Written by: Michael Kuo
I get a lot of questions about my program everyday at work. Here are just a few of the most commonly asked questions about the Disney College Program.
What are you doing?
I am currently on a semester long internship with Walt Disney World working in the parks and resorts in hopes of getting into the company as a professional intern.
Is this really an internship?
By the technical definition, yes. We are gaining experience in working at one of, if not, the highest revenue generating parks in the world. For me specifically, I spend my time learning about retail and working in the front lines. There is also a educational aspect of the program, as participants are able to take classes on property through Disney University/Learning and Development Connection. Most of the classes are accepted by Ohio State.
What do you plan to do?
My resume strengths lie heavily upon my work experience through guest service, so being a Guest Service Manager would be a foreseeable future two to three years down the road. I would also love to have the opportunity to work in the Accounting and Finance department of Walt Disney, forecasting and planning for specific lines of businesses. The plan is somewhat vague since each line of business has individual administrative departments to support their daily business functions.
While I did at one point intern for an CPA firm, the culture really didn’t fit me. I also think that I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, when the company was going through some interesting revitalization in their recruiting methods. For me, it’s not just about the money, but also about company values, extracurricular activities, and opportunities abroad. Working for a Fortune 50 company lets me do that!
What’s it like?
During the busy season, we typically work about 50-60 hours a week in our line of business, so it gets pretty demanding. You get heavy interaction with guests and cast members which will test you on how you perform under pressure. However, when we hit our low season, we’re usually working only 30-40 hours a week so we try and find things to do during the week via working extra hours or doing activities that we’re involved in such as music, sports, event planning or anything of the like.
Tips/Advice for Considering the Disney College Program?
While many would perceive this as an ordinary “Summer Job”, working for Disney, like many other large companies, involve building your image from the ground up. Those of us in the program are willing to work for six months to try and get our foot in the door. If you have a passion for working in a Fortune 50 company who’s name is recognized as a world wide entertainment/media giant, you will be willing to take the opportunity to meet the leaders within Disney’s line of businesses and the best way to do that is by doing the College Program!
That’s it for now, as always take care and will hear from you all soon!