Ten students from Missouri Southern State University have been accepted into the Disney College Program for fall 2022.

The program offers a six-month paid internship in Orlando, Fla., with housing provided by the company. Participants are given a variety of roles to apply for, including characters, park greeters, photo press and more, and will receive their roles upon arrival in the fall. Their internship experience is balanced each day with online coursework.

The 10 students selected for the Disney College Program marks the largest cohort from Missouri Southern, said Amanda Curtis, Disney internship coordinator at MSSU. Since 2003, there have been 33 students accepted into the program.

To qualify, students must be 18 years or older, have completed at least one semester of college, provide their own transportation to and from Orlando, and pay a fee based on their housing selection.

“They are going to get firsthand experience in training with a major corporation,” said Curtis. “This is an amazing opportunity for our students.”

Kierra Hall, a biology pre-med major from Columbus, Kan., said she’s looking forward to working at “the most magical place in the world.”

“Knowing that people from all over the world are there and that I can make their vacation even better should make for both an educational and entertaining work experience,” she said.

The other students accepted into the Disney College Program are:

Mariah Boshears – middle school-social studies major, Ozark, Mo.

My’Journie Fantroy-Slaughter – general studies, Joplin

Jadyn Gage – elementary education, Joplin

Veronikka Kew – theatre, Joplin

Hallie Peavler – theater production, Joplin

Olivia Scull – elementary education, Joplin

Evan Stepp – marketing, Webb City, Mo.

Chancellor Torres – computer information science, Joplin

Treyton Wilks – biology pre-med, Carthage, Mo.