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WDI Sustainable Design & Engineering Internship - Summer/Fall 2019

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 645890BR Location Glendale, California, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Mar. 15, 2019

Job Summary:

What we’re looking for…
A Sustainable Design & Engineering intern to work within the department that is responsible for analyzing and integrating sustainability opportunities into design and engineering projects. The Sustainability team is part of WDI Environmental Design & Engineering Studio. This Studio provides the comprehensive and long-term planning services that educate, inform, and guide our domestic business partners and global portfolio leaders.


What we're looking for...
This intern will be primarily responsible for assisting with sustainable design integration within WDI, including supporting projects in identifying and evaluating sustainability-related technologies and inspiring individuals to generate solutions for their disciplines. This role requires applying sustainability science to decision making to ensure ongoing improvement of the environmental impacts of the products we design, build, and operate.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Broad understanding of sustainable design and the multi-disciplinary nature of sustainability
  • Willingness to conduct extensive research and experiment creatively to find solutions and recognize when re-direction is required
  • Experience researching green design alternatives and design for environment opportunities for integration into new designs
  • Experience analyzing energy, water and/or resource conservation measures
  • Experience in energy and/or environmental economics
  • Ability to analyze and translate complex environmental findings (waste, water resources management, climate change and renewable energy) into common sense communications
  • Strong technical and analytical skills
  • Experience in data science and analytics
  • Proficient in data analytics tools (e.g. Power BI, Tableau)
  • Proficient in Apple Keynote and MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • Basic computer programming knowledge and ability to quickly learn new software tools
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to create effective presentations and deliver them to diverse audiences with differing communication styles
  • Experience working with collaborative teams managing and completing project deliverables
  • Self-starter with positive attitude and strong work ethic

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience using energy modeling software (e.g. IESVE, TRACE 700, EnergyPro, eQuest, EnergyGauge)
  • Experience using 3D modeling software (e.g. SketchUp, SolidWorks, Revit, AutoCAD)
  • Familiarity with local jurisdiction building codes (e.g. ASHRAE 90.1, California Title-24, Florida Building Code)
  • Thorough knowledge of building science and green building rating systems (e.g. LEED, BREEAM, China Three Star (GBEL))
  • Experience performing environmental life-cycle assessments (LCA) and financial life-cycle cost analysis (LCCA)
  • Experience using LCA tools (e.g. GaBi, SimaPro, openLCA)
  • Ability to perform LCA and LCCA in more than one product area, particularly of complex or diverse systems
  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator)

Required Education

Currently enrolled as a Junior or higher, or graduated within the past 6 months, from an accredited college/university, earning a degree majoring in a scientific, engineering, economics, environmental studies or architecture field.

Preferred Education

Continued education and/or advanced studies in a scientific, engineering, economics, business, environmental studies or architecture field.

Additional Information:

Materials Required:

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

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  • Select "Submitted Applications"
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  • Click the "Add Files" button
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  • Be sure your document is titled in this format: FirstName_LastName_Transcript
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 June 2019 through January 2020 with the potential option to intern for the summer months (May/June 2019 through August/September 2019) if the right intern is found with this limited availability. 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 Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney Imagineering.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., 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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