“What would Disney do?”

Sometimes you just have to think, "What would Disney do?" Photo Credit Kaitlyn Stauff

It’s that time of year again! For the next two or three months, Disney will be accepting applications for the Disney College Program (DCP). The DCP is an internship for college students where you can live and work at the most magical place on earth. The DCP is a competitive program to get into. Being a student who has done the program, I am going to share some DCP wisdom with you.

When applying for the DCP you start off giving basic information about yourself. This includes your name, social security number, and school you are currently attending. You must have at least 12 credits to qualify. after you submit is when the real work begins. Within a 24 hour period you should receive an email with a link to a web based interview. This is the first of two interviews you must complete; the second being a phone interview. These interviews are important and should be taken seriously. During your web interview, you will be given a series of multiple choice answers. Some of them are timed so don’t overthink them. My advice is to make sure you give strong answers and do not try to be neutral. Just think WWDD? (What Would Disney Do?)

The phone interview is the last and most important part of the interviewing process. It is here where you are interviewed by a live Disney recruiter.  You will be asked a series of questions about yourself, past job experiences, and why you want to participate in the DCP. You will also be asked questions on the certain roles (or job positions) that you are interested in. This is the most challenging part for some and can make or break your chances of getting in. Fear not! Here are some DO’s and DON’T’s to help you get through your interview.

DO! Smile and get really excited!

You want to work for the happiest place on earth. Show it! Be excited that you are experiencing this amazing opportunity. It’ll show your interviewer just how passionate you are about Disney.

DON’T! Be Disney crazy!

Your interviewer doesn’t want to know about how many Disney films you’ve seen or how many times you’ve been to the parks. They want to know why you want to do the Disney College Program, not why you want to work for Disney in general.

DO! Know you interviewer’s name!

Disney is a first name bases company. Walt Disney wasn’t called Mr. Disney! He was simply called Walt. Your interviewer will usually tell you their name at the beginning so make sure you write it down. Thank them for their time at the end and even wish them a magical day.

DON’T Get Distracted!

Make sure you pay close attention to the questions you are being asked. If you have taken notes, try not to constantly shuffle through the papers. This doesn’t look professional and can really affect you chances.

DO! Be Prepared!

Before your interview do some research! I went online and found a lot of practice questions that really helped me for my interview. I was able to practice with my friends and family until I was confident enough to face my interview. Doing research on the roles you want really helps out.

The Disney College Program is a wonderful experience. You get to build your resume and work for one of the most esteemed companies in the world. Not to mention the free park admission and discounts for your friends and family! It’s a lot of hard work, but it pays off the moment you create a magical moment for a guest. I met some of the most wonderful people on my program. Many were from all over the world. So get excited, and go give the Disney College Program a try. Just remember, it all started with a mouse