School is out and the fall recruiting season will be here before you know it. Since you won’t have any more tests or papers to turn in for a few months, summer break can be the perfect time to start preparing yourself for the upcoming application process.
Here’s a checklist of things you can do this summer during your free time to help get yourself ready to apply for an internship at Disneyland® Resort in California:
Update your résumé
You may not need an official résumé for the Disney College Program, but you will for a Professional Internship. Having an updated résumé makes the application process a lot easier for you because it serves as an excellent resource when you’re filling out your application and preparing for your potential interview.
Are you mowing lawns this summer or babysitting the neighbor kids? Don’t leave these summer/seasonal jobs off your résumé because you’re using similar skills that could help you on the progam. Make sure to keep your résumé updated at all times and use these few months that you’re off from school to your advantage!
A lot of our Disneyland Resort applicants have never actually been to Disneyland Resort before, or they’ve worked at Walt Disney World® Resort and are looking for a different experience. That’s okay! Make sure to use our official resources (websites, blogs, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram) to help you gain knowledge and prepare yourself for the interview.
The more you know about the program, housing, educational classes (these are mandatory at Disneyland Resort), etc., the more comfortable you’ll be in your interview. Being prepared also means that you should try and find a spot that gets good phone reception. Plus, you want to find a place that is quiet and distraction-free; such as a room without pets. You’d be surprised how many times that doorbell rings during interviews and the dog starts barking.
Keep in mind that you’ll be a little nervous, so even a few little distractions could make you lose your focus.
Local and Housing, what’s the difference?
It seems like a simple question, but it’s important because our interviewers will ask this in every Disneyland Resort interview. Our local program is designed for students who already live in the Anaheim area and want to take part in our internship program. Our housing program is designed for students who live outside of the local area and will live in our housing complex (Carnegie Plaza) during their program. All of our participants must have full availability during their internship.
During your interview, you’ll need to indicate which one you prefer. If you live out of state and plan on applying for the local program, make sure you have housing arrangements finalized before your interview. Don’t just assume you can live with your friend or distant relative for seven months if you get the internship. And I wouldn’t recommend applying for the local program and trying to find your own apartment at the last minute through online research. The California housing market is much different, and often more expensive, than other parts of the country.
Know the roles you’re applying for
We have over 18 roles available at Disneyland Resort and when you apply, you have the opportunity to let us know which ones you’d like to be considered for. Now is a good time to research those roles and see which ones interest you the most. Remember, the more roles you’re interested in, the more flexibility we have to place you in the program.
The Disneyland program is much smaller than the one at Walt Disney World Resort, and the roles are a little different, too. Knowing all of the roles you’re applying for and their responsibilities will help you understand where you could be the most successful during the program. Also, keep in mind that not everyone will be placed at the Disney Desk or in Guest Services. We do have a few high need roles that are very important, too, such as Food & Beverage Quick Service Restaurants, Custodial, Custodial Busser, Food Prep, Lifeguard, and Resort Transportation & Parking.
We know you might want to work at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, but we have some other amazing locations, too. Keep an open mind and if you’re selected for a location you think you may not enjoy, give it a chance. You may end up loving it.
Program fees…what program fees?
In order to accept an offer for Disneyland Resort, each participant must first pay a fee of $940 ($150 for locals/commuters). I know that seems like a lot, especially compared to Walt Disney World Resort, but I wanted to break down those costs so you’re not caught off-guard and can start budgeting accordingly.
Our Program Assessment Fee makes up $150 of that money. This money goes toward all of the exciting events, backstage tours and exclusive celebrations we have planned for you during your internship. We also require each participant to pre-pay for rent for the first four weeks, which is $640 ($160 per week). We also require a security deposit of $150, and if you keep your apartment neat and tidy and do well on your final inspection, you could earn this money back.
Should I bring my car?
If you have the ability to bring your car, bring it. Disneyland Resort is about two miles away from Carnegie Plaza and that can be a long walk, especially late at night after your shift. We have access to parking garages around the apartment and everyone with a vehicle will be assigned a parking spot (free of charge, subject to change).
Plus, it’s Southern California! There are so many exciting things to see and do in our community and you’ll definitely want your vehicle to explore. Many of our participants will spend a day off at the beach or visiting nearby Hollywood or Los Angeles. Are you a sports fan? We have plenty of professional sports options that are an easy drive away. Take advantage of your time in California.
If you don’t have a car, that’s okay, too! There are plenty of other transportation options and more than likely, one of your roommates or friends on the program will have one.