Frequently Asked Questions
is eligible to apply for this program?
CMU student who is at least 18 years old and will have completed one semester
before they attend the program can apply online to Disney. So, CMU students can range from
Freshman-Senior year and be from any major.
early should I apply?
recruits a semester out, meaning that they will recruit in early fall
(Sept-Oct) for their spring programs….and early spring (Jan-Mar) for their fall
programs. We suggest you apply the
semester before, at the very beginning of a semester, when Disney opens up
their online application process for the program. Once open, they will recruit for
approximately 6-8 weeks and then close it off.
there a best time to consider this experience during a student’s 4 years at
we have not seen any favorable pattern in 30+ years that shows a better time to
experience this program. Freshman
students have gotten just as much out of the program as our seniors. Students will want to confer with their
parents and academic advisors to look at more favorable academic schedules when
they consider which Disney program to apply for.
if my major has nothing to do with Disney like history, sociology or
psychology? Will this experience be a
Yes, we have seen this experience and
skills that are developed from this program be a benefit to any student and any
major. The transferable skills and
maturity gained and developed from this opportunity are immeasurable. Developing better communication, problem
solving, leadership, time management, teamwork, and guest service skills to
name a few, will all benefit any student in any career choice.
this experience away from campus for one semester put me behind?
some cases yes, and others no. Every
student’s situation is different than the next when it comes to their major,
year in school, career goals, and requirements.
We will be happy to point out credit options for students but some
students by their own choices find that while credit may be taken, it may not
help them towards graduation requirements.
Bottom line, every student situation is different than the next. Even if no credit is earned, the experience
is definitely going to help students gain valuable experience that future
employers have recognized during employment decisions. There is no substitute for gaining valuable
experience and skills (small or great) from a model company as Disney.
are the Disney jobs or roles like?
is up front and honest, these are not supervisory or managerial positions. These roles are entry level, seasonal
employment positions with very high guest contact, no matter what role the
student has been offered. The training,
work, cast member relationships, cultural and living experience and educational
opportunities are what enhance these experiences.
have previous CMU Disney College Program alumni said about their programs and
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understand that Disney teaches their own courses, are they transferable back to
not, but is up to the academic advisor in a student’s major to review and
decide if the Disney course will meet CMU’s similar course requirements to make
it acceptable or not. Check with an
advisor first. Disney provides their
course syllabi on their Disney College Program website for further review.
are the Disney courses like?
offers two types of courses, Disney
Collegiate Courses and Disney
Exploration Series Seminars. Both
offer different learning styles. See the
Disney College Program website for a listing of both types of courses along
with explanations and syllabi.
Disney Collegiate Courses meet once a
week for 4 hours, for 11 weeks and are very similar to a regular college class
with a Disney (academically credentialed) professor, with course rigor including
lectures, books, projects, assignments, and tests. These courses are not specifically about or
related to Walt Disney, (the company), but they are focused on the subject
matter of the course title.
Disney Exploration Series Seminars
meet once a week for 2 hours, for 8 weeks and are just that…seminars focused
specifically on Disney. These seminars
do not have any course rigor to them…….no tests, no books, no homework. They are meant to give students the
opportunity to learn more specifically about Disney areas of expertise and
interest than they would learn just from their jobs and training. Disney leaders will come into the class to
speak, present panel discussions or take fieldtrips behind the scenes to see
current projects or work areas. Many
students have wanted to learn more about Disney (behind the scenes) that the
rest of the world would like to know and these seminars have been very popular
many Disney classes can a student take while on the program?
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and CMU would only recommend taking 1-2 courses during a semester along with
the full time work experience. And
Disney will schedule a student’s work around their class commitment.