VC Internship @ Disney Accelerator in Glendale, CA

The Walt Disney Company

The Disney Accelerator is designed to accelerate business development opportunities with growth-stage startups from around the world. Six -ten startups will be selected for a four-month program that will immerse them in The Walt Disney Company. The program begins in the summer and concludes with a Demo Day in the fall.The LA-based program is open to growth stage venture-backed tech startups with a vision for making an impact on the future of media and entertainment. The Disney Accelerator provides participating companies with investment capital and access to top Disney business units and their executives in an effort to foster commercial relationships.Since the Disney Accelerator started in 2014, companies from across the US, Europe and Asia have participated in building the future of media and entertainment with technologies, as diverse as robotics, AI, wearables, messaging and AR/VR. They include such companies as Epic Games, Kahoot! And BYJUs.

A Day in the Life…

  • Support the Disney Accelerator operation with aspects of operating the program both logistically and functionally (e.g., scheduling, set up, hosting)
  • Participate in tech community outreach
  • Assist with key event operations (e.g., Demo Day, open house, speaker events)
  • Prepare program materials, including a variety of presentation materials for the Innovation team
  • Assist with evaluation of industry research on technologies and markets with the potential to impact and/or disrupt the future of media and entertainment
  • Work closely with participating startups across various strategic and tactical areas, as needed (e.g., business planning, market mapping, presentation drafting, financial modeling, market sizing, revenue and user forecasting, product road mapping, user research)

What You Bring To The Role…

  • Self-starter who is comfortable working in a fast-paced entrepreneurial environment
  • Superior organizational skills
  • Demonstrated strong communication and collaboration skills
  • Proven ability to multi-task in a very flat organization
  • Comfort mastering new software and skills
  • Proficiency in Zoom, Microsoft Office (i.e., Excel, PowerPoint, etc.) and Keynote

It would be nice if you also had…

  • Passion for startups, venture investing and technology
  • Examples of presentation materials you have created
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop, Premiere, Final Cut Pro, or similar
  • Ability to develop data analysis/financial models

Required Education…

  • A junior, senior or recent graduate pursuing a bachelor’s degree

Pay Rate Information…

  • The pay rate for this internship in California is $21.20 per hour.

Internship Eligibility…

  • The approximate dates of this internship are July through December 2023 (dates may vary slightly)
  • Must be available to work a mix of full and part time hours. Please note work schedule will vary from week to week.
  • 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 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
  • This internship is a hybrid position — Must be able to provide own housing and reliable transportation for work in the Glendale, CA area. Also requires a working, reliable internet connection as well as a quiet, dedicated workspace.