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Title: Walt Disney Imagineering R&D Computer Vision InternshipPosted: November 25, 2015
Company/Institution: Disney
Location: Glendale, CA
Department: Walt Disney Imagineering


R&D Computer Vision Internship - Glendale, Spring 2016

Company Overview:

The Walt Disney Company is a world-class entertainment and technological leader. Walt’s passion was to continuously envision new ways to move audiences around the world—a passion that remains our touchstone in an enterprise that stretches from theme parks, resorts and a cruise line to sports, news, movies and a variety of other businesses. Uniting each endeavor is a commitment to creating and delivering unforgettable experiences — and we’re constantly looking for new ways to enhance these exciting experiences. Bring your individual talents here and discover for yourself why a career with Disney is the opportunity you’ve been looking for. “It takes people to make the dream a reality.” Walt was on to something when he said that, and it continues to ring true today. No matter the stage in your career, being a part of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts means being a part of a team where you help bring innovation to life through unsurpassed products, services and most importantly remarkable experiences. As a Cast Member you are the steward and connection to our legacy and the backbone of our thriving innovations. Join our team and watch your dreams come true.

Segment Overview:

Walt Disney Imagineering is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company. Its talented corps of Imagineers is responsible for the creation - from concept initiation through installation - of all Disney Resorts, theme parks and attractions, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, and new media projects. Imagineering is headquartered in Glendale, California, with affiliated offices and facilities in North Hollywood, California and Celebration, Florida; as well as satellite branches at every Disney Theme Park location around the world.

Department Overview:

Walt Disney Imagineering Research & Development is the department within WDI that focuses exclusively on the creative application of new technology. At R&D, we use cutting edge technology to tell Disney stories in new and innovative ways. R&D is unique from the rest of WDI in that we develop concepts for more than just the Disney theme parks. We work on a consulting basis with almost every division of the Walt Disney Company, including Pixar Animation Studios, Disney Consumer Products, Disney Interactive Studios, ABC, ESPN, and Corporate New Business Development.

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 isready to transfer to one of our business partners to ultimately be enjoyed by our guests.


We are seeking a full or part-time intern at WDI Research and Development in Glendale, CA to assist in development of our guest experience related technologies. The intern will be responsible for the development of a hardware and software system for image analysis utilizing proprietary recognition technology.    

·         Work with team of Imagineers to integrate recognition technology with existing show system software

·         Design and Implement API for efficient use of recognition functionality

·         Adapt recognition pipeline to alternate camera inputs for more flexible show deployment

·         Assist in design and development of show-ready packaging of recognition hardware and software system

·         Assist in training and evaluating recognition systems on show specific data

Basic Qualifications:

·         Strong proficiency in C/C++/C#

·         Solid object oriented programming skills required

·         One or more courses in Computer Vision, Image Processing, or related area of study

Preferred Qualifications:

·         An ideal candidate would have completed several computer vision projects

·         Working knowledge of MySQL or comparable database systems is highly desirable

·         Software development experience in MS Windows and Linux is desired

·         Familiarity with OpenCV is a plus

·         Face and/or iris detection expertise is a plus

·         Machine learning experience is a plus

·         Embedded programming experience is a plus

Required Education:

·         Currently enrolled as a Graduate Student or higher, or graduated with a Graduate degree within the past 6 months, in an accredited college/university, earning a degree majoring in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or related field

Additional Information:

Materials Required:

 College transcripts (official or unofficial) - Please upload your transcript while completing the online application

 To upload this document:

·         Log into your dashboard at

·         Click the link labeled “Edit Profile Info”

·         Click on the “Attachments” Tab

·     Be sure your document is in the required title format: FirstName_LastName_Type (i.e. Mickey_Mouse_Transcript)

·         Select document type of “Other”

 Internship Eligibility:

·         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 OR must have graduated from a college/university within 6 months of the start date of the internship for which you are applying for 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. Note: Once you have completed one consecutive year of employment on a Disney internship or program, there must be a minimum 6 month gap before the start of a new internship or program

·         Must possess unrestricted work authorization

·         Must provide full work availability

·         Must provide own transportation to/from work

·         Current Active Disney cast members must meet Professional Internship transfer guidelines (for Walt Disney World cast members this is no more than four points and one reprimand in the last six months; for Disneyland cast members this is six months of consecutive service and a performance record clear of any disciplinary issues (warnings, suspensions, etc.) for at least six months)

Program Length:

The approximate dates of this internship are January 2016 through April 2016. Interns must be fully available for the duration of the internship.

 Recommendation – Print This Role Description:

Strong candidates may be invited to complete a phone interview.  We strongly encourage applicants to print a copy of this role description so they can refer to it in the event they are selected for a phone interview.  Note that this role description will not be accessible once the posting is closed.

Application Instructions: Please apply online at: Materials Required: College transcripts (official or unofficial) - Please upload your transcript while completing the online application To upload this document: •Log into your dashboard at •Click the link labeled “Edit Profile Info” •Click on the “Attachments” Tab •Be sure your document is in the required title format: FirstName_LastName_Type (i.e. Mickey_Mouse_Transcript) •Select document type of “Other”