The Technology Behind the Magic: My Internship at Disney

Natalie Monger Computer Science, Internship, Natalie, Viterbi Summer Leave a Comment

This past summer was the best summer of my life, and there is no doubt about that.

For the past year or so, I wondered what it would be like to work for Disney, a company that many of us grew up loving. For a while, I thought of Disney in terms of Disneyland and those beautiful animated movies like Pocahontas, Snow White, and Bambi rather than a company that I would actually work for. However, with the way technology is revolutionizing the way we spend our free time, to be competitive, entertainment companies and movie studios are becoming tech companies as well. I realized I could bring my technical skillset into the cinema realm and be a tiny part of the revolution happening in the entertainment industry.

I remember a few semesters ago when I took BUAD 302, Communication Strategy in Business. I had a persuasive presentation assignment that required I find a random job posting online and convince the audience that my skillset and personality would be the perfect fit for the job. The first job posting I found when I went on Indeed.com was a technology job for Disneyland. The job posting grabbed my attention, and I decided to use it for my class assignment. I enjoyed presenting to the class, but I told myself, “There is no way I would ever be offered a position at Disney!”

However, a few months before this past summer, I decided to submit my resume to some internship positions. After multiple interviews, I received an offer from Walt Disney Studios and was totally in shock for the next few days. I was going to be a part of the technology behind the magic!

While I can’t reveal too much about the work I did, I would love to share some photos and express my gratitude for the people at both USC and Disney who have confidence in my capabilities and encourage me to reach beyond my limits.

What sets Viterbi engineers apart from others, in my opinion, is their ability to jump into companies that have been established for many, many years and still bring unique perspectives and ways of problem solving that may not have been addressed before. This concept falls under Dean Yortsos’ umbrella of Engineering Plus, which is initially what drew me to USC. I feel like my well-rounded education is coming full circle as I close out my undergraduate internship experiences and pursue a full-time career. I couldn’t be more grateful for the ways I’ve been challenged to think creatively while still staying true to myself and my values.

I will leave y’all with a quote: “They say if you dream about something more than once, it’s sure to come true!” – Sleeping Beauty

About the Author

Natalie is a junior studying Computer Science/Business and Dance. Click the photo above to find out more.

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