Technical Director, Intern - Global Technology
Pixar 8 reviews - Emeryville, CA

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About Pixar Animation Studio

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, Brave. The Northern California studio has won 29 Academy Awards® and its eleven films have grossed more than $6.5 billion at the worldwide box office to date. The next film release from Disney•Pixar is Monsters University (June 21, 2013).

Who Should Apply

If you are interested in a Technical Director Internship, you must be currently in college working towards your Bachelors, Masters or PhD Degree and returning to school following your internship at Pixar.

Summary of Position

A Technical Director internship consists of real-world work assisting in the production of a feature film. Our interns work alongside our Technical Directors and contribute as full members of the technical team. We are looking for students who possess many of the skills of our technical directors and are interested in expanding their knowledge of the field.


Write software to improve workflow and provide film-specific functionality for other departments including animation and lighting.


Our Technical Director interns generally have some or all of the following areas of experience:

  • Working towards a Bachelors or Masters Degree in: Computer Science, Art, or a related field.
  • Programming experience in C or C++, or a scripting language such as Python or Perl.
  • An art aesthetic that demonstrates a thorough understanding of physical motion, weight, balance, lighting, texture and form.
  • Experience using high-end 3D graphic packages, such as Maya, XSI, Lightwave, 3D Studio Max.
  • Linux or Unix Operating System experience.
  • Houdini experience.
Term / Application Deadline

Summer 2013: June – August

The deadline to apply for a Summer 2013 Internship is 5pm PST on March 22, 2013.

Submission Process

Apply online with your resume and cover letter.

Please ensure that you have agreed to the Terms at the end of the on-line application. You will not be able to continue without this affirmation. By agreeing, you are agreeing to the terms of the Submission Release.

A demo reel showing representative work is an important part of your application. Please check out the following link below for instructions on how to create a demo reel.

Once you have submitted your online application, please click on the SlideRoom link below and upload your demo reel.

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You will receive an email acknowledging the successful receipt of your online application. Depending on the number of applicants, we are generally able to make final hiring decisions 3-4 weeks after the posted deadline date. We will contact you directly to discuss the opportunity if we are interested.

Pixar is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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