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Is the Disney College Program Worth It?

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Many of my readers know that I'm a nerd for all things Disney, but not as many know that, in the Fall of 2012, I actually worked for the Mouse. Yes, I held one of the coveted spots in the Disney College Program. Although there's a lot I can't write about the program for confidentiality, I can give a realistic overview of the program.

If accepted, be prepared to work... a lot. I was scheduled full time for my entire internship, but the work experience was, and still is, a valuable part of my resume. The reputation of Disney as a world class customer service company can often make hiring managers look carefully at a candidate's experience. You'll never get rich in the internship, and you may not get the role you wanted (I worked as a food service cashier in Tomorrowland), but it's a potential gold plating on your CV.

Some of the intern perks are pretty great. You are required to take at least one of several seminars or classes lasting the whole internship, and this is a good opportunity to meet Disney imagineers or executives, and learn more about the company. As an intern, you also are given the opportunity to go backstage and behind the scenes of attractions and popular park locations, which is pretty spectacular. And of course, you'll probably meet some of the best friends you'll ever make in your company housing.

So, is it worth it? Totally, as long as you're willing to put in the hard work required to be a Disney cast member. Wish upon a star, and maybe you'll get in, too!


Photo: Pixabay

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