VES Education Initiative Resources
The VES Education Initiative is a long-term goal of finding and creating avenues, under the education umbrella, to expand the visual effects global talent pool, focusing on untapped and nontraditional demographics, with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion. This includes finding raw new talent and creating new opportunities for those currently employed in visual effects.
VES Members Peer-to-Peer Mentorship Program
The objective of a volunteer Mentorship Program is for Mentors and Mentees to share experiences and knowledge, collaborate in navigating a career in the VFX industry and establish long term professional relationships.
The time commitment to volunteer in a Mentorship Program can vary based on the selected program, but examples are one-on-one in-person meet-ups, group workshops or virtual check-ins that can occur on a weekly or monthly basis.
If you are interested in becoming a Mentor or Mentee, please click here.
Education, Internship and Mentorship Resources
Helpful links on locating educational and training resources for animation, visual effects and other entertainment-related industries.
Academy Gold Program (Los Angeles) – Contact in spring for summer paid internships. It is a 10-week paid professional internship that leads into their mentoring program. Studios pay to participate in this program.
DreamWorks Feature & TV Animation (Los Angeles) – DreamWorks internships for Summer, Spring and Fall. Trainee program in Spring and Early Career Opportunities.
Framestore (Chicago, London, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York) – Framestore offers students the opportunity to work alongside their talented teams as part of their paid summer Internship. However, you will need the right to work for the location you are interested in.
Nickelodeon (Los Angeles) – Internship, Artist and Writing programs.
Sony Pictures (Los Angeles) – Intern and Training Programs
Walt Disney TV Animation (Los Angeles) – Offer internships/employment and summer internships. They have a formal internship program.
Warner Bros. Animation (U.S and International) – Summer, Fall and Spring Internships.
Employment resources for staffing, job searches and industry studio links (job boards and career pages).
Resources – Diversity & Inclusion
A global list of organizations that advocate diversity, equity and inclusion.