Blizzard: Software Engineer Intern, R&D Tools

Location: Irvine, California


WARNING! Applications that do not include all of the required materials will not be considered. We’re serious about this – due to the volume of applications we receive, we only have time to consider complete submittals.


Blizzard’s Cinematics R&D team is looking for software engineer interns to build tools for the artists creating our award-winning CG productions. The ideal applicant will have a strong understanding of CG/VFX pipeline development processes, excellent programming skills, and the ability to work closely with engineers and artists to recognize the shared vision and see it through from concept to completion. R&D engineer interns may be involved with programming of tools and support software and / or user interface elements, depending on the applicant’s areas of expertise and the R&D team’s needs. A passion for CG / VFX, gaming, and programming is essential for success.  

Level Requirements

  • Currently pursuing a degree (Bachelor’s, Master’s, or PhD) and planning to return to school following the internship
  • Demonstrated CG or VFX programming experience (personal or professional)
  • Experience developing and debugging in C / C++
  • Strong familiarity with Python
  • Strong interest and understanding of physics and engineering principals
  • Understanding of data structures and algorithms
  • Strong CG related mathematics background (linear algebra, geometry, etc.)
  • Passion for Blizzard games and CGI / VFX movie making


Recommended Talents 

  • Majoring in a related field (computer science, computer graphics, etc. ) with an emphasis on CGI
  • Familiarity with game or graphics engine development
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following fields: shaders, animation, networking, physics, Max/Maya plugins, and content pipeline tools

Quest Items

  • Resume and cover letter
On Blizzard Culture 
When you intern with us, you’re respected as a full member of the team, doing real work that often times ends up in production. As such, we hold you to the same high standards as anybody else in the company.
Blizzard exists in a hyper-creative atmosphere, curated by talented professionals serious about getting the most out of themselves and our culture. We want interns who are enthusiastic about what they want to do for a living, and excited to come in every day to learn and contribute. Ours is a highly collaborative environment, and we’re drawn to like-minded people who love knowledge-sharing and thrive in a team setting. Being part of a team also means communicating effectively and maintaining an open mind – one that is receptive to feedback and able to adapt and grow. Your hobbies and interests can also play in your favor. Passion for technology, gaming, game development, and an in-depth knowledge of Blizzard games, products, and services will always be a plus with us, regardless of the position you’re applying for. Be passionate about who you are, be into our industry, and be willing to go all-in and embrace this opportunity to the fullest.

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