Morehead State University’s Office of Career Services assists students as they navigate the “college to career” journey, ensuring that their time is spent developing the knowledge, skills
Few things in college are more valuable for obtaining real-world experience than high-quality internships. Sophomore business management major Connor Tilford recently completed an internship with the Magic Kingdom thanks to the Disney College Program.
The Disney College Program is one of Morehead State’s longstanding and popular internship partners. Since the program’s inception in 1981, hundreds of MSU students have participated in the semester-long, paid internship opportunity at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida. Tilford, a native of Ballard County, was a fall 2018 college program intern, working as an attractions host and greeter at the Magic Kingdom’s Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
The program’s unique “Live, Learn, Earn” model ensures that students enjoy a truly immersive experience that fosters professional development with one of the world’s most iconic companies. Interns (or “CPs,” as Disney calls them) live in resort-style, Disney-owned housing paid for as part of the intern’s compensation, learn via ongoing training and professional development opportunities like seminars, career workshops
“This opportunity has confirmed my desire to work for this company in the future. After returning to MSU and finishing my degree, I hope to receive a professional internship here so that I can continue to grow in my professional career.” – [Connor Tilford]
Among the many advantages to the Disney College Program is access to Disney’s professional internship program, where CP alums and recent college graduates work in professional capacities across the company. Roles are available in broadcast journalism, engineering
As the Career Center’s internship coordinator and formal liaison to the Disney College Program at MSU, Josh Taylor (10) recently had the chance to make a “site-visit” to Orlando to meet Jeff Hickman, college recruitment manager for Disney’s Internship Programs, to learn more about the program’s newest features and check in on current MSU interns. As a CP alum himself, Taylor wasn’t surprised to learn about Tilford’s excitement and invaluable experience.
“I’ve had a fantastic time living here and working for the Walt Disney World Company. My confidence in my communication skills, or managing sophisticated technology, has grown tremendously,” Tilford said.
To learn more about experiential learning opportunities, contact the Office of Career Services at 606-783-2233, email@example.com or visit www.moreheadstate.edu/career. Career Services provides career advising and other services to MSU students and alumni.