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WDI R&D Robotics Graduate Intern - Summer 2019

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 645602BR Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Mar. 05, 2019

Job Summary:

WDI R&D teams are developing dynamic robots able to perform high intensity fast maneuvers and stunts. We are interested in expanding the capabilities of robots in areas such as jumping, running, flying, and tumbling. The graduate intern will be expected to invent, design, analyze, fabricate, test, and operate advanced robotic prototypes in collaboration with and under the direction of Research Scientists.


These responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Exploration of new technologies and new combinations of technologies in the context of creating new robotic capabilities.
  • Collaboration with Research Scientists to identify potential high-impact applications of new, highly dynamic robotic technologies
  • Creation of technical specifications for prototype robotic systems.
  • Develop performance and functionality models to iterate and evaluate new concepts
  • Mechanical design of robotic components and assemblies using CAD software
  • Sourcing materials and components for new, highly dynamic systems.
  • Fabrication of first-article components and assemblies using conventional machine tools and rapid prototyping equipment such as 3D printers.
  • Rapidly prototyping electrical systems required for proof-of-concept demonstrations of novel robotic capabilities.
  • Rapid embedded firmware development for appropriate control of autonomous and teleoperated robotic systems.
  • Dynamic analysis of proposed and existing robotic systems using rigid body diagrams, Lagrange mechanics, and numerical simulation.
  • Creation and execution of testing protocols to evaluate system performance, cycle times, precision, repeatability, and accuracy.
  • Documentation of mechanical, electrical, and firmware design.
  • Contributing to the larger research team by sharing knowledge, training others in the use of new tools and techniques, participating in program reviews to help vet ideas for technical feasibility, and consulting on technical challenges faced by other groups.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Solidworks, Matlab, C/C++/Arduino, conventional fabrication methods (mill, lathe, welding), rapid prototyping methods (3D printing, laser cutting), rigid body dynamics and kinematics, and presentation software such as Keynote, Powerpoint, Latex, and Excel.
  • Experience communicating results in both technical formats, such as invention disclosures and academic papers, and non-technical formats, such as project pitches and lessons-learned reports.

Required Education

  • Graduate level student pursuing a Master's or PhD from an accredited college or university in Robotics, Mechanical Engineering or related field.
  • A portfolio review is required for this position. For full consideration, please include a link to your portfolio on your résumé.

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 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
  • 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 2019 to August/September 2019. Interns must be fully available for the duration of the internship.

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: 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 Imagineering Research & Development, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Imagineering.

Walt Disney Imagineering 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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