Is A Disney Internship Right for You?

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Is A Disney Internship Right for You?

When I was in high school, there was a group of young people who came from around the U.S. and performed concerts; they were called Up With People. Being a very outgoing teen who dreamed of becoming a singer one day (pre-American Idol), I was very interested in joining this group. This was, of course, before home computers and certainly before the internet so information on joining such a group was not readily available. I never did join Up With People but they are still around, and have been since 1965 — long before I ever saw them. By delivering a message of goodwill around the world through international travel, community service and performing arts, they offer young people a very unique way to experience the world.  Still, not everyone likes to sing or dance, nor are all people interested in traveling to other countries or living with host families. Also, it costs quite a bit to join.

But how about living at Walt Disney World, or any other Disney park, while being paid? If that sounds good to you, you might be interested to know that a great opportunity for young Disney fans is an internship at the Disney parks. It is a wonderful way for young adults to have a chance to meet people from all over the world as Disney recruits individuals from many different countries and origins; not to mention the fact that guests come from all over as well. My little cousin has just become an intern — a Disney cast member! I am so excited for her to have this opportunity and I wanted to pass on some information about the process for any young person out there who might  be interested in becoming one too. First, I have to give a shout out to Jonquil — Congrats, sweetie! Way to go!

Here are the steps to take if you are interested in such an opportunity:

  • Check the Disney website for internship opportunities available in the area where you are hoping to work.
  • Apply for internships in the areas for which you are qualified; there is a wide variety of positions, such as special effects, film making, writing, production, planning and design, merchandise and more. Be sure to pay close attention to the requirements before applying as there are positions for high school graduates (CareerStart), college students and college graduates.
  • Review the appearance guidelines under the document entitled, “The Disney Look.” There are extensive guidelines and some of them might surprise you.
  • Additionally, you can sign up on the homepage for email alerts when positions become available.

In my opinion, this would be a great experience for anyone who is a Disney lover with an adventurous spirit. It is also a great way to receive free admission to all the parks and discounts on food and merchandise, while being paid to work. It would  be a fun way to meet people from all around the world. You can check out all the details here.

If you will be applying, I certainly wish you the best of luck!

Is A Disney Internship Right for You?

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