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WDI Ride Engineering Electrical/Controls Intern, Spring 2024

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10062488 Location Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States Business Walt Disney Imagineering Date posted Sep. 06, 2023

Job Summary:

Be a part of an innovative team and culture… 

Walt Disney Imagineering is the creative force that imagines, designs and brings to life all Disney theme parks, resorts, attractions and cruise ships worldwide. Working across a spectrum of disciplines that range from creative and conceptual to scientific and technical, Imagineers blend an innovative mixture of storytelling, art, science and technology to create immersive experiences, memorable destinations, and innovative entertainment for families around the globe.

Ride Engineers build the most advanced systems that create magical and immersive attractions around the world. We work in a collaborative, multidisciplinary team environment to develop unique experiences. The studio is comprised of Control (Software and Hardware) and Mechanical departments to accomplish that goal.

A day in the life…

As a Ride Engineering Intern who will work within the WDI studio which designs and develops rides that provide memorable moving experiences to Disney’s Guests worldwide. The intern may be involved in various project phases from concept to detailed design to testing. Although the Ride Engineering intern is responsible for a variety of engineering activities, emphasis is placed on learning. Throughout the internship, the Ride Engineering Intern will be exposed to subject matter experts in a variety of engineering disciplines.

You will have the opportunity to:

  • Be part of an engineering team involved in ride control system development, prototyping, simulation, or testing for a specific attraction or development project
  • Design, model, and/or analyze electrical, electronic, and data communication systems
  • Perform CAD model manipulation and creation
  • Provide ride system interface information to other groups within Imagineering

What we are looking for…

  • Ability to understand and implement basic control system design
  • Ability to understand and adapt general engineering principles
  • Experience with programmable controllers used in machine control and robotic applications
  • Ability to conduct electrical/electronic design and calculations
  • Ability to prepare technical documents and CAD drawings  
  • Ability to perform basic calculations in:
  • Required energy and load calculations based on system need
  • Wire sizing, conduit sizing, and familiarity with electrical codes that govern
  • Component selection and sizing based on system need
  • Possess basic knowledge of mechanical components and manufacturing processes

Preferred Qualifications 

  • Basic understanding of systems modeling
  • Hands-on experience building and testing controls and/or automation systems

Required Education 

  • Currently enrolled as a Junior or higher or graduated within the past 6 months from an accredited college/university earning a degree in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mechatronics, or related 


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 OR currently participating in a Disney College Program or Disney Professional Internship​
  • Must provide full work availability
  • 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​
  • Location - This internship is located in Orlando, FL
  • Program length - The approximate dates of this internship are January 2024 through May/June 2024
  • Housing - (Florida ONLY) We provide limited housing opportunities for Florida Based Professional Interns through American Campus Communities, for more information click here
  • Transportation - Must have reliable transportation to/from work​

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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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 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, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 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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