Maggie Smith '10 (shown throwing her Mickey Mouse ears in the air) will return to
Disney World after she graduates in May.
Maggie Smith ’10 is used to being in transit. The Annapolis, Maryland native has
lived in Connecticut, Virginia, Belgium and Georgia, and she went to high school
in Naples, Italy. Her current hometown is Oslo, Norway. She explains: “We are a
military family, so we move every two to three years; right now, my hometown is
Oslo,” she says.
Smith chose Randolph-Macon College because she was impressed by the community feeling
that R-MC offers as well as the internship/study abroad program, “both of which
I have taken advantage of during my time here. The Admissions
staff did a fantastic job of answering questions that I had and the enthusiasm
they have for the school was contagious,” she says.
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An Oslo Connection
Smith’s Oslo connection paved the way for her to participate in a 2010 J-term Bassett internship
in the conservation department of the Norwegian Folk Museum in Oslo. “Working in
the museum was perfect for my major—international
studies, with an emphasis on the culture and society of Europe—and allowed
me to learn about that beautiful country,” she says. Smith was in charge of locating
museum objects for visitors doing research, but her favorite part of the internship
was when researchers would visit. “I got to hear about their research projects,
which was really interesting because they were experts in their field,” she says.
For the past three years, Smith has worked in R-MC’s Admissions office. “I work
as an assistant to Anthony Ambrogi, the director of admissions and enrollment research,”
she says. “I prepare applications for counselors and I help with events such as
Accepted Students Day. Talking to prospective students and keeping up with them
through the application process is one of the favorite parts of my job.”
Life at Disney World
In addition to her work in Oslo, Smith did another internship in a most unusual
place. “From January to August 2009 I interned at the Walt Disney World Resort in
Orlando, Florida, as part of R-MC’s Disney College Program,” she says. “Growing
up, we moved around a lot, but we always made it back to Disney World or Disneyland
Paris. I always half-joked that one day I would work at Disney. I worked as a character
attendant and escorted Disney characters, assisted guests and took photographs.”
The Disney College Program has apartment complexes for interns to live in while
they are working. “Living with fellow cast members gave me the chance to meet students
from all over the world,” says Smith. “I did the program with Ashlyn McKeel ‘10,
and our adventures living and working together made the whole experience that much
more rewarding. It is awesome to have someone on campus who has shared the same
experiences!” Smith remained a full-time student while in Florida. “The program
offers skill-building workshops such as résumé writing and classes on leadership,
much like the Career Services office at R-MC,” she says.
After working closely with entertainment managers, Smith decided that a career with
the Walt Disney Resort might be worth pursuing. “When the program ended last August,
I decided that it was not yet time for this book to close,” she says. “I applied
for another internship and will be returning back to Disney World this August to
work again. I would love to get a position in management in the theme parks. That
would be my dream job.”
About the Bassett Internship Program:
The Bassett Internship Program is dedicated to providing a real-world backdrop for
future academic learning, as well as preparation for life after graduation. With
a history of placements in over 1,100 sites in more than 20 states, Washington,
D.C., and 11 foreign countries, students get an opportunity to explore the world
For more information about the breadth of programs and opportunities available at
Randolph-Macon or to schedule a campus visit, contact our Admissions Office at (800)
888-1762 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.