What is the Disney College Program?
The Disney College Program is a paid internship at either Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL or Disneyland in Anaheim, CA. The programs are similar but not identical, and so for people who are interested in the Disneyland program, I must encourage you to seek out a different source of information. My experience solely refers to the WDW program, and I’d hate to be responsible for leading someone astray. If you’re West-Coast bound, I recommend starting here:
I also should say that I’m far from an expert: I am just a student who is participating in the program and, because I had trouble finding simple answers as I was researching the program, I decided to gather and share what information I did find. Although this information is correct to the best of my knowledge, please do not take anything you read here as the absolute, official policy.
As I mentioned before, the CP is a paid internship. The program is broken down into three components: “Live, Learn, and Earn”.
For more information on each component, please click on one of the links below.
The program is broken up into several different sessions:
Fall Advantage – Late May/Early June through Early January
Fall – Mid-August through Early January
Spring Advantage – January through August
Spring – January through Mid/Late May
This may look a little complicated, but essentially the Spring and Fall programs run about the normal length of the corresponding college semester, and the Advantage programs run through the summer and one semester. They also have Advantage Quarter Sessions, which are reserved for students whose schools run on a quarter or trimester system.
There is no cost to participate, beyond a $100 assessment and activities fee, which pays for activities in the apartments, as well as securing your place in the program after you’ve been accepted. This fee is non-refundable, and is due within 2 weeks of accepting the official program invitation.