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WDI Show Programming Intern - Figure Programming, Summer/Fall 2024

🚀 Summer Internship

Los Angeles

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Summer Internship

Software Engineering•Los Angeles


  • 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!


  • Familiarity with creating and maintaining rigs for CG character animation
  • Ability to function in a dynamic work environment, managing multiple project tasks
  • Basic Knowledge of robotic animation, control systems, and mechanical systems
  • Ability to provide basic technical support for computer graphic animation applications
  • Ability to work with limited supervision but be able to integrate inputs from many individuals and work as a team member
  • High tolerance for change and changing requirements
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • Desired software knowledge/familiarity among several of the following: Maya, MotionBuilder, Z-Brush, MS Excel, Adobe Photoshop, Final Cut Pro, Premier, After Effects (or similar video editing software), Solid Works, Tait Navigator, Shotgun, Rhino, Unreal/Unity
  • Desired scripting knowledge: Python, Mel, C, C++
  • Experience with Game Engines
  • Education:
  • Currently enrolled as a Junior or higher in, or graduated within the past 6 months from, an accredited college/university earning a degree majoring in: traditional animation; computer animation; industrial automation control programming; or related field.
  • Preferred Education:
  • Currently earning a Master’s degree in one of the above mentioned areas.
  • Candidates for this opportunity MUST meet all of the below requirements:
  • 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
  • Have not completed one year of continual employment on a Disney internship or program.
  • Possess unrestricted work authorization
  • Provide own housing for the duration internship program in the Glendale, CA area
  • Have reliable transportation to/from work

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Software Engineering


  • An intern will work within WDI Animation which is a one-stop shop for prototypical design, engineering, manufacturing, assembly, figure finishing, installation, show programming and animation. This is the group that “creates the illusion of life” within our attractions to tell amazing stories. This department includes managers, technical specialists and engineers who provide delivery of high quality audio-animatronics to Disney theme parks that are safe, meet creative intent, and are easily maintainable.
  • Work closely with other Show Programmers to operate and maintain Animation & Show Programming system’s highly specialized hardware and software tools
  • Assist in creating, debugging, and organizing Audio-Animatronic figures’ digital assets (character sheets, animation data, rigs, ride paths, shots, and/or models)
  • Create and review digital animation rigs
  • Provide pipeline and animation process support and asset integration to the Show Animators for the programming of Audio-Animatronics figures
  • Partner with the show Art Director and other Show Programmers to program special effects, audio, animated props and show action equipment
  • Organize, secure and maintain show data created by the Animators and Show Programmers
  • Provide technical support for computer graphic animation programs (such as Maya and MotionBuilder)
  • Assist in developing or maintaining show programming tools
  • Learn proprietary software packages


Work type

Full time

Work mode



Los Angeles