Spring on the York College campus

Building Magic

By Samantha Sabatini '20
Becky McCloskey stands in front of Star Wars mural.

Not every student has an opportunity to work on a new project for Disney. Junior Becky McCloskey from Pottsville, Pennsylvania, is pursuing a Civil Engineering degree and has had quite the Disney experience thanks to the College’s co-op program. For her first co-op last summer, she worked in Baltimore, Maryland, at Whiting-Turner, a national construction company, doing cost-benefit analysis on a Disney World project. For her second co-op, also with Whiting-Turner, she helped with building the next big thing at Disney World.

It was an amazing experience,” she says, “I learned so many new things every day.” She spent much of her time working with the project managers and superintendents keeping construction moving on schedule in an environmentally sustainable way. One day, the team attended a creative overview, allowing McCloskey to see Disney’s vision for the project. Being part of that project and getting to see how rides will work behind-the-scenes has been an unforget- table experience for her.

McCloskey says she’s gained more from her co-ops than just the civil engineering experience. She’s made connections within companies, has become more confident with the interview process, and has strengthened her resume. She’s excited to take what she’s learned in her co-ops so far and apply them to what she’s learning in the classroom.