Sarah Van Valkenburgh is a 3rd year industrial and systems engineering student who will serve as an AVP of professional development this fall. Sarah is interning in the Business Integration and Planning department of the Walt Disney Company this summer.
Sarah is currently analyzing repair data for the Journey to the Little Mermaid ride. This data will tell the engineers how they can improve the ride before any issues occur. This is to prevent as much downtime as possible. Sarah also works with inventory analysis for various stockrooms throughout the park that pertain to all of the buildings, lighting, decoration and maintenance.
Sarah’s internship allows her to work directly with the engineering managers while still managing her own projects.
“They assign us our own projects and are there to mentor and guide us, but we have a lot of freedom on how to get it done,” she said.
Sarah’s favorite part of her internship is working in Magic Kingdom where she gets to ride a few rides on lunch breaks as well as help improve guest experiences.
“You get to be with the guests and see what they’re experiencing, and experience what they’re experiencing, which helps me to do my job,” she said.
We are so proud of the work Sarah is doing at Disney, and look forward to hearing more about it soon!