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ABOUT ACADEMIC EXCHANGE PROGRAM ROLES

To participate in the Academic Exchange Program, your academic institution must have an exchange partnership with a participating U.S. college or university. As part of the program, you'll have the opportunity to take courses at the U.S. host college or university. At the same time, you'll gain training and experience as a cast member at Walt Disney World® Resort. It's a one-of-a-kind way to get involved in networking opportunities, expand your presentation skills, and learn about customer service from industry-leading experts.

To participate in the Academic Exchange Program, you must be:

  • Able to speak fluent English
  • At least 18 years of age at time of application submission
  • Currently enrolled and in good academic standing at a participating international college or university
  • Engaged in an appropriate course of study
  • Able to exit the United States and return home upon completion of the program
  • Please contact your international academic institution to see if they have an exchange partnership with a participating U.S. college or university for this program.

  • Character Performer

    As a Character Performer at Walt Disney World® Resort, you'll gain experience directly from Disney entertainment experts as you create magical moments for guests that'll last a lifetime. You'll learn how to portray one of our beloved characters and spark smiles, laughter, and unforgettable memories for families from around the world.

  • Concierge

    As a Concierge, you'll gain knowledge and skills from a company that's known worldwide for providing extraordinary customer service. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with a renowned company as you build special relationships with guests and fellow cast members alike.

  • Costuming

    As part of our Costuming department, you'll help other cast members maintain our high level of presentation and quality. From issuing costumes to operating a computerized costume checkout system, you'll play an important role in ensuring cast members are always dressed to impress.

  • Culinary

    With a Culinary role at the Walt Disney World® Resort, you'll provide a world-class dining experience for guests from around the world. As you gain experience with one of the largest entertainment companies, you'll expand your skills in a wide range of culinary techniques and procedures – from food preparation to presentation and everything in between.

  • Front Desk

    In a Front Desk role, you'll learn directly from one of the world's most admired companies as you work and live at the Walt Disney World® Resort. You'll not only build extraordinary connections with the people you meet, you'll learn how to deliver exceptional customer service in a way that only Disney can.

  • Full-Service Food & Beverage

    In a Full-Service Food & Beverage role, you'll create a one-of-a-kind dining experience while building your customer service skills. In this non-tipped position, greeting and seating guests is just one way you'll be part of the Disney experience for people from around the world.

  • Lifeguard

    As a Lifeguard at the Walt Disney World® Resort, you'll help our guests from all around the world enjoy our spectacular water features. Whether you're monitoring safety or providing park information, you'll be an important part of making sure we operate effectively and efficiently.

  • Merchandise

    In a Merchandise role, you'll help demonstrate and sell Disney products to guests from across the globe – all as you expand your skills with a major player in the consumer products industry. Whether you're providing information, or stocking and cleaning shelves, your guest interactions will become an important part of the Walt Disney World® Resort experience.

  • Operations

    Working in one of the following areas while monitoring Guest flow and providing a safe Guest experience, retrieving and arranging strollers, and assisting with audience control, including during parades.

  • QSR

    With a role at one of the Walt Disney World® Resort Quick Service Restaurants, you'll provide the kind of exceptional customer service that Disney is known for around the world. Whether you're selling beverages or operating kitchen equipment, you'll help take care of our guests during their visit.