The Walt Disney Corporate Strategy, Business Development and
Technology Group is a sort of secret weapon for the Walt Disney
Company. This low-profile organization works exclusively for the
Disney corporation and handles strategy assignments in multiple
business arenas (almost like Disney's personal consulting company).
In addition to corporate strategy, the department covers M&A,
strategic alliances, corporate business development, IP management
and technology standards. It also aids various business units on
their strategy when the issues are large enough to merit corporate
attention. The planning group employs only 20 professionals who are
divided into smaller teams to handle individual company needs and
tasks, which can vary depending on the issues the company is facing
at the time.
The intern (yes-one and only one) invited to join the Walt
Disney Strategic Planning Group team each summer should expect
attention and real working responsibility. That chosen MBA student
should be able to handle a bit of pressure and stress. Most
importantly, an internship may act as an "in" for this notoriously
selective division. Even if it doesn't, though, the prestige it
will bring your resume is priceless.
Open to MBA students only. Generally open only to students at
universities chosen by the company.