Mechanical engineering senior, Louise Butler went behind the scenes as an engineering intern for Universal Creative to work on a new ride opening this summer.

Butler says that, “My primary job was testing existing rides in the park. It involved late nights after the park had closed, but it gave me a complete behind-the-scenes look at how the rides worked and I learned new details behind the story of the rides that most riders may not notice.”

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley will come to life this summer at Universal Studios Florida, inviting muggles to Gringott’s Bank, Weasley’s Wizarding Wheezes, and The Leaky Cauldron. Visitors will even be able to board the Hogwart’s Express and travel from London to Hogsmeade!

“I got to see it all coming to life in the midst of construction,” adds Butler. “We visited the project site regularly to ensure that progress was on track for all of the facilities. Working on models for the ride design, learning the storyline and details of the ride before the public was extra fun! I even got to meet some of the designers from the Harry Potter movies and watch them bring the stories to life!”

Included in Butler’s internship was daily free admission to the parks and discounts on the food and drinks. With her office being so close, she slipped into the parks during lunch or after work and on weekends.

“I hope to pursue a career in this industry as a ride engineer and project manager. To achieve this goal, I am planning to enter a master’s program in mechanical engineering and possibly earn an MBA.”

Butler was one of 19 winners of the 140 applicants for this year’s University of Utah Career Services U-Work U-Win Competition held in April. University Career Services U-Work U-Win Program can be found on the Career Services web site.

Companies and students interested in posting or searching for an internship are invited to submit their information to the College of Engineering database.

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah is committed to providing students with broad-based, rigorous and progressive education.  By combining state-of-the-art facilities with renowned faculty, the department provides an education that gives students the necessary skills to become the next generation of innovators.