Pixar Animation Studios – Summer ’11 Internship

Art Intern
Location: Emeryville, CA
Job #: 291


About Pixar

Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation.  Creator of some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up and most recently Toy Story 3. The Northern California studio has won 21 Academy Awards® and its eleven films have grossed more than $6 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film release from Disney/Pixar is Cars 2 (June 24, 2011).

Summary of Position

Pixar offers an exciting internship program intended to give students valuable “hands on” experience and exposure to our unique production environment. This is an excellent opportunity for students to learn from working professionals.

During our 12-week Summer internship, Art Interns will work in collaboration with Mentors and the Art Department, while gaining valuable feature film experience. Interns will be expected to do the following:

  • Gain knowledge about the Pixar Art process, as well as exposure to the larger production pipeline
  • Create designs, design sketches, & model packets for review, revision and Production Designer approval
  • Research and collect reference that inspires designs and techniques
  • Utilize Photoshop and other software programs to help create design sketches, paintings and schematics
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Working towards a degree or certificate in design, illustration, or classical animation
  • Working knowledge of Photoshop essential
  • Must have a portfolio that displays strength in illustration and/or animation design
  • An art background, which shows a thorough understanding of layout, design and strong draftsmanship
  • Organized and detail oriented, with the ability to work quickly and collaboratively
  • A great attitude and strong work ethic

Submission Process

  • Apply online with your resume and cover letter
  • Once you have completed your application, please send your hard copy resume, cover letter, and a sample flatwork portfolio to the address below. Your portfolio should display not only an exhibit of the finished product, but samples that demonstrate the progression that led to the final product.

Pixar Animation StudiosAttn: Art Internship1200 Park AvenueEmeryville, CA 94608                         (Please do not upload your material onto this site–follow instructions above.)

  • Due to the high volume of submissions, we’re not able to provide feedback and/or return materials. Please do not send originals.
  • You will receive an email acknowledging the successful receipt of your on-line application. Depending on the amount of applicants, we’re generally able to make final hiring decisions approximately 6-8 weeks after the posted deadline date. If we are interested in pursuing you for the position, we will contact you directly to further discuss.
  • Please note that we do not accept any submissions at the Security Kiosk. Please mail in all submissions. Due to the quantity of submissions we receive, we are unable to personally confirm receipt of packages.

Application Deadline

Term: Summer 2011 (June – August)

All application materials must be submitted by 5:00 PM PST on Monday, April 4, 2011.

Pixar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


February 03, 2011 by Urban Professor