Disney College Internship Program
Spend a Semester Interning with the Disney College Program
The Disney Semester in Point Park University’s Rowland School of Business allows students to:
- Gain valuable, on-the-job experience working at Disney’s parks and resorts;
- Participate in college coursework;
- Have the opportunity to meet and live with people from all over the country and potentially the world in company-sponsored housing; and
- Be immersed in one of the best-known and loved brands in the entertainment world while earning 12 to 15 credits toward your business major or minor.
A Disney internship experience provides students with exposure to a company with high standards of business practices and citizenship that are widely acknowledged in the industry.
Disney was recently ranked #4 by Fortune as one world's most-admired entertainment companies. Additionally, Fortune named Disney the most desired employer by Americans. The Disney name on your resume will speak volumes about you to potential employers and is a definite advantage in your job search.
- SAEM students must have completed the courses SAEM 101 and SAEM 250
- All other undergraduate business majors must have completed BMGT 280
- All students must have a 3.0 GPA
If interested, first speak with your academic advisor to determine the best timing and to map out your coursework. Then, apply online to the Disney College Program.
If you have been offered an internship (read the Disney College program internship requirements and specifications), you can then register for your internship with Point Park University and select your Point Park University course offerings.
You will spend the entire semester on location in Orlando, Fla. For the fall semester, students are typically scheduled to work both Thanksgiving and Christmas.
- Six credits - BMGT 295 or SAEM 350 and 460 SAEM Internship I & II (paid internships generally run more than 400 hours)
- Six credits - Two classes taken online from Point Park* (*See undergraduate course catalog). Typical courses students take include: BMGT 201, BMGT 207, BMGT 234 or BMGT 271
- One course (maximum) taken at the Disney College:
- Course(s) taken at Disney are not counted as part of your financial aid package. Thus, in order to be eligible for financial aid, you must be enrolled in 12 credits at Point Park to receive a full financial aid package.
- Students must complete the Request to Take Classes at Another Institution form from the Registrar's Office prior to leaving for Disney.
- College courses at Disney are accredited by the American Council on Education.
Financial Aid and Housing
- If students take less than 12 credits they will lose their University scholarships/grants and will only be eligible for federal and state aid.
- Students are responsible for coordinating housing and notifying the financial aid department about their Disney Semester.
Disney Weekly Housing Payment
- Housing costs range from $103 to $200 (costs subject to change) per week depending on the size of the apartment and which apartment complex a participant is assigned to live in during his or her program.
- Housing costs are automatically deducted weekly from cast members’ paychecks, so they don’t have to worry about turning in a check at the beginning of the month. This cost includes all utilities such as electricity, cable hookup, waste disposal and local phone service, as well as the various resort-style amenities featured at each complex.
Fees due upon accepting Disney College Program invitation
A total of $390 (the program participation fee and housing fee) are due at the time a participant accepts his/her invitation to participate in the program. Please note that this fee must be paid by credit card/debit card as a single payment.
Once the payment is received and the online acceptance process is completed, Disney will officially reserve the participant's place in the program.
Program Participation Fee ($240)This one-time, non-refundable fee helps support the administration, events and activities scheduled in the housing complexes throughout the program.
Housing Fee ($150)This required non-refundable fee will be applied to the participant’s housing costs during the first week of the program.
To begin the registration process, contact your academic advisor. For more information about the Disney College Program, contact SAEM Associate Professor Teresa Gregory.