What’s the Difference Between a Disney Internship and the Disney College Program?

Embarking on a career with The Walt Disney Company is a dream for many and there are many different ways to achieve it. For US college and university students, the gateway is paved through two distinct programs – the Disney College Program and Disney Internships. But what’s the difference and which is right for you? In this blog, let's journey through the avenues of these programs, discovering the nuances that make each a unique chapter in the story of one's professional adventure.

Disney Programs participants in Magic Kingdom

The Disney College Program:

Looking for ways to expand your resume while building a network of connections and friendships to last a lifetime? Experience a one-of-a-kind program at Walt Disney World Resort! Here's a glimpse of what the Disney College Program entails:

  • Living: Disney College Program participants enjoy resort-style housing, fostering global friendships and magical experiences, from character sightings to exclusive events.
  • Learning: Take advantage of unparalleled enhancements to academic and professional careers through experiential learning, attending in-classroom experiences and networking with leaders across the company.
  • Earning: The program offers diverse front-line roles in Theme Parks, Resorts and guest-facing locations, spanning Attractions, Food & Beverage and Vacation Planning.
  • Career Development: This marks the beginning of your Disney career journey! Enhance your resume, develop transferable skills and explore extension opportunities, internships and more.
  • Balancing Work and Academics: Disney Programs accommodates college commitments with dedicated time off for classes, exam proctoring and is endorsed for college credit by the American Council on Education.
Disney Programs participants sitting on a couch and talking

Disney Internships:

Imagine working side-by-side with industry leaders in your field of study. Imagine building upon the skills you've learned in the classroom within a family of legendary brands passionate about creating world-class experiences on a global scale. Now, imagine yourself in a paid Disney Internship, offered all over the country. Here's what sets Disney Internships apart:

  • Specialized Roles: Disney Internships are more career-oriented and may be found in a variety of fields. When applying for a Disney Internship, applicants may apply for any number of roles, but they apply for specific roles of their choice.
  • Professional Development: Disney Internships are crafted for career development, providing participants with hands-on experiences and the chance to hone skills in their chosen fields.
  • Uniquely Disney Offerings: Discover the magic of uniquely Disney learning with our program-exclusive offerings, available exclusively for Disney Interns whether they’re working at an on-site location or connecting virtually.
Instructor leading a networking course

Choosing Your Adventure:

Deciding between the Disney College Program and Disney Professional Internship hinges on the chapter of life you find yourself in and the story you wish to script.

Both the Disney College Program and Disney Internships offer a chance to dive into the world of Disney, whether you're a college student looking for a semester adventure or a professional seeking a career boost. Disney welcomes you to be part of the magic. Follow your dreams, and let Disney be a special chapter in your professional journey.

disney programs participants at magic kingdom

Interested in participating in a Disney Program? Visit DisneyPrograms.com and DisneyInterns.com to learn more!

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