Academic Training & Employment

Academic Training

Academic Training is a work program where students may or may not get paid (depending on the employer options). The work must directly contribute to the student's program of study. In order to be eligible for academic training, you must meet the following criteria:

  • Be in good academic standing.
  • Continue to maintain a full course of study throughout your academic training.
  • May be paid or non-paid.
  • Must be approved in advance by the RO/ARO.
  • Can occur during your studies or no later than 30 days after completion of studies CFR 22, 62.73.
  • Must be directly related to your major field of study as listed on the DS-2019.
  • Cannot exceed a period of 18 months.
  • You must consult with your RO/ARO and get approval for any employment.
  • You must present your RO/ARO with an original job offer letter and ob-tain a Social Security Card.
  • You will need to complete a W-4 Form and I-9 Form with your employer.
  • Should you lose your academic training with your employer, you must either add more course(s) or get another academic training.

Degree-Seeking Students: Participants can apply to Valencia's Internship Program. They must pay the cost of the 3-credit intern course per term associated with this program.

Exchange Students: Academic training programs are not available to students studying at Valencia for less than one year.

Nondegree-Seeking Students: See the International College Program at Walt Disney World for more information.


Students may engage in part-time employment under certain conditions, including good academic standing at their host institution. On-campus employment is allowed if it is pursuant to the terms of a scholarship, and if it occurs on the premises of the school. The Exchange Visitor must be in good academic standing and continue to engage in a full course of study. Employment must be approved in advance by the RO/ARO (CFR 22, 62.20) and not be more than 20 hours per week. For Professors, an occasional lecture or consultation is allowed if it is directly related to the program objective and is approved in advance by the RO/ARO.

When in school or at work, be sure you understand U.S. laws and institutional/organizational policies as they relate to the following:

  • Work/School attendance
  • Smoking
  • Use of intoxicants
  • Possession of illegal substances
  • Discrimination
  • Public displays of affection
  • Sexual harassment
  • Gift-giving or receiving