[game_edu] Summer internships in gaming?
smaddock at gmail.com
Wed Feb 18 16:43:54 EST 2009
I think Ian makes a good point, though the exception is probably QA. My
first job was a QA internship, and eventually led to a Jr. Designer
position, and I was off. QA has less "ramping up" time, and there's less
negative impact when a tester has to disappear at the end of the summer
than, say, a programmer. It's probably of greater interest to a design
student than an art, programming, or sound student, but it's a foot in the
door and a potential connection to be made.
And as others have said, local connections are a great way to go if there
are companies in the area. This is especially true if there are companies
with existing ties to your school (i.e. my school, Rensselaer, and Vicarious
Visions). I second the recommendation for gamedevmap.com and forming ties
with local developers.
Best of luck to you and your students!
On Tue, Feb 17, 2009 at 10:51 AM, Ian Schreiber <ai864 at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Umm... I don't think there is such a resource, because summer
> internships are rare.
> They're rare because game projects typically take longer than a summer, and
> development teams don't particularly like it when a key project member
> leaves in mid-project. It also takes people time to ramp up, which means
> just around the time the intern is finally able to contribute something to
> the team, they leave. Also, interns take a lot of management time that a
> typically-overworked producer does not have, so many studios decide that
> it's just not worth it.
> This is not to say that internships don't exist, merely that the companies
> that offer them tend to be low-key about it (lest they be flooded with tens
> of thousands of resumes from eager college students).
> Best best to offer your students:
> 1) Do your own work. Research the companies you'd be interested in
> interning for, go to their corporate websites and see if they have an
> internship program. Be willing to look at lesser-known companies too.
> Students who are willing to take the time to do their own homework are that
> much more likely to take initiative on the job, also, which is a good thing.
> 2) Know your local developers. Internships are often low pay or even no
> pay, and they certainly won't offer housing or relocation expenses (some of
> them won't even consider someone from out of town). So, the most likely
> places to get hired as an intern are those that are local to you. Is there a
> local IGDA chapter, and do your students attend meetings? Do your students
> look in your city on gamedevmap.com to find nearby companies? If not, they
> should. (Oh, and as a professor, this would be a good thing for you to do
> too. Nothing like having local industry connections for guest speakers in
> your classes.)
> 3) Be willing to work in a related field, such as serious games or the
> greater software industry. Just working on a project at all is preferable to
> 4) Failing all of that, students could also consider "hiring themselves"
> and working unpaid on their own game project(s) over the summer... finances
> permitting. A student who diligently works 40+ hours per week on their own
> project (especially if in a team with other like-minded students) should be
> able to produce several small to mid-size games in a single summer. If one
> of those games ends up being spectacular enough to win the IGF student
> showcase, that's just as juicy a resume bullet-point as an internship. Even
> if the game projects themselves flop, the student will have a lot of
> experience from their mistakes.
> - Ian
> --- On *Tue, 2/17/09, pawlicki at cs.rochester.edu <pawlicki at cs.rochester.edu
> >* wrote:
> From: pawlicki at cs.rochester.edu <pawlicki at cs.rochester.edu>
> Subject: [game_edu] Summer internships in gaming?
> To: game_edu at igda.org
> Date: Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 10:18 AM
> Can anyone point me to a resource for summer internships
> in game development?
> I'm a faculty member in a computer science department.
> I've got a number of bright students who are interested in
> the game industry looking for summer internships. It would
> be nice to point them to some places.
> Thaddeus F. Pawlicki, Ph.D.
> Undergraduate Program Director
> Computer Science Dept. (585) 275-4198
> University of Rochester FAX (585) 273-4556
> Rochester, NY 14627-0226 pawlicki at cs.rochester.eduhttp://www.cs.rochester.edu/u/pawlicki/
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