Desaree Overton (Riverdale) recently became Clayton State University’s first official Disney Representative. Overton is a Management major in the Clayton State School of Business.
“It is an honor for me to be able to represent the world’s leading entertaining company here at Clayton State University,” Overton says. “I am proud to be the first rep at the University, which allows me the opportunity to spread the good word about this phenomenal program to my fellow colleagues.”
Sanford Dennis, School of Business career coordinator, created the Disney program at Clayton State University specifically for business students.
“The Disney College Program is unique because it offers students a chance to earn great work experience as well as earn academic credit,” Dennis says. “Disney has a full academic faculty/staff in Orlando that functions just like a regular college. They have FT Instructors and adjuncts. They offer a full array of courses that are modeled after a traditional business curriculum. Students sit in a classroom and participate in lectures just like a regular class. Clayton State business students have to apply for the program and be accepted by the School of Business for the program.”
Last fall a regional Disney recruiter made a special visit to the School of Business to speak with faculty about the program, Dennis says.
“I believe this was the first time someone from Disney had been on campus to speak about the program,” he says.
Overton became interested in the Disney program after seeing a flyer.
“I was working as a student assistant in the School of Business when I noticed a Disney Internship flyer near the front desk,” Overton says. “I love Disney and I knew right away that it was something I might enjoy. After attending a presentation where I heard from students who had previously attended the program, I was sold! My experience as an intern at Disney was amazing! I was able to meet and interact with people from all over the world. I worked in Disney’s Epcot Park in Orlando. I worked in the American adventure in a restaurant called Liberty Inn. Our costumes were quite interesting. I grew close with the other students who traveled from all over to work as interns and made lasting friendships.”
Some of the courses that Disney offers:
· Organizational Leadership
· Human Resource
· Organizational Management
· Hospitality Management
Disney also provides quality low cost housing for students.
“Any Clayton State University student can apply to the Disney College Program; however only business majors can apply through the program that we have created because the program follows a business curriculum,” Dennis explains.
Overton was rewarded in her experience.
“I believe the most rewarding part of the experience was the networking,” Overton says. “I met many wonderful executives and leaders that I stay in contact with even now. I am also excited to have Walt Disney World’s name on my resume!”