This blog is going to be about applying for the IDCP. Woot..
So I first heard about this opportunity at my university in my first year of study.
Back ground information:
I am 22 years old and I live in New Zealand. I studied at Otago University at the bottom of the South Island. I started out studying a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Studies with a minor in Hospitality. I then changed in my second year to a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Tourism. Then in my third year I dropped the honours course as I just wanted to go and travel and not spend 4 years at university.
All these changes sure were fun, changing from arts to commerce meant I now got to do all the “fun” math papers I had been avoiding. *sigh*
But I graduated in 2012 with my Bachelor of Commerce and couldn’t be happier. (Well sort of)
Back to the topic at hand:
So I discovered the IDCP in 2010 through my tourism department at university. It sounded fairly easy to get into and sounded like it encompassed all sorts of awesomeness.
Here is the link if you want to check it out for yourself. -> https://www.disneyinternationalprograms.com/icp.html
The requirements are pretty easy:
To qualify candidates must:
Be at least 18 years of age
Be a citizen of Australia, New Zealand and/or the United States of America.
Be a current student at an accredited post-secondary university or at a tertiary-level accredited educational (TAFE)/Polytechnic institution and have completed at the first full year of study prior to application.Recent graduates of a university or TAFE/Polytechnic may also apply but must start work at Walt Disney World Resort within 12 months of their graduation date.
- Please note you may not defer the semester prior to your arrival
Per Visa regulations, you may not study via correspondence
The requirements vary depending on your home country and whether they recruit there.
So I decided to wait until I had graduated or almost graduated to apply as I love to travel and probably wouldn’t have come home again to finish my degree.
So during my three years of uni I became pretty obsessed with the program. I discovered that Jeni (our Australia/New Zealand recruiter) visited my university twice a year and also occasionally guest lectured while she was around. She also did 2 presentations per visit.
Suffice it to say I got to know Jeni really well as I went to every presentation and crashed every lecture she gave.
By the time I applied, she was as excited as I was that I was finally applying. 😛
So during my third and final year of uni, around September my turn finally arrived. I filled in the online application (except for the work history section as it has a well known glitch) printed it off and signed it. I also filled in a sheet with my choices for roles, signified whether I wanted a 6 month or a 12 month role, got a copy of my passport, and filled in my Resume and a cover letter.
I dyed my hair brown ( which didn’t work properly, I have so many colour running through my hair that it was more purple than brown L) took out all my ear piercings except for the 2 designated by the Disney look and organised an appointment time.
You must be interviewed for this program either in person or via Skype.
I was nervous about this for the whole year before I applied.
Jeni was lovely she was just as excited as I was to be applying.
She asked me basic things like what my favourite Disney movie was what hometown I would like on my name badge. However since I had gotten to known Jeni over the years she didn’t ask me as many things as she did to a few others.
She also asked what my preferred choice would be and the length of the program I would like as well.
At the end of my interview she told me not to stress and that I would hear back within 2 weeks.
And so the waiting began…..
- Be friendly, Open and Honest
- Research the Disney look and dress as if it’s for a job interview (which it is)
- Be as flexible as possible when choosing roles, the more you pick the more they can offer you, (they cannot offer you a role which you haven’t selected)
- Make sure you have all your paper work, and be 15mins early to your appointment.
All in all I highly recommend that you apply for this opportunity, so far it has been the best experience and I haven’t even gotten there yet J
All the best