Thursday, February 19, 2015

UNO HRT Professor Advises Disney College Program

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A University of New Orleans professor who specializes in the study of hospitality, restaurant and tourism administration is helping to make the Disney College Program better than ever.

Kim Williams, associate professor of hospitality, restaurant and tourism administration in the University of New Orleans’ College of Business Administration, attended the Disney Educator’s Forum this winter along with approximately 150 college professors and college career placement and services coordinators from around the country. Now she is working to recruit students on campus to participate in the summer internship program designed for college students.

The Disney College Program is a national internship program operated by The Walt Disney Company at the Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort. Disney College Program participants receive on-the-job experience in Disney parks and resorts, while expanding knowledge in classroom settings.

The internship program is an opportunity to work with students and staff from around the world in a world-class company, said Williams, who used her expertise to help Disney improve the college program and its educational component.

“I experienced the Disney College Program from the student’s perspective, attended sessions with Walt Disney Executives, and brainstormed with other participants’ ways to improve the program from the application process to the successful completion of the program,” Williams said of her recent participation in the Disney Educator’s Forum.

“Most important, I was one of eight to 10 professors who were selected and invited to a brainstorming dialogue with other college professors on new trends and ideas evolving within the higher education community.”

In her role as an adviser to the program, Williams provided feedback on the current educational offerings of the Disney College Program and offered possible ways to redesign educational components, she said.

“I shared my teaching techniques acquired through my scholarly research and webinars, implementation of technology in courses, and thoughts on how the Disney College Program course offerings could include courses on event planning and food preparation,” Williams said.

“The staff at Disney intends to use the data gathered from our brainstorming session to increase student enrollment in Disney course offerings, improve student engagement, and possibly modify/add course offerings.”

The Disney College Program is billed as an opportunity for students to live with and meet people from all over the globe; learn business philosophies from a world-renowned company and gain real-world experience that will stand out on a resume, said Williams, who is a faculty advisor to the summer internship program. She encouraged students to apply online to the program, which is open to all UNO majors.

Disney College Program

Application Start Date: January 26th 

Application End Date: March 20th 

Management Internships – Disney Parks and Resorts*

Application Start Date: January 26th 

Application End Date: February 12th 

Professional Internships – Disney Parks and Resorts*

Application Start Date: January 26th 

Application End Date: February 26th 


UNO Students interested in the Disney College Program should follow these steps: