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How I got Accepted into my Dream Internship (The Disney College Program)

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at CUA chapter.

On January 13th, 2020, the day that applications opened, I felt my heart racing as I applied for the Disney College Program. I have been a Disney gal for as long as I can remember, so having the chance to apply to work for The Walt Disney Company was both exciting and nerve-wracking. Initially, I had planned to apply a couple days after applications dropped, but the excitement of having the chance to work for Walt Disney World  overwhelmed me. I applied the first day with my roommate and best friend, Bri. I love her for dealing with my constant stress about the Disney College Program.

Not even 3 minutes later, I received an email asking me to complete the WBI (Web-Based Interview). The WBI is a multiple-choice personality and skills assessment that determines if you are a potential fit for the Walt Disney Company. The WBI took me approximately 30 minutes to complete with Bri’s help. It was exciting to see that I passed the WBI! The next step was to schedule my phone interview.

My email was pretty quiet for the next 8 days, which made me nervous. Thousands of students apply for this program, so it makes sense that they weren’t going to let everyone schedule their phone interview the first week. I had to wait only eight days, but some people have to wait even longer. 

On the 8th day of waiting, I finally scheduled my interview. I spent the next six days anxiously preparing for this interview by watching other applicants’ phone interviews on YouTube, looking up interview tips, doing mock interviews with friends and my school’s Career Center, and making a “cheat sheet” to have out while I had my interview. By the time the real interview came, I felt extremely well-prepared. 

My interview with Stephanie went really well . After my interview, there was nothing else for me to do, except wait. After my interview, there was another waiting period. 

Eventually, on February 3rd at 3:08pm, I received this jaw dropping email. I was working at my school’s Residence Hall Office when I saw the subject line appear in my phone’s notifications. My heart immediately started racing and I called my parents and screamed on the phone that I had been accepted! I am still incredibly shocked that I’ve been accepted to the Disney College Program. At the same time, I feel so incredibly blessed to have been given this opportunity. This is a very competitive program, so the fact that I was accepted is such a blessing. Always remember “a dream is a wish your heart takes” and you never know, your dream might just come true.

Alex is a fourth year Psychological & Brain Sciences major at The Catholic University of America. You can usually catch her binging "Love Island", while drinking a Starbucks Strawberry Acaī Refresher (aka the best drink ever!). Some of her other favorite pastimes include talking about Disney, traveling, watching musicals, and listening to some Britney!
Rachel is the campus correspondent and a Junior media and communications major/theology minor at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She enjoys coffee, writing, and riding electric scooters around the city. Ideally, she would love to work as a broadcast journalist and columnist in the near future.