Land a College Internship at Disney and Make Your Inner Child Happy

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College is the time to establish your adult life, but who says you can’t also live out a childhood fantasy?

The Walt Disney Co. is accepting applications for college students to work at its legendary theme parks in Florida and California as part of its Disney College Program.

The internships are between four and seven months long and give students exposure to the hospitality industry. Interns can work in a number of roles, such as park greeter, character attendant, PhotoPass photographer, resort housekeeper or food and beverage cashier. There’s a separate program for students interested in culinary careers.

The Disney College Program pays interns $10 to $13.25 an hour, depending on their role. Interns must be available to work full-time schedules, which may include evenings, weekends and holidays.

Participants in the internship program can earn school credit by taking college-level courses in subjects like hospitality management and organizational leadership.

Interns can choose to live in one of the apartment complexes near the resorts, but they don’t come free. Those who opt in to live at the designated housing near Walt Disney World in Florida can expect to pay between $103 and $200 per week in rent, plus a program fee of $240 that goes toward special activities and events for the interns.

Those staying in intern housing near Disneyland in California will be charged $149.50 per week, plus a $150 program fee and a refundable $150 security deposit.

To be eligible for the Disney College Program, students must:

  • Be a current college student who has completed at least one semester or have graduated within the past six months.
  • Be at least 18 years old at the start of the internship.
  • Meet any school requirements for program participation (such as having a certain GPA or number of credit hours earned.
  • Have unrestricted authority to work in the U.S.

The internships start at varying dates, but most begin in January 2019. No application deadline is listed. Fill out an application, and if you get this internship, you won’t have to plan a theme-park vacation for spring break.

Nicole Dow is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder.