Alumna Turns Internship into Full-Time Position at Disney

Sahar Kausar
Photo by Casey Wolfe, Disney Internships and Programs Communication

Ever wonder how your favorite Disney characters come to life in beloved Disney Parks attractions across the globe? Professional intern Sahar helped the Walt Disney Imagineering team create animatronic magic during her Show Programming Animation internship, then turned that experience into a full-time role as an Associate Technical Animator!

Sahar began her journey at Walt Disney Imagineering as a professional intern with the Play Disney Parks team during the app’s launch, working on interactive set pieces at attractions like Space Mountain and Peter Pan’s Flight. On this team, Sahar was able to apply the art and engineering skills she learned in school and discover how the two communicate with each other in the experience design space.

“I was excited about the opportunity to work on hands-on, real-world projects and to see our guests fully immerse themselves when they visit the parks,” she remembers.

Sahar knew immediately that Walt Disney Imagineering was a great fit and began supporting Show Programming Animation in a co-op position while earning her master’s degree in computer graphics for emerging technologies.

Later, she extended her time with the team as a fall 2019 professional intern. Her day-to-day internship responsibilities included rigging, animation, tool creation and overnight installation to bring Disney’s world-renowned animatronics to life.

Read the full article on the Disney Internships & Programs website.