Internships & JOB SHADOWS

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We consider it a huge privilege to be able to do work that we love, and think it would be wrong to simply keep it to ourselves. That’s why we enjoy hosting interns and job shadowers - doing our bit in inspiring and up-skilling the next generation of illustrators and animators. If you’re interested in joining us, drop us a mail with your current portfolio, and we’ll be in touch. Space is limited, so don’t delay.

Current Interns

Kirsten (from South Africa). She is a young up-and-coming illustrator/animator with heaps of potential who we're happy to be able to host over the next few months. 

Keep an eye out on our blog for some of her work that we'll be sharing, and if you're interested in becoming an intern at Studio Bolland, please get in touch via the form at the bottom of this page. 

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Kirsten

South Africa


Studio Bolland Alumni

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Andrea

Belgium/Spain

I came to Cape Town to work a five month internship at Studio Bolland, which I had previosly stumbled upon on Dribbble, and I immediatly loved their work. It was an amazing place to strengthen the foundations of what I had learnt in college and further boost my knowledge and skill. It’s a small team made out of great people who will always be happy to help you if you need.
I got the chance to work on a number of very different projects most of which were interesting and pleasant to work on, and had many learning opportunities in both the animation and illustration departments.
One of the things I like most about Studio Bolland is of course the great team and the role that interns are given and the way they are dealt with. I have worked for other companies in the past that rest on their interns to do a lot of the work, especially the type of jobs that nobody else wants and I have definitely felt the pressure at times. Here however, I have been able to feel like one more of the team but at the same time I have felt like my learning is as important to them as it is for me, which is very appreciated.
In conclusion, Studio Bolland is such a great place to work with and I have learnt so much about the industry during my time here. I am so grateful to have had such an opportunity which has not only allowed me to grow proffesionally but to also live in a different city, step out of my comfort zone and meet great new people
— Andrea Rodriguez
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Michelle

Zimbabwe/South Africa

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Pablo

Spain

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Kai

Netherlands

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Giel

Netherlands

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Evi

Netherlands

APPLICATION TIPS

Our studio space is limited, and our job shadow & internship requests are high, so if you want to stand a better chance of being selected, you might want to follow these tips:

  • Put together a portfolio you think we'll like.
    If you browse our website, you'll see that we mainly do 2D vector-based illustration and animation, and our style is very bright, quirky and fun. The more work we see that's like that, the more likely we are to think you'd be a good fit.
  • We are not a design studio or 3D animation studio... at least, not yet.
    We love seeing great design work and enjoy 3D animation, but it's not our focus. We'd recommend applying elsewhere if those are the specific skills you're looking to develop.
  • Let us know why you're really (really) keen to join us.
    We get a lot of emails, and they're usually cut and pasted from application templates, which makes it hard for us to tell who actually wants to intern here, and who is just trying to tick an internship off their list - don't worry, we've all been there. If you genuinely want to join us, it'll help knowing a bit more about you and why you're keen for our particular studio. Even just addressing us by name will go a long way!
  • Do you know your stuff?
    For job shadowers, we look for high-schoolers who have a passion for 2D animation - we don't really need you to know much else, although you certainly will get more out of the experience if you've done tutorials in the programmes we use. For interns, the bar is slightly higher because we look for students who have passion AND actual experience in both Adobe Illustrator and Adobe After Effects. These days there are plenty of online tutorials for those programmes, so it's easier to grow that skill and practice, even if it's not officially part of your current course. 
  • The earlier you contact us, the more likely you'll be able to book a slot.
    In June/July we get very full, very quickly, so if you are interested in popping in, don't leave it too late to get in touch.  

3 - 6 MONTH INTERNSHIPS

Studio Bolland's long-term interns are fully integrated members of our studio with the freedom to pursue any and all interests in a professional environment. Accepted applicants work side by side with our studio team and collaborate on all projects operating in the studio. They are full time with hours ranging roughly from 8:30am – 4:30pm, Monday to Friday.

The length of our long-term internships are 3 - 6 months, depending on availability. Whilst the internships are not paid, if you're coming from oversees, we'll be sure to cover your accommodation whilst you're here.

Candidates should be very strong designers/illustrators and 2D motion graphics animators with a great sense of humour.

Qualifications and responsibilities include:

  • Design experience using Adobe Illustrator. Skill sets employing additional techniques always welcome, and knowledge of Photoshop is a bonus. 

  • Animation experience using Adobe After Effects. Additional skill sets employing alternate programs always welcome.

  • Excellent interpersonal, communication skills, and good attitude in a collaborative studio.

  • If you play Rocket League/Counter Strike it's a massive bonus! 

Please fill in the form below and make sure to include your resume, portfolio and/or reel link. International inquiries are welcome. No phone calls please.

For questions please email: richard@studiobolland.com CC: simon@studiobolland.com

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