Kelly Fager

My Internship with Ohio Farm Bureau Federation

Week 1 & 2- Welcome & Disney

on May 11, 2013

It’s hard to believe that summer has started early for students at The Ohio State University.  Just like any other student, I began my internship at Ohio Farm Bureau Federation immediately after finals were done.  I will be serving as a Lead Intern for the Land and Living Exhibit at the Ohio State Fair.

I began my internship on May 1.  The first week consisted primarily of meetings, getting to know staff and understanding network.  This year there are three Lead Interns for this exhibit.  I knew one of the interns very well and had the opportunity to meet the other intern on the first day.  To help us interns get a better idea of what to expect with this internship, we were able to meet with last year’s interns to ask questions and understand exhibit better.  This truly helped each of us gain knowledge and useful tips for our internship.  My second week of the internship consisted of meetings on Monday.  Then I flew out Tuesday morning to head to Disney World in Florida where I was until Friday evening.

With new leadership in-charge of this exhibit, us interns are responsible for creating new interactive displays and “telling a story” within the building.  As part of the new training, my two bosses and all three interns spent four days at Disney World for an educational trip.  Having just got back from Florida, I now have new ideas and creative ways for our upcoming exhibit.  The reasoning behind going to Disney World was to see how Disney uses customer service, magic, detail, color, and interaction with guests.  Before heading to Disney we were required to read “Disney U” as part of our training.  This book talks about customer service and how Disney trains it’s cast members.

A few things I noticed when at Disney World:
1.  Safety is very important- the streets are colored black and the sidewalks are red.
2.  Employees are called “cast members” because they are helping put on the show and each one is an important feature to it.
3.  Detail is very important- if something is under construction, Disney will use catchy signs or canvas to cover up what is happening behind the scenes.

All of the notes, photos and memories will be transformed into ideas and applying the techniques learned to our exhibit at Ohio State Fair.  It was a great opportunity, very educational, and a great team building trip!

This upcoming week will consist of more meetings and brainstorming among the interns.  I’m really excited and looking forward to this internship!

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OFBF Interns at Disney World:
Kelly Guthrie, Ian Adams, Kelly Fager

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