Disney Program Frequently Asked Questions

What is the College Program?

The Disney College Program is a paid internship involving a unique Living, Learning, and Earning experience at either Disney World in Florida or Disneyland in California. You will earn six (6) elective credits for successful completion of the internship.

It is an exciting opportunity for students of all majors and backgrounds. While at Disney, you will live in company sponsored housing, a 24 hour gated apartment complex in a multicultural community. The rent varies depending on the number of students living in an apartment. Cast members who are under the age of 21 will automatically be assigned to Wellness Apartments (dry, no alcohol). All others will be in Non-Wellness apartments unless you request otherwise.

The number of bedrooms in an apartment run from one (2 people) to four (8 people). You will work in an hourly position in more than 20 different positions, at one of the Disney theme parks, water parks or resorts.

Disney also makes available to students college level courses.

Disney Courses:

  • Organizational Leadership
  • Advanced Studies in Hospitality Management
  • Corporate Communications
  • Creative and Innovation
  • Human Resource Management
  • Marketing U
  • Personal and Career Development Strategies
  • Corporate Analysis
  • Experiential Learning
  • Interactive Learning Program

As part of your internship you are required to select and enroll in one course.

What are MCC's requirements to participant in the Program?

  1. You must have attended MCC at least one semester as a full-time student for that semester. (The Disney College Program cannot serve as your first semester of college.)
  2. Your cumulative GPA must be at least 2.0 by the time you leave for Florida or California. (a 1.999 is not acceptable).
  3. In the semester prior to participation in the College Program, you must be registered for, and passing, at least two academic courses (excluding TRS courses) with a C or better grade.

Disney's Requirements to participate in the Disney College Internship Program

  1. Meet your college's academic requirements.
  2. Be enrolled in college courses as a full or part-time student.
  3. The College Program may not serve as your first semester in college.
  4. Be at least 18 years of age.
  5. Possess unrestricted work authorization.

Will I have a personal interview?

No. Disney will first arrange a web-based interview for you; if you are selected to move forward, then they will schedule you for a phone interview.

How many hours a week will I be working and will I be paid?

The Disney College Program is a paid-internship. You will work the equivalent of a full-time schedule so you must have full work availability. This means that you must be available days, nights, weekends, and holidays. Days include early morning and evenings and may include after midnight hours. You are guaranteed 32 hours a week but may be asked to work a maximum of 45 hours while your required class is in session.

During peak times (when classes are not in session) you may be required to work as many as 60 or more hours per week. If you still wish more hours, you can check the EXTRA HOURS HOTLINE for additional shifts in your work location or in other areas.

Will I need a car while participating in the Disney College Program?

No, but you may find it helpful to have your own car. Otherwise, you will have to depend upon your friends to transport you to the places you wish to go. Bus service provided by Disney is available from your housing complex to work daily, and at least once a week to a grocery store and a shopping mall. There is no charge for this service.

Will I receive credit?

Yes. You are required to participate in an internship. The internship consists of taking one Disney course from among several that are offered and working at a location assigned by Disney. You will earn a grade for the course and a performance grade at your work location. Upon successful completion of the internship, you will receive a final grade and six (6) elective credits.

Will I be a full-time student while on the College Internship Program in Florida or California?

You could be but it is not advisable. To be full-time means that you would be enrolled in courses totaling twelve (12) credit hours. This would involve your taking an additional six (6) credit hours while at Disney. In addition to the MCC internship requirements (six credit hours), some students in the past have taken additional courses - either through MCC on-line or Disney's College Program courses, thus making them full-time. This, unfortunately, has not worked out for some students because of the demands of their internship responsibilities.

If I am not accepted the first time I apply to Disney, may I apply again?

Yes. A student in good standing may apply immediately when the next recruiting season begins. If are given a "restricted rehire," that could be a problem.

What expenses will I incur while at Disney?

Starting from the time you leave home, you will be responsible for all expenses that you incur (transportation to Disney, housing, food, entertainment, etc.) You will be paid the minimum wage at your work site. While the pay is modest, you will be given "perks" such as free admission into the parks, discounts on food and merchandise you buy while in the parks. Because of your Disney status, some Orlando merchants will offer discounts to you as well. In addition, your family is entitled to a discount on their hotel room when visiting you.