What is DCP?
DCP stands for the Disney College Program. There are a lot of Disney acronyms I use. Find the complete list here.
What exactly is the Disney College Program?
It is a 5-8 month long internship working for Disney either in California at the Disneyland Resort or in Florida at Walt Disney World.
What are the requirements to do the program?
You have to be enrolled as a college student at the time of your application. Read about more requirements at the Disney College Program website.
What are the benefits of the program?
The program allows you to gain experience with Disney, which is not only a leader in customer service, but a Fortune 500 company. The benefits are the same as any other internship–work experience, a new work environment, networking, and meeting new people. This internship allows me to do all of that in a new place (Florida!) and in an area that I love (Disney!).
How do I apply?
You can apply online on the Disney Careers page under the Apply Now button. Keep in mind that if you want to apply for Fall/Fall Advantage, the applications open up around February. If you want to apply for Spring/Spring Advantage, the applications open up around September.
Should I apply for Fall, Fall Advantage, Spring, or Spring Advantage?
It all depends on you. If you are uneasy about being away from home, Fall or Spring might be a better choice because it’s only 4-5 months. If you want to work for Disney longer, Advantage allows you to also work in the summer. Keep in mind that Fall has some awesome holidays in the park–Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, as well as the Food & Wine Festival at Epcot–all of which you will have to remain at work. Spring has some fun times, too, like Star Wars Weekends (Walt Disney World), Valentine’s Day, and the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot (also WDW). The summer in Florida is also VERY hot and humid, so that could be a factor in which program you choose.
Are you Cinderella?
No, I am in the Merchandise role so I work in retail. But I couldn’t be Cinderella if I wanted to be because there is only one Cinderella. Character integrity is very important–there is only one of each character, and there are no actors – they are that character. Characters are some of the most special parts of the parks and it’s very important that we don’t interfere with that.
Can you get me into the park for free?
What is your plan after your internship is over?
I am hoping to go full-time with the company and work my way up the ladder. Forever.