Disney Program Faculty Guide

The Disney College Program at the Walt Disney World Resort is a paid living, learning and earning experience for college students from all majors and backgrounds. The program offers students the opportunity to work for a Fortune 100 company, take courses accredited by the American Council on Education, and meet other students from around the world.

Disney Courses: Seven courses, designed by professionals and subject-matter experts from Disney University and recommended for credit by the American Council on Education, are offered to students as part of their program. Courses include topics such as organizational leadership, human resource management, hospitality management, communications, and personal and career development courses. These courses may be taken as “non-liberal arts” elective courses.

Some students may choose to take courses through the SUNY Distance Learning Network. For more information, visit: http://sln.suny.edu. The Disney Education Office works with students who are taking on-line courses by providing computer lab access, proctoring exams, and arranging study time for students to do their work.

Students will need to carefully plan their curriculum for their semester at Disney. The choice of taking Disney courses or SUNY credits will depend on a student’s individual needs for maintaining Financial Aid and/or health insurance. Please refer to the Disney Internship Guidelines for more information.

Hands-On Internship Experience:
Students gain valuable experience working in one of the wide variety of roles available through the Disney College Program. Students have the opportunity to go "behind the scenes" as they perform their roles in Walt Disney World. Students will develop valuable, transferable skills, including problem solving, interpersonal communication, teamwork, and time management. Upon the completion of an entry-level internship in basic theme park operations, students are then able to move into advanced level internships that are related to their majors and even full-time positions upon graduation. By participating in the Disney College Program, students are able to make professional connections with leaders from a variety of disciplines through networking events and opportunities. 

Enrichment Opportunities:
Students may also engage in major-specific projects during the entry-level College Program through the Professional Development Studies program (PDS). Students who participate in the PDS will attend a series of workshops and complete a practical, hands-on project. Subjects currently include engineering, entertainment, finance, and security/criminal justice. Students in entertainment, for example, will work on a stage production for beginning to end including set and costume design, lighting, casting, stage management, producing, directing, and performance.

Students with an interest in human service may participate in Disney VoluntEARS and Disney Hand. Students gain experience working in the community by contributing their personal time and talents to meaningful outreach projects.

These are just some examples of the opportunities available through the Disney College Program. For more information visit: www.wdwcollegeprogram.com or contact Tara Blackwell Malone, Assistant Director - Internship/Diversity Programs at (914) 251-6371.

ELIGIBILITY:  The Disney Internship Program is open to students, in good academic standing, who have completed at least 30 credits. Generally, sophomores, juniors and seniors are eligible. 


Updated 2/09


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