Disney Internship

Feb. 13, 1998

Local Man Completes Internship at Walt Disney World

An Isanti, Minn. native, who attends the University of Wisconsin-River Falls, recently returned from Orlando, Fla., after completing a six-month internship at one the world's most famous vacation destinations.

Aaron Deschenes, 20, gained experience in both full and quick-service aspects of the food industry during his stay at Walt Disney World from June 1997 to January 1998. He spent much of his internship working as a host at The Plaza Restaurant, located on Main Street of the Magic Kingdom. But the large size of the location in which he was stationed allowed him to move around and work for other businesses in the area as well, including Casey's fast food restaurant, the Plaza Bakery and the Cone Shop.

The internship was unrelated to Deschenes' recently declared major of business administration but he knows the experience will be valuable in the long run. "Employers will see that I worked for Walt Disney World. They understand the kind of high standards that business has."

The UW-River Falls sophomore says he learned a lot while also having fun. "You live and work with people from all over the country, and possibly all over the world. You attend business seminars and do independent studies to learn, for example, how to be a productive manager. It was a learning, living, working experience."

Deschenes says the best part about the internship is the variety of friends he made, from the East Coast to the Southwest of the country. He enjoyed the experience and the area so much, in fact, that he stayed for two weeks after the internship was complete and is returning this summer as a casual, temporary employee.

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