Hi dear friends! It’s me again, this time to share with you the application process of getting into the Disney College Program (DCP). All of the information I’m going to share is available on the DCP website, but it’s nice to have everything broken down. I was so nervous during my application/interview process I would have loved for someone to lay out the process for me. So here’s part 1 – The Application!
Firstly, you have to attend a school presentation or watch the on-line one. I opted for the on-line presentation and was given a code at the end of it to put in the application. It’s about 40 minutes long, but you can watch it in parts – that’s what I did. It was a good way to procrastinate during finals (not that, you know… I’d recommend that). The presentation basically gives you a quick glimpse of the DCP. Be prepared for lots of peppiness.
When you fill out the application, use Internet Explorer. I don’t know why, but that’s what they want you to use. The Application Process is your basic application. First, you’ll pick your desired positions. On the website, next to each role, there is a summary of the responsibilities each position holds. The roles are as follows: Attractions*, Bell Services/Dispatch, Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique Hostess, Character Attendant, Character Performer (Audition Required), Concierge*, Costuming, Custodial, Full Service Food & Beverage, Hopper, Hospitality*, Housekeeping, Lifeguard, Main Entrance Operations*, Merchandise*, PhotoPass Photographer, Quick Service Food & Beverage, Recreation, Transportation, and Vacation Planner*. (An asterisk indicates a role that I checked on my application.) When you fill out which roles you want, only pick the ones you really want to work. It’s also possible to be accepted for a role that you did not select.
Then, you fill out your basic information that that all applications have: Name, Contact Info, Education Info, Employment Info, etc. Then you fill out a section that sort of mimics a resume. For example, there’s a box that says “Additional Skills/Training”. In this box I put I’m Microsoft Excel Certified and Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission Certified. There’s also Language Skills (do you speak another language or do you Sign?), and Hobbies (I put photography, lighting design, Disney history research, and playing saxophone). Then you verify that you will work holidays/weekends/overtime.
And that’s all there is to it! See, easy peasy. After the application process there is a web-based interview. This scares some people. But, in my next installment, I’ll go over it and show you that there’s nothing to worry about!
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Read part 2 of the applying for the Walt Disney World College Program series.