The Industry

Are you looking for animation internships or entry-level animation jobs? Animators are the creative force behind the compelling characters around us every day—familiar icons like Tony the Tiger, the M&M’s, Bart Simpson, and the gecko from GEICO. Once 2D or 3D drawings, these characters were all brought to life by animation.

The Internship

An animation internship will give you the opportunity to develop your artistic skills while building an impressive portfolio in a studio environment. In addition to demonstrated creativity and artistic talent, successful animators need strong communication, computer, and time-management skills.

During your summer animation internship, you’ll likely work with animators in teams and others in the industry, such as directors and visual development planners. This will give you the chance to build your network within a close-knit industry. Your internship could require you to help with tasks such as creating a character or scene, contributing to a storyboard, or giving feedback on a script.

Through your coursework, you’ll develop painting, drawing, and sculpture skills and use computer programs like Final Cut or Adobe Premiere, or even write programming code for multimedia projects. You’ll also develop a portfolio of your work, which can help you land an internship. Most entry-level animation positions require a bachelor’s degree in film, animation, computer graphics, art, or a related major.

The Career Options

Many animators work for animation studios such as Pixar, Disney, or DreamWorks, and just over half of animators are self-employed. Typically, animators work in a specific medium and develop a specialty. For example, you could design backgrounds for movies or create animation for video games. Animators work in teams with each person handling a part of the game, movie, or visual effect they are creating, according to their specialty.

The Outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the number of multimedia artist and animator jobs is expected to grow 6% over the next decade, which is about average.

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