Bruce Washington and Lauren Bryant gained valuable leadership skills this summer at The Sweetest Place On Earth® as interns with Hersheypark’s Leadership Development Program. The 13-week program gives aspiring young professionals a chance to work at Hersheypark and take part in weekly leadership training sessions.

Washington and Bryant worked in the park’s 10,000-square-foot flagship store, Hersheypark Supply Co., and lived in a brand new housing community available to all interns.

“You’re meeting a bunch of people, sharing experiences, seeing what you have in common with different people, it’s just really nice,” said English major Washington.

Interns have the opportunity to work in a variety of areas in the park, learn from working professionals and explore different career options. In the weekly training sessions, they cover topics like stress management, diversity and inclusion, communicating with empathy and much more.

“I have more skills now than I have in the past. I feel like it’s broadened my horizons. I had a really fun summer. It was one of my best summers and I’ll never forget it,” said Bryant, a human communication studies major.

And for Bryant, it was not just what she gained at Hersheypark, but what she was able to bring to the internship.

“I like to say Ship is a family and I bring that family attribute to Hersheypark this summer,” Bryant added.

Want to be the next student to intern at Hersheypark and leave your Ship mark? Learn more about this opportunity, open to all majors, by contacting the Career, Mentoring and Professional Development Center or visit WWW.HERSHEYJOBS.COM.