Graduate Internship, Global Public Policy, Corporate (CA) -Spring 2019

The Walt Disney Company (Corporate)
  • Location
    Burbank, California
  • Sector
  • Experience
  • Posted
    Oct 15

Position description

Be a part of an innovative team and culture…

The Walt Disney Company is seeking a graduate student for a part-time internship in the Global Public Policy Department. The intern will have an opportunity to work with talented professionals who are leaders in their field, while being exposed to cutting edge policy issues, with a particular focus on human rights and global supply chains. This is a great opportunity to work on issues that are likely to have a significant impact on the Company’s business, brands and consumers – as well as society more broadly – and play a role in developing effective strategies to address those issues.


This individual will work with global Public Policy’s leadership in the following key areas:

Strategic Policy Formulation

Identify emerging human rights and supply chain public policy issues related to The Walt Disney Company’s mid- and long-term business plans globally, and help develop internal and external policy positions, strategies and analyses to influence the external environment and advance Disney’s business priorities.

Proactive Analysis of Emerging Issues

Conduct research on emerging issues, analyze implications for Disney, and support communication activities to keep leadership informed. Proactively identify opportunities that business strategies and product plans create to advance policy goals as well as emerging social, political, economic, and public policy issues and trends that create business opportunities for Disney globally.

Government and Stakeholder Relations

Identify opportunities where Disney can meaningfully advance its policy agenda and recommend concrete strategies to address issues based on positions taken; support leadership to identify relationships that need to be cultivated to implement these strategies effectively.


  • NOTE: Must submit a copy of your current transcript with the application (directions below).
  • Must be graduate-school level.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0.
  • Graduate or undergraduate course work in human rights, international labor standards, corporate social responsibility, and global supply chains.
  • Able to work part-time (24 hours per week) during the school year with the potential to extend the part-time schedule for the summer months upon mutual decision.
  • Demonstrated interest in the connection between business and global human rights; prior work or internship experience in this field strongly preferred.
  • Basic understanding of key global policy issues, including human rights, child rights and safety, consumer products, global supply chains, and related international institutions and players.
  • Basic understanding of public affairs and government relations considerations in the policy process.
  • High level familiarity with the workings of NGOs, domestic and foreign governments, international organizations or industry groups.
  • Demonstrated high level of integrity, thoroughness, flexibility, initiative and teamwork.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Excellent judgment and ability to handle sensitive and confidential information.
  • Ability to successfully balance multiple tasks and effectively meet deadlines.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to summarize complex matters into concise and action-oriented executive briefings.


  • All candidates must be eligible to work in the US.
  • All candidates must be at least 18 years old.
  • All candidates must currently be enrolled in an accredited college or university and taking at least one class – OR – be a recent graduate of an accredited college or university within the last six (6) months - OR - be currently participating in the Disney College Program, Disney Culinary Program or Disney Professional Internship Program in order to qualify for this internship.
  • Must no have completed one year of continual employment on a Disney internship or program.
  • All candidates must be available during the months of January to May/June for the Spring internship program.
  • All candidates must be available to work 24 hours/week. Schedule determined by your supervisor based on your availability.
  • All candidates must be able to work in the Burbank office and provide their own housing and transportation for the duration of the internship.

Preferred Education

  • Pursuing an M.A. in International Relations, Public Policy, Human Rights, Sustainable Business or related fields.
  • Candidates pursuing a J.D. may also be considered.

Additional Information:

Materials Required:

Graduate school transcripts (official or unofficial) - Please upload your current transcript while completing the online application

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