Disney College Program Internship: Update
Due to the concern of social distancing and the increasing number of Coronavirus cases in both Florida and California, Disney Internships and Programs announced on July 2, 2020
that the Disney College Program will be suspended until further notice.
According to an NBC news outlet, while the theme park is set to reopen later in July, they’re not sure when the “Disney-owned apartment that interns live in will reopen.” Referenced on both Websites, Disneyland Resort
(California) remains closed with only The Downtown Disney District entering its phased reopening. Walt Disney World
(Florida) has opened with enhanced cleaning, face mask requirements and physical distancing protocols in place.
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But don’t give up on the magic, just yet (Someone queue the fairy godmothers, please!). Disney officials are indicating that the Disney Programs should resume in the future once America has a handle on COVID and leaders have decided to adjust eligibility requirements so that college students that may have missed out on their Disney Internship experience have the chance to live the dream in the future.**
Disney College Internship Requirements
The Disney College Program Internship
is a paid internship, open to students who are enrolled in an accredited college or university and have completed at least one semester. You must be at least 18 years of age to be eligible for this internship.
As a Disney intern, you’ll also live like a princess or prince in Disney-owned housing. Interns get the royal treatment with a nice sized list of included amenities
, such as free internet access, all utilities paid and more. Mentioned on the official Disney Programs Blog, housing fees
range from $114 to $180 per week.
Disney Internship Timing: Fall or Spring 2021
Disney internships, at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts, take place in the fall and spring. The spring internship season at Disney World and Disneyland is January through the beginning of August. The fall programs, in both Florida and California, occur from May through the beginning of January. Both the fall and spring seasons have shorter and/or longer options at both locations.
Applications for the fall program are open from January through March of the internship year. For instance, if you’d like to be a Fall 2021 Disney intern, you’ll need to submit your application beginning January 2021.
Spring programs applications open from August to October of the year before you’d be an intern. For example, if you’d like to intern next spring 2021 you’ll need to start your application in August of 2020.
**Coronavirus related: The Walt Disney Company Website
mentions they’re exploring a variety of different methods to keep everyone safe—virtual interviewing a recruitment are both referenced. Prepare for a virtual recruitment and interview process with these five digital interview tips!!
Role Call: Internship Role Options
All internships take place at Walt Disney World theme parks and resorts. All majors are welcome to apply. However, it’s a good idea to choose a few roles that fit your major or career path. The Disney Programs Blog provides a list of more than 35 Internship roles
students apply for or request. Below are just a few of the Disney intern roles:
• Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique/Pirate League
• Cast Costuming
• Guest Services Assistant
• Vacation Planner
• Recreation Attractions
Get the Inside Scoop
Disney Intern alumna Marissa Papapietro, provides a lot of helpful info in this 10 THINGS I Wish I knew About the Disney College Program
video. She also shares the three steps to apply and how to get accepted to the Disney College program
. If you are serious about landing a Disney Internship in 2021, you should check out her YouTube channel
. She’s a true Disney insider that provides a lot of intel you’ll want to know!
The Benefits of An Internship
If you have the chance to take on an internship, DO IT. Not only will your internship experience look great on your resume, it will also teach you important lessons the textbook or a classroom lecture cannot. A paid internship may also provide you with additional funding to help you pay for school. No one wants to graduate with an overwhelming amount of student loan debt!
Some colleges even offer credit for your internship. Be sure to work with your academic advisor or a university career counselor when you’re planning or looking into an internship. They can ensure you don’t overlook important opportunities—they may even have a few alumni connections to help you find the right internship.
Be sure you create a Fastweb profile
. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll get a list of internships that fit you and your college path. We’ll also update you when our database receives a new internship you should look into.
If you’re interested in the Disney College Program Internship, you may also like the two Disney Worldwide Services internships below: