I absolutely loved my year at Disney! My role was Digital Marketing Intern for Disney Channels within central Eastern Europe and emerging markets. As there are over 200 interns in the office, Disney is a really social and fun place to work! My role was perfectly suited to my degree in International Business and I was given far more responsibility than I thought I ever would be as an intern.
Everyone at Disney was amazing! It is a very friendly and welcoming environment to work in and you are not treated as an intern, you are a respected and valued member of the Disney family as much as anyone who has worked at the company long term.
My manager was incredible! She constantly challenged me and gave me more and more responsibility to enable me to get the most out of my placement year
I always had a good amount of work to do and rarely felt overwhelmed. There were always tasks to do in the rare quieter times and my team offered constant support whenever I felt that I had too much to complete before the deadlines
I was given a good amount of responsibility and trusted with several large projects and social campaigns which was amazing! I would advice placement students going to Disney to take initiative offer ideas whenever they see something that they feel can be improved.
My placement was PERFECT for my degree as I was able to work across several channels in many counties on a daily basis. I also least many new skills such as Photoshop which will help me in my final year creative modules and behind!
Everyone at Disney is very friendly and welcoming! The environment is as you would expect at Disney... toys everywhere! Which made coming to work creatively enspiring, informal and fun!
Disney is VERY good at placements and internships as they have so many and are very used to new arrivals! You'll feel right at home as a placement student here and there are structures in place to give you the best possible training so you will never feel under supported.
There are lots of opportunities to get involved in different projects, teams and other lines of business at Disney. However, as it is a very busy place, they may not be all that frequent. If you have a specific interest or something you'd like to learn about outside of your role, ask around the office. Chances are someone will be willing to help you! I helped to train one of my fellow cast members on Photoshop as her role didn't have the option to learn that skill
Staff Sales/Staff Shop
Above 25 days holiday
Unfortunately Disney doesn't have a graduate scheme. However as Disney is a huge company there are always job opportunities within the company. After my placement I secured a role working at Walt Disney World resort in Florida for the summer! The opportunities are global!
This was my FAVOURITE part about working for Disney on placement. With loads of interns it is a really social place to work. Most interns live close by so there's always people to socialise with at the weekends and after work!
As the head office is in Hammersmith, London it is a very expensive area. However it is possible to pay London rent and still be able to do everything you want to do in London (within reason) on the intern budget!
Hammersmith has some lovely bars and restaurants and is close to the river Thames so there are some nice pubs on the river too. Also Hammersmith is in zone 2 so very close to central London where the nightlife is some of the best in the world!
Disney has a great voluntTEERS service, a triathlon team and a choir plus many more things for you to get involved in! My favourite thing was the movie screenings which were organised by work and we could bring 3 family members to watch big movie releases such as Finding Dory, Moana and Beauty and the Beast before official release.
Placement Year (10 Months+)
29th June 2017