http://www.cedarpoint.com

Cedar Point

Operations Manager

April - August 2019 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

Leadership experience, projects revising operations, making meaningful workplace connections

What I wish was different

Revised breaks; shorter lunch break and added small breaks.

Advice

To be able to do this internship, you must be willing to put in hard work and long hours. It is best matched with open minded people who are looking to learn from doing.
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Ride Operator

May 2019 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

I enjoyed working a lot of hours, building my communication skills, working with a team everyday, test riding my ride everyday, and ultimately having fun. This job was exciting and extremely challenging. It was my 2nd year as a ride operator.

What I wish was different

I wish that management and different departments at Cedar Point were more consistent. Sometimes it seemed that park polices were overridden from other departments or management above us just to avoid guest complaints. This was concerning as many of these policies were in place for safety reasons and having the rules bended when we were taught something else made it frustrating doing my job. It was also challenging to work so many hours in a row as sometimes our schedule was changed late at night for the next morning with little to no notice.

Advice

This job increased my communication skills enormously, created a strong work ethic, challenged me constantly, and was a large learning experience for me. I recommend others work this job as it develops you not only professionally but also personally.
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Guest Services and Special Events

May - October 2019 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

Very welcoming team, a large group of interns from all over the place. Different jobs everyday and always learning.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

This internship is definitely one for freshman and sophomores; while there is room to grow, there isn’t many full time positions out of it.
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Administrative Assistant

May - October 2019 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

Very fun place to work. Opportunity to make life long friendships with coworkers and roommates. Lots of hours.

What I wish was different

Better living situations, higher wages, and less closing shifts followed by opening shifts.

Advice

Be ready for a fun but crazy summer. It's an experience like no other and will do greatly to help prepare for a job in the hospitality industry.
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Audit Intern

May - November 2019 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

I enjoyed the aspect of being able to move between office work and customer service. Plus the overall atmosphere of the park was just fun and busy.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had an opportunity to see the corporate side of things a little bit more than I had the opportunity to do.

Advice

I would say that be ready to work a lot of hours and make friends and get to know your coworkers because they are what made the experience so great.
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Ride Operator

April - August 2019 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

The community People I was around to work

What I wish was different

Not driving around so much

Advice

U can meet new people from all over the world
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Supervisor

May - August 2019 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

I enjoyed mentoring employees and making all types of different foods.

What I wish was different

I wish the managers did more of their job managing instead of watching and criticizing everything without helping when lines were busy.

Advice

Be prepared to work long hours with no breaks and wear comfortable shoes.
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Guest Services and Events Intern

May - August 2019 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

I loved Guest services because helping people is my passion. I also loved that every day was new and exciting and everyone I worked with was great!

What I wish was different

I wish that the living situation was better.

Advice

Love what you do and you'll love your job!
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Activities Host

May - August 2019 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

I loved being on the beach all the time in the summer.

What I wish was different

I wish we had better equipment to help us haul stuff on and off the beach.

Advice

It was a very fun summer job! The drive from norwalk was a bit long tho.. would be better if you lived in Sandusky.
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Usher

June - October 2019 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

Paid position, related to my field, housing included

What I wish was different

I should have applied her sooner

Advice

Lots of other college students work here and there is not much room to advance
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Guest services and Special Events

August - October 2019 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

This was a very welcoming company especially for someone new to internships. Large company and very willing to let you learn and move up!

What I wish was different

Sometimes tasks they needed done wouldn’t relate to internship but everything was beneficial.

Advice

This is definitely more for first or second years looking for an internship! If you show that you care they will let you move up and do more . L
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Guest Services Associate

May - August 2019 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

I loved the people I worked with.

What I wish was different

The hours are intense near the start, sometimes breaking into a 70-80 hour week. Typically they then level off to about 30-40 hours a week. You will get scheduled every day until they're fully staffed. Sometimes these shifts are scheduled till 1 AM. Sometimes, those 1 AM shifts go till 2:30 if you're cleaning up an event. Housing will routinely take up a good third of your paycheck. If you're an associate, and not an intern, expect to be treated a little differently, as if you're not as capable. If you call off 4 times throughout those 4 summer months, you're fired, doctors note or not.

Advice

If you decide to work here, live close by, not in their dorms. Be prepared for a lot of heat. If you don't like the heat, don't go. If you go for guest services, you need to have a thick skin, angry guests will find your weakest point and dig in on it. Never tell people the truth if the truth is scary. Is a ride down due to being struck by lightning? Maintenance. Did most of its motors fail? Maintenance. It's always maintenance until you're told you can say otherwise .
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Lifeguard

April - August 2018 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

The experience of working with others from all over the world.

What I wish was different

I liked everything.

Advice

Make sure to always watch your water no matter what.
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Stage Tech

August - November 2018 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

I learned a lot about my chosen field, and gained a lot of personal confidence.

What I wish was different

I wish I had started networking shortly after I started working, instead of waiting half way through the job to start.

Advice

Even if you feel like a job might be a little too advanced for you, take it. I was worried I wouldn't know enough, but I still took the job, and did ever well.
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Ride Operations Intern

May - August 2018 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

I loved interacting with the guests and getting to know my leadership team. I also enjoyed learning a variety of positions at ride locations and creating fun for associates and guests alike.

What I wish was different

Advice

This job is very physically demanding due to the outdoor and lengthy nature of the shifts, but with proper hydration, sunscreen (always sunscreen), and a positive attitude, this position provides a very rewarding and fun experience.
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Ride oper

May - October 2018 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

In the end, the people I worked with ended up being like my family. We spent all of our time together and we became really close as if we were a family. Almost the entire crew liked each other. Also, the hours were long so the low pay evened out.

What I wish was different

I wish the pay would’ve been higher and Halloweekends wasn’t so mantally and physically exhausting.

Advice

I would advise to work hard and be friends with everyone if you want to move up in the company. Also, have a nice car. If you don’t, make friends with someone who does.
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retail merchandise intern

May - July 2018 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

people were friendly and helpful

What I wish was different

more organized

Advice

It is a lot of hours you put in but it is a great experience and you meet a ton of awesome people around the world.
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Catering and Special Events Associate

May - August 2018 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

I loved the people that I got to work with.

What I wish was different

The dorm-style living situation was terrible.

Advice

Do not pack a lot; you will not need it.
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Server

April - October 2018 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

Overall, working at Perkins Restaurant for Cedar Point was an amazing experience. Though the hourly wage was not the greatest (it is minimum wage for servers), I made more than expected due to tips. I met so many new people and learned from them and their experiences. The management is awesome. They love to have fun and joke around, but not before all the work is done.

What I wish was different

I wish there were less servers this past season. They accidentally over-hired on the amount of servers we had which lead to smaller sections and a few less hours.

Advice

Go to the week long training before Perkins and Cedar Point officially opens. You will gain so much experience and practice making you one step ahead of all the new servers. This will help you get better shifts and table sections which ultimately, helps you make more.
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Barista

May - August 2018 • Sandusky, OH

What I liked

meeting new people

What I wish was different

the workload. The shifts carried from week to week and were sometimes inconvenient

Advice

don't go to in-park if you can avoid it
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