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February 21, 2020

Internship held Universal appeal

Interior Architecture senior Mike Artwell spent fall semester at Universal Creative and is well-positioned for a future in theme park design

By Michael C. Butz

Talk to Interior Architecture senior Mike Artwell about his career ambitions and you’ll quickly learn he wants to design the next great theme park attraction—and then keep designing more and more of them.

That seed was planted when he was 5, following his family’s first visit to Disney World. Seventeen years later, he says he was “more than reassured” of his career choice during a fall 2019 internship with Universal Creative in Orlando.

The four-month gig with Universal’s Resort Development Team offered him scores of opportunities—from sketching and ideation to handling intellectual property and learning to work with vendors...

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