ith many newly graduated high school seniors headed off to college, they will be making important decisions related to their majors. Whether they are undeclared or fully committed, new college students need to know there are wonderful opportunities available through the Disney Company. I have conducted many lectures in my college classrooms, including showing countless videos of the Disney College Program and Disney Professional Internship Program. So, what are these programs; how does one become a part of these programs; and what does one do once they’re accepted? Glad you asked!
The Disney College Program offers college students wonderful opportunities. Not only do they get to work at “The Happiest Place on Earth,” but they get to meet, work, and live with people from all over the world. Disney provides housing for CP cast members and deducts the housing expenses out of their pay check. In addition, CPs can earn college credit while they work for Disney. Most CP cast members work in traditional jobs at the resorts and parks (life guards, ride attendants, food service, children’s activities, etc.). The Disney College Program is available at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland! You can apply for the Disney College Program after your first semester in college, but you must be enrolled in college to be a part of the program. If you’re eager to find out more, there are so many videos on YouTube showcasing the life of a CP. You can find out more by following the link at the end of this post.
Being accepted into the Disney Professional Internship program is a little harder than the College Program. Last summer when we decided to take the train ride over to Conservation Station at the Animal Kingdom, we ventured inside the building to look at all the cool educational “stuff.” I started talking to one of the cast members (Cassie) who was measuring food for the animals. I had to ask, “Are you a part of the Disney College Program?” She said she was part of the Disney Professional Internship Program…and she gave me permission to include her photo in my blog. :0)
Either way, college students can’t loose when choosing to become a part of one of these programs. Although many teachers, parents, and Disney fans may not be interested in these wonderful programs (or qualified), their students/children might! It is never too early to start planning for the future, because these programs are extremely popular and competitive. It would be smart to make plans early to apply and watch YouTube videos on how others were accepted into one of these programs. Although teachers may have very young students not ready for college, I envision teachers using the information from these programs as part of their career day, teaching children about jobs and careers, motivation for college, and so much more! If you’re headed to college or know someone who is, think about Disney as an option. You won’t regret it!!
To find out more about these wonderful programs please follow the links below.