Pulaski Technical College Culinary Student Britnee Taylor has been to
Disneyworld more than 20 times with her family. But her next visit will be like
Britnee, 22, of Bryant, was accepted into Disney's College Intern program and will spend the next four months working with Disney's quick-service food and beverage operations. She could be assigned to work in one of Disney's Parks, including the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom or Hollywood Studios - or she could be assigned to work at a restaurant at one of the many resorts.
She leaves on Saturday, Jan. 11, and will check in on Jan. 13 to begin her four-month long internship, starting with a class in Disney "traditions."
Britnee graduated from Bryant High School in 2011 and enrolled in Pulaski Tech's culinary program that fall. She is pursuing an Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts. She attends college part-time while also working at McAlister's Deli in Benton/Bryant and hopes to one day open her own restaurant in New Orleans.
While she's away, she will continue to earn PTC college credit through a practicum being overseen by Chef Todd Gold, dean of PTC's Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Institute. Britnee will keep a weekly log book for her Disney supervisor as well as a portfolio of different objectives she accomplishes. Throughout the semester, Chef Gold will also be in touch with her.
"She's our first to go to Disney, and it will just be a great opportunity for her," Gold said.
Britnee has twice before tried to land one of the coveted and competitive
Disney internships. Applicants first go through a web-based interview and then
phone interviews and are then notified by email.
"I was on my way home from work and heard a ding on my phone that I had gotten an email," Britnee says, "When I got home, I looked at it and it said, 'Congratulations.' I was so excited!"
Britnee's mother, sister and grandmother will be driving with her to Lake
Buena Vista, Florida.
Once there, Britnee will live in an apartment on Disney-owned property with a fellow student from Auburn University. Although rent isn't free, it is discounted and taken directly from her Disney check. Disney also provides free shuttle service for its interns from apartments to worksites, and also provides a bus pass for her to use on her days off, along with six Disney passes.
"It's going to be a lot of fun, but a lot of work too!" she said.