Melissa Hruby

Being paid to go to Disney World may seem like a dream to many, but for some students at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, it may be a reality as they look for summer jobs.

The opportunities available will be covered during informational sessions for the Walt Disney World College Program which will take place Thursday, April 5 and 26, at the Copeland Hall Computer Lab, located on the second floor. The presentations will begin at 7 p.m. Those who are unable to attend can visit www.wdwcollegeprogram.com or contact UNK student Melissa Hruby at:  hrubymj@unk.edu for more information.

The Walt Disney World College Program, a professional paid internship, makes it possible for students to travel to Orlando, Fla., to work at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Hruby, a senior from Ord who is majoring in English/Language Arts Education, participated in the spring 2004 Walt Disney College Program. She said that students involved in the program can work in the quick service, food and beverage, entertainment, and marketing sectors of Disney. She said she was involved in the entertainment industry.

Students will work 35-40-hour, five-day work weeks, and Hruby said more work can be expected during peek periods.

In addition to their jobs, students can take classes through Disney University. Hruby said students can choose from five-month or eight-month programs.

Hruby said the purpose of the program is to “give students an opportunity to work and network at the Walt Disney World Resort, no matter what their major is in college or their class standing.”

Hruby said the benefits of the program are that the classes taken during the internship can be transferred to UNK, and the networking opportunities provided in the program are beneficial.