The biggest reason my internship was so successful, was because of my mentor. He had several years of experience, and was a great teacher. He taught me a lot in such a short span of time. The HR was nice too. She was friendly and fun. The other interns and the senior animators were super friendly too.
Most others complained about how the computer, softwares, consoles, etc. were not fully set up by the time the internship began. That didn't really bother me much, though.
The junior animators weren't too welcoming. They preferred to keep to themselves. It's okay. They were contractors, so they were always busy worrying about their future prospects.
Advice to Potential Interns
I think that the internship at EA was very rewarding. I was able to live my dream of animating, as a part of a big production team. I learnt much more than I had expected. As long as your mentor is good, you will have a great time.
Sample Interview Questions
My interview was great. I had a long telephonic conversation with the art director, whose work I had always admired before.
Advice to Management
Please value the talent of the people working for you. Most of the incredibly gifted artists that I met there, were being very restricted in what they could do. They were capable of so much, but didn't seem to have the freedom to fully spread their wings. Please talk to the artists directly. I hardly saw the senior-most managers interact with artists. It's probably one of the drawbacks of being a big company (with a huge hierarchy), but it can be worked around. Just my observation.
I had a great internship. It was fascinating! No complaints.