Data Science Intern - Game Franchise Analytics

Analytics / Research Irvine, CA


Description

Internship Term: 2020

DATA SCIENCE INTERN - GAME FRANCHISE ANALYTICS

Greetings, students! We’re geared up here to offer another round of epic internship experiences in summer 2020. The internship program offers the opportunity to pause your studies for one summer and work side-by-side with Blizzard Entertainment employees in your area of interest, doing real work that oftentimes ends up in production. As such, we hold you to the same high standards as anybody else in the company.

Just like our gameplay experiences, Blizzard internships are a fully immersive experience. 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 in this hyper-creative atmosphere. Being fully engaged with our 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!

QUEST OBJECTIVES

We’re seeking post-graduate students to help us analyze and build data-powered products and services for Blizzard. Interns will follow the full end-to-end project model used by data scientists at Blizzard and have the opportunity to share their results with game and product teams. Intern projects are tailored to candidate strengths and fit to ongoing opportunities across game teams and Blizzard-wide services.

What’s life like as a data scientist and what can you expect? Whether working with game teams (e.g., Hearthstone, Overwatch, or WoW) or support teams (e.g., Battle.net or marketing) we regularly meet stakeholders to define and refine our project goals. From these goals we build and iterate on analytical models: pulling data, analyzing and testing assumptions, building models, and vetting the model conclusions. As we refine these models, services, or products we present the results to stakeholders, ultimately augmenting stakeholder decision-making (e.g., segmenting our player base) or delivering automated models (e.g., a matchmaking algorithm).

This position is a unique opportunity to work closely with game and product teams (designers, engineers, and analysts) to take your data science knowledge and turn it into analyses, products, or services impacting the games you love!

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently enrolled in a college or university, or planning to enroll in Fall 2019
  • Returning for at least one more semester or quarter following the Summer 2020  internship
  • Able to work fulltime hours for 11 – 12 weeks at the Blizzard office indicated in this job posting between May 2020 – August 2020 or June 2020 – September 2020 (group dates depend on when you get out of school)
  • Authorized to work in the US

LEVEL REQUIREMENTS

  • Pursuing a Masters or PhD in computer science, statistics, math, or related quantitative fields (e.g., economics, physics, psychology)
  • Experience building and evaluating machine learning or statistical models
  • Passion for gaming!
  • Proficient in R, Python, or related programming languages
  • Strong written and spoken communication skills

RECOMMENDED TALENTS

  • Database querying (e.g., SQL, HiveQL)
  • Data visualization (e.g., R plotting, matplotlib, Tableau)
  • Accomplished in Blizzard games (e.g., 12 wins in Hearthstone arena, Diamond rank in Overwatch, or max-level in WoW)

QUEST ITEMS

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter

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 Entertainment is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law, and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

Blizzard Entertainment is a global company committed to growing our employees along with the business. We offer generous benefits and perks with an eye on providing true work / life balance. We’ve worked hard to foster a deeply collaborative and creative environment, a diverse and inclusive employee culture, and training and opportunity for professional growth. Our people are everything. Our core values are real, and our mission has never changed. We are dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences…ever. Join us!

Submit your application no later than December 2, 2019.