Three Rutgers-Camden students are trading their Scarlet Raptor wings for mouse ears this fall.
Rachel Clifton, John Han, and Brittany Striewski have been accepted to the prestigious Disney College Program, a paid internship in which students from across the country take part in personal and career development courses while building essential communication, problem solving and teamwork skills.
“I’ve always been completely in love with the magic of Walt Disney. Now, I’ll be able to actually take part in making the magic happen,” said Striewski, a junior management major at the Rutgers School of Business–Camden and a Lindenwold resident.
The Disney College Program is designed to give participants a comprehensive experiential learning opportunity that includes courses in corporate communications, hospitality management, human resource management, and organizational leadership, among others. The students also work up to 40 hours per week in a field that aligns with their major and live in fully furnished apartments near the Walt Disney World Resort. The competitive program is open to full- and part-time students from across the country.
For the Rutgers–Camden students, the program offers an opportunity to see first-hand what it takes to operate a successful global company.
“I wish to get involved with marketing in the entertainment industry and I couldn’t think of a better company to work for to get my feet wet,” said Han, a senior marketing major from Cherry Hill.
Clifton, a junior management major from Gloucester, says she will be working in retail during her time in the program. “Learning the ins and outs of one of the largest companies in the world is something I couldn’t pass up,” she says. “It really fits in with my major and will open doors for me. Disney is a huge advocate for customer service and this is something I want to perfect for both my major and my future career.”
The Rutgers–Camden students will learn their specific job assignments when they arrive at Disney World in Florida in late August. The program runs through Jan. 4.
Students complete a general application, online interview, and telephone interview prior to being accepted into the Disney College Program.