Student and Academic Life

Disney College Program On Hold for Spring 2021

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Oct. 12, 2020) — Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Disney announced that its Disney College Program will remain on hold until further notice. While Disney has decided to suspend its spring 2021 program, it will make a decision on future programs (including fall 2021) at a later date.

The Disney College Program provides university students, including those at the University of Kentucky, valuable, on-the-job experience working in Disney’s parks and resorts while offering the ability to participate in college coursework. In addition to the paid work experience, students also live in company-sponsored housing for the five- to seven-month program.

This unique program allows participants to network with industry leaders, take part in career development workshops and classes, and build skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, guest service and effective communication in a diverse learning and working environment. Participants must be able to work at least 40 hours per week including days, nights, weekends and holidays.

The Disney Professional Internship Program is also on-hold. The Disney Professional Internship Program provides internship opportunities across a spectrum of disciplines including Business Support, Consumer Goods, Finance, Data & Analytics, Guest/Customer Service, Innovation, Technology & Science(s), Marketing, Sales & Communications, Operations Support, and Production & Entertainment. Disney internship locations include the San Franciso/Bay area, Los Angeles, New York, Orlando, Seattle and some international locations.

Please check back with UK's Stuckert Career Center for Disney updates.

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