Richland student enters Disney College Program

A Richland honors student received a significant opportunity by winning an internship at the magic kingdom. Tori Allen was accepted into the spring 2019 Disney College Program in Florida which included free housing, a job at the Walt Disney Water Parks and college credit hours that she can use toward her associate degree. Allen also interned for Disney in California in the fall of 2018.

“She joined honors college in the summer of 2017. She took numerous honors courses. She got an internship to go and work at Disneyland in California in the summer of 2018,” said Dr. Kathleen Stephens, coordinator of the Honors Program at Richland.

Allen is majoring in social work and minoring in Spanish. Stephens said Allen is the only DCCCD student who is a part of the program. The Disney College Program is open to all students who are pursuing a college degree and want to travel.

Stephens called Allen a dedicated student and said she was able to make the opportunity to travel for the internship and learn a new skill set as well.

Stephens said, “I kind of call her my Disney princess when she arrives.”

Allen said she applied to the program for two reasons.

“One reason is to build my résumé. Disney is one of the top leading companies in the entire world and having that on my résumé will make me stand out when going to job interviews. The second reason was to experience something new. I have lived in Texas all my life and wanted to see what life is like in the real world, if you want to put it that way,” Allen said.

Allen said the only criteria for applying is that you have to be registered in a college class. You don’t have to be attending a four-year university, so college students can apply too, Allen added.

Applications are accepted twice a year, in January for the upcoming fall semester and August for the spring semester. International students may also apply.

Allen said the program changed her life.

“This program has given me an opportunity to work with many people from different cultures, backgrounds and has taught me the art of patience,” she said.

Allen encouraged students to apply to the program. “Don’t be afraid. My first time I applied to the program, I was denied. I didn’t give up and I was able to get in on my second time applying,” she said.

Allen said she met people in the program who were denied multiple times before being accepted. Tuition is not covered, but some classes offered in the program count as credit.

More information about the Disney College Program is available at https://jobs.disneycareers.com/disney-college-program.