If you're currently in high school or in your first few years of college, it's great that you're already planning ahead for our Professional Internships! It’s never too early to think about how you can stand out among other applicants. Our internships require that you are currently enrolled in an accredited US college or university taking at least one class at the time of application. Additional requirements or any variations of the above requirement would be noted specifically on a job posting on our website.
If you haven’t done so yet, check out www.DisneyInterns.com – there you will find descriptions of all of our different programs and opportunities here at The Walt Disney Company. Having an idea of what you are interested in and what careers you might want to pursue will help you hone in on the needed skills for your resume.
In terms of boosting your resume, here are some tips to help your experience stand out (and ideas on how to continue to build it out):
- Volunteer Activities: Even if you don’t have the experience to land an internship just yet, there are plenty of ways you can show your skill sets in varying volunteer settings. Be sure to include these on your resume!
- Clubs and Organizations: Chances are, your school has a slew of different clubs you can join. Even the ‘for fun’ organizations (Drama club, chess club etc) can highlight your dedication and leadership skills, depending on what sort of role you take in the club. Include these where you can!
- Tell Your Story: Everyone’s resume should tell a ‘story’; whether that story is your desire to get into animation, your love of working with people in a potential Human Resources setting, or your affinity for coding. Make sure your resume is clear on what you love and what interests you.
- Cover Letter: While not every job requires a cover letter, including one is a great way of expressing your interest, highlighting your skill sets on a more personal level, and showing a bit more of who you are. If you're applying to a Disney Professional Internship, several individuals may be looking at your cover letter, so it's best to address it to a neutral audience with salutations such as, "To Whom It May Concern," or "Dear Recruitment Team."
Another option is to look into the Disney College Program (www.DisneyCollegeProgram.com). The College Program, while another opportunity for college students, is an excellent pursuit if you are early on in your career. Aside from getting the opportunity to work in the park and gain valuable skills in the workplace, it is also a great way to make new friends and spread a bit of Pixie Dust of your own!
Best of luck!