Internships Frequently Asked Questions

Eligibility

Does my citizenship matter?
No, but you must be eligible to work in the country to which you apply. If you already have work authorization that makes you eligible, you're good. Unfortunately, Riot cannot guarantee work authorization assistance for intern-hopefuls.

Am I old enough to apply?
Interns must be old enough to legally work where the Riot office is located. For internships in North America, this means you have to be at least 18. We look for spectacular talent that can join us post graduation, so the closer you are, the more weight is given to your application.

I’m still in high school or only have a high school diploma. Am I eligible?
You have to be a full-time student in an accredited undergrad or graduate degree program and remain a full-time student the term after the internship. Keep working on your skills and building your resume. We look forward to seeing your application once you’re enrolled in college.

Can I still intern if I'm taking some time off or if I'm in my final year of school?
To qualify for an internship, you have to be a full-time student in an accredited undergrad, Masters, MBA, PhD, or JD program -- and remain a full-time student the term after the internship. We give heavy preference to students looking for internships for the summer before their final year of schooling. Those who've already graduated or will graduate soon should check out our full-time openings.

Which classes or majors will help me get an internship?
We don’t specify which majors are a perfect match because awesome people come from the most unexpected places. That said, some teams may require specific skills. Where possible, we’ve spelled out those requirements in the job description.

I have zero work experience. What do I do?
You don’t need to get paid for doing something to count it as experience. Class projects, volunteer work, independent projects, and other activities (attending conferences, workshops, hackathons, and game jams) rack up experience points that enhance your capabilities and value.

I’m not good at League Of Legends. Will that hurt my chances?
We hope that you have some familiarity with League, but that doesn’t equate to being an avid player of the game. Regardless of your favorite title or genre, we’re looking for folks who want to create awesome experiences for players and understand that games are an important part of people’s lives.

Application

Is it possible to apply for a team that doesn’t have a position listed?
Sorry, we've only got spots open for those teams that are listed.

Why are the internship job descriptions and requirements so ambiguous?
We're only guessing what an intern might do nine months from now – Riot moves pretty quickly. We're looking for broadly-capable interns who can handle whatever comes their way next summer.

I don't meet all the requirements, should I still apply?
Maybe. Each team crafts their own job descriptions, so most of the requirements listed are pretty important, but what you're missing might not be essential.

How can I make my application stand out?
There are lots of ways to stand out! We're looking for smart, talented students who carve their own tracks. The best way to show us you have what it takes is to accomplish something extraordinary: Create a game or a mod, or craft a strong portfolio that demonstrates your aptitude.

Can I apply for more than one job?
If you’ve got a burning passion for a few teams, then give each one a shot. Come up with specific, compelling pitches for each, and let us know why you’re a great fit. Keep in mind that applying for more positions won’t increase your chances and spamming could hurt you.

To whom should I address my prompt/cover letter?
“Dear Riot” or “Dear Rioters” works!

How long should my cover letter and resume be?
We don’t have a hard cutoff but check with your school’s career services office for generally accepted practices.

Can I submit extra materials?
Sure! Most positions require only a cover letter and resume, so anything extra is up to you as long as you can submit it electronically with your application. Use your best judgment; a link to a 10-minute monologue video is probably too much.

Do I have to write my cover letter? Or can it be in whatever form I dream of?
Feel free to be creative and flex your odd and extraordinary skills. As long as you address the prompts and we can access it online, you’re good to go. Just keep in mind that a well-executed application is always better than a mediocre creative experiment.

Can you give me feedback on my application materials?
Unfortunately, we can’t. The volume of applications is such that we’d need a dedicated feedback team to provide comments on every application. There are resources and people in our LinkedIn community who may be willing to give feedback, though!

Should I send in a hard copy of my application?
Save a sapling and stick to using our website when submitting your materials.

When uploading my materials, what format should I use?
We recommend you use PDF format to ensure compatibility and easy viewability.  We don’t want your expert formatting to get jumbled when we open it up on our end.

I’m having technical issues with the application portal. who can help me?
Technology is funky sometimes. Head over to our LinkedIn internship thread and post your question. Someone there can help!  

Timeline

Would it be better to apply earlier?
We understand that a good application takes time, but keep in mind that some roles are evaluated on a rolling basis, and there are different hard deadlines for intern positions. You can find details on a specific role on the respective job description page.

How long is the interview process?
Interviews will vary across disciplines, but most roles involve 3 to 4 interviews. In general, we ask for at least 2 weeks time to complete the process. We understand that you may be on a tight timeline, so let us know and we’ll try our best to accommodate.

Can I update my application with new stuff or correct an error?
There will be no way to update your application once it has been submitted. You will need to resubmit a brand new application--so it is definitely worth double-checking before hitting the submit button.

Is there anyone I can follow up with to check my application status or reiterate my interest?
Unfortunately, no. We promise to respond to every applicant via email by the response dates listed in the job descriptions.

When can I expect a response?
You’ll hear back from us within 2 weeks after applications close.

Program

Where are Riot's internships located in North America?
Our NA internships are in Los Angeles, Redwood City and St. Louis.

Can I intern during the Spring or Fall semester?
We've set up our program with all internships in the summer so that interns are all here at the same time. This togetherness fosters a tight-knit group experience and helps interns from varying disciplines learn from one another. Synchronizing internships also makes it easier to plan more fun group activities.

If my school requires me to complete "Extra Requirements," such as a thesis in order to intern, am I still eligible?
If you're an impressive applicant with lots of things to offer, then "extra requirements" won't stop us from hiring you. Our only concern would be your workload. We don't want you to come out of the internship with bags under your eyes and gray hairs. Give us a heads-up in your cover letter and we'll figure it out together.

How many interns are you looking for?
We don’t have an exact number. It could be as little as two or as many as 100. Each year, our internship class grows. Last year, we chose 46 amazing interns.

How many intern spots are there on each team?
The number depends on the team, based on their needs.

Can I work from home?
There's no working from home. You’re only here for a brief period, and we want you in the thick of the action, which means being in-house for fist-bumps and to collaborate tightly.

How will I pay for housing and transportation?
Riot provides relocation and furnished housing for all interns near the office.

When will I start my internship and how long is it?
Because academic calendars vary from school to school, there will be multiple start dates; typically the First and Fourth week of May, and Second week of June.If your school needs are different you can discuss timing with your recruiter. Internships last 10-12 weeks.

Can I intern for more than 10-12 weeks?
Generally, no. Some summer interns have continued working during the school year, but it’s rare.

How many hours will I work per week?
Our general office hours are from 10 to 7. Interns should expect to work those hours and participate in a lot of fun extras outside of work, too. It’s a full-time gig.

Could an internship turn into an actual job?
Yes, one of the reasons we have an internship program is to identify (and hire) top talent who’ll be graduating soon.


I have a few more questions. Where can I learn more?
Venture over to our LinkedIn internship thread and we'll try to answer your questions there.