CP participants work in the parks and resorts, typically earn minimum wage, and can perform one of 22 roles (jobs). Click here for a complete list of available roles and role descriptions. It is important to know that, if you’re looking for an internship with Disney Imagineering, Wedding Planning, Management, etc., the Disney College Program does not offer these sorts of internships. These would be considered Professional Internships, which is a different program. However, if you’re really interested in these, the CP can be a valuable first step.
Roles available to CPs range from everything to Quick Service Food and Beverage (Fast Food) to Lifeguarding to Character Performer. There are literally hundreds of areas and job types that are available.
Some of the most popular jobs are Character Performer and Attractions. I mean, what Disney World fan hasn’t thought about how cool it would be to portray a favorite character in a parade, or to deliver the pun-heavy spiel on the Jungle Cruise? Characer Performer is particularly popular, and requires auditions where applicants are judged on their pantomime and dance abilities.
As mentioned above, most roles receive minimum wage payment, but some are paid a higher rate. Character Performers are typically paid more, as are Quick Service Food & Beverage Cast Members.
College Program participants generally work 5 days a week, though they may work more during peak season (usually around the holidays). All CPs are guaranteed at least 30 hours a week, and are eligible for overtime and “Disney Difference” benefits, including free theme park admission and hotel discounts.