For Morgan Rich, a dream was really a wish her heart made in eighth grade – to someday work for Disney. That was the year she first visited Disney World with the Pottsville High School band. “It was then that I discovered that there was a Disney College Program that allowed you to work at Disney and get college credits.” Rich also had a friend who was accepted to the program and loved it. “She told me all about it and it made me want to go even more.”
But, when the sophomore communication studies major finally applied, she told no one. Not even her parents. “I felt that it was such a whim, and only 20 percent of the applicants even make it to the final part of the acceptance,” she said. So when she received her acceptance in an email, she was shocked. “I could have fallen over. I was screaming and really happy!” If everything works out, Rich is hoping to spend the fall 2022 semester in Orlando. “I’m not exactly sure where I’ll be working,” she said. “You don’t find out what role you are going to get until about a month before your arrival date.” The Disney College Program does take a student’s college and work experience into consideration. There’s even a Disney ‘village’ designated for College Program participants where students can live if they choose.
Rich encourages other students to reach out and take a chance on an internship like the Disney College Program. “Just do it!” She said. “You’ll gain wonderful memories and good job experience to add to your resume.” After all, If you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true…
Did you know…
The Career and Internship Fair is on Thursday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the McHale Athletic Center, where:
- 90 organizations from business, industry, education, technology, social services, health care and graduate education will share information about their opportunities for Wilkes students.
The Center for Career Development and Internships, located behind the Henry Student Center, is available to all Wilkes students:
- You can get help writing your resume, cover letter or graduate school application with the experts at the Center.
- Get an internship with top companies to gain experience and course credits. The Cooperative Education & Internships Office, located in the Career Center, connects over 250 students per year with valuable internships and co-ops.
- Get suited up with the Colonel Professional Clothes Closet, that offers free, gently used career clothing for college-aged students to wear to internship and job interviews.
- All students can sign up for Handshake, an online network connecting college students with more than 500,000 companies from across the country.
- The Career Gateway Program begins in your freshman year, and throughout your Wilkes career will prepare you with career coaching, mentoring, workshops, site visits to regional employers, networking events and internships.