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Applications Are Now Open for the Disney College Program!

Dreaming of participating in the world’s most magical internship? Applications are now live for the Disney College Program! This unique internship opportunity allows college students from around the country to live in company-sponsored housing right by Walt Disney World, work in Disney parks and resorts, take college classes and even earn credit.

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Here’s what you need to know about applying to the Disney College Program:

The current recruiting season includes roles with arrival dates between May 2022 and October 2022. Program lengths and departure dates vary based on individual applications, however, the earliest departure date will be January 2023. (If you would need to depart your program prior to this date, we recommend applying to a later program or putting it off until after graduation.)

A number of roles are available for Disney College Program participants, including Attractions, Merchandise, Quick-Service Food & Beverage, and more. Certain roles previously offered on the program are not available at this time, but may be back for later seasons (namely Entertainment, Transportation, and Vacation Planning.)

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During the application process, you will be able to note which roles you are interested in. Be aware that any roles you check off during this portion of the application, you will be considered for. If you would not be up for working a role, it is best not to check it off.

While participants will learn their role assignment and location about one week prior to their arrival date, specific work locations are subject to change based on business needs throughout the program. (For instance, if you are accepted for Merchandise on Main Street in the Magic Kingdom, you could be moved over to Blizzard Beach to work Merchandise there when the water park reopens.)

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As the official job listing for the Disney College Program states, applicants must meet the following criteria to be considered:

  • Currently enrolled and taking classes at an accredited US* college, university, or higher education program OR have graduated from an accredited US* college, university, or higher education program within 24 months of the application posting date
  • Must have completed at least one semester at an accredited US* college, university, or higher education program by time of program arrival
  • Meet any individual school requirements (GPA, grade level, etc.), if applicable
  • Be at least 18 years of age at time of application
  • Be receptive to Disney Look appearance guidelines
  • Possess unrestricted US work authorization for the duration of the program (Disney does not sponsor visas for the Disney College Program.)
  • Be receptive to a starting rate of $14 per hour
  • Be fully available to work Sunday through Saturday, including days and nights, holidays, and overtime
  • Be receptive to exposure to outside elements including heat and/or humidity, cold temperatures, wet conditions, and prolonged standing/walking
  • Be willing to follow all cleaning and disinfecting procedures in the work area including handling cleaning chemicals and supplies
  • Additional personal protective equipment (face shields, goggles, refillable hand sanitizers, etc.) may be required.
  • Former Disney College Program participants must wait four (4) months after their last departure before applying.
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If you are unsure about whether or not this is the year for you to apply for the Disney College Program, we recommend reading our post, “Should You Do the Disney College Program in 2022?”

As you work through the application process for the program, remember that a fee is required to accept an offer ($413-435). The fee covers Disney’s housing events at Flamingo Crossings Village, as well as your first two weeks of rent. Rent will be deducted from your check automatically after the first two weeks on the program.

Looking for Disney International Programs? Unfortunately, Disney has not shared information on when programs for international students might return as a component of the Disney College Program, but we will update you as soon as we learn more.

For more tips ahead of submitting your application, read “What to Do Before You Apply to the Disney College Program,” or click here to head over to the Disney Careers website to complete your application. Best of luck!

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."