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Walt Disney Imagineering Graduate Research Lab Associate Intern, Summer 2024

🚀 Summer Internship


AI generated summary

  • You need Python/C++ skills for algorithm prototyping, DL model experience, PyTorch familiarity, and a master's in CS or related field. Must be 18+ and eligible for internship program.
  • You will conduct experiments, implement algorithms, research new models, and collaborate with the team in a fast-paced Walt Disney Imagineering research lab.

Summer Internship

Software EngineeringGlendale


  • Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative force that imagines, designs and brings to life all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide! Working across a spectrum of teams that range from creative and conceptual to scientific and technical, we blend an innovative mixture of storytelling, art, science and technology to create immersive experiences, memorable destinations, and innovative entertainment for families around the globe!
  • As part of The Walt Disney Company, Disney Research builds upon a rich legacy of innovation and technology leadership in the entertainment industry that continues to this day. Disney Research as part of Walt Disney Imagineering works actively in the field of AI and human computer interaction with focus on character interactions and storytelling. Our goal is to design natural interactions that are immersive by leveraging the latest in speech, vision and language technologies.
  • The goal of our current project is to identify methods for incorporating additional context information in our multimodal perception engines using the latest in the field of large language models (LLMs). Our work environment is fast-paced and prototype-driven: we are constantly looking for the thing we can build that will give us the most insight into our biggest unknowns.


  • Required Qualifications & Skills:
  • Python/ C++ experience for quick prototyping of algorithms
  • Exposure to popular DL model finetuning and inference methods for large-language models (LLMs).
  • Comfortable with PyTorch or other deep learning libraries for training/ finetuning models using open-source code.
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Prior experience building streaming inference systems using pretrained models.
  • Familiarity with audio self-supervised models and decoding using popular ASR architecture e.g. whisper,.wav2vec2 or Parakeet
  • Familiarity with vision and language foundation models
  • Experience with large language models
  • Education:
  • Working towards a master’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or related field.
  • Eligibility Requirements & Program Information:
  • 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 OR must have graduated from a college/university within 6 months at time of application posting OR currently participating in a Disney College Program or Disney Internship
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Possess unrestricted work authorization
  • Have not completed one year of continual employment on a Disney internship or Disney College Program

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Software Engineering


  • Perform experiments to benchmark the accuracy and latency of different models.
  • Helping with implementation of the algorithms in a real-time inference system
  • Identify additional research papers and models to investigate and align with project goals
  • Engage in team brainstorms and troubleshooting


Work type

Full time

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