Applications for the Spring 2014 Disney College Program have been posted. I participated in the College Program last spring, and it was the best decision I ever made. Here are the top 10 reasons you, as a Kent State student, should apply.
10. You get to work for Mickey Mouse. I mean, come on. How many people get to say that?
9. You can escape part of an Ohio winter. Let’s face it, Kent gets cold and snowy and icy and unpleasant. Why not spend those winter months in Florida or California instead?
8. You get to see what happens behind-the-scenes at Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Did you know there are tunnels beneath Magic Kingdom? You could see those with your own eyes.
7. You get free access to Disney Parks. Have a day off of work? Chill out at Magic Kingdom. Or Animal Kingdom. Or Hollywood Studios. Or Epcot.
6. You receive college credit for the classes you take through Disney. Ask your advisor to see a list of transient credits you could earn by studying in Disney. I know at least one of the classes is Kent Core, so it’s a guaranteed three credit hours. And guess what? Disney classes only cost $10.
5. You can put a unique experience on your resume. Even though you’ll only be a frontline employee in the parks and resorts, you can say you worked in a Fortune 100 Company and have observed the way it successfully runs its business.
4. You can network with professionals in a Fortune 100 Company. During my college program, I went to a panel discussion about social media and marketing. When I was there, I networked with several marketing professionals that work in the parks and resorts who then helped me network with the social media manager for Disney on Broadway. Disney Theatrical Group public relations is my dream job.
3. You get to make magic for other people and thus experience magic yourself. One time, I asked a group of teenagers some Disney trivia questions to help make their wait time to meet Pooh, Tigger and Eeyore faster. By the time they got to the front of the line, they not only asked the characters to sign their autograph books, they asked me to sign as well.
2. You make lifelong friends. I still talk to my DCP roommates and friends on a daily basis. One has extended his program and is currently in Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Parade, one is a Photopass Photographer at Disneyland, and several are back at their colleges across the country.
1. Your life will be changed. You can’t help but be changed by the magic of Disney, the amazing guests, and your fantastic fellow Cast Members.
What are you waiting for? Apply now!