Disney internships attract students, criticism from unions

Posted Tuesday, July 5, 2005 9:19 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Each year, 8,000 students come to Disney World to work as six-month college interns in one of the largest internship programs in the country. The interns make up a significant portion of Disney World's 55,000-person work force. The program is a relatively cheap source of labor for Disney and sometimes worries the unionized workers, although union officials approved the program when it began almost 25 years ago.

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Wednesday, July 6, 2005 12:22 PM
No wonder CP had to remove their r/c semi's a few years ago. The teamsters probably complained about the guests not being paid a fair wage plus health benefits for driving the trucks around.
Wednesday, July 6, 2005 1:41 PM
r/c semis?
Wednesday, July 6, 2005 2:38 PM
You know what, it was the monster trucks I was thinking of, although I thought there were semis in there too. I don't remember exactly where they were, but I think it was a part of KK, but it might have been in the Peanuts Playground area.
Wednesday, July 6, 2005 4:35 PM
Ah...now I understand...I had no idea what you were talking about until now. R/C=Radio control.....
Wednesday, July 6, 2005 10:53 PM
I happen to be on the College Program right now and I love the program. Sure, we don't get paid the best (6.25), but full time that just start out get about 50 cents more. I'm not really into complaining, since its more money than my last job (5.75).

Some full time people and those that have been here awhile do complain because we get the most hours. We don't get double time, so they don't mind working us alot of overtime.

I'm glad I've done the program, I found somewhere I belong. I love working down here and wouldn't trade it for the world. I hope to be working down here again in about a year while going to University of Central Florida.

Thursday, July 7, 2005 12:16 AM
I've always felt that working at parks was where I belonged also, RCTfan. That poverty wage they pay isn't really for adults with a car and rent though. I think it's more for teenagers and adults who still live with their parents, imho.

It's no fun going into Wal-Mart to buy 2 weeks worth of groceries with a $20 budget.

It's not just Disney. Giant corperations do this all of the time. They pay as little as they can get away with, so that they can somewhat own you. They try to keep you in poverty so that you won't expect anything more from them. This keeps the high profits in their, and their shareholders, pockets, while you slave away keeping the "guests" satisfied so they spend more money.

In short, most giant companies do not value their employees. An employee to them is just a number and easily replacable. I am pretty much sick of it and that's why I have decided within the past few days to further my education.

...Imho, and from experience. Sorry for the rant. :)

Friday, July 8, 2005 2:13 PM
I did the WDWCP a few years ago and had a great time. This was back when we only got.. $6/hr! Dexter is right tho.. its not going to support you with car payment.. and they take $67 (or more) out of your paycheck a week to pay rent.. but that usually left me with $150/week to spend. I wasn't saving up for the future with that money.. but the experience and the Disney name and later Universal name on my resume helps a lot.

Anyway.. if there's any college students reading this who thought about the College Program.. its not about MONEY! Its about experience.. and making great friends, and the beach.. :)



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