The Epcot Science Internship Program is designed to provide qualified college students with the opportunity to work in the unique growing areas of The Land pavilion. Interns typically work 30-40 hours per week with occasional opportunities for overtime.
Epcot ® is the Discovery Park at the Walt Disney World ® Resort. The Epcot Science Team maintains and enhances the greenhouses, labs and aquaculture facility of The Land, the agriculture pavilion at Epcot, and develops new ways to make science come alive for Epcot guests.
Students spend up to seven hours weekly hosting guest tours through greenhouses. They also have the opportunity to attend classes, field trips, training sessions and meetings. Other duties vary by discipline.
Develop CAD drawings, collect and analyze data, assist in development of engineering designs, and help to specify and locate equipment to meet system requirements.
Operate and maintain a recirculating freshwater facility: monitor filtration systems and water quality, assist in diagnosis and control of disease; and raise fish to marketable size for Epcot restaurants .
Prepare media, tissue culture a wide variety of plants, clean glassware, collect, package, and deliver tissue-cultured plants to Epcot merchandise locations.
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Rear & maintain insect colonies, release beneficial insects & predator mites into greenhouse crops, assist with research in biological control & greenhouse IPM programs, & maintain entomology-related shows.
Develop skills in greenhouse crop production and operation. Seed, transplant, irrigate, and prune plants; harvest and distribute produce to Epcot restaurants. Maintain show quality in hydroponic greenhouses: rake, sweep, and provide general cleanup of show areas.
Minimum Requirements :
College student or recent graduate (within 6 months of bachelors degree) with applicable background and/or major in agriculture, food crops, biology, horticulture, botany, biotechnology, biological engineering, entomology, aquaculture, plant science, or related field.
Personal interview with a Walt Disney World Company representative and application (available from interviewer) completed 4 to 12 months before desired starting date. Walt Disney World representatives travel to many university campuses throughout the U.S. each spring and fall. The schedule is posted on the internet at: www.wdwcollegeprogram.com
Job descriptions are listed under “Advanced Internships with Epcot Science” at the above website.
Strong verbal communication skills and the ability to interact positively with Walt Disney World guests.
Willingness and ability to conform to Walt Disney World grooming standards.
Terms: Fall '04 (mid-June 2004 to early-January 2005)
Spring '05 (late-December 2004 to late-June 2005)
Salary: $350.00 per week
Relocation: Allowance for relocation expenses provided.
Application: Application includes a resume, transcript, and three letters of recommendation (from professor or employer). Send application or questions to:
Walt Disney World, Epcot Science
2013 N. Avenue of the Stars
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0090
Fax: 407/560-7227, Phone: 407/560-7256