Careers in Animation

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Looking for an entry level job or internship in animation? Here's an overview of how to approach the search and a list of companies that might have entry level and internship opportunities that will interest you.

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Animation Careers

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Every animation you watch, from a full-screen feature to a two-minute clip on Youtube, takes a lot of work to make. The animation itself can be divided into two rough areas: the art and the programming. In both cases, standing out with an outstanding demo reel or portfolio is the best way to get a job in animation.

If the art of animation interests you, then some possible careers include a 2D or 3D animator, a digital cel animator, a character designer, or a mixed media animator, depending on where your animation interests lie. If the programming interests you more, jobs in software development and production–writing the scripts that make the animations animate–would be more up your alley. No matter which side of animation interests you more, knowing a little about the other part of animation will only help you.

While entering a career in entertainment is a popular option, it’s not the only one. Game companies, movie studios, and cartoon channels employ a lot of animators, but simulations and virtual reality are becoming more common, and animations are often used for training as well.


Companies with Entry Level Jobs and Internships in Animation


Gameloft Logo

Gameloft - Gameloft is a New York, NY based company that allows its “fans to play games anywhere, anytime, and on any digital platform.”

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Job TitleLocation
Cost Control InternNew York, NY
Intern Game ArtistsNew York, NY
Intern ProgrammersNew York, NY
Game Economy DesignerNew York, NY
Concept ArtistNew York, NY
See all 23 job postings



Pocket Gems Logo

Pocket Gems - Pocket Gems is a San Francisco, CA based company that “develops free-to-play mobile games that are ridiculously fun.”

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Fuhu - Fuhu is an El Segundo, CA based company aiming to be "the leading designer, seller and innovator of ‘thoughtful’ consumer products and services for children.”

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Job TitleLocation
ReceptionistLos Angeles, CA
Unity AnimatorLos Angeles, CA
Jr. AnimatorLos Angeles, CA
Character AnimatorLos Angeles, CA
Game Development - Artist/Animator (DENVER)Denver, CO
See all 83 job postings






Edventure More Logo

Edventure More - Edventure More is a San Francisco, CA based non-profit that “inspires the playful pursuit of enrichment for the next generation.”

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Job TitleLocation
Enrichment School Year StaffSan Francisco Bay Area, CA
IT Support Engineer - Chicago,ILChicago, IL
See all 2 job postings

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Arkadium - Arkadium is a New York, NY based company that develops “casual, mobile, social, and Windows 8 games.”

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Job TitleLocation
Product ManagerNew York, NY
Account ManagerNew York, NY
Sales ExecutiveNew York, NY
Inside Sales AssociateNew York, NY
Ad Operations ManagerNew York, NY
See all 7 job postings


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Z2Live - Z2Live is a Seattle, WA based company that “creates original next-generation, free-to-play, social and multiplayer games for mobile devices.”

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Job TitleLocation
Senior DevOps EngineerSeattle, WA
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TrainSignal Logo

TrainSignal - TrainSignal is a Schaumburg, IL based company that helps people improve themselves through video software training, and they're hiring.

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No current job openings.




Organic Motion Logo

Organic Motion - The technology behind Organic Motion is pretty complex, so you should probably read up on it before considering a job with them.

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Watercooler - Watercooler has already raised $9.5 million in venture capital, so they’re certainly in a growth stage. This is also evident when you look at their Jobs page.

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Job TitleLocation
User Experience DesignerNew York, NY
Application DesignerNew York, NY
Harvest ExpertNew York, NY
QA ExpertNew York, NY
Marketing ManagerNew York, NY
See all 9 job postings

DreamBox Learning Logo

DreamBox Learning - The founder of Netflix is putting a ton of money and attention into online education, and if you want to join him, check out Jobs at DreamBox Learning.

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Firstborn - The currently available jobs at NYC's Firstborn most likely to be suitable for new or recent grads are 3D/Motion Artist and Software Engineer.

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Job TitleLocation
RNDialysis ManagerMartha's Vineyard, MA
RNICUProvidence, RI
Last minute puppy sitting during the day tomorrowNorth Liberty, IA
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Sportvision Logo

Sportvision - Sportvision is constantly developing new technology to make sports more fun to watch on tv, and they're hiring new grads to help do it.

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Riot Games Logo

Riot Games - With all of the recent investment, Riot Games is growing its headcount rapidly. Their Jobs page will show you that they have nearly two dozen full-time openings

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Job TitleLocation
Platform EngineerSan Mateo, CA
Principal Engineer, Distributed SystemsSan Mateo, CA
Account ExecutiveSan Francisco, CA
JournalistSanta Monica, CA
AnimatorSanta Monica, CA
See all 230 job postings


Rockstar Games Logo

Rockstar Games - It's amazing how many job openings Rockstar Games has, so whether you're an artist, programmer, or marketer, there's probably something for you.

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Bungie Logo

Bungie - I don’t know if it’s because unemployed people buy video games or it’s hard to find people w/ the right skills, but I’m shocked to see Bungie has 21 job openings

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Kaos Studios Logo

Kaos Studios - If you’re sitting around playing video games instead of diligently job seekeing, then you’re the reason that companies like Kaos Studios are on “a hiring binge”

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No current job openings.

Blue Sky Studios Logo

Blue Sky Studios - Entry level jobs at Blue SKy Studios include Production Assitant, Admin (Production), Temp Animator, Modeler, Character Designer and quite a few more.

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Blizzard Entertainment Logo

Blizzard Entertainment - Even in this down economy, Irvine, CA based Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind World of Warcraft, seems to be on a hiring binge.

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Job TitleLocation
Account ExecutiveSan Francisco, CA
MBA InternSanta Monica, CA
Executive AssistantIrvine, CA
Administrative AssistantIrvine, CA
HR Coordinator (Temporary)Santa Monica, CA
See all 202 job postings

Marvel Logo

Marvel Enterprises - Are you a superhero whose alter ego is looking for a job? Just for cover, of course, because superheroes don't actually need to work. How about a job at Marvel?

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Pixar Logo

Pixar - Positions that new grads at Pixar are currently working in include Technical Director Resident, Animator, Software Engineer, Lighting Director, and Layout.

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Armstrong White Logo

Armstrong White - Armstrong White has a number of job openings that could presumably be good fits for new grads who love cars and are trying to get into Computer Graphics.

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AngelVision Technologies Logo

AngelVision Technologies - Based in Portland, OR, AngelVision Technologies creates “impact movies” that go beyond the normal text-based marketing that drives most online business.

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No current job openings.

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