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WDI Writers Assistant Internship-Tokyo Portfolio- Glendale Summer 2017

Job ID 446779BR Location Glendale, California, United States Job Posting Company Disney Parks & Resorts Job Posting Area Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted 04/17/2017

“We Change Lives.” 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.

The Story Development department is seeking an intern who will assist the Tokyo Disney Resort portfolio writers in a variety of ways, all while learning the craft of show writing for themed environments. This position is similar to a production assistant in film or a writer’s assistant in television.

What we’re looking for…
A Writers Assistant Intern with a high level of creative writing ability in Japanese. The right candidate will have expertise in Japanese culture, in terms of language use and entertainment, as well as curiosity, positive energy and the capacity to quickly adapt to new information. The writers’ assistant will work with the show writers on projects, attend meetings and design reviews, conduct research, gain deep understanding of the stories and overall thematic intent in order to assist the writers. Candidate must be native-fluent in Japanese, with a strong sense of story and an affinity for Disney.


May include the following:

  • Participating in nomenclature brainstorms with senior writers and other creative team members
  • Updating scripts based on versions being performed in the Theme Parks
  • Organizing old files of Japanese scripts
  • Researching cultural phenomena, events, current entertainment trends in Japan
  • Preparing analyses/reports and share the results with the rest of the Portfolio team

Graphics database input:
  • Entering sign copy into the database, using notes from the show writer, existing copy templates, and research. This may require soliciting comments/input from other departments as needed.
  • Suggesting appropriately themed operational sign copy, prop support copy, and other sign copy as needed after gaining in-depth knowledge of the land/attraction story
  • Helping the writers and manager prioritize the review of copy in the database, tracking due dates and alerting staff as to deadlines, approvals, etc.
  • Reconciling the database with the final designs, or in-field revisions

Show Information Guides:
  • Drafting the Show Information Guide (SIG) based on treatments, modification of standardized Cast Member Role descriptions, and collection of “fun facts”
  • Reconciling fun facts and other reference information across SIGs from same or similar attractions across the Parks
  • Drafting “themed vocabulary” for lands/attractions for cast member use

Basic Qualifications

What you bring to the role…
  • Ability to translate and adapt scripts from English to Japanese, and from Japanese to English
  • Proactive attitude in finding out information
  • Strong organizational skills, with ability to prioritize and self-manage
  • Strong writing/editing skills in English
  • Competency in Word, capacity to learn database and other department programs; Keynote/PowerPoint or video editing experience helpful but not required.
  • Familiarity with reading site plans helpful
  • A writing sample is required for this position. For full consideration, please include a link to your writing sample on your résumé. Applicants without a writing sample link on their résumé, will not be considered a completed application packet and may not be fully considered for the position. Samples must be previously published or created for coursework; no theme park idea submittals will be accepted.

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 creative arts or humanities, with strong emphasis on majors that involve writing (including but not limited to: playwriting, screenwriting, marketing, creative writing, journalism, film/theater)

Company Overview

The Walt Disney Company is the global leader in high-quality entertainment and innovative technology. Begin a career that delivers unparalleled creative content and experiences to audiences around the world.

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 www.DisneyInterns.com
  • 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 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. Note: Once you have completed one consecutive year of employment on a Disney internship or program, there must be a minimum 13 week 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 May 2017 through August 2017. Interns must be fully available for the duration of the internship.

Recommendation – Print or Save 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.

A writing sample is required for this position. For full consideration, please include a link to your writing sample on your résumé. Applicants without a writing sample link on their résumé, will not be considered a completed application packet and may not be fully considered for the position. Samples must be previously published or created for coursework; no theme park idea submittals will be accepted.

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