The spring season is well underway, and some of you may have already accepted an offer to join us in California for the fall season! But what does that mean? What can you expect on your program?
Most of you know about the role or job that you’ll be doing since you probably researched it a little before applying, but there’s much more to our Disneyland® Resort program than just going to work every day. In fact, there’s much more!
I’ve put together a list of five things I believe will help you the most as you take on this new adventure and look ahead to your future professional career.
Career Development Workshops
Every season, we host a variety of workshops designed to help you with your professional development. These include tips to help you with writing your résumé, improve your networking skills, master the interview process and learn how to develop your personal brand.
All of the skills you’ll learn in these workshops are so important in helping you land a professional job after the program, and they’ll help boost your confidence in the application process no matter where you go. We try to offer these in the beginning of your program when your schedule isn’t quite as busy, so make sure to take advantage of this exclusive opportunity
Everyone tells you to network on your program, but nobody tells you how. That’s because networking can be one of the most challenging things you’ll encounter on your internship, but we’re here to help!
During your program, we’ll do everything we can to set you up for success and give you a chance to meet cast members, leaders and executives from other areas. One of our most popular networking events each season is our Disney College Program/Disney Professional Internship Mixer. This is where you’ll met with dozens of Professional Interns throughout The Walt Disney Company, learn about their roles and hear about some of the projects they work on.
We also host a monthly networking event right in our housing complex. Every season, we talk to our participants and see what areas of the company they’re most interested in. Then, we bring in leaders from that area and our participants have an hour to chat with them and learn more about their line of business. These are typically small groups so you get a great chance to meet with these leaders and ask them questions.
Don’t forget, the educational classes at Disneyland are mandatory and are required in order to successfully complete your program. They’re also a good way for you to learn more about the business aspect of the company.
Make sure to do your research and select classes that you find exciting and could benefit you as you’re looking for a professional career after the program. Since attendance is required, it’s important to be there every day and want to learn as much as you can.
Some of our classes will spend a day at Disneyland Park and do exciting activities to help you gain more knowledge about the park and the inspiration behind how and why it was built. Walt Disney even had an apartment at Disneyland so he could stay the night when he visited. And by the way, you’ll get to tour that apartment on your program!
We’re always looking for participants to join the Disney VoluntEARS program and help out with some of our activities we have planned throughout the season. Our team is extremely passionate about helping others and the local community, and we believe that you’ll find our VoluntEAR program very rewarding, too.
In the past, we’ve done everything from clean up nearby beaches and help out at local schools, to assist with the Toys for Tots annual toy drive and send special packages to our troops overseas. If you’re interested in giving back to others, make sure you ask us the first week of your program how you can get involved.
Set a goal and make it happen
Before you arrive, think about what you want to get out of this program. So many people ask me to provide them with statistics on the success rate of our internships, but success means something completely different to everyone.
Set a goal for yourself and do everything you can to make that happen. I’ve even seen people make a Disney College Program bucket list before they arrive…this is awesome! Based on my experience, the more energy and passion you put into the program, the more you’ll get out of it in the end.
It’s extremely important to be committed to the program and your work location, but be committed to yourself, too. Don’t leave the program on departure day wishing you would’ve done more or tried harder. Maximize every opportunity to the fullest.
Remember, this is your life-changing adventure and throughout your journey, you’ll have more spectacular opportunities than you could ever imagine. If you make the most of your internship, you’ll not only have the time of your life, you’ll leave here with some lifelong friendships and unbelievable memories, too.