DISNEY ANIMATION CAREERS
The craft of Disney storytelling and animation has been handed down, generation to generation, for nearly fifty years. The legacy continues with students and recent graduates joining us from around the world for mentoring, hands-on experiences and unforgettable opportunities through our Talent Development program.
Craft-based mentorship by Disney Animation artists and engineers
Working closely with students and artists from around the world
Honing and excelling in your storytelling through artistic and technical craft
Building relationships that last a lifetime, with each other & through mentors
Bringing in new voices to grow the next generation of storytellers
Mentored opportunities for students returning to school the following term.
Entry-level growth opportunities for recent grads and those new to the Animation industry.
Check out current intern and apprentice opportunities at Walt Disney Animation Studios!
Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Talent Development program has a rich legacy, which began in 1971, when Walt Disney's "Nine Old Men" set out to create a unique opportunity to train next-generation artists under the guidance and mentorship of Disney Animation legends.
Our intern and apprentice programs focus on connecting our Studio and craft to the next generation. We build on our legacy through continued exploration, innovation, and collaboration in a real-time, mentor-mentee relationship centered around our craft.
Go behind the scenes of our film making process, build relationships and experience fun moments all while being guided by mentors.
Meet Key Leaders
What is the intern experience like at Walt Disney Animation Studios?
Interns focus on developing craft and skill through close mentorships and hands-on assignments. You’ll not only learn within your area, but get visibility into other parts of the business through frequent meet & greets with leaders and innovators from around the studio.
What do you look for in a reel/portfolio for an artistic production internship?
Show only your best work! Tailor your work to the discipline you’re applying for, showcasing your versatility and originality. Your social media is a great supplement, but shouldn’t be the portfolio itself.
What tips do you have for internships that only require a resume?
Be clear and concise! Include relevant work experience and industry exposure. Choose a simple format; sometimes less is more. Focus on highlighting the needed skill set outlined in the job description.
What’s the selection process?
Our recruiters review every application!
Can I apply for multiple positions?
Yes! Create separate portfolios for each and curate to the opportunity, showing off your versatility & originality!
What is the trainee experience like at Walt Disney Animation Studios?
Disney Animation's Trainee program is an immersive experience into our production pipeline, tools, craft, and studio culture. Throughout the program, you'll be guided by mentors who will focus on your skill sets and areas of growth. In addition to assignments, you'll build relationships with others in the program and meet leaders, artists and technologists across the studio.
What format should I use for my reel/portfolio?
Follow the submission formats from the job posting. Websites should be easy to navigate and curated for consideration, and if a password is required, be sure to include it!
Am I eligible?
Check each job posting for details on eligibility, as it varies per role.
What helps a reel/portfolio stand out?
Your voice and perspective help a reel or portfolio stand out! Be intentional with the work you submit.
I don’t see any positions posted, what should I do?
Internships are generally posted late fall through spring. Trainee opportunities are posted throughout the year, based on production needs. Check back often!
Our technologists and artists work together to advance the art and science of animation and shape the future of animated storytelling.
Each individual at our Studio contributes to the creation of our films. Be a part of our rich legacy of storytelling.
From sequence to shot to frame, the film comes together through the deep collaboration between everyone at the studio.