Riot Games was founded in 2006 by Brandon Beck and Marc Merrill with the intent to change the way video games are made and supported for players. In 2009, Riot released its debut title League of Legends and over 100 million people now play the game every month. Whether you're in Rio, Seoul, or Moscow, you can find an excited and engaged community of League players. Delivering content to a global audience of millions of players whilst also building new games affords Riot's Engineering discipline with a mountain of exciting and technically complex challenges. That's where you come in.

Riot engineers bring deep knowledge of specific technical areas but also value the opportunity to work in a variety of broader domains. As a Software Engineer Intern, you’ll work with both new and current technology, creating innovative solutions to overcome high-volume obstacles and to deliver player value.

As a Software Engineer Intern - Game, you may:

  • Collaborate closely with other developers to create player-facing features for League of Legends or R&D products
  • Ship features as part of the League of Legends patch cycle, getting firsthand experience with Games as a Service
  • Experiment with newly proposed game features - practice modes, new characters, modes of progression, etc.
  • Build tools to aid developers in quicker iteration cycles
  • Work across the technology stack, development spanning server to client

Internship Qualifications:

  • Enrolled in a college or university 
  • Returning for at least one more term following the internship
  • Available to work full-time hours for 10-12 weeks at the indicated office during the summer
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.

Required Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of data structures and algorithms
  • Personal or professional game programming experience
  • Familiarity with an object-oriented programming (OOP) language i.e. Java, C++

Desired Qualifications:

  • Comfortable with C++ or Go
  • Experience working with an established game engine (Unity, Unreal, etc.)
  • Experience with microservices-based architectures
  • Familiarity with the software development life cycle (SDLC)

For this role, you'll find success through craft expertise, a collaborative spirit, and decision-making that prioritizes the delight of players. We will certainly be looking at your past studies and experience, but for this role, we also look for dedicated people with a personal relationship with games. If you embody player empathy and care about the experiences of players, this could be the role for you!

Our Perks:

Riot Internships are paid, and we offer relocation and housing support. You can expect subsidized meals and the ability to participate in our Play Fund, so you can broaden and deepen your knowledge of our players and community through games. The University Programs team also invites you to intern focused events so you can connect with your fellow interns and Rioters to make the most out of your experience.

Applications Close October 31st 11:59pm PT

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