Internships at Pixar



At Pixar, our goal is to make great films with great people.  We are proud of our tradition of creative and technical excellence and are always looking for talented people to enrich our work and our community. We believe it’s important for our studio to reflect the diversity of the society we live in and the worldwide audiences for whom we make our films.  Come see what we have to offer!


Exciting internship and residency opportunities await college students and recent graduates in many of the following areas: 



Business Operations


Production Management


Software Research & Development



Technical Direction

Classroom-Based Internships
Direct mentorship and training in a hands-on classroom environment

  • Animation
    A twelve-week summer course for those interested in a career in character animation and performance

  • Story 
    A twelve-week summer course for those interested in a career in the visual storytelling process through creating storyboards   

  • Pixar Undergraduate Program (PUP)
    A twelve-week summer course in technical direction for those interested in pursuing a career as a Technical Director

  •  Layout
    A twelve-week course for those interested in a career using cinematic language and techniques through the layout process


  • Up to one-year terms available in Technical Direction, Software Research & Development, and Story

  • Eligible for full benefits and relocation assistance

  • Recent graduates from a bachelor's, master's or PhD program

  • Terms start in winter or summer, coinciding with school graduation dates


In addition to a traditional academic path, Pixar recognizes that obtaining skills and knowledge can take different forms of life experience and has expanded intern qualifications:

  • Traditional Academic Paths

    Enrollment in an undergraduate or graduate program, or have graduated within one year from the start of the internship

  • Less Traditional Professional Paths

    Career Transition: Those with a minimum of 5 years post-collegiate graduation professional experiences in a work/academic environment that differs vastly from animation, VFX, gaming, and other computer graphics-focused industries

    Armed Forces: Those who have served in the armed forces and are in a retraining program

    Home Schooled: Those who are self-taught via an alternative educational path

  • Visa Sponsorship

    Unfortunately, we are not able to sponsor student visas at this time


  • Work alongside Pixar employees and contribute as members of the team

  • Enjoy employee access to company wide events and amenities, such as screenings,
    lectures, fitness facilities, and food

  • Actively participate in Pixar's social, educational and civic programs

  • Get paid (in addition, housing assistance is offered to non-local interns)