This is a post to give an update of what has come of my internship. In my previous post I talked a lot about the job of an intern onboard. What I did not get to mention is the other opportunity I had as an intern. Being Carnival's inaugural year to run this program, they wanted to get a perspective of what a day in the life of an intern was. They decided the best way to get this perspective was to have four interns document their daily routine.
The company choose two interns from both the Entertainment Staff and Youth Staff. I was one of the interns picked to be filmed and followed throughout my time onboard. Oddly enough, two of the four interns chosen to be on the documentary came from Texas A&M University, WHOOP! The basics of our documenting duties was to film what we did everyday and provide confessionals of what we were going through physically and mentally.
This documentary was heavily based on the participation and dedication of the four participating interns. The professional film team was only able to come on board once to film leaving the majority of the filming to be done on our time. What the film team quickly learned is that our time as interns is extremely limited. As great of a project the documentary was, in the end it was unable to be completed.
Regardless of the completion of the original project, the footage collected by film crew was good footage. This is where the update comes in. They have recently reached out to me to say they will be using that footage to create a promo video for the internship program. In addition, the footage was used to create a commercial for the new ship, the Carnival Horizon, coming out in 2018 (link at the bottom).
This is not a typical part of the job but the great thing about this internship is the spontaneous nature of the work environment. So If you like to go to work and do something different everyday, like hosting a deck party or filming a commercial, look into this internship! Also keep an eye out for the promo video coming out soon featuring yours truly!
Link to the commercial:
Meet the Carnival Horizon
This past summer I was a part of the inaugural internship program for Carnival Cruise Line. I was able to live onboard for three months while traveling around the Caribbean. Throughout my time onboard, I visited ten different ports of call, created and implemented programs, and made some of the most amazing connections with people from all walks of life.
Carnival Cruise Lines is the world's most popular cruise line based on the number of guests who sail with us. We have headquarters in Miami and contact centers in Miramar, Florida, and Colorado Springs, Colorado. Carnival offers cruise vacations from 20 North American homeports to breathtaking destinations that include Caribbean, Bahamas, Mexican Riviera, Alaska, Canada, Hawaii, Panama Canal, Bermuda, South America, Tahiti, The Fiji Islands, Australia, New Zealand, Mediterranean, Norway, the Baltic and the British Isles. Carnival's vision statement is,
"To Consistently Deliver Fun, Memorable Vacations at a Great Value."
As an Entertainment Host, I was responsible for implementing programs, activities, and events throughout the durations of each cruise. I was a facilitator for debarkation during ports of call and final debarkation. Lastly, I worked the weddings that take place onboard, acting as the emcee for the event. The events and activities we as an Entertainment Staff put on are as followed:
Being an intern for Carnival, the benefits are amazing. The internship is a paid position that comes with possible bonuses and incentives. For any weddings or vow renewals worked, you receive pay. In addition, you get to visit amazing ports, have free room and board, and work with a diverse demographic of people every week! The living quarters are no suites but they do the job. There is also crew excursions, like bobsledding in Jamaica or zip lining in Belize, themed crew parties, and all you can eat ice cream! Who wouldn't love that?
Requirements for this position are minimal but important. One that wants to work as an Entertainment Host must be an outgoing, upbeat person that can command the attention of a crowd. For my application, I was asked to create a short demo video highlighting my microphone skills and crowd involvement methods. The job largely takes part on a stage so one must have a strong stage presence and clear diction. Education wise, a high school diploma is required, but having a degree that is applicable to the position will makes the applicant more desirable.
Working as an Intern for Carnival has given me so much more than I originally anticipated. I have clocked more than 400+ hours on stage building my stage presence. While facilitating debarkation, I mastered how to effectively control a crowd. Lastly, I have grown my network exponentially both internally and externally of the company. My biggest take away I got from my time with Carnival is a contract to work for them full time after graduation. Once you have been employed by Carnival, it is very easy to continue within the company. I highly suggest this internship to those interested in working on cruise ship or within the cruise industry.