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Fantastic Animation Internship

4.3 of 5 stars

Orlando, FL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

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.

Downers

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.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Student Receives Life Altering Internship.

4.4 of 5 stars

Austin, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Being able to create extensive portfolio pieces, some of which actually appeared in game. Networking was a huge plus, and being able to break into the industry at such a young age was a blessing. The pay was great and the work place was very friendly and welcoming.

Downers

For internships that lead into full time jobs, you're kind of locked down into whatever role you took as an intern. If you applied for a position because you thought it might interest you but you weren't sure, and were offered a fulltime position afterward, your chance at experimenting in other roles becomes limited.

Advice to Potential Interns

EA was absolutely INCREDIBLE to work with. The people were great, the benefits were amazing, and two outcomes are possible. Either a) you get a fulltime offer and you break into an industry only a select few do or b) you don't get an offer but you walk way with an incredible portfolio. That being said, the industry is very small and everyone knows everyone so go in with a positive attitude and willing to work your hardest so you can stay in this wonderful industry for life. The people you work with now you will most likely work with again at some point in the future.

Sample Interview Questions

I was asked about my educational background and how it could positively affect the role I was applying for. I was also given some scenarios and asked to come up with a design solution.

Advice to Management

More formal training would have been nice, or the opportunity to receive training or attend outside of work events (launch parties, conventions, etc.)

Would You Recommend

Yes

Great work culture, excellent minds in the organization

4.4 of 5 stars

Austin, TX | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

learning opportunity in the area i worked with other areas too

Downers

nothing i could think on which i least liked. The only cons i can think is its relocation amount and not providing any housing facility.

Advice to Potential Interns

This company has best working culture. I really had blast throughout the internship. Team is good. people are so cool with great minds. People knows their jobs so well yet they are cool in attitude, That was the best experience i can get.

Advice to Management

i only have complain with the compensation in terms of relocation and housing and daily commute transportation.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Fast-paced internship is an incredible learning opportunity for the gaming industry and software development in general

4.4 of 5 stars

Orlando, FL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

You get to work on real features of the game, and you gain experience working with a large team and a large code base. Everyone is very friendly, and happy to give you advice or answer questions.

Downers

At times the workload was inconsistent - sometimes lots to do, sometimes lots of downtime

Advice to Potential Interns

It was a great experience, and you should go for it! I learned a lot, not just about games, but about software development and business in general. Even if I don't stay in the gaming industry, I will still be using what I learned from this internship. If you do apply to Tiburon (EA Sports), it helps if you are a sports fan.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Who knew you could learn, grow, create, and have fun all at once?

3.9 of 5 stars

Redwood City, CA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The people and culture at EA were definitely top-notch - everyone was incredibly open and fun to be around. I especially clicked with my North America Marketing team, and building that rapport from the get-go made collaborating/communicating much easier.

Downers

Being part of a large company made some project initiatives hard to push through (especially as an intern) - there were many steps required to complete the simplest tasks, sometimes.

Advice to Potential Interns

You don't need to be a hardcore gamer to join EA - a curiosity for understanding the business is enough to get started.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Learned what it is like to work in the game industry.

4.0 of 5 stars

Redwood City, CA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

The best aspects was getting to design things that would be in the game and meeting awesome people.

Downers

I didn't really get too close with my manager. It was also hard to commute.

Advice to Potential Interns

Being a video game designer is fun! Do it. Play enough games to know what a good game is and a bad game is.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Pitching to help the team when times are tough.

3.8 of 5 stars

Redwood City, CA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Getting to own small parts of the development process. Having the freedom to pitch my own ideas to people who listen. Compensation and soft benefits.

Downers

A bureaucracy that gets in the way of things getting done. Not being challenged enough.

Advice to Potential Interns

My situation was probably the minority of all interns at EA, but I felt that we were being regarded less as potential employees, but more of a spare pair of hands to chip in development. Despite all that, I had a great time and spoke to many of my heroes, learning much about the process of AAA development. Your mileage may vary.

Sample Interview Questions

What do you think a producer does?

Advice to Management

Allowing ideas to propagate a bit more. There needs to be more effort to reward exercises in creativity; like hackathons, game jams that might lead to new IPs within the franchise.

Would You Recommend

Yes

A great insight into the video game industry

3.8 of 5 stars

Orlando, FL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

* I learned a great deal about the pipeline that Madden would go through yearly and how the industry worked

* I improved my C++ and debugging skills

Downers

* It was frusturating when I asked a senior software engineer a clarifying question about a feature in the game and they weren't clear nor thorough in their answer only providing more confusion.

Advice to Potential Interns

Good communication is key, being able to ask the right questions in a way that those who are answering can better answer them.

Sample Interview Questions

Describe polymorphism?

What is a memory breakpoint?

Would You Recommend

Yes

Great opportunities to learn

4.1 of 5 stars

Orlando, FL | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Being able to work with the most talented people in the industry on high-profile products

Downers

the lack of intern activities

Advice to Potential Interns

I cannot speak for artistic people, but for people who seek a technical position, EA Tiburon is definitely among the top tier employers that can provide competitive salaries and a nice working environment.

Would You Recommend

Yes

Great look at the making of a major-franchise game!

3.8 of 5 stars

Redwood City, CA | 2014 | VERIFIED INTERN

Uppers

Inside look at what goes into creating a major-franchise game, working with interdisciplinary teams on design & implementation processes, creative problem-solving to confront issues of implementation and resolving bugs, input into the design process, sense that the work you do is what full-time employees do & valuable (maybe slower pace to start, maybe issues that require less specialization)

Downers

experience was somewhat specialized (ways of thinking skills / "soft" skills transferrable, "hard" skills not as much due to proprietary software etc.), dependency on infrequently-scheduled buses for transportation due to distance from public transportation

Advice to Potential Interns

University Relations is very helpful. Your boss & team want you there, too -- they want you to succeed & like your experience, they want you to contribute & make a difference to the project.



It is a large company and you get an insight into the corporate structure -- be aware there may be layoffs and other changes that occur unexpectedly that will impact office moral/climate & possibly your own work.

Would You Recommend

Yes

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