Disney College Program®

  • The Disney College Program offers a one-of-a-kind, Disney-designed experience that provides you with the tools, education, and opportunity to grow both professionally and personally. Please visit the Disney College Program website for additional information on this magical opportunity. (Please note—for most IUP students, participating in the Disney College Program is not considered an internship.*)

    Now accepting applications for fall 2016!

    Go the distance this year, and experience the opportunity of a lifetime as a Disney College Program participant at the Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort.

    2016 marks 35 unforgettable years of programs history, and you could be part of our next chapter!

    We are now accepting applications for the following 2016 program sessions:

    Walt Disney World Resort (near Orlando, Fla.)

    • 2016 Fall: approximately August–early January
    • 2016 Fall Advantage: approximately mid/late May–early January

      We do not have a summer-only program session available for first-time participants.

    Disneyland Resort (in Anaheim, CA)

    • 2016 Fall: approximately August–early January
      • August–January participants must reside in Disney company-sponsored housing
    • 2016 Fall: approximately May–early January
      • May–January participants must be able to provide their own housing

    How to apply:

    Please Note: If you are accepted into the Disney College Program, you must schedule a meeting with the IUP DCP Coordinator, Jan Shellenbarger, by calling 724-357-2235.

    Additional Details:

    Spring semester applications are generally accepted in September of the previous year, and fall semester applications are accepted in March. The Disney College Program website will indicate when the application period is open. 

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    “Participating in the Disney College Program was an absolutely amazing experience! Arriving in Florida, knowing no one except some family in the area, moving in with complete strangers, developing a professional connection, going through the Disney Training Program, and beginning to work for a huge company was a life-changing experience. I gained communication skills, personal interaction skills, professional networking skills, and was forced to become much more independent simply by participating in the Disney College Program.

    “I worked at the All Star Resort in the gift shops there. The All Star Resort has three check-in locations—Music, Movies, and Sports, each with a gift shop. It is a very large property with a huge amount of guest traffic. I learned how to give outstanding service as quickly as possible without guests feeling as though I was rushing them, which is part of what makes Disney so successful.

    “Since the College Program, I have interviewed and received two part-time jobs and an internship. During all three of those interviews, Disney was the very first thing I was asked about. This has been a huge professional step for me, and I look forward to possibly working for Disney again in the future! I currently help represent the Disney College Program on IUP’s campus, and encourage students to attend a presentation about the program, answer questions, and hopefully get them to apply.”

    —Ben Cavallaro, IUP alumnus and DCP participant

    Students, after acceptance, may embark on a semester-long or a full academic year experience in which they will be employed in an entry-level position at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, or the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

    *Please Note: For the majority of IUP students participating in the DCP, their time at Disney is not considered an internship. Most participants (excluding some majors such as hospitality management, and only then with approval from their department) do not earn credits. IUP student participants can take courses at Disney that transfer as electives, or take distance education courses through IUP while at Disney. Please keep in mind, though, that participating in the DCP usually involves 40+ work hours each week. 

    Please read the IUP Requirements for additional details.

    For additional information, please contact the Career and Professional Development Center at 724-357-2235.

    If you are accepted into the Disney College Program, you MUST make an appointment to meet with the program coordinator, Jan Shellenbarger. She can be reached at jans@iup.edu.