Dilemma: experience vs. alumni status

Discussion in 'The College Board' started by kirasaurus, Apr 26, 2011.

  1. kirasaurus

    kirasaurus Mouseketeer

    Mar 15, 2011
    First off, my goal is to score a PI with the animal behavior program at AK either senior year or immediately following graduation.

    The way it's looking with my academics, I can either take a semester off to do the college program or transfer to a university (of lower caliber, honestly) closer to a major zoo for one semester and volunteer/intern there.

    What would the Disney team value more? There's no garuntee that I would end up anywhere near animal kingdom if i did the CP, much less in some kind of contact with animals. I wish I could do both, but it doesn't seem like an option right now :sad1:
  2. TinkStitch

    TinkStitch Mouseketeer

    Apr 19, 2008
    Check if the PIs your interested in are open to everyone or if they're alumni only. That might help you make your decision. It's really tough to tell with that situation, they might like you to have some experience, but I feel like alumni are more likely to get a PI (I don't know if that's really how it is, but that's how I feel)
  3. beautybutafunnygirl

    beautybutafunnygirl Living a Fairy Tale

    Mar 24, 2011
    Is there any way you could do both? Idk if either your college or zoos work like this but like instead of transferring for one semester, could you take a summer internship at a zoo, and do the CP one semester?
  4. slp1650

    slp1650 DIS Veteran

    Jan 1, 2011
    If there are any zoos or even animal rescue groups around, you can try and volunteer there during school. A lot of people I go to school with volunteer/work/intern at the Santa Barbara zoo while they are still in classes and what not. I've interned at a marine mammal rescue since freshman year and have really enjoyed that.

    In the zoological world it seems any experience you have can help. I would look up the requirements for animal behavior, look at your college schedule, and decide from there what you think is important and/or possible.

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