Disney College program returns to Disney World
- The Disney College program returns to Disney World starting in June.
- The program offers entry-level placements and jobs in theme parks to students and recent graduates.
- Those whose programs were cut short during the pandemic are now receiving emails urging them to return.
In March 2020, thousands of people enrolled in the Disney College Program lost their jobs and were sent home as a COVID-19 precaution.
More than a year later, those same people have a second chance to work at the theme park in Orlando, Florida, as Disney World announced it would resume the program starting in June.
In a statement shared on the Disney website, the company said it was encouraging former attendees whose programs ended early or were suspended in 2020 to reapply this year. Disney said it was doing so by sending out an “exclusive email communication” about potential openings.
The Disney College Program (DCP) is only brought back to Disney World at the time of writing, according to the company statement.
Today, however, applying to the program would be “easier” than before thanks to a “streamlined application process, a team of recruiter concierges you can engage with on social media, and arrival dates on the web. ‘year”.
“We have temporarily changed some of our eligibility requirements so that many of you can still apply, even if you have already graduated,” the statement said. “We’re also developing new ways for participants to shape their future careers, exploring a variety of roles and connecting with Disney professionals as they work magic.”
Finally, Disney has announced that the next members of its college program will become the first to reside in the Flamingo Crossings Village complex. There, the company plans to expand its on-site safety precautions by implementing social distancing measures, mask rules and curbside move-in options.
Vaccinated participants will also be allowed to stay with others who have received their vaccines, according to Disney.
Insider previously spoke to many DCP employees about the grief they felt when the college program was cut off on March 14, 2020. That day, they learned in an email that their jobs were on hold while Disney World was closing temporarily.
While Disney World does not share exact numbers regarding its internship program, around 12,000 people are accepted each year, and it is estimated that more than 10% of its theme park workforce is made up of participants in the DCP.
While the program typically offers internships and entry-level jobs to students and recent graduates, it also serves as a career launching pad for many employees, who often occupy long roles within the company.