US Engineering Graduate Rotational Program

Game Design/Scripting - 2K LA Full Time

Fri Dec 22 2023

Novato, California, United States



2K is headquartered in Novato, California and is a wholly owned label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO). Founded in 2005, 2K Games is a global video game company.

Engineering Graduate Program: Shape Your Gaming Future with 2K


Who We Are

2K Games is a dynamic global video game company, renowned for publishing titles created by some of the most influential game development studios across the globe. Our portfolio includes critically acclaimed franchises like NBA 2K, WWE 2K, BioShock, Borderlands, XCOM, and the beloved Sid Meier's Civilization.


Who We Are Looking For

Enthusiasm and motivation are the key qualities we seek in extraordinary individuals like you. The 2K Games Engineering Program seeks individuals with a passion for gaming who are ready to take on the future of our game development. We seek candidates who are naturally curious, have excellent programming skills and are ready to tackle challenges head-on. Our recruitment process is task-driven, ensuring that you have the opportunity to showcase your skills and talents, regardless of your background.


Recruitment Process

The recruitment process is split into four stages:

  • Application with Resume Review
  • Scoping Call to Explain the Process & Role in further detail - Optional to attend
  • Task Stage (C++ Coding necessary)
  • Interview Stage

Our next generation of Engineers will begin their job in July 2024. We will run recruitment from October to January 2024 for these candidates.


What Makes This Program So Great? 

Prepare to embark on an exciting journey, with our Engineering Grad program. This program understands your need to explore and learn, while giving you the opportunity to carve out your own career path. The program runs for 21 months, including 3 months of core-training and project work, followed by 18 months during which you will work directly for some incredible 2K-partnered studios, including Hangar13, HB, Visual Concepts, Firaxis, Mass Media Group and many more. Here, you will dive into the heart of the action, gaining hands-on experience across our remarkable portfolio of games.


Compensation, Benefits & Opportunities

As well as a highly competitive salary, we offer private medical insurance, dental insurance, pension scheme, income protection, monthly fitness allowance, work phone, wellness schemes, an office gym and other benefits.

Upon completing the 21-month program, you'll be primed for a full-time role within our studios, enabling you to continue your Engineering journey and contribute to shaping the future of 2K Games.


Graduate Training Program

This program starts July 2024 and will run for 21 months.

The 2K Engineering Graduate Program is your gateway to becoming a future Game Developer. Over 21 months, your personalized program will encompass:

  • Core Skills Rotation – Dive into 3 months of intensive training, building foundational competencies.
  • Studio Rotations – Engage in 6-month stints at diverse 2K-partnered game studios. Immerse yourself in distinct specialization areas and projects

Core Skills Rotation:

During the initial core skills rotation, learn to master essential skills required to operate in the business. This includes technical training using game engines such as Unreal Engine and Unity, instructor-led project work and practical insight into professional conduct. Collaborate on exciting group projects, receive guided code reviews and excel within a professional ecosystem.

Studio Rotations:

In this program, you will get the opportunity to work hands-on with some of our incredible studios, actively contributing to different areas of specialization and projects across 2K’s well-known game portfolio. These rotations expose you to diverse engineering environments and cultures, enabling you to contribute to a range of exhilarating projects, including major 2K releases!  

Placement details are organized based on factors like visa requirements, game timelines, and business needs. While primarily based in Novato, California, you will have opportunities to visit other studios for designated periods (subject to visa constraints).

Each candidate will have the opportunity to complete up to 3 studio rotations in the 21-month duration of the program


Desired Skills & Experience

  • Graduate degree, in a relevant industry such as Computer Science, Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, etc.
  • Excellent programming skills
  • Strong numerical and technical skills
  • Proficiency in programming languages such as C++, C#, Python (C++ is essential)
  • Solid understanding of fundamental algorithms and data structures, along with pattern familiarity
  • Familiarity with source control (Perforce preferred)
  • Exceptional debugging and analytical capabilities
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Proactive and fast learner, confident in tackling new challenges with little guidance


Ready To Impress Us? 

Demonstrate your excellence by sharing your GitHub profile and showcasing some of the cool and interesting things you can do. 


How To Apply 

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Submit your application with your resume below. 


Please note that 2K Games and its studios never uses instant messaging apps or personal email accounts to contact prospective employees or conduct interviews and when emailing, only use accounts.


The pay range for this position in California at the start of employment is expected to be between $90,000 and $110,000 per year. However, base pay offered is based on market location, and may vary further depending on individualized factors for job candidates, such as job-related knowledge, skills, experience, and other objective business considerations. Subject to those same considerations, the total compensation package for this position may also include other elements, including a bonus and/or equity awards, in addition to a full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment. If hired, employee will be in an 'at-will position' and the company reserves the right to modify base salary (as well as any other discretionary payment or compensation or benefit program) at any time, including for reasons related to individual performance, company or individual department/team performance, and market factors.