Do I have to do the DCP in order to get a professional internship?

Discussion in 'The College Board' started by smp317, Aug 29, 2018.

  1. smp317

    smp317 Earning My Ears

    Mar 24, 2018
    I cannot seem to find this answer anywhere. The DCP doesn't seem too appealing to me, but I would love to get a professional internship once I graduate with my bachelor's in accounting. Is it possible to do without having DCP experience?
  2. Newsies

    Newsies Headlines don't sell papes.

    Oct 25, 2013
    It depends on the PI. There are a few select PIs that will require you to have successfully completed at least one DCP, but not all of them will require it. When you search for the PIs you want to apply for, they will tell you explicitly in the description whether it's open to anyone or DCP Alumn only. Good luck.
  3. SureAsLiz

    SureAsLiz DIS Veteran

    Jun 2, 2015
    It's not required for most PI's - there are a few that are specifically alumni only, but those are a very small proportion of the total positions available.

    I did not do the CP, got a PI and then went full time in corporate. Most of the interns we've had on our team over the past few years have never done a CP
  4. Deb & Bill

    Deb & Bill DVC-Trivia Contest, Apr-2006: Honorable Mention

    Mar 20, 2000
    My son got a professional internship and at the same time he got the CP. He did the PI first and then the CP for about a week after the PI ended because he got hired full time at his internship. His friend did two CPs and then two PIs and was hired first by a Disney contractor and then Disney. She still works for Disney. My son quit to go back to grad school.
  5. MrKnight

    MrKnight Former WDWCM & Proud DIS Member

    Nov 19, 2014
    It is not a requirement and I know several PIs that did not participate in the CP. However, as stated by pp, there are in fact some PI positions set aside that are specifically designated for CP alumni only, this means that CPs have an extra competitive edge over non-CP candidates and hence have a slightly higher chance of getting accepted into the program.

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