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Hospitality student represents Canada at Epcot in Disney World

July 6, 2012

Eileen McDonald, Disney WorldIf you’re going to spend a year fulfilling your work placement obligations, you might as well do so at the Most Magical Place on Earth.

Just ask RRC student Eileen McDonald (Hospitality and Tourism Management), who’ll spend 365 days working as a Canadian Cultural Representative at the Canadian Pavilion in Disney World’s Epcot theme park.

McDonald applied for the year-long contract position — offered as part of Disney’s Cultural Representative Program — to fill the last of her co-op placement requirements. Following a Disney-themed farewell party (planned as a surprise by her friends in Winnipeg), she arrived in Orlando, Florida, last month.

Since then, she’s met new friends, toured the parks, and learned what will be expected of her as a greeter, seater and restaurant stocker at Epcot’s Le Cellier Steakhouse.

McDonald is documenting her experiences — including the application process she underwent to land the position — via weekly updates on her blog. (Check the site in coming weeks to learn more about how she “earned her ears!”)

For more information on Disney’s Cultural Representative Program, contact RRC Hospitality and Tourism Management at 204-632-2572.