ORLANDO, Fla. – Disney is suspending the remainder of its internship programs starting April 18 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the company announced Monday.
- Disney is suspending the rest of Disney Internships & Programs
- Cultural Representative Program participants will be sent home
- Arrivals for the Disney College Program through June have been canceled
“With the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to disrupt our daily lives, we continue to focus on the safety and well-being of our guests and Cast Members,” read a notice on the Disney Programs Twitter account.
In March, Disney ended the spring version of its Disney College Program early in response to the crisis. Participants were paid through the end of the month but were only given a few days-notice to move out of program housing.
The latest decision affects those who were set to arrive now through early June for the Disney College Program, International Program, Culinary Program and Cultural Representative Program.
The suspension means those remaining in the Cultural Representative Program, cast members from other countries who typically represent their country in Epcot, will be sent home. Disney said it is working to help them return home.
“We will work with them on a case-by-case basis to make travel arrangements,” Disney said. “These participants will continue to be paid through April 18.”
Disney College Program participants and others who were set to arrive through June will have their program fees refunded, Disney said.
Disney also said that it will invite back its Cultural Representative to complete their program at “a later date.” The company is also amending the eligibility requirements for its programs, including the Disney College Program, so that “those who have already been accepted will be able to reapply…even if they have already graduated.”
Last week, Disney announced it would begin furloughing some of its workers starting April 19. That news came after Disney executives said they would be taking pay cuts amid the crisis.
Walt Disney World and Disneyland in California remain closed until further notice.
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