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Software Engineer Backend Intern - Remote

Who We Are

Second Dinner is an award-winning independent game development studio that is here to make the most fun games in the world. Not super fun games. Not SUPER DUPER fun games. We mean the MOST fun games. In fact, our game MARVEL SNAP has earned multiple Mobile Game of the Year Awards (Game AwardsDICE), Best Strategy Game (IGN), and the Apple Design Award for Innovation!

Second Dinner is a remote-first studio, so while we are headquartered in Irvine, California, most of our team is fully remote across the United States. We want the most talented teammates wherever they call home. A diverse team with varied perspectives makes us a better company and will help us make better games. If you can bring something new to the table and expand our point of view, that's a huge upside. 

About the Internship

As a member of the Second Dinner internship class, your contribution will play a pivotal role in shaping our internship experience as we enter our second year, ensuring its continued success for years to come! While we're still finalizing the specific dates, we are aiming for the internship duration to be approximately 12 to 13 weeks. This role will be fully remote, but if you are local to HQ, there will be opportunities for you to work from the office.

Our Engineering Team

At Second Dinner, we believe that great people in a great work environment will lead us to great games and player experiences. We empower our team to build and innovate with best in class tools in ways they haven't been used before. Our goal is to simplify the game development process and redefine what is possible in game development.

Your Role

As a Software Engineer Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to work with the engineering team behind Marvel SNAP! You’ll report to a senior engineer who will serve as your mentor to video game server development. This role is fully integrated with the server backend team and provides opportunities to learn from and collaborate with team members from different disciplines across game development. 

Join us and discover how a multiplayer online game is made! Over the course of your internship, you’ll get exposed to topics such as live operations, matchmaking, API design, database management, security, and automated testing.

What You’ll Do:

  • Design and implement server features and tools, with guidance from your mentor and team members
  • Become a fully integrated member of the server backend team, participating in Agile-style meetings such as daily standups, sprint planning, and retrospectives
  • Attend regular meetings with your mentor to discuss progress, ask questions, and receive guidance
  • Have fun with your work, participate in weekly playtests, and play lots of video games

What You’ll Need:

  • Experience programming in an object-oriented programming language, such as C#, Java, C++
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Growth mindset, passion for learning new technologies and skills
  • Awesome technical and personal communication skills
  • Highly responsive attitude, collaborative and supportive of team members

Nice to Have, But Not Necessary:

  • Experience with Git or other version control system
  • Familiarity with client-server model
  • Experience with databases (SQL or NoSQL)
  • Experience with web development tools
  • Experience with Unity or other game engine
  • Game development experience


  • Currently enrolled at a university or college and returning there after this internship
  • Eligible to work in the United States

Compensation: $40.00/HR


We are an equal opportunity employer that places high value on diversity and inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, age, disability status, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, military status, or veteran status.


You must be eligible to work in the United States to be considered for this position.

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