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What year of college is the best to do the Disney College Program?

I am really interested in the college program at Disney and I want to make sure I do it at the right time in college. #disney

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Molly’s Answer

I am a very satisfied Disney College Program Alumna. I participated during the first semester of my Junior year. I would suggest working with your college counselor, who is familiar with your major, to discuss when the appropriate time would be to take a break from your studies. While educational opportunities do exist (and are required for a DisneyLand CP), not all universities will give you credit for taking these classes.


For most, the sooner you participate, the better. The Disney corporation can teach you so much, connect you with fascinating professionals, and expose you to a world of opportunities!


P.S.- when it comes time to interview, remember to SMILE! Even if you are over the phone, they can hear it!

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Brianna’s Answer

Hello there! I've successfully finished two Disney College Programs (DCPs) and a Professional Internship (PI).

I embarked on my first program during the fall semester of my sophomore year, and I must say, it was a great decision! Here's why: I was just beginning my major-specific studies so taking some time off didn't interfere with my class progression. Also, I was still in the process of forming my circle of friends, so being halfway across the country wasn't as tough. Plus, I was in the early stages of mapping out my career path, which gave me the flexibility to make changes if necessary.

Upon returning to university after my first program, I decided to switch my major. My new focus was to return to Disney after graduation. I completed another program in the six months post-graduation and immediately followed it up with a Professional Internship with the Company....and I haven't left :) 11 years later, 12 different roles, 10 locations, I truly love what I do. Staying at Disney wasn't my original plan at all, it was something to put on my resume.

Brianna recommends the following next steps:

Chat with your advisor about what classes could be counted towards your major or if the university will turn your DCP classes into university credits with mirror class enrollment (Thankfully my university counted the classes I took during my program towards my graduation by this process)
Read blogs/posts from current or previous DCP participants. We all have different perspectives, maybe find someone with similar major/minor studies.
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Jessica’s Answer

I did mine second semester junior year, and then I came back to school for my senior year and was a Disney campus representative for the school (sadly I don’t think this is a program anymore). I was able to graduate on time with summer school classes spread out over the 4 years. I then wanted to do a management internship after graduation but did not get the one I wanted, so I ended up doing a second DCP right after graduation, and then the internship after! If you are considering a career with Disney, this was a great path and a good backup plan for me!
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Lisa’s Answer

Depending upon your area of discipline and how many college credits you currently have (meaning at what point in college you are at currently), it is best to seek information out from your College Academic Advisor first. If possible, try to plan for your internship at Disney to be between your breadth coursework and your major coursework. Typically, this would be after completion of your sophomore year. If you can plan it during the summer, it would be ideal.

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Michele’s Answer

You can apply as a freshman for your second year to be in the program and definitely should apply as soon as you can


I would encourage you to apply as soon as you can so that if you do not get in the first time you will be a second time applicant the next time and more likely to get in. It shows that you are committed to participating by the fact you did not give up if not accepted the first time and gives you the most opportunities to get into the program

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