Sounds ‘Goofy’ but Disney internships return for St. Catharines university tourism students


Published January 10, 2023 at 12:41 pm

Tourism and Environment alumnus Jonah Graham (BA ’19) celebrated his completion of the University of Florida/Walt Disney World Resort Internship in 2017. The program has been on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic but will be offered this spring for the first time since 2019. (Photo: Brock University)

For as long as there have been university students, there will always be those select few looking for a ‘Mickey Mouse’ course to round out their curriculum – you know, the no-brainers, the easy ‘A’.

Now, for the first time since 2019, Brock students have a chance to take a ‘Mickey Mouse’ course that’s legitimate.

While it was interrupted by the pandemic, students can once again complete courses at the University of Florida and a paid internship at Walt Disney World Resort starting this spring — but the application deadline is coming this Friday (January 13).

Brock News reported that the University of Florida/Walt Disney World Resort Internship is open to all Brock students over the age of 18 who have 10 credits and a 75 per cent overall average, with preference given to majors in Tourism Studies.

Students who are accepted to the program will complete two online courses delivered by the University of Florida starting in May.

Then, in August, successful applicants will begin a third course and their paid internship at Walt Disney World Resort, which will run until December.

In total, students earn the equivalent of 2.5 Brock credits. The internship may also qualify as a co-op work term.

Christina Bosilo, Director of Brock International, told Brock News the partnership provides students with the opportunity to gain academic credit and valuable work and training experience.

“The benefits of participating in a study abroad experience help to prepare graduates, professionally and personally, for future opportunities post-graduation, and this particular opportunity is limited to only a handful of post-secondary institutions within Canada,” she says.

“Any Brock student with an interest in learning more about tourism, hospitality and marketing from industry experts will find this to be a valuable experience.”

Professor David Fennell in the Department of Geography and Tourism Studies agrees, noting that one of the program’s best features is the way students can match University of Florida courses in topics such as Lodging Operations and Management or Theme Park and Attraction Management with two different internship options at Disney.

Interested students are invited to learn more about the details of the program HERE.

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