Making dreams come true

Thanks to its college internship program, the Disney Company doesn’t just make dreams come true for children.

Interested students will have two opportunities to find out about the Disney College Program, which offers qualified students paid internships during their college careers.

The first will take place Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. in room 134 of the Smith-Hudson Building, and the second will be held Sept. 20 at 2 p.m. in room 302 of the Lowman Student Center.

Alexis Guajardo, a junior who participated in the internship program in the 2006 fall semester, said the internship helped her decide what kind of career she wanted to go into after graduating.

“It’s basically a paid internship where the students travel to Orlando, Florida and live there for five to eight months,” she said. “When students come down, they are put into one of many different roles including entertainment, service, food and beverage and custodial positions.

“My job made me realize I wanted to manage a hotel or a restaurant, instead of becoming a teacher,” she said.

The presentations, Guajardo said, will provide more in-depth information about the various internship opportunities and will include input from a Disney recruiter.

“For the presentations, the recruiter will come down, show the required presentation, talk a lot more about the program and set up interview with students,” Guajardo said. “Students will also be able to find out about auditions for entertainment aspects that Disney offers.”

Students must complete at least one semester of college before becoming eligible to participate in the internship program.

The applicant must also be enrolled as a full-time or part-time student, must meet the school’s individual requirements for participation, must be at least 18 years of age, must have unrestricted work authorization and a valid United States Social Security number.

To learn about the program, applicants must attend either one of the school presentations or view an online presentation on the program websites.

“I was kind of scared when I moved down because I’d never really lived with other girls and I was moving four states away,” Guajardo said. “But when I moved down there, I had the best roommates I could ever ask for.

“It felt like home because your co-workers and leaders make you feel really welcome. They’re always willing to help you out and they become your family,” she said.

Applications are currently being accepted for several 2008 internships.

For more information, visit http://www.wdwcollegeprogram.com and http://disney.go.com/disneycareers.

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