Game Programmer Intern
HealthStart builds healthy communities through children’s science based health education. We teach kids how their body works, what it is made of and how this relates to what to eat and how to keep their bodies fit. HealthStart lessons also teach kids that taking care of one another and our environment builds community health and wellbeing.
Interns will use their creative talents to help change the world for the better through creation of a health education mobile game that will be used to teach core concepts from HealthStart’s nine-part curriculum.
HealthStart seeks a part-time Interactive Game Development intern with highly developed organizational skills, ability to manage their time, and creative talents. Interns work 12-15 hours per week under the supervision of our Curriculum Designer.
The intern will work in a team environment to help program Monstralia: A Healthy Life For Your Little Monster™ app from written design documents and wireframes. The intern will participate in user testing which involves identifying ease of play, level of engagement, efficacy in conveying health messages, and opportunities for improving game play. The intern will work with the team to fix design flaws and bugs identified during user testing.
In addition to programming tasks, the intern also may be involved in actual design of the art, backgrounds, and animation related to the game if their skills and interests enable them to do so.
Required tasks/skills include:
- Ability to organize and adjust Monstralia GitHub
- Proficiency using C# in Unity
- Ability to work with existing code
- Other tasks as assigned.
Additional desired skills
- Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite
- Animation and/or illustration experience
- Experience creating illustrations using drawing tablet in Photoshop a plus.
Candidates for the position must have educational or work experience programming in C# and game development. Employment experience or a strong interest in health and wellness or early childhood education is preferred. Candidate must have experience with the Unity game Engine. All candidates must have basic computer operations skills including MS WORD, EXCEL, the Internet, and HTML. If interested in creating game art assets candidates should have experience with the Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop, InDesign, and/or Illustrator.
In addition, candidates should have the following skills:
- Ability to communicate quickly and effectively
- Ability to stay organized and up to date with the various tasks and assignments.
Small monthly stipend
3710 Cedar St #227
Austin, TX 78705
Application Due Date
Interested candidates should submit a resume, cover letter (required), and portfolio, if appropriate, by email to Erin Damm at email@example.com on or before December 15, 2017. Two references required. Candidates must be able to begin work no later than January 16th, 2018.
Applicants may perform their internship tasks remotely or at the HealthStart office, however, applicants must be able to participate weekly Friday 9:00a-10:30a staff meetings as well as a weekly Monstralia team meeting.