Monday, February 25, 2013

Disney College Program: Part 1 (Overview)

Why the Disney College Program?

It’s only been a week since applications were posted for the Fall/Fall Advantage Disney College Program but it feels like an eternity! For all of our younger readers or parents of college students who are obsessed with Disney and are looking for a good internship or learning opportunity, this post is for you!

The Disney College Program is a 6-8 month program designed specifically for college students who wish to spend a semester working at the happiest place on earth in a variety of different roles.
Cinderella Castle during Winter Months

So, who is eligible? I pulled this from the Disney College Program Website:

“1. Be Enrolled as a Full-Time or Part-Time Student and Taking Classes”
 Doesn’t matter how old you are, if you are currently taking any classes at an accredited university the semester before the program, than you are eligible. This does not include dual enrollment in high school.

“2. Meet Any School Requirements for Participation”
This includes GPA, credit hours, grade level, etc.

“3. Be at Least 18 Years of Age by the Time the Program Begins”

“4. Possess Unrestricted Work Authorization”

Applicants can either request to work at Disneyland in California or Walt Disney World in Orlando. There are four different time spaces. Fall which goes from early August to early January, or Fall Advantage which goes from late May/early June to early January. 

For the Spring Program (applications are released in the Fall) Spring goes from Mid January to Mid May and Advantage goes from Mid January to Mid august. More information about eligibility can be found on the website. 

 Disney's Art of Animation Resort (Cars)

So, where can you work and what are the roles?
Applicants can apply for the following positions at Walt Disney World (and much is the same at Disneyland):

Attractions, Custodial, Hopper, PhotoPass Photographer, Main Entrance Operations, Transportation. Bell Services Dispatch/Greeter, Concierge, Hospitality, Housekeeping, Full-Service Food & Beverage, Quick-Service Food & Beverage, Retail/Sales, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique/Pirate League, Merchandise, Vacation Planner, Lifeguard, Recreation, Character Attendant, Character Performer (Audition Required), & Costuming.

There are three components to the Disney College Program:
Living – You will be living in one of three dorms: Patterson, Chatham, or Vista Way. You will be rooming with other college programmers (from 1-7 roommates). If you are under 21 you will automatically be placed in a wellness apartment.

Learning – Classes are available for enrollment, many that can possibly be taken for college credit through your university. Some university accept the college program as an internship for your major as well. Here is a course syllabi of classes offered.

Earning – Full-time job at either park in accepted position where you will be paid weekly. Rent and other fees are taken out automatically so what is left is for personal bills and fun.

More in-depth information can be found on the website:
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask and I will answer them the best I can!

 Disney's Art of Animation Resort 

I definitely urge any of you who are planning to apply for the program to find a group of friends online, either through the college program facebook pages, through tumblr, or any other social media site EARLY.  I joined the Fall 2013 College Program Hopeful page around October of 2012, when it was a small group and I have met some of the most amazing people and we have already become such great friends (some that will be featured in my posts). If you join the groups closer to applications or in the middle, there are a ton of people and it can get hectic making connections and drama can also arise easier with more people. So join early, get to know each other, talk about your favorite Disney things. It'll make the wait for applications seem shorter and you might already find your future roommates if everything works out!

This is part 1 of a group of posts that I will be making throughout my journey as a DCP applicant. My next post will be entirely about the application process, web-based interview, and what to expect. I applied as a Photopass Photographer and my application is still in progress!

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