The Disney brand is all about magic, and beauty, and wonder. But have you ever really thought about the amount of work that goes in behind the scenes to create all that ‘magic’? Disney offers several exciting internship programs and some of our students have been privileged to be selected. This is a very selective program, and only the best of the best plant science students in the nation are invited to be part of it. Our most recent student to return from an internship experience with Disney is Whitney Egbert.
Whitney spent June 2015-January 2016 interning in Orlando, Florida at Disney World’s EpCot Park. Whitney worked in the show greenhouse, or “Creative Greenhouse” maintaining and demonstrating the various growing systems: hydroponics, aquaponics, aeroponics. She also harvested the flowers and herbs used in the restaurants located in the park. Her favorite part of work was giving tours. “I got to meet people from all over the world and teach them about my love of plants, gardening, and agriculture.”
Of her time spent in Florida and working for Disney, Egbert said it was one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of her horticulture career.
There are four different parks within DisneyWorld, and EpCot is the Disney idea of futuristic living, provides information to park guests about the world agriculture, and answers questions like: where does food come from? and how will we feed the world’s growing population?
In her free time, Whitney loved to visit the other parks (for FREE): Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. The Animal Kingdom was her favorite. She also enjoyed activities with the local YSA ward.
Our aim for the Department of Horticulture at Brigham Young University-Idaho is to nurture understanding of both the art and science of Horticulture. Students learn experimentally in the classroom, laboratory, greenhouse, and ten acre Thomas E. Ricks demonstration garden as they pursue an Associates or Bachelors Degree. Using the medium of plants, students develop habits of hard work, enlightened minds, and healthy living that assist in gainful employment opportunitues.