Did you know in 2019 Kings Island hosted over 200 international students from 15 different countries as part of the Summer Work Travel Program? You could find these students working in departments across the park including Food & Beverage, Merchandise, Games, Ride Operations, Park Services, Security and Aquatics. In 2020, Kings Island will host nearly 300 students from even more countries!
If you have never heard of the program, the Summer Work Travel program provides an opportunity for students from all over the world to work and travel in the United States while their college or university is on summer break. While the main purpose of the program is for students to work and travel in the U.S., its purpose becomes twofold by the amount of cultural exchange and understanding that takes place between these students and our domestic associates over the summer. After working a summer at Kings Island, many of our associates can say they have made friends from around the world!
I recently returned from our first Summer Work Travel hiring event in the Caribbean. It was a life changing experience to say the least. Most of my time was spent with students that have participated in the program in the past. One of these students, Kimone, has worked at Kings Island the past three summers in our Admissions and Food & Beverage departments. As I spoke to prospective students, Kimone offered so much insight about her experiences abroad and provided tips to ease some of the anxiousness that comes with living in another country. I am extremely excited for another great summer with the Summer Work Travel students. The next time you visit Kings Island make sure say hello to one of our international students!