News Story Format: Chronological
Target Audience: UPRM students
A Magical Experience
By: Soleil Rivera
The annual orientation of the Disney College Program (DCP) took place on September 24, 2012 in the Agricultural Science Building of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez (UPRM), also known as Colegio.
Ernesto Sosa, recruiter of the DCP, came to the UPRM to advicestudents from all majors about the program and to recruit them to go to the DCP in Orlando, Florida.
The DCP is a United States national internship program operated by The Walt Disney Company, located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and the Disneyland Resort in California. The Disney College Program recruits students (18 years and older) from all majors for a semester-long paid internship program working at the Walt Disney World Resort.
The orientation was scheduled for 6:00 p.m., but it started a few minutes later. Students began to arrive approximately at 5:45 p.m. to get a good place in the amphitheater. As students walked in they were feeling a different environment inside there, because the recruiter and his team change the atmosphere of the place to one that was similar to Disney World and makes people feel like they were in the magical world of Disney.
The meeting started at 6:12 p.m., the place was full to capacity. The orientation begins with a video clip that shows the different places of Disney World in Orlando like the living, education and working places. After the screening Sosa, asked students if they knew about the program and from whom. Most of the Colegio students had heard about the DCP but the majority didn’t know what it was about or what it consisted.
Then he start explaining the basic aspects of the program like that there is one located at Orlando, Florida and the other one in California, but he emphasized that the one that is more popular in Puerto Rico is the Orlando, Florida program because the Disneyland program is more expensive and also it is more distant from the island.
The DCP is divided in three principal areas: living, education or learning and working. Sosa explained that once a student applies for the program he can determine with who and where he want to live and also has the opportunity to decide in what floor want his apartment or if wants to be alone in the dorm and also if he wants or not to has a washer and dryer in the apartment.
In terms of learning, the students have the chance to take a maximum of three classes during the internship. Most students take one class to make a balance between work and classes.
Then Sosa explained about one theme that by students is considered the essential part of the program. The working choices are many and different; they go from entertainment people up to housekeeping people.
After the recruiter explained the tree basic areas of the internship, some students talked a little bit about their experiences in the Disney College Program.
Jonathan Fernández, 21, a fourth year mechanical engineering student that participated in the program in past years had the opportunity to take the DCP from August of 2011 until January 2012. He describes the opportunity in the program as a unique magical experience. Even though it was one of the best experiences in his life, there were also hard situation especially in the living because he had to share his apartment with three men that wasn’t Puerto Ricans and obviously they have different culture and manners.
“My experience in the Disney College Program was something unique and special. Disney makes your internship a magical experience and sincerely I recommended to every student of any major,” Fernández added.
The orientation ended at 8:05 p.m. and most of the students that attend to the meeting show interest in apply to program.