From Apple to Warner Bros: SVA Summer Internship Stories

September 14, 2015

SVA students get to work at some of the most innovative companies in their fields every summer and this year was no exception. Over the past few months, over 100 students from 18 different undergraduate and graduate degree programs interned everywhere from Apple and NASA to CBS Studios and Disney. SVA Close Up recently caught up with a few students to learn more about their experiences.

jakewb425BFA Animation student Jake Kaplan headed out west for the summer to Warner Bros. Animation Studios in Los Angeles. “Working at Warner Bros. is like making magic,” he said. “You are surrounded by so much history but also always exploring new possibilities. The coolest project I got to work on was the new show, Wabbit. It was such a wonderful opportunity and honor to work with Bugs Bunny himself.”

Kaplan noted that the team at Warner Bros. loved having someone with a different perspective working with them. “There is a whole entertainment industry in Los Angeles waiting for us New York–bred animators and designers to go and take it by storm,” he said.

Career Development at SVA supports students in finding internships by offering one-on-one counseling appointments, an annual career fair, and an online internship and job board. The office also hosts on-campus recruiting events with companies such as Facebook, Nickelodeon, Pinterest, Pixar, and Walt Disney to name a few.

At a recent talk at the SVA Theater co-hosted by Career Development, BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects student Dan West shared his experiences of interning at Walt Disney Animation Studios this summer. Aside from having the opportunity to meet and collaborate with fellow students, some of whom had traveled from across the globe to intern at Disney, West was impressed with the guidance and mentorship he received from Disney animators, who he said always encouraged him to share new ideas. West summed up his experience in two words: “Super sweet.”

“Internships play a vital role in students’ careers by teaching important skills such as professionalism, collaboration and networking. An internship also greatly improves students’ ability to find employment upon graduation by giving them a competitive edge in the job market,” said Angie Wojak, director of Career Development.

Fellow BFA Computer Art, Computer Animation and Visual Effects student Sang Hyun Jo hopped across the pond this summer to intern at Framestore, a leading visual effects company based in London. “Since Framestore is a pretty big studio that has several branches in Los Angeles, Montreal and England, they were working on a slew of popular advertisement spots for companies such as GEICO, Nesquik and Converse,” said Jo. “I felt extremely motivated being able to participate in creating commercials for those well known brands.”

The deadline for students to register for a fall internship for credit is Thursday, September 17. Visit sva.edu/internships for more information.

Photo: Jake Kaplan at Warner Bros. Animation Studios.

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