Alcorn students participate in Disney on the Yard Summer College Program

Students from Alcorn State University are broadening their professional experiences through internships for Disney.

The Disney on the Yard Summer College Program will welcome 18 Alcorn students to participate in an internship this summer. The program, which is part of the Disney College Program, provides an opportunity for students to make meaningful connections and gain a sense of community among their peers while working toward a more inclusive environment.

Disney on the Yard was established to deepen engagement with HBCUs through mentorship, networking, and exclusive programming.

Several Disney Ambassadors promote the program on Alcorn’s campus. Dionna Jackson, a junior business administration major from Fayette, Mississippi, and Disney Ambassador, enjoys sharing her Disney experience with her peers to encourage them to participate.

“It feels great to be an ambassador for Disney,” said Jackson. “I get to share my experience being a part of the Disney staff and the opportunities introduced to me. This is a great networking opportunity for students to meet recruiters inside and outside of their fields.”

Kensey Eley, sophomore biology pre-professional major from Lorman, Mississippi, who’s also a Disney Ambassador, shared how the Disney internship helped her grow and develop more skills.

“This opportunity allowed me to better my communication and interpersonal skills, which other students would receive being a part of this program,” said Eley. “Being an ambassador has been amazing, and I enjoy sharing my experiences with other students throughout the University who may want a chance to work for one of the greatest, most magical places in the world.”

Jabreel Walker, director of Alcorn’s Cargill Thrive Program, explained why the Disney internship benefits students.

“The Disney on the Yard Internship Program can be a valuable experience for Alcorn students, providing them with a unique opportunity to gain practical work experience, develop professional skills, and grow personally and professionally,” said Walker.

The students who will participate in this summer’s program are listed below:

Jakierra Brown, accounting, Tupelo, Mississippi

Martivona Carter, mass communications, Greenville, Mississippi

TaMaya Crawford, agribusiness management, Natchez, Mississippi

Robresha Davis, biology, Ferriday, Louisiana

Mikayla Duncan, agribusiness management, Waterford, Michigan

Lakin Echols, social work, Bassfield, Mississippi

Mikaela Fletcher, social work, New Orleans, Louisiana

LaZarion Gary, business administration, Killeen, Texas

Caylan Goodman, biology, Newton, Mississippi

Narkeshia Green, computer networking & information technology, Horn Lake, Mississippi

Kyhiamon Hawkins, social work, Jackson, Mississippi

Erin Hinton, business administration, Richton, Mississippi

Dionna Jackson, accounting, Fayette, Mississippi

Akeria Parkman, biology, Mount Olive, Mississippi

Jayla Richey, health sciences, Tupelo, Mississippi

Nakeyia Riggs, nursing, Natchez, Mississippi

Shalayla Starks, criminal justice, Lake Village, Arkansas

Shakira Stiff, business administration, Jackson, Mississippi