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Software Engineer, Returnship (Path Forward Program)

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 10000602 Location San Francisco, California, United States / Santa Monica, California, United States / New York, New York, United States / Seattle, Washington, United States / Morrisville, North Carolina, United States Business Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution Date posted Jul. 14, 2022 Flex Type Hybrid

- This role is considered hybrid, which means the employee will work a portion of their time on-site from a Company designated location and the remainder of their time remotely.

Job Summary:

The Path Forward Return to Work program at Disney Streaming is a 16-week paid returnship (internship) for experienced professionals returning to the workforce after taking time off for caregiving. The program is open to individuals who have at least 5 years of professional experience and have been out of the paid workforce for at least two years to focus on caring for a child or other dependent. If you meet these criteria, we welcome you to apply. 


At Disney Streaming we are excited to be part of the Path Forward program because we appreciate the skills you can offer, the perspective you provide, and the contributions you will make. This program offers you a chance to revamp your skills, update your resume with new experience, and make connections with others transitioning back to the workforce. It also offers support through Path Forward, a nonprofit organization on a mission to empower people who’ve been focused on caregiving transition back to the paid workforce.

Disney Streaming Services is responsible for developing and operating The Walt Disney Company’s direct-to-consumer video businesses globally, including Disney+ and ESPN+. Our core mission is to deliver global audiences the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location. We serve consumers by bringing the world’s most beloved characters, timeless stories, legendary athletes, and epic sporting events to global audiences through best-in-class direct-to-consumer video services. We strive daily to imaginatively challenge convention with innovative technology that gives consumers the freedom to access content on their terms across any connected device, time or location.

Disney Streaming is looking for experienced software engineers to add to a variety of teams across the organization. When you apply to this role you may be considered for a position on:

The Media Services/Playback Services Team

The Automation Engineering Team

The Quality Core Engineering Team

Hulu's User Content Interactions Platform Team

The Core Media Test Engineering & Tools team

The Operator Services Team

Responsibilities will vary from team to team and you will learn about the particular responsibilities for your team during the interview process. In general you can expect to:

  • Partner with team members, product and engineering partners to deliver new features and fix project issues while developing specifications for assigned components, projects, or fixes. 

  • Write, perform tests, and debug code ensuring standards for readability and maintainability. 

  • Contribute to core software project needs and the evolution of the team's practices; recommending changes in development, coding, maintenance and system standards. 

  • Efficiently support software throughout the lifecycle. Perform technical maintenance and solving for components while maintaining clear documentation.

  • Participate in the code review to gain validated understanding of the fundamental knowledge of software systems.

  • Ideate, review design, build, code-review, test, load-test, launch, monitor performance.

  • Collaborate with other team members (including product owners, TPMs, and other business units) to achieve product and business requirements

Who You Are

  • You work diligently with stakeholders such as project and product management to suss out requirements to provide technical solutions and direction.

  • You are comfortable with ambiguity and be part of conversations where discordant views are present.

  • You have an excellent understanding of software development fundamentals and architecture, and you aren't dogmatic about technology choices.

What To Bring

  • BS or MS in Computer Science/Engineering

  • 5+ years of relevant software engineering experience

  • Proficiency with at least one of the following languages: Java, Python


Hybrid work from New York City, San Francisco, Santa Monica, or Glendale.

About Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution:

Comprised of the Company’s international business units and various direct-to-consumer streaming services, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) aligns technology, media distribution and advertising sales into a single business segment to create and deliver personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world.

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 Disney Streaming Technology LLC, which is part of a business we call Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution.

Disney Streaming Technology LLC 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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