College Program vs PI vs Co-op

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  1. chilly2336

    chilly2336 Earning My Ears

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    My son is going into Engineering with eventual goal of landing position as an Imagineer. We have been told by engineers we know locally that the best qualification is to come out of college with co-op experience. That would eliminate the college program which is what we have been told by Disney people would be great for him to get to know people at Disney.

    Obviously it would be ideal if he could obtain an internship at Disney in Engineering but since those are very limited that may not be an option either.

    Anyone else have this "dilemma" as to whether or not to try for the college program or take a co-op at a company other than Disney to gain actual engineering experience?
     
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  2. Richard M Nixon

    Richard M Nixon Peacemaker

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    Separate the general advice from the specific. In general, getting the most amount of true hands-on experience in your field of expertise (engineering) would be the best thing to do if you're wanting to maximize your options and marketability after college. However, if your goal is specifically to work at Disney, then the benefits of being an intern, getting early/preferred applications, and having professional connections suddenly becomes much more worthwhile. I'm sure it depends on the type of position that Disney could offer, as spending a summer selling popcorn might not actually be valued more than actual engineering experience when applying for a Disney job after graduation, but getting in as a Disney engineering intern would definitely help.
     
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