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DISNEY COLLEGE PROGRAM

 
About the Program | Student Info | FAQs | Placement Form

About the Program

The Disney College Program at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida and Disneyland near Anaheim, California offer college students a one-of-a-kind, paid Disney-designed education and work experience each semester. During the experience, students will live with other students in housing near the Disney campus and will work with other students and professional Disney staff on the Disney premises. The unique experience offers students the opportunity to gain real-world experience, network with Disney leaders, tap into educational offerings on the Disney campus, build transferable skills, enhance their resumes, and live and work with students from across the globe.

Disney recruiters visit ECU each fall and spring to invite participation for the following semester. All ECU students are eligible to apply for participation in the Disney College Program and students will be informed when the ECU recruitment period is scheduled. 

For more information about the program, please visit the Walt Disney World College Program website. Other information specifically pertaining to ECU and the program can be found on the Student Info and FAQs tab.


Student Info

Congratulations to those students who have been offered a co-op internship with the Disney College Program!

Whether you have been offered a co-op internship with the program or are just interested in learning more about the program, you can find important information below regarding academic credit for the program, retaining your full-time student status, completing coursework during your internship, health/medical insurance information, financial aid information, and course registration information. Other questions not answered here may be answered in the FAQs, which can be accessed by clicking on the FAQs tab above.

ACADEMIC CREDIT

To receive academic credit for your co-op work experience, you must consult with your academic department prior to beginning work. Not all students will be eligible to receive academic credit due to course prerequisites, undeclared major, and/or because some academic departments do not offer academic credit for co-op work experience. The Career Center cannot issue credit for any work experience.

The Career Center cannot advise students on registration issues. You must speak with your academic advisor regarding any issue related to academic credit, schedule planning, or course registration. The Career Center also cannot advise on financial aid or health insurance.

FULL-TIME STUDENT STATUS

Students participating in the Disney program can maintain their full-time student status during their internship without enrolling for classes as long as they have completed the Disney College Program Placement Form on our website, which can be accessed by clicking on the Placement Form tab above. If you fail to complete this step, your active enrollment status with the university will be terminated, and you will need to reapply for admission when you are ready to return to ECU.

COURSEWORK DURING YOUR INTERNSHIP

The amount of credit-bearing coursework that you choose to take during your internship, if any, is a personal decision that depends upon a variety of factors including your GPA, time management skills, motivation, difficulty of selected coursework, etc.  The decision is best made in consultation with your advisor. Some students choose not to take any credit-bearing courses at all, while others take anywhere from 6 to 12 hours or more. A student whose GPA is lower than he or she would like may want to consider a part-time load of no more than 6 hours. A student who typically maintains a high GPA may be comfortable with 12 or more hours. Students should discuss this carefully with their advisors.

HEALTH/MEDICAL INSURANCE INFORMATION


Students who are participating in the Disney College Program are not eligible to waive in to the student health insurance program while they are at Disney, regardless of receiving academic credit.

Students covered through their parent’s insurance will need to contact their insurance company to let them know they are involved in a co-op experience. If documentation is required to confirm that the student is enrolled in a cooperative program, The Career Center can provide a letter to the insurance company upon request.

FINANCIAL AID

Due to the variety of financial aid programs and packages available, students should consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine if they will be able to retain financial aid while participating in the Disney College program.


COURSE REGISTRATION

During your co-op work experience, you will be away from campus during the early registration period for the following semester. You can still register for classes via Banner. Be sure to meet with your academic advisor before you leave for your co-op work experience to discuss registration.

Your academic advisor will e-mail the pin number required to register when using online registration to your ECU e-mail account. Check your ECU e-mail account periodically for that e-mail. Your pin number will most likely be sent to you in February or March for the fall semester or September or October for the spring semester. For more information, please visit the ECU Registrar's website by clicking here.


FAQs

I am not planning to complete any credit hours during my cooperative internship. How will I retain my full-time student status?
I want to continue to receive financial aid. How can I do that?
I do not want to fall behind. How many courses can I take while I am completing the internship?
Will I be able to maintain the health insurance offered through ECU?
I am on my parent’s medical insurance policy. Will my coverage continue during the internship?
I will be away during registration for the next semester. How will I be able to register?
What else should I know?


I am not planning to complete any credit hours during my cooperative internship. How will I retain my full-time student status?

All you need to do is complete the Disney College Program Placement Form on our website, which can be accessed by clicking on the Placement Form tab above. Once you complete the form, the information will be forwarded to the appropriate personnel in the Registrar’s Office.  If you do not complete the form, you will not be able to retain full-time status.

I want to continue to receive financial aid. How can I do that?

Due to the variety of financial aid programs and packages available, students should consult with the Financial Aid Office to determine if they will be able to retain financial aid while participating in the Disney College program.

I do not want to fall behind. How many courses can I take while I am completing the internship?

The amount of credit-bearing coursework that you choose to take during your internship, if any, is a personal decision that depends upon many variables including your GPA, time management skills, motivation, difficulty of selected coursework, etc. The decision is best made in consultation with your advisor. Some students choose not to take any credit-bearing courses at all, while others take anywhere from 6 to 12 hours or more. A student whose GPA is lower than he or she would like may want to consider a part time load of no more than 6 hours. A student who typically maintains a high GPA may be comfortable with 12 or more hours. Students should discuss this carefully with their advisors.

Will I be able to maintain the health insurance offered through ECU?

No. You are not eligible to receive this insurance unless you are physically on campus, seeking a degree, and paying the Student Health fee.

I am on my parent’s medical insurance policy. Will my coverage continue during the internship?

You will need to confer with the insurance company to determine if the policy will continue coverage. If needed, The Career Center will be able to provide you with a letter from ECU confirming that you are considered a full-time student while you are participating in this cooperative internship.

I will be away during registration for the next semester. How will I be able to register?

Your academic advisor will e-mail your pin number to you so that you may register via Banner. Be sure to check your ECU e-mail account for this information.  If you are away during the spring semester, the pin will be sent in February or March. If you are away during the fall semester, your pin number will be sent in September or October.

What else should I know?

  • You must meet with your academic advisor before you leave for your co-op experience.
  • If you are not taking credit bearing courses, you must fill out the Disney Placement Form, which can be accessed by clicking on the Placement Form tab above.

Placement Form

Students who are not registered for academic classes during their Disney College Program experience or who are not receiving internship credit or academic credit of any kind, must complete the Disney College Program Placement Form in order to retain full-time student status. Students who do not retain full-time student status will be required to reapply for admission to ECU prior to their return and will not be eligible to defer loan payments.

Please click here to access the Disney College Program Placement Form.