Software Development Graduate Intern, Summer 2023

at Walt Disney Imagineering
Published April 4, 2023
Location Glendale, United States of America
Category Machine Learning  
Job Type Internship  


Job Summary:

R&D Imagineering Intern- Software Development

Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development is the department within WDI that focuses exclusively on the development of new innovative ideas and technology that support story telling at Disney Parks and Resorts, including cruise ships. R&D collaborates closely with other departments, including the academic branch of Disney Research in applying cutting edge technologies into creative applications.

Much of R&D’s process involves rapid iterative prototyping. After we develop an initial concept, we pool the collective talents of artists, designers, engineers, computer programmers, scientists and fabricators to build a real-world prototype. We then test, refine and re-test these prototypes until we believe an idea is ready to transfer to one of our business partners to ultimately be enjoyed by our guests. Responsibilities This intern will support the development of innovative new Disney entertainment experiences through the creative application of cutting-edge technology. This role assists Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development project teams with hardware/software prototyping and data visualization of new experience concepts and technologies for Disney theme parks, resorts, and experiential entertainment worldwide. A background in software development allows this role to take on project-critical tasks, contributing to ongoing efforts while growing your skills. Successful candidates will possess a blend of creative and technical abilities, demonstrated by past projects showcasing work across creative and engineering disciplines to design, prototype, and deliver technology-driven experiences. You will use hands-on electronics prototyping to help build mock-ups and demonstrations of technology that will explore the future of entertainment.


Aid with new tool development using Blueprint and Python within Unreal Engine
• Develop tools that improve workflow for content creation.
• Work within the content team for hands-on Art and Tech development.
• Proactively look for challenges/problems and develop both technical and creative solutions.

Skill Sets 

Languages Proficient : Python, C++

Software: Unreal, Blender, Maya, Nvidia Omniverse

Educational Level: Graduate

Interest or knowledge of design and aesthetics

Understanding of Editor Utility Widgets, Unreal BluePrints and/or Python

Areas of knowledge:

Physics-based and procedural animation,  maker,  Ai/ML, game development, computer graphics, motion capture, maya/unreal  plugin development

The pay rate for this internship in  Glendale, California is $45.00 per hour

About Walt Disney Imagineering:

Founded in 1952 as WED Enterprises to design and build the world’s first theme park — Disneyland — Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI) is where imagination and creativity combine with cutting-edge technology to create unforgettable experiences. WDI is the creative force that imagines, designs and builds all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide. Imagineering’s unique strength comes from its diverse global team of creative and technical professionals, who build on Disney’s legacy of storytelling to pioneer new forms of entertainment. The Imagineers who practice this unique blend of art and science work in more than 100 disciplines to shepherd an idea all the way from “blue sky” concept phase to opening day.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with WDI Research & Development, Inc., which is part of a business we call Walt Disney Imagineering.

WDI Research & Development, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.