How far you’ll go after your Disney College Program: Alumni success stories, part 2

Today, the “How Far You’ll Go” series continues with three more great employees! These inspirational College Program alumni are sharing their stories, as well as how you can use the Disney College Program as the foundation of a magical career.

Jule Gamache – Communications manager, diversity, equity and inclusion

Explain your current role.

I am a communications manager on our Enterprise Diversity, Equity and Inclusion team. I use storytelling to amplify the work our Business Employee Resource Groups (BERGs) do during their heritage months and throughout the rest of the year, so everyone across The Walt Disney Company can be included and feel like they belong.

When did you do the College Program?

Spring 2012, attractions, Space Mountain and the Tomorrowland Speedway At Magic Kingdom Park

Why did you do the Disney College Program?

The first time I learned about the College Program, I knew I wanted to apply. I grew up a huge fan of Disney and thought it could be a great way to learn about the company and potentially start my career there (which came true!).

What’s a special memory from your College Program?
I made some true friends during my College Program who I keep in touch with 10 years later. Between my roommates and my coworkers, the bonds I formed were actually life changing.

How did your program experience help you in your current role?

The College Program gave me the important perspective of what it’s like to work as one of our front-line cast members. Now, when I am working to ensure the employee experience at Disney is inclusive, I am thinking about all types of workplaces within our massive company.

What advice do you have for participants that want to build a career at Disney after their program? 

Meet as many people as you can! Disney leaders are usually very open to answering questions and sharing their stories; all you have to do is ask!

 

Jeremiah Kilimanjaro – Disney Vacation Club guide

Explain your current role.

I am a Disney Vacation Club guide. Part of my role is to help families vacation more often with the help of the Disney Vacation Club membership. I get to meet and engage with guests every day and help explain how they could benefit from joining. Then, if we determine that membership is a good fit, I a walk them through the process of becoming members. One of the best parts of my role is I get to change lives by helping families spend more time together.

When did you do the College Program?

Spring 2012 (February to August), Jungle Cruise Skipper at Magic Kingdom Park. I also did a Professional Internship with Disney Vacation Club operations fall 2014.

Why did you do the Disney College Program? 

From an early age, I have always had a passion for the Walt Disney Company and everything it represents. I come from a Disney family and have always wanted to be a part of making the magic. I remember seeing advertisements around campus at NC State and I leapt at the opportunity to live and learn from the best company in the world.

What’s a special memory from your College Program? 

One of the best parts about being a skipper was the friends I was able to make. Many of which I still am close to today. One of my favorite memories was working the very first “One More Disney Day”. There was nothing like working in the Magic Kingdom at 4 a.m.! The guests loved it, and we always remembered to keep the fun!

How did your program experience help you in your current role? 

There’s so much value in working on the front lines. I truly think the skills and abilities I gained on my College Program and Professional Internships were instrumental in making me the cast member I am today.

What advice do you have for participants that want to build a career at Disney after their program? 

Network, network , network! You can learn from absolutely anyone, so don’t be afraid to put yourself out there!

Pamela Campbell – Campus Recruiter

Explain your current role.

I am a Campus Recruiter for the Disney Hospitality Leadership Program

When did you do the College Program?

Spring 1991, Quick Service Hostess at Stargate Restaurant (changed to The Electric Umbrella)

Why did you do the Disney College Program?

I wanted to intern with a company that would look attractive on my resume and boy did it!

What’s a special memory from your College Program?

A special memory as an intern that I will never forget is meeting Michael Jackson!

How did your program experience help you in your current role?

My College Program and Professional Internship helped me understand the aspects of working for Disney from an intern’s perspective because I as once was one. Throughout my career this helped me to think inclusively, and not leave or discard our interns.

What advice do you have for participants that want to build a career at Disney after their program?

My advice to all participants is to make mistakes while on this internship BUT learn from them. Ask questions about everything. My last advice would to be to network with all levels of leadership to gain knowledge as well as different perspectives.

This is just a glimpse of how far you could go after your Disney Program, and the possibilities are endless! Ready to start building your Disney career? Visit DisneyPrograms.com and apply to the Disney College Program today! Who knows, one day you could be featured as a College Program alumni sharing your story with the next generation of magic makers.