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Cheyney University Double Major Gets Internship of a Lifetime

March 28, 2013

Cheyney University sophomore Lilly Anyanwu is headed to Disney World for an internship that will last the entire summer and fall semester 2013

Cheyney University sophomore Lilly Anyanwu is headed to Disney World for an internship that will last the entire summer and fall semester 2013

Cheyney University of Pennsylvania sophomore Lilly Anyanwu is headed to Disney World.  The determined aspiring dancer saw an informational blurb that Internship Coordinator Rev. Elisha Morris had posted on campus regarding an opportunity at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida.  Disney was looking for bright, talented students seeking an internship opportunity of a lifetime.

Lilly, the youngest of five children, remembered her older sister had interned at Disney World for a semester when she was in college.  The Bensalem, PA native who rarely travels-- mulled it over and decided to go for it.  Instead of applying for a semester though, she applied for the Fall Advantage College Program which entails spending the entire summer and the fall semester working at the resort.  The sophomore, majoring in Hotel Restaurant and Tourism Management (HRTM) and Fine Arts with a theatre track, got called for--not one, but three phone interviews and eventually nabbed the job!

"My goal is for Disney World to ask me to return.  I want to leave an impression and a mark in Disney World, do the best job that I can in seven months, so that they hire me a second time and call me for another part-time summer position in the future."  She plans to network with as many people at Disney as possible.

As a Disney cast member, Lilly will give families tours, operate rides, set up dance activities for kids, help put together drama programs and, basically, shine and be creative.

"They expect you to be enthusiastic, make families walking into Disney World have fun, bring your character to life, be very outgoing, make a child's day and give them a reason to come back to Disney," the dance enthusiast explained.

Lilly already teaches dance, choreographs on the side, organizes different hip hop dance classes for daycare centers and sets up drama programs for children and teens.  She hopes to be a fine arts teacher in a child care center one day and eventually run her own fine arts program.

Disney has its own curriculum of classes which Lilly will take while there.  The credits she earns will reportedly transfer to Cheyney University.  While Disney's job is to make dreams come true for youngsters, Lilly is quick to tell others to go for what they want and make their own dreams come true.  After all, if she hadn't acted on the information she saw posted on a CU wall, she wouldn't be headed to sunny Florida this summer for a chance of a lifetime.