Jacalynn Gumz Internship

Name: 
Jacalynn Gumz
Major: 
Agricultural and Life Sciences Education, Communications Option
Year: 
Senior
Hometown: 
Endeavor, WI
Company/Organization: 
The Walt Disney Company (EPCOT, Walt Disney World)
Location: 
Orlando, FL

Describe your internship responsibilities:
As Plant Science Professional Intern at The Land my responsibilities included:

  • Managing a hydroponic production greenhouse
  • Providing show-quality maintenance in greenhouses
  • Leading daily educational tours through the greenhouses, integrated pest management lab, biotechnology lab, and aquaculture facility
  • Assisting guests at the Behind the Seeds Tour desk to promote the tour and answer questions
  • Participating in training sessions, classes, and meetings

What did you enjoy most about this internship?
I really enjoyed the workplace community and the sense of family at Walt Disney World.  I got to network and create great friendships with other young professionals from around the country.  I loved working in a place where I was part of a community that truly cared about making other people happy.

How has this experience impacted your future career plans?
This internship provided me insight into different segments of the horticulture industry.  I enjoyed working with over 150 different plants from around the world that were grown in very innovative and unique ways.  I’m not sure what I want to do after college, but through this internship I gained a lot of experience that I could use in many areas.  Having a variety of different tasks and responsibilities provides a challenge that I would like to have in my career.

What resources did you utilize to obtain this internship?
The Walt Disney Company doesn’t do much recruiting at career fairs but a lot of the information and how to apply for their internships is listed at disneycareers.com.  Depending on the internship and number of applicants, the process can take quite a long time. Internships at Disney are very competitive and require many screening rounds.  Once you apply online and upload your resume and cover letter you will be given questionnaires and interviews as you advance to the next round.

What advice would you offer to other students seeking similar internships?
My advice is to not be afraid to ask for help and to use the resources available to you.  Mike Gaul and Career Services, as well as other professors, can be very valuable to review your resume and cover letter.  It’s important to be professional and notice the little things, because those are what set you apart from your peers.