Internship at Worlds of Fun

Friday, January 26, 2007 5:38 PM
I recently applied for an internship position in park operations at Worlds of Fun. Have any of you interned at a Cedar Fair park or know someone who has? I am just wondering what it will be like and if it is even worth doing?

I'm a Sophomore and have considered going into the amusement park industry as a career but am not completely sure if it's for me. Hopefully this internship will help me decide.

Thank you for any information.

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Friday, January 26, 2007 7:47 PM
I was an Internal Audit intern at Geauga Lake the summer of 2005.

It was a lot of fun, but any amusement park career involves working when no one else is. That is, you will be working a lot of nights, weekends, and holidays.

You will also work lots of hours each week (48 was the norm for us auditors).

So you have to decide- would you rather have the time off to enjoy the parks, or be working at one all the time?

It's definitely a fun industry though.

Good luck! :)

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Saturday, January 27, 2007 2:45 AM
Internship in Park Operations at virtually any CF park = Internship credit for doing what hundreds of other people do without getting an internship. :) You might (probably?) get a supervisor position right off the bat, too, so it does give you some obvious advantages, but if you don't get the "official" internship, you can still apply, work in park ops, and likely get a supervisor position next year.

All-in-all, just have fun and do your best!

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Sunday, January 28, 2007 7:32 PM
dannerman is right-- an internship in Operations is going to be a lot like a regular seasonal job at the park. You may get more responsibility right away by landing a supervisor position or you may just be given special assignments throughout the season.

If you're curious about whether you would like to pursue a job in the industry, I'd say do it. Yes, you will work a lot...but it's a great first step into the field by getting to know the day-to-day operations of an amusement park.

While I started in ride operations at Cedar Point, I've interned for the past two summers at Michigan's Adventure in the Group Sales office. I'll admit it... I was scared to death that I was going to hate it, but I knew it was an awesome opportunity to find out if it was for me. It couldn't have turned out better as I loved going to work everyday and learned a ton.

At least for me, the internship has set me apart in my classes because of how much I learned in the field of Marketing and PR. The amusement industry is not for everyone, but if you have the passion you're halfway there :).

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