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Game Design & Interactive Art Business Season 2024 – 2025 Student Associate Program

Sphere Entertainment Co. (NYSE: SPHR) is a premier live entertainment and media company. The Company includes Sphere, a next-generation entertainment medium powered by cutting-edge technologies to redefine the future of entertainment. The first Sphere venue in Las Vegas opened in September 2023. In addition, the Company includes MSG Networks, which operates two regional sports and entertainment networks, MSG Network and MSG Sportsnet, as well as a direct-to-consumer and authenticated streaming product, MSG+, delivering a wide range of live sports content and other programming. More information is available at sphereentertainmentco.com.

Who are we hiring?

As Game Design & Interactive Art Student Associate, your primary responsibility will be to assist in the research, conception and documentation of game designs for MSG Ventures’ Interactive Concept Group, focusing on the design of large-scale multiplayer games. You will work at the direction of the Game Director to assure that your work maintains continuity with the team’s goals and creative vision. This role is for an enthusiastic and hardworking individual eager to work within an Agile software development framework to assure timely delivery of materials and the prompt implementation of revisions wherever necessary.

What will you do?

Student Associate Program Overview 

We believe in developing talent and helping to create the leaders of tomorrow. One way we do this is through our Student Associate Program. This program is designed to create real, valuable opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to learn, grow, and explore MSG Entertainment, MSG Sports, and Sphere. As a Student Associate, you will gain valuable experience that will be applicable throughout your career. While participating in the Student Associate Program, students will have the opportunity to work with our employees to get a full understanding of the business. We also provide additional learning and development opportunities through an executive speaker series, mentorship program, career development workshops, and other social events.

Role Responsibilities

  • Participate in ideation and brainstorming sessions to conceive of new game concepts & mechanics
  • Research and document points of interest of games relevant to project goals
  • Create game design documentation and other materials necessary for game production
  • Work with software developers and content creators to create compelling prototypes
  • Playtest and adjust prototypes within game engine based on feedback from stakeholders
  • Attend and report in daily scrums and bi-weekly sprint planning sessions, reviews, and retrospectives in accordance with Agile best practices

What do you need to succeed?

Required:

  • Working knowledge of contemporary 3D game engines including Unreal and Unity
  • Solid understanding of game design theory and practice
  • Analytical understanding and appreciation of a wide variety of game genres
  • Excellent written communication and team relations skills
  • High level of professionalism

Preferred:

  • Experience with Unity Game Engine
  • Experience working in an Agile team and/or familiarity with Agile methodology
  • Interest or secondary skills in another key game development discipline such as Engineering, Art or Audio
  • Ability to articulate game design concepts and functions through appropriate software for broader team consumption
  • Examples of finished game projects taken from conception to execution and completion

Availability: 

  • Must be available to work minimum 21 hours a week (3 business days)/maximum 35 hours a week. Must be available October 2024 – April 2025.
  • Role is based in Burbank, CA. No location flexibility.

Application deadline is May 1, 2024 at 11:59 PM EST. 

A resume is required for submitting an application. 

When applying, please select “College/Universities” when asked “How did you hear about this opportunity?” and then select your respective institution. 

Hourly Pay Range
$22.50$28.50 USD

At MSG, we recognize the importance of upskilling employees’ talents and strengths so they can drive their careers forward. We are proud to offer a robust set of tools and resources to help employees understand their interests and purpose, harness their talents and obtain the skills they need to reach the next step in their careers. Growth and longevity for our employees are top priorities here.

We value diversity and are looking for extraordinary employees of all backgrounds! MSG is an Equal Opportunity Employer and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, sexual and reproductive health choices, national origin, citizenship, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. In addition to federal law mandates, MSG complies with all applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in all locations and will consider requests for reasonable accommodations as required.