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 Disney Distinction Photo

LSU Earns Disney College Program Distinction


BATON ROUGE – LSU students are finding a bit of career magic through the Disney College Program, at a rate of over 25 students per year. On Nov. 15, 2017, LSU “earned its ears” and was selected as a distinguished Disney College Program institution. 

“The Disney College Program is a transformative opportunity for our students. In addition to gaining valuable work experience that an internship provides, students also expand their leadership abilities and cultural awareness while living and working with individuals from across the country and globe. We're grateful for the longstanding recruitment relationship between the LSU Olinde Career Center and the Disney College Program,” said Jesse Downs, Director of the LSU Olinde Career Center.

This creative take on an internship for credit provides students with the opportunity for hands-on work experience in Disney parks and resorts while receiving academic credit through personal and career development coursework.

The Disney College Program is not just a walk in the theme park; students are challenged to develop their leadership skills, network, and expand their skill set in problem-solving, communication and teamwork. These skills are critical competencies that prepare graduates for a successful transition from college to career, identified by employers through the National Association of Colleges and Employers.

In the 2017-2018 academic year, nine LSU students participated in the Disney College Program in the Fall and 12 students are already slated to participate in the Spring. Students come from a variety of majors across campus, including engineering, kinesiology, education, and communication.


About the LSU Olinde Career Center

The LSU Olinde Career Center exists to assist students and alumni in choosing careers, obtaining career-related work experiences, developing job search skills, and securing employment or admission to graduate or professional school. Engaging with over 6,000 employers annually, the LSU Olinde Career Center brings students and employers together through on-campus recruiting and networking events, career development programming, and on-campus interviews. Learn more at

About the Disney College Program

The Disney College Program provides students with valuable, on-the-job experience working in Disney parks and resorts, participation in college coursework, and the opportunity to meet and live with people from all over the country and potentially the world in company-sponsored housing. This truly unique five- to seven-month program allows participants to network with leaders, take part in personal and career development classes, and build transferable skills such as problem-solving, teamwork, guest service and effective communication. Learn more at


Contact Millena Williams Wilson

LSU Olinde Career Center