It mostly started with me scoping out as much information as I could from the Disney College Program website. Admittedly, it was hard for me to get all the information I needed off of their site and resorted to getting a good chunk of my information from different blogs and such, many of which can be found with a simple Google search. However, it’s also pretty easy to find some not so useful ones too.
I also follow the DCP on Facebook, which I would highly recommend doing. A lot of past, present, and future participants comment on their posts. They may not be the most informative comments, but they offer a great insider’s perspective. Anyways, it was thanks to the Facebook page that I knew when to apply. I saw a post of their’s that said the application was finally opened, so I applied as soon as possible.
Here’s the timeline of what my application process looked like:
- February 7, 2014: Online application went live
- February 8, 2014: Thank you for applying e-mail
- February 8, 2014: Web Based Interview (WBI) e-mail
- February 8, 2014: Schedule Phone Interview e-mail
- February 8, 2014: Phone Interview conformation e-mail
- February 17, 2014: Phone Interview
- February 17, 2014: Thank You for Interviewing e-mail
- February 18, 2014: Sent thank you e-mail to my interviewer
- February 27, 2014: Congratulations! e-mail
The application itself was simple and similar to most any other application, asking for previous work and volunteer experiences, as well as if you have a preference for either the DLR program or the WDW program. It’s important to note that having a preference won’t hurt your chances at being accepted, and that if you say you are willing to work at either DLR or WDW, then you will be waiting for two update emails, one from either park.
After sending in my application and having it reviewed, which I believe is done by a computer system and not an actual person, I was sent a web based interview invitation. If anyone is familiar with StrengthsQuest or StrengthsFinder by Gallup, the WBI is run by the same people. I passed the WBI, but others can be “no longer under consideration” for the DCP afterwards. You can check your application status on the DCP Dashboard; if it says “in progress” that means that you are still being considered for a position in the program. Anyways, the WBI is largely a personality interview and is used to determine whether or not they think you’d be a good fit in the program and working in the parks.
Then I got an e-mail to set up my phone interview. I’ll go into further details on the phone interview, which is, to me, one of the most nerve racking and important parts of the application process, in another blog post. I picked a time that I knew I wouldn’t be doing anything and would be able to have somewhere quiet to take the call. The day after my interview, I sent a thank you e-mail to the lady who interviewed me. That’s definitely not a necessary part of the process, but I really did enjoy talking with her and knowing she probably talks to quite a handful of applicants a night, I wanted to let her know that I appreciated her time.
Finally, after all of that, I didn’t hear anything for a little over a week. I opened up my email one afternoon during class and saw that I had an email from the DCP with “Congratulations!” right in the subject field. From there, I had to go through the acceptance process.
So, that was my experience with the application process. Everything went smoothly and was easy to complete. I’ll post some more blogs going into further detail about the phone interview, as well as the acceptance process.