Disney is hiring a Conversation Design Intern

United States (California)

Posted 21 days
Walt Disney Imagineering's Research & Development organization is building a new A.I. Character Studio to allow Guests and our beloved characters to share new interactive experiences and stories. The team comprises a cross-disciplinary group of designers, writers, artists, and software engineers. Its charter includes developing a robust and scalable entertainment platform supporting interactive character experiences with up to millions of concurrent users. The studio develops mobile, VR, AR, Mixed Reality, and custom physically situated applications built on a core platform, independently and in partnership with 3rd party developers.

A Day in the Life…  

We're seeking a conversation design intern to create and implement interactive conversation-based experiences for our guests. You will intern for the writing team, developing new experiences in deploying interactive characters. This is a chance to learn from some of the world-class conversation designers at Disney, pioneering this new storytelling artform using state-of-the-art AI technologies. You are open-minded, highly collaborative, flexible, and scrappy while ensuring a high degree of polish for guest-facing products and experiences. The new AI Character Studio members are expected to thrive in a fast-paced, startup-style environment where ambiguity and building things from zero to one are the norm.

Responsibilities/You Will...

  • Participate in the writer's room, completing assignments and receiving and implementing feedback.
  • Work with the creative team to test and refine content. Work on the front end of experience development, brainstorming, outlining, and potentially producing final lines for production.
  • Actively participate in testing and feedback sessions, identify "holes" in the logic or experience, and provide solutions for other team members and users.

What we are looking for…  

  • Ability to define and express new concepts through treatments, script-walk-throughs, improv, or prototyped interactive experiences
  • Story development, script writing, and editing experience or interest within Narrative Game Design, Animation, Television, or Theatre.
  • Ability to manage & prioritize multiple assignments in a highly dynamic production environment.
  • Interest in new technologies for creative expression, immersive experience development, and/or other forms of new social content creation platforms and distribution.

Required Education...

  • Working towards Bachelor's degree in film/theatrical writing, game design, interaction design, film, English, creative writing, communications, linguistics, or psychology

Additional Information...

  • At the time of application, you must be enrolled in an accredited college/university, taking at least one class in the semester/quarter (spring/fall) prior to participation in the internship program AND returning to school the semester/quarter following the internship OR currently participating in a Disney College Program or Disney Professional Internship ​ 
  • Must be at least 18 years of age​ 
  • Must not have completed one year of continual employment on a Disney internship or program. ​ 
  • Must possess unrestricted work authorization 
  • Program Length: The approximate dates of this internship are May/June - August/September 2023
  • Interns must be fully available for the duration of a 12-week assignment

Pay Rate:

The pay rate for this internship is $25.00 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.
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