Internship Profile: Harold Velasquez Markets Disney Magic
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Last name: Harold Velazquez
Hometown: Pfafftown, North Carolina
Year: Class of 2022
Major: Marketing with a minor in sales and graphic design
Traineeship: Velasquez joins The Walt Disney Company in Celebration, Florida as a marketing strategy intern. In his role, he creates and organizes marketing materials for Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disney Cruise Line. He also collaborates with the Disney Event Group, Disney Technology Sales and Fairy Tale Weddings departments to plan and implement marketing campaigns.
How HPU helped you get there: “High Point University’s business program trained me in real-world environments through case studies, challenging classroom projects, presentations, and career and professional development. I visited career counselors at the Office of Career and Professional Development for help writing resumes, cover letters, and advice on job applications and negotiations. They provided me with resources that helped me ensure my compensation and benefits reflected the value I bring to the company.
Most Impactful Mentor at HPU: “Dr. Cynthia Hanson, Associate Professor of Marketing, was my most influential mentor at HPU. She influences students every day, inside and outside of the classroom. The classes I took with her were engaging and meaningful.Dr. Hanson pushes all of her students to excel beyond their comfort zone, helping them prepare for their professional careers after graduation.
What was your internship experience and how does it prepare you for your future? : “My internship experience was phenomenal. My team helped me understand the organization’s core values and their cross-functional responsibilities. I learned the intricacies of marketing for a brand that touches millions of lives all over the world. I also learn the power of effective storytelling and its impact on other companies, partners and guests. Most importantly, I have access to a vast network of professionals around the world and have developed meaningful relationships. This internship motivated me to take up challenges that will strengthen my skills and prepare me to lead projects. It gave me the opportunity to showcase my work, my passions, and what I learned at High Point University – to compete and provide solutions to tough business problems.
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