Elizabeth Przygoda and Patrick Braun have been chosen to spend their spring semester at a different campus -- Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
Przygoda and Braun, both Rend Lake College students hailing from Pinckneyville, accepted an offer to intern at the popular resort through the Walt Disney World College Program. The pair are set to leave for Orlando in January and will return home in May.
"The overall experience of working with the Walt Disney Corporation will provide a lifetime of employment benefits," said Mark Clark, Cooperative Education and Employment Services Specialist for RLC. "That name looks wonderful on a resume."
According to company information, the Walt Disney World College Program is a "one-of-a-kind, paid living, learning and earning experience for college students from all majors and backgrounds."
Students in the College Program will build transferable skills that include building relationships, problem solving and written and verbal communication; explore networking opportunities; and earn real-world experience with an industry leader. It’s not all work, though. Students also enjoy free theme park admission and discounts on merchandise.
They will live in Disney-sponsored, 24-hour gated apartment communities on the Disney campus and will work at one of four theme parks, more than 20 resorts, three water parks or a dining/entertainment/retail complex. Braun and Przygoda will contribute to the cost of their rent and amenities through a weekly payroll deduction while Walt Disney World assists by further subsidizing the cost.
Seven courses, recommended for credit by the American Council on Education, will be offered to Przygoda and Braun as part of the program. Courses available to them include Communications, Experiential Learning, Hospitality Management, Human Resource Management, Personal and Career Development Strategies, Organizational Leadership and Practicum.
The goal of the program is to allow students to develop increased self-reliance, accountability and maturity while building lifelong friendships.