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Will the Disney College Program return in spring 2021?

Jane Corscadden September 8, 2020
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In July, Disney announced its autumn Disney College Program was cancelled for 2020 because of issues surrounding covid-19. Will the beloved Disney College Program return in spring 2021?

This has led many would-be interns to despair over their lost opportunity at Disney.

But what is the Disney College Program and will it return for its spring and autumn sessions in 2021?

What is the Disney College Program?

The Disney College Program is a paid internship that allows college students to experience the magic of Disney first-hand, working at Disneyland in California or Disneyworld in Florida.

Students must be over 18 and enrolled in a full-time university degree to apply for the programme.

The internships run in spring from January to August or in autumn from May to January. Both seasons have shorter and longer options at both locations.

Disney College Program allows students to live and work with people from around the world in Disney-sponsored accommodation and gain valuable experience working in Disney’s parks and resorts.

What work is included in the Disney College Program?

All internships take place in Disney’s world-famous theme parks and span all areas of entertainment and operations.

The programme allows students to choose roles that fit in with their university degrees. However, students can apply to any area they’re interested in.

The internship programme covers roles from dressing up as your favourite prince or princess for photo opportunities, working in the park’s many restaurants and ensuring the safety of visitors.

No matter what role students choose, Disney say they provide all interns with the same opportunities to work on their confidence, communication, and problem-solving skills.

The Disney programme’s blog provides a list of more than 35 internship roles students can apply for or request. Here are just a few roles where interns can find their own slice of Disney magic:

Is the internship returning in 2021?

Sadly, this question isn’t straightforward to answer.

On 2 July, Disney announced its college programme was suspended “until further notice”, despite Disney theme parks beginning to reopen.

Disney has yet to announce updates on the programme for spring and autumn 2021.

However, the Disney website mentions the company is exploring a variety of methods to keep everyone safe – including staff, visitors and future employees.

This includes opportunities for virtual interviews and recruitment.

Are you a university student interested in gaining unique work experience at the “happiest place on earth”?

Keep your eyes peeled on the internship website for further information on when to apply and updates on when the scheme is likely to take place.

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Jane is a freelance journalist from Belfast, Northern Ireland specialising in news, culture and politics. She studied Politics at Queen’s University Belfast before completing a Journalism MA at the University of Ulster. Always trawling social media and keeping up to date with the latest trends and crazes, her main interest lies in digital culture and internet trends.