So if you know me at all, you know I love Disney. Because of this, it only made sense for me to apply to the fall 2016 Disney College Program. At the moment, I’m waiting for my phone interview, so I thought I’d be basic and make a FAQ post since everyone keeps asking me about it.
So, like, what’s the DCP?
The DCP is a paid internship for college students in either Walt Disney World or Disneyland. Participants “live, learn, and earn” at the resorts, and are provided with Disney courses and entry-level jobs.
Where would you live?
Disney provides housing for interns. I can’t speak for the Disneyland program, but WDW has four complexes: Vista Way, Patterson, Chatham, and Commons.
Wait, so you’re gonna be a Disney princess?
No. But if you want to be a character look-alike, you have to attend an in-person audition.
Would you live with people?
Yes. There can be 2-8 people in an apartment.
Wait, I thought you already interviewed. What do you mean you have an interview in two weeks?
You can go through up to 2 interviews for the Disney College Program.
Okay, I’ve submitted my resume. Now what?
Now you wait. I actually waited three days before receiving another email from Disney telling me I only had 24 more hours to take my web-based interview (I had never received my initial invitation and had to get in touch with tech support to get another copy of my invitation). Had everything gone as planned I would’ve received my WBI invite five minutes after submitting my resume, but I know of people who have waited almost a week to get their invite.
What’s a web-based interview? Is it like a chat?
No. I’ve actually taken multiple WBI’s for different companies in the past; Panera and Target have them. It tests your personality in the workplace. Many, many questions revolve around how much you like being around people, how reliable you are, and how energetic you are.
How do I pass the WBI?
I asked this question so many times prior to my WBI, and the answer is that there is no answer. Just be honest. I was so nervous for my WBI but I passed it no problem. (Also, they give you 40 minutes to complete it. It only took me about 15 minutes.)
I passed the WBI. Now what?
You should get an email within 24 hours inviting you to schedule a phone interview. I know people who received this email within 10 minutes of passing the WBI. Mine came around 4 hours later. Phone interviews start very soon after applications dropped; ours dropped on January 12 and the first day of phone interviews is today, January 17. Mine is scheduled for January 28, and for the fall program I believe the interviews can go all the way into early April.
How should I prepare for my phone interview?
I’ve met with people who have done the DCP in the past, and they Google questions and run mock interviews with me. If you don’t know any DCP alumni, this is easy enough to do by yourself. Take notes to have out in front of you while you’re on the phone.
If you don’t get the internship, what will you do instead?
Exactly what I’ve done these past two semesters: class and work. This question never ceases to baffle me. What else would I do? I would, however, apply again. You can apply for as many programs as you’d like, although once you’re NLIC (Disney-speak for “cut from the process”) you can’t re-apply for that semester’s program. If you pass your WBI but don’t pass the phone interview, WBI results are good for six months. If I don’t get into the fall program, when I apply for spring 2017, I will be put straight through to a phone interview.
What would you even do there?
CP participants are eligible for any entry-level role in the parks or resorts. Some of the most common roles are merchandise, quick-service food and beverage (QSFB), custodial, and attractions.
Do you get into the parks for free?
Yes. There is also a 20% discount on merchandise that goes up to 40% during the holiday season, as well as food discounts at certain locations.
They’ll let you go home for Christmas, right?
Probably not. I think a lot of fall applicants forget about this part while they’re caught up in the idea of spending the holidays at Disney. No, I wouldn’t get to go home for Thanksgiving or Christmas. However, I’ve spoken to CP alumni who reminisce over how fun it was to have Thanksgiving dinner with their roommates. Remember that you’re all in it together.
Hopefully I’ll pass the phone interview and get to do more blogs like this. I know I had a lot of questions before starting my application process, and I hope this answers someone else’s. Good luck to all current and future applicants! Don’t let your dreams be dreams.
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