Disney Corp Strat/Dev summer internship

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Hello,

I am curious if anyone has had an interview with Disney's Corporate Strategy/development summer internship. I go to a non-target, but got a phone interview with them early next week. I am wondering if anyone knows anything about it, and has any tips? I read over WSO, but didn't find much. I understand how legit it is, and it would be nice to be a little more prepared for this interview.

Thanks in advance.

Comments (26)

Feb 23, 2013

id personally take disney over a BB... just my opinion.

Feb 23, 2013

If this is what I'm thinking it is, they hire like 1 person every year and it's usually someone from Harvard or Princeton

Feb 23, 2013
D M:

If this is what I'm thinking it is, they hire like 1 person every year and it's usually someone from Harvard or Princeton

heard and noticed the same off of linkedin..

Feb 23, 2013

Yea, it's a tough group to break into. Absolutely worth doing the interview though, sorry I can't help with it.

Feb 25, 2013

hey neon,

this is a legit group and best of luck. even in a strategy group within disney it'd be a great resume builder during your undergrad.

you should be prepared to talk about the recent deals and joint ventures they did. most notably, the lucasfilm acquisition and what you'd do with that piece of asset. do understand that its businesses span so many different aspects of people's lives and when you do an acquisition or venture you need to take into consideration how that would affect others in its intertwined web. there are a few other pieces of assets that you should also look into, and also think about whether things make sense strategically.

other than that, brush up on your fundamentals. mainly modeling, M&A and DCF i think are the two main ones you should worry about.

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Feb 26, 2013

any thoughts on disney vs bb or mm?

Feb 23, 2013

Disney is an exceptional opportunity. It's probably on par with the "top groups" at BBs or, more accurately, consulting at MBB. Take a look at the LinkedIn profiles: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&rlz=1...

Feb 27, 2013
D M:

Disney is an exceptional opportunity. It's probably on par with the "top groups" at BBs or, more accurately, consulting at MBB. Take a look at the LinkedIn profiles: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&rlz=1...

dude those are serious

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Feb 23, 2013
TonyPerkis:
D M:

Disney is an exceptional opportunity. It's probably on par with the "top groups" at BBs or, more accurately, consulting at MBB. Take a look at the LinkedIn profiles: https://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&rlz=1...

dude those are serious

Shit yea they are. Definitely baller status. I remember somebody on here saying that getting into this program makes people a soon-to-be BSD

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Feb 26, 2013

Anyone here have the chance to interview? pm me

Mar 11, 2013
neon green:

Hello,

I am curious if anyone has had an interview with Disney's Corporate Strategy/development summer Internship. I go to a non-target, but got a phone interview with them early next week.

Thanks in advance.

Did you apply through their career website or your school's career site? I'm looking into corporate finance in some other firms and want to know if i should apply through their career website or not even bother if they don't recruit at my school. Thanks

Mar 11, 2013

from the job requirements it sounds like it, so I'd interpret it to be the same thing. I'd imagine even if you were in "Disney" and not "DIMG" you'd be in a specific sector anyway, so in this case your specific sector just happens to be its own entity.

Mar 11, 2013

It is -- Disney operates across a few different divisions, and the IMG is one of them. It's sort of like working in an industry group at Goldman.

IMG is probably the most interesting of the groups as well (at least IMO). Strong focus on technology and things like internet, social media, video games, etc.

Mar 11, 2013

Yes - this is a great position. The IMG group works on a lot of the coolest stuff (in my opinion), and you'd have great exit opps. However, good luck - Disney Corp Dev is EXTREMELY competitive. They only hire a few every year, and typically only from top banks and consulting firms.

I interviewed there when I was still in banking - the interview process is long and tough. Took me 3 phone interviews to get to a phone case study, and then the next step after that was an in-person in Burbank. Good luck...

Mar 11, 2013

I've read about it quite a bit and I'd strongly consider it if you're really interested in the media space, which I am. Seems near impossible to get a spot there out of undergrad if you're not from a target unfortunately.

Feb 23, 2013

They have 1 spot open every year, I believe, and I think the person who gets it usually turns into some Hollywood bigwig or something. It's magic, what'd you expect from Disney?

Mar 11, 2013

Solid pay, great benefits and you could wind up in their VC arm (Steamboat Ventures). They have quite a few VC investments in Shanghai and Beijing. Very talented persons.

Mar 11, 2013

I'm sure I have said this before but I would take a spot on Disney's team over almost anything I can think of

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Mar 11, 2013

From what I've heard from talking to people with first-hand experience, I can confirm the above opinions are all correct. The strategy/corp dev team is filled primarily with ex-bankers and mgmt. consultants, and I think getting a spot out of undergrad would be ridiculously hard. The one con I have heard is the hours are pretty bad, which is weird for a corp dev position. But given the place hires a ton of ex-bankers, that's not very surprising.

Mar 11, 2013

The M&A corporate strategy group typically only hires from Harvard. The corporate strategy/finance rotation program has three target schools: Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford. It may be possible to get a full-time job there without being from one of these target schools if you have connections, but these are the only undergrad universities that Disney currently does on-campus recruiting for.

Mar 11, 2013

Usually depends on your background - where are your prior internships?

Mar 11, 2013
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