The community: enriching, encouraging, incredibly open to offering help even to the interns. Because many of the employees started as interns, there is no disdain for people in different positions at work; there is no "classist" view or strict hierarchal structure. Everyone is friendly and that team-notion carries through to the work environment.
The other interns were chosen well - they became a tight-knit community in and of themselves. Supportive, friendly, and bright.
The mentor supervisor was incredible; supportive, always checking in, always available to chat, and always trying to figure out ways to make the internship better. She made the interns feel at home immediately, whilst not sacrificing a professional level of working.
This is probably a budgetary concern, but I wish the internship was full-time (9 - 5, 5 days a week).
Advice to Potential Interns
Work hard and put your best foot forward - people will appreciate and remember an enthusiastic intern; however, remember to reflect on your socializing skills. As with many industries, tv animation, in particular, is a team sport. One, (if not THE), determining factor for selecting employees is how well their dynamic fits into the rest of the crew. Not a single person or portion of the crew can act insularly. Be mindful of your people skills, be attentive and watchful, and above all, relax and try to be yourself.
Sample Interview Questions
What got you interested in TV Animation
Why do you want to be a production intern
What are some prior skills from previous internships that might contribute to a production internship
Are you aware of what a production intern does?
Any questions for us?