Don’t look now, but the fall recruiting season is right around the corner! Whether you’re starting college for the first time next month or entering your final year, the Disney College Program is an adventure you’ll never forget and it can help you gain valuable skills you’ll take with you wherever you go.
If you’re interested in applying for an internship in California, then check out this list of four things that you’ll be sure to love about your experience at the Disneyland Resort:
At some point, you’ve probably heard the saying “it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.” We believe that meeting professionals in other areas of the company is highly beneficial for our participants. Each season, we do everything we can to allow you to network with others and make those connections that could benefit you later on in your professional career.
We host a networking mixer each season where you can meet hundreds of professional cast members from The Walt Disney Company, including professional interns. We also host monthly lunch meetings in a casual setting so you can feel relaxed and comfortable while you learn more about other areas of the company. In the last few months, we’ve had the Disneyland Ambassadors and Guest Service Managers join us.
Even if you have no intention of staying with Disney after your program, these professional relationships you make can be an excellent resource for you down the road.
During the program, it’s not uncommon to meet people from all around the world and become lifelong friends with them. We’ve heard so many people tell us they met their spouse on the program, or their best friend. When you go off to college and live in the dorms, you may find that you don’t have anything in common with your roommate. Here, all of our participants have at least one thing in common…their passion for Disney.
Only about 400 people participate in our program each season, so you really get to know everyone by attending weekly events and exploring the theme parks together. We also host movie nights, backstage attraction tours and other celebrations and events to encourage everyone to venture out, have fun and make new friends. Don’t be surprised if you create some unforgettable friendships on the program!
Boost Your Confidence
Interacting with hundreds to thousands of guests each day will help you gain confidence in your communication skills, and depending on your role, it could help you improve your sales skills, too. But those aren’t the only things that you’ll gain more confidence in during the program.
Many of our former participants tell us that during their internship, they gained so much more confidence in networking, marketing themselves, interviews, résumé writing, etc. That’s because, every season we host career development workshops that are designed to improve your knowledge and confidence in these areas.
We also require all of our participants to take classes during their internship, which allows you to learn even more valuable skills to help you obtain a professional job down the road. As you can see, we do everything we can to set you up for success!
Disney History, Front and Center
When you work at the Disneyland Resort, you quickly learn about how important Disney history and heritage are to the cast members. Remember, this was Walt Disney’s original theme park and you may have even seen a few vintage photos of him in the park, enjoying the same sights and sounds that we still enjoy today.
As a Disney College Program participant, we make sure that you have the opportunity to see some of these historical locations on property. Every season, we invite our participants to tour Walt Disney’s private apartment above the Firehouse on Main Street, U.S.A. We also take everyone to the Disney Studios in Burbank and show them the legendary sound stages where some of the most iconic Disney movies were filmed. That tour also includes a stop at the Disney Archives!
If you think that sounds like a lot of fun, just think…there are plenty more adventures and exclusive opportunities awaiting on the Disney College Program at the Disneyland Resort!