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3D Technical Artist Research Intern (Summer 2020)

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Emerging Technologies
Mountain View

Mozilla is hiring a 3D Technical Artist Intern for our Emerging Technologies team based in Mountain View! Emerging Technologies is Mozilla’s early research and development organization focused on the areas of voice assistants, speech and language, and mixed reality.

We are engineers, designers, makers, and problem solvers. We work in the fishbowl known as the open source community, with a clear focus on making the Web better. Working with us, you’ll help build interesting new features, improve Mozilla products, and explore new product directions. To be part of the team, we ask that you be user centered, technically-curious, and excited to be moving the Mozilla mission forward.

As a part of our Mozilla Internship Program, you will:

  • Impact challenging projects influenced by our family of Mozilla products in and outside of the Firefox web browser (accessibility, voice design, developer tools, mobile, and mixed reality), Rust, Pocket, and more
  • Be mentored by a fellow teammate and someone who shares the same values
  • Do real work on real projects and make contributions that will impact hundreds of millions of users
  • Participate in social events with your fellow interns (amusement parks, ice cream and boba socials, board game nights, escape rooms, and painting parties)
  • Meet with Mozilla leaders including our CEO, Executive Chairwoman, CPO, Chief R&D Officer, CMO, and Executive Foundation Director
  • Present your work to Mozilla leaders and fellow team members

Perks include:

  • Market competitive pay
  • Catered lunches, snacks, and drinks
  • Housing service or housing stipend  
  • Airfare and ground transportation to and from internship
  • Work visa sponsorship
  • Attendance at our bi-annual All Hands Meeting

Application and Interview Process

  • Recruiting begins in September, and we hire on a rolling basis through March. While there is no set application deadline, we do have a limited number of positions open each year, so please apply early!
  • Locations include Mountain View, San Francisco, Toronto, Berlin, and Paris. Please refer to our internship listings for specific locations offered by position.
  • Process starts with a resume review followed by a HackerRank challenge (technical) or document submission (non-technical).
  • Upon passing, you will partake in two technical and behavioral interviews with team members (coding and situational questions are fair game) followed by a hiring manager interview and ultimately, an offer decision. 

We have a position open on the following team: 

3D Technical Artist Intern (Mountain View, CA)

The primary goal of the Social Mixed Reality team is to make the web the preferred platform to consume augmented and virtual reality content. 

We work on a wide variety of projects (i.e. standardizing the WebXR API, developing the Firefox Reality browser, and producing frameworks and tools to create AR & VR experiences). We are most excited about our work on Hubs (a 3D avatar communications tool) and Spoke (a 3D scene editor.) Hubs and Spoke are built in Javascript and three.js, and we use Blender for 3D modelling.

We’re looking for a summer intern to help design and create 3D art assets next year for Hubs to bolster our efforts around avatar and scene customization for social VR and AR on the web as well as extend the capabilities of Spoke. Your tasks will be to develop concept-art and later modeling, texturing, and animation of 3D content.

Basic Qualifications: 

  • Must be currently enrolled in a Master’s or PhD program in Computer Science, Human Computer Interaction, or a related technical discipline with a focus in media
  • Must be graduating in December 2020 and onward 
  • Or a recent graduate from a Coding Academy (within the last year)

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Javascript, HTML, and CSS
  • 3D modeling, ideally Blender
  • Reasonable fluency in and passion for technology
  • Strong communication and social skills
  • Empathy for users, passion for using data to make product decisions, and experience with user research techniques

**Please include a portfolio, reel, or ArtStation page showing your recent work.** 

About Mozilla 

Mozilla exists to build the Internet as a public resource accessible to all because we believe that open and free is better than closed and controlled. Join us and become part of our mission to promote openness, innovation and opportunity online. 

Mozilla is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity throughout our recruiting and hiring process and is dedicated to increasing diversity in our workplace. 


Why Mozilla?

At Mozilla, we’re serving humanity—by maintaining a safe, open internet—while also helping the individual humans employed here to reach their personal and professional goals. With a relatively small team serving hundreds of millions of people, a culture of exploration, and a commitment to mentorship, opportunities abound to learn and grow at Mozilla.

Our values drive our actions

  • Purpose is built into our work, with our mission driving every decision
  • We challenge assumptions, the status quo, ourselves, and each other
  • We are transparent: in our code, our business partnerships, and our everyday interactions
  • We seek out people from diverse backgrounds and with perspectives different from our own
  • We pair purpose with performance and put people ahead of profit

Our impact is global

  • 1000+ paid staff from over 30 countries
  • Thousands of volunteer contributors across six continents
  • 10 global offices: Mountain View, San Francisco, Portland, Vancouver, Toronto, Paris, London, Berlin, Beijing, and Taipei
  • Hundreds of home offices globally

Our benefits are world-class

  • Flexible work environment (nearly half of Mozillians work remotely)
  • Industry-leading paid parental leave (up to 26 weeks of fully paid leave for childbearing parents and up to 12 weeks for non-childbearing parents)
  • Reimbursement for professional development (up to $3,000/year)
  • A work setup including the latest hardware and software of your choice
  • Wellness programs — we reimburses up to $1700/year for expenses like child and elder care, mental wellness, and personal enrichment