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It is a Magical Internship: Centenary Students Spend a Semester in Disney World

02/20/2014, 09:47 AM

Hackettstown, N.J. – For Andrew Belluscio, Megan McGill and Saquan Williams, a fall internship meant complete relocation for a semester to the most magical place on earth – Walt Disney World.  For 11 years, Centenary College has sent students to the Orlando, Florida area, to participate in Disney’s Internships and Programs.

This is the first year, however, that Centenary interns were selected to play the role of Disney characters.  McGill and Williams had the opportunity to play countless Disney characters, which was a great fit for them as Theater majors. McGill was friends with 12 separate characters during her four-month internship as part of Character Meet and Greets at Magic Kingdom.  Williams cited his favorite assignment as playing an elf in the Christmas Magic Castle Show. Belluscio, a Communication major, secured an internship that focused on guest interaction, where he had the opportunity to meet celebrities, such as Stephen and Daniel Baldwin.

“I had never been there before, but I fell in love with Disney,” says Williams.  “My roommate had done this internship and he talked about it constantly for two years.  I felt that I needed to experience it myself, and I plan to return.”

All three of these students now claim to have Disney in their blood.  After graduation, McGill aspires to pursue a Disney-themed career, but not in Florida.  She would love to act for Disney on Broadway.  After graduation, Williams also has an interest in working as a dancer for Disney Cruise Lines.  Belluscio aspires to return to Disney to work after graduation or attend New York Film Academy’s Film Studies program.  Coincidentally, Belluscio will be working on an independent film this semester, Tapestry, which stars Stephen Baldwin.

These students have gained a wealth of experience during their semester in sunny Florida.  They learned valuable time-management skills while working long hours and also had the opportunity to take classes in some cases.  One thing is certain regarding these students: Their future is destined to be magical!

“Students’ feedback from the Disney Internships and Programs opportunity has consistently been extremely positive,” says Tiffany Zappulla, Director of Career Development at Centenary College.  “It is a unique experience that is sure to be an attention grabber on a résumé.”

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Hackettstown, Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.