The Place Where Dreams Come True

By: Natalia A. Arroyo Gomez

The Disney College Program is an paid intership program where students from all mayors have the chance to work in the different Walt Disney World parks.

The Disney College Program recruiters are back at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez campus on their mission to recruit students to join the paid internship program they offer. The first information conference took place September 24, 2012 at Piñeiro 213 at 6:00 p.m.; the second conference was given at the Industrial Engineering Department on September 25, 2012 at 10:30 a.m.

Students from all majors of the UPRM showed up at the meeting and were really enthusiastic. The conference, led by Ernesto Sosa, from Disney’s human resources department, discussed how the students would be living, their earnings, and the learning. Students who had recently participated in the program and came back recently were there to offer their different opinions and experiences.

Students started showing up for the presentation at 5:45 pm and had to register at the entrance with two other recruiters. As they took their places in the amphitheater a video was playing in the background about the DCP. The conference officially started at 6:13pm and ended at 8:02 pm.

It began with Sosa introducing himself and softening the mood for the students to feel more comfortable. In efforts to connect with the audience, Sosa gave souvenirs to those who answered his questions.

The first part of the conference talked about the benefits the students would have if they are chosen to be part of this unique program. One of the most important benefits is to have such an important company on their resume, because Disney is number 66 in Fortune 100’s list of best companies to work with.

To make the conference more entertaining for his audience Sosa used videos to show them what life in the program would be like.  The motto of the company is: “We create happiness by providing the finest in entertainment for people of all ages everywhere”. The recruiters certainly did the best they could to make the small amphitheater feel welcoming for their guests, just as they would do in the parks as employees.

The students were asking so many questions that a limit had to be put on them. A great percent of Colegio’s students have always been active in participating in the program.

“The best thing about the program is that you will get the chance to meet so many people from all over the world, you will learn about different cultures, and make new friendships that will last a life time”, said Lizmarie Sanchez, one of the seven student recruiters present in Piñeiro 213 that night.

The Disney College Program is a paid internship program where students have the opportunity to develop their skills and gain real life work experience. Offered in [The Walt Disney World Resorts Orlando and in Disneyland California], It is very beneficial because you learn how to be independent and it looks great on a resume. “To work at Disney you have to be a person who knows how to have fun”, said Ernesto Sosa, “Disney Parks are for entertaining; therefore, we want our employees to be entertaining and fun.”

To be part of the program students can visit, fill out the application, five days later complete the web based interview and depending on the results of the WBI they know if the qualify for the phone interview. After the phone interview the student finds out whether or not he or she passed the process.


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