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Animation Studios - Storage Systems Engineering Intern, Summer 2020

Burbank, CA - US

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Job ID 714533BR Location Burbank, California, United States Business Walt Disney Animation Studios Date posted 02/12/2019

Job Summary:

The Platform Engineering team at Walt Disney Animation Studios is responsible for the architecture and design of our high performance compute and storage infrastructure as well as development and support of our in-house queueing system. We are looking for an intern to work with this team to investigate new methods for geographically diverse storage replication.


As our artists push the boundaries of filmmaking and technology, our films and stories continue to grow in complexity. To support this growth, the technology teams at Walt Disney Animation Studios strive to build scalable systems that underpin the data and computation behind every pixel of our films. As part of this vision, we have taken advantage of off-site rendering and storage resources.

When rendering off-site, data must be migrated to and from our data centers to fulfill I/O requirements. Given network latency, this data transfer has high overhead and causes noticeable performance issues. As we explore different storage technologies and methods to divide read and write patterns of our data, we are looking for an intern to work with the Platform Engineering team to investigate technologies and methodologies to replicate data across different data platforms like Isilon or Qumulo on-premesis or EFS, Weka I/O, S3, or GCS in the public cloud.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Interest in Systems Engineering or Storage Architecture
  • Python and/or C++ programming experience
  • Experience with POSIX filesystems and NFS
  • Experience with cloud storage systems and technologies such as Amazon’s EFS, FSx, S3, Google’s GCS, or Weka I/O

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience enterprise grade NAS systems

Required Education

Sophomore, Junior or Senior Level undergraduate student or recent graduate (within 6 months of graduation) pursuing a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Systems, or related field.

Additional Information:

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 the past 6 months OR currently participating in a Disney College Program or Disney Professional Internship
  • Must not have completed one year of continual employment on a Disney internship or program.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • 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 May/June 2020 - August/September 2020. Interns must be available to work full-time for the duration of the internship.

About Walt Disney Animation Studios:

Combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013's Academy Award®-winning Frozen, the biggest animated film of all time. Among the studio's timeless creations are Pinocchio, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King, Big Hero 6 and Zootopia.

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: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. 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 Walt Disney Animation Studios, which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Animation Studios.

Walt Disney Pictures 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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