How does Disney Professional Internship program work?

Discussion in 'The College Board' started by phooofanatic, Oct 5, 2018.

  1. phooofanatic

    phooofanatic Earning My Ears

    Oct 5, 2018
    I had a few questions about the DPI if anyone could provide me with some answers, it'd be much appreciated.

    1. Can I still attend my university while doing this internship? Can I still be taking my courses (as I still want to graduate on time), and doing the internship on the side?
    • Do I have not take any courses at my university for the quarter/semester?
    2. What are some beneficial sides to being a DPI?
  2. SureAsLiz

    SureAsLiz DIS Veteran

    Jun 2, 2015
    There a a bunch of different types of professional internships - mine was a standard office position so that's the view I will speak from (there are plenty of other roles that are structured differently than a 9-5 type role, but I have limited knowledge on them and how they work)

    A professional internship is a temporary, full time, hourly role - you will be working 40 hours a week in line with the office you work for. For me that was M-F, 9-5.
    The only people I know who continued to take classes did so online, but very few people did. Most of the interns I knew (myself included) did the internship after graduating, and some took the semester/year off to work.

    The benefits are in line with what any other internship would be - professional experience in an office setting - with the added bonus of being at Disney (with their standard perks of park entry, discounts, etc). There is housing available to interns, but no transportation.

    In every department I've worked with, interns are involved with projects from the start, and get to work on some really cool projects.
    Not every team hires interns, but once you are in it's easier to transition to a regular full-time role than it would be coming in from the outside.

    I would 100% recommend a PI to anyone who is interested in learning the business side of Disney. Even if you don't want to stay long term, working for one of the top companies is an amazing experience that you take with you wherever you end up
  3. Musings

    Musings Mouseketeer

    Oct 1, 2012
    You can't really take classes while doing a PI because they're normal M-F 9-5 PM hours for most professional internships. They're extremely competitive to get. What are the advantages? Experience in your field at a top notch company.

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