International Management Program (no longer offered)
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Disney has currently suspended this program. There is no word on when and if the program will resume...
For those who have completed one of the main Programs, the International Management Program offers an opportunity to return to the Resort for 18 months and further your experience and training. This is a considerably smaller program than the others, and hiring tends to be sporadic - there are limited positions and they only hire when one of those positions becomes available.
Applicants must meet all the normal International Program qualifications, and in addition must be fluent in Japanese, Portuguese, French, or German, and have education and/or experience in the hospitality industry. Management experience is a plus, but not a requirement. Strong leadership skill are an expected requirement.
Particpants will work in hospitality and F&B operational management positions at the resorts or parks. You will be assigned to a specific discipline for the entire contract - depending on previous experience it may be F&B, Front Office or Housekeeping. Duties include attending classes, in-costume training, shift supervisor roles, and completing a Personal Development Plan.
Training and development begins upon arrival with a Learning Plan consisting of mandatory classes and self-paced learning leading to full training in Disney Leadership Values.
Particpants are classed as regular full time salaried CMs, so weekly gross compensation is $580 (subject to change). Standard Disney medical coverage is included. The company takes care of visa fees and round trip airfare, and also gives you a $1500 resetlement allowance. What you need to provide is a car, housing, and your own professional attire. Disney can assist with finding housing when you first arrive.
It is important to note that while this program does offer full-time salaried employment for the 18 months of the contract, it is still on a J-1 visa and cannot lead to permanent employment at WDW, although it sets you up nicely for employment at Disney Stores or Disney Cruise Line.