Disney College Program®

  • Fall 2020 Walt Disney Program Suspended at Walt Disney World Resort

    After suspending the Disney College Program at the start of the COVID-19 closures, Walt Disney World has now announced that the fall 2020 program, which was set to begin in late August and run through January, has been canceled. The program is now suspended until further notice.

    Prospective participants who were set to start in the fall are being encouraged to complete a form for future opportunities. Eligibility requirements for all programs will be amended so those participants who have already been accepted will be able to reapply, even if they have already graduated. All program fees will be refunded.

    Please note for future reference once the program reopens:

    The Disney College Program offers a one-of-a-kind, Disney-designed experience that provides you with the tools, education, and opportunity to grow both professionally and personally. Please visit the Disney College Program website for additional information on this magical opportunity. (Please note—for most IUP students, participating in the Disney College Program is not considered an internship.*)

    How to apply

    Please Note: If you are accepted into the Disney College Program, you must schedule a meeting with the IUP DCP Coordinator, Jan Shellenbarger, by calling 724-357-2235.

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    Spring semester applications are generally accepted in September of the previous year, and fall semester applications are accepted in March. The Disney College Program website will indicate when the application period is open. 

    Students, after acceptance, may embark on a semester-long  experience in which they will be employed in an entry-level position at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida, or the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California.

    *Please Note: For the majority of IUP students participating in the DCP, their time at Disney is not considered an internship. IUP student participants can take courses at Disney that transfer as electives, or take distance education courses through IUP while at Disney. Please keep in mind, though, that participating in the DCP usually involves 40+ work hours each week. 

    Please read the IUP Requirements for additional details.

    For additional information, please contact the Career and Professional Development Center at 724-357-2235.

    If you are accepted into the Disney College Program, you MUST make an appointment to meet with the program coordinator, Jan Shellenbarger. She can be reached at jans@iup.edu.

    “Participating in the Disney College Program was an absolutely amazing experience! Arriving in Florida, knowing no one except some family in the area, moving in with complete strangers, developing a professional connection, going through the Disney Training Program, and beginning to work for a huge company was a life-changing experience. I gained communication skills, personal interaction skills, professional networking skills, and was forced to become much more independent simply by participating in the Disney College Program.

    “I worked at the All Star Resort in the gift shops there. The All Star Resort has three check-in locations—Music, Movies, and Sports, each with a gift shop. It is a very large property with a huge amount of guest traffic. I learned how to give outstanding service as quickly as possible without guests feeling as though I was rushing them, which is part of what makes Disney so successful.

    —Ben Cavallaro, IUP alumnus and DCP participant