Disney program offers unique experiences

Samantha Kerns

There are few places in the world that make both children’s and adults’ dreams come true – where age holds no value. There are few places like Disney.

Students have the opportunity to participate in the Disney Theme Parks and Resorts College Program – a Disney-designed combination of education and work experience at Disney World near Orlando, Fla., or Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

“We are fortunate in the fact that we are focused on finding quality individuals that will thrive in an experience such as the Disney College Program,” said Alana Partridge, regional recruiter for the Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia region. “We’re looking for participants who want to grow both personally and professionally.”

Partridge will be holding program presentations today and tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center. Applications are currently being accepted for the Fall 2007 program only.

Students must either attend a presentation or view the presentation on the organization’s Web site at www.disneycollegeprogram.com. They then apply online.

Although the program is offered through the university, students have to pay a program assessment fee and fees for housing, books or other materials for any courses taken while there.

Upon completion of the program, internship opportunities are available in the second semester of the program.

Kent State graduate Anne Wilson attended the event in the past and believes in the experience.

“The Walt Disney World College Program was great practice in a professional experience,” Wilson said. She started the program as a hostess, but eventually worked her way up to dealing with the financial side of the restaurant.

Participants in the program set themselves apart from other students by having the experience on their r‚sum‚s, said Ami Hollis, associate director of Career Services.

“When prospective employers review resumes and see the Disney College Program experience, it’s a big feather in the applicant’s hat,” Hollis said. “Outside employers take this experience into account and it gives them an advantage.”

Contact career services reporter Samantha Kerns at [email protected].