Have you spent the last few weeks dreaming big and looking for fun and exciting opportunities to make 2018 your best year ever? Some people like to set fitness goals or challenge themselves to get better grades, but the reality is, many of you will spend the year looking for a job or an internship.
Can you imagine spending half the year in sunny Southern California, working at Disneyland® Resort and networking with professionals from throughout The Walt Disney Company? How about attending professional development classes and taking part in exclusive backstage tours and events beyond your wildest dreams?
Don’t just dream about it – make it happen!
The Disney College Program fall recruiting season is almost here, and in California we’re looking for eager, passionate college students who want a chance to work at Disneyland and help us make unforgettable memories for our guests. This season, we’re recruiting for our Fall (Aug. to Jan. 2019) and Fall Advantage (May to Jan. 2019) programs.
If you’re interested in applying, here are a few things to think about that’ll help you along the way (including a potential interview):
Fall versus Fall Advantage: Don’t just look at the arrival dates and select a season based on the length of the program – know the differences! Our Fall program includes housing, and you would live with other participants in our Carnegie Plaza apartments located about two miles from Disneyland. Our Fall Advantage program is for local students who already live in the area and have their own housing.
If you live out of state (or away from the Anaheim area) and aren’t sure what to do, I highly recommend living in our housing complex. It’s an excellent chance to make new friends and much easier than trying to find your own place to live, which can be very expensive.
Know the different roles: We offer over 18 incredible roles on the program, and all of them are fun and unique in their own way. These range from food and beverage, retail, custodial, lifeguard and even front desk and guest services at our resorts. But as you can see, we have a lot more than just these!
When filling out your application, read the description for each role, and if it’s something you’re interested in, qualified for and a job you wouldn’t mind doing during your internship, feel free to mark an interest in it. The more roles you’re interested in, the more flexibility we have to place you in the program.
Just remember, you could be considered for every role that you mark an interest in, so be prepared to talk about all of those during the interview. Here’s a tip: If you’re highly interested in a few specific roles, think about ways you could make a difference in that role, and use examples of your skills and work experience to highlight why you’d be a good fit.
Do you have any questions? Everyone will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the interview. Everywhere you look, people tell you that you need to ask questions because it makes it look like you really care. The reality is, everyone tells you that but they don’t tell you what to ask.
Here’s a fun fact to think about: over 75 percent of the people I interview ask me if I did the Disney College Program or they want to know how I got my start with the company. After all, someone posted these questions on social media and they got hired, so why not ask, right?
The short answer to that is yes, I got my start on the Disney College Program and I absolutely LOVED it. In fact, I loved it so much I never left! During the interview, I want to hear YOUR passion and enthusiasm, so tell me why this would be the perfect start for you.
Think about this: you have 20 minutes on the phone to talk about yourself and your skills and qualifications. You’ve been dreaming about working at Disneyland your whole life and this interview is your chance to make that happen. What do you truly want to know about the Disney College Program experience in California? Is there anything special and unique about your work history or talents that we didn’t already discuss in the interview?
This is your final chance to make an impression so try to focus your questions on the program and utilize this opportunity to gain more knowledge about the overall internship experience. After all, some of you may have never been to Disneyland before. What is it that you want to know or what are some things you want me to know about you?
The most important part of the interview is YOU, and the more I know about you, the easier it is for me to make my hiring decisions and find a spot for you on this life-changing adventure!