Congratulations to everyone who is invited to interview this season! For many of you, this will be the first time that you’ve interviewed by phone. You may be feeling nervous – but try to use that energy to showcase your passion for the Disney College Program.
We have only 15 to 20 minutes to spend in an interview with you, so the more you understand about the “basics” of the program, the more time there will be to spend on other magical topics of conversation.
Here are some frequently asked questions (and answers):
What characteristics are you looking for in an applicant?
We like to hire and place students who are intelligent, outgoing and passionate about Disney. Students who are flexible in the type of role they would accept and who can deal with ambiguity tend to do well on our program. And having foreign language skills is a bonus – especially if you are fluent or conversational in that language.
Incidentally, for those of you who are familiar with the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), the “ENFP” personality is the most common on the College Program. Students who are extroverted, intuitive, empathetic and open-minded seem to be attracted to our program.
What are the program dates?
Since we have thousands of students on the Disney College Program in Orlando (and hundreds on the Disney College Program in Anaheim), we do not have a single arrival and departure date. Instead, we have several arrival dates and several departure dates that correspond to the timeframe for your program. (This allows us to clean the apartments on a rotating basis and also for the work areas to handle new hire training.)
For example, if you are on the Spring program, you might arrive in mid- to late January, and you would depart in mid- to late May, and for Spring Advantage, you might arrive in late January or early February and depart in August (in time to start your fall semester of college).
If you receive an offer for the Disney College Program, you will learn your arrival and departure dates as part of the process to accept your offer.
Can I request time off during the program?
You should be expecting to work during our busiest times. This means we really need you on holidays, evenings and weekends. However, if you are extended an offer, you may request to have off up to five days in a row so that you can attend a graduation ceremony, wedding or family reunion. (You will still be responsible to pay your housing deduction during that time.)
But there is no need to mention a time off request during your interview.
What about the Spring Advantage-Quarter program (which begins in late March or early April and ends in August)?
We do have arrival dates for our students who attend a college that is on quarters (rather than semesters). If you attend one of these colleges, then you are eligible. But if your school is on semesters, you are not eligible.
You should know if your school is on quarters on semesters, and yes, we verify this information.
Will I receive college credit for the program?
Well, that depends. Do you want to receive credit? If so, you should be able to earn credit. The first step would be to discuss the program with your academic advisor. It is not a requirement to receive credit for doing the College Program, but we encourage students to explore this option. The American Council on Education has recommended that participants receive six to nine credits for the program plus three credits for each of the collegiate courses we offer. We partner with several schools that will award credits that you could transfer to your home institution. You also should consider taking up to two classes online from your current college. So if it is important to you to earn credit – or even be a full-time student (taking 12 or more credits) — there probably is a way to make this happen. While there will not be a tuition charge from Disney, chances are that your school will expect full or partial payment for these credits.
Note that it is a requirement to take at least one class if you are on the College Program in Anaheim whereas it is completely optional if you participate in our Orlando-based program.
How did I do in the interview?
If you do well in the interview, you will feel it.
Will the Disney College Program change my life? Will it be a dream come true? Will my experience look great on a resume!
Absolutely! You bet! Of course!
What opportunities will I have at the end of the Disney College Program?
There may be opportunities to extend your program; to do an alumni-only professional internship; to do a management internship; to audition for character performer; and to apply for full-time, part-time and seasonal work. There also will be internal opportunities for you to transfer to other areas of The Walt Disney Company which includes, but is not limited to working at other theme parks and resorts worldwide, Disney Cruise Line, ESPN, Disney ABC Television Group, Radio Disney, etc.
Of course, many students share your dreams and career aspirations, so expect some competition.