Internships & JOB SHADOWS
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.
Studio Bolland Alumni
“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”
“I found out about Studio Bolland while searching for an animation internship abroad. It was very refreshing to come across an animation studio that was very open and inviting to foreign interns which eased my hesitation to apply for somewhere so far away. I am very glad that I applied and was given the oppurtunity to intern at Studio Bolland. It was a very rewarding learning experience both regarding the projects I was given to work on and my overall time in Cape Town. Everyone in the studio was very welcoming, attentive and made sure my experience was worthwhile. In a time so short as a month, I still learned so much more than I expected to and left the studio with a unique internship experience. I feel very thankful to everyone in the studio for allowing me to be a part of their working atmosphere and their interest in my learning.”
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 or love to surf 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.