magical things to see at an internship. You get to meet new people, explore a real company’s workspace, sit in on exciting and important meetings, and immerse yourself in a company culture that is nothing like a classroom. If you take a step out of your comfort zone and enter the workplace as an intern, you will have so many new experiences and will be amazed by what you find. You can gain a new perspective and point of view on a field that you might want to pursue upon graduation.
“You’ve got a friend in me.”
As an intern, you could be lucky enough to form relationships with your supervisor, fellow interns, and co-workers that is as strong as the bond between Andy and his toys. You’ll have the opportunity to collaborate on projects, get to know employees personally and learn from them professionally, and even network with individuals in your company’s industry. The connections that you can make as an intern have the potential to land you an awesome recommendation letter or even get your foot in the door for a full-time job. Never underestimate the power of the people you know!
“What’s a fire and why does it, what’s the word, burn?”
Hopefully your questions at work are a little more career oriented than Ariel’s questions about the human world, but think about all of the things you can learn on the job! You finally have the chance to take the topics you study in the classroom and apply them to a real world setting at your internship. You’ll also gain new knowledge about your field from the projects you work on that can’t be taught in the classroom. On top of all of that, you can even learn how the people with whom you work ended up at the company and what kind of path they took on their career journey. This knowledge can benefit you in so many important ways.
While Disney characters may have some great reasons why you should give any internship a try, the Career Center has the experts and the resources to help you make it happen! Explore the resources by major pages, search for internship positions on Hire@TU, or make an internship search strategy appointment.
Finally, take the initiative to attend Internship Week events from October 5-9 and finish off the week strong with the Fall Career and Internship Fair on Friday, October 9 from noon-3 pm in the West Village Commons Ballrooms. Network with 90+ employers and make the connections that can land you an internship experience you will never forget.
As Walt Disney himself would say, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.”
For more information, visit the Career Center’s website or call us as 410-704-2233.