Ryman Arts Sklar Internships at the Walt Disney Company

To honor the retirement and 54 year career of Disney Legend and Ryman Arts Co-Founder Marty Sklar, The Walt Disney Company provides two paid internships to Ryman Arts alumni each year, one each in Walt Disney Animation Studios and Walt Disney Imagineering. These interns are known as the “Ryman Arts Sklar Interns”.

Ryman Arts Sklar Internships at the Walt Disney Company, Drawing by alumnus De'Von Stubblefield

De'Von Stubblefield's portrait of himself as the 2011 Ryman Arts Sklar Intern at
Walt Disney Animation Studios.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a Ryman Arts alumnus.
  • Be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Be available to work full time this summer.
  • More eligibility details in the internship descriptions

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Internship at Walt Disney Animation Studios

Ryman Arts Internship at Walt Disney Animation Studios

Walt Disney Animation Studios is the subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company responsible for combining masterful artistry and storytelling with groundbreaking technology, Walt Disney Animation Studios is a filmmaker-driven animation studio responsible for creating some of the most beloved films ever made. Located in Burbank, WDAS continues to build on its rich legacy of innovation and creativity, stretching from the first fully-animated feature film, 1937’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, to 2013’s Academy Award®-winning Frozen. Among the studio’s timeless creations are Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Tangled, and Wreck-It Ralph. Visit for more details. Located in Burbank, CA.

They expect to have the following Production Internships available next Summer -- 
Story Artist, Visual Development, CG Character Artist, CG Environment Artist, CG Animation, and Production Management.

Stay tuned to their career site for updated requirements and links to each specific role. Interns & Apprentices (

The animation studio will be hosting an Intern Information Session on Thursday, Jan 14 at 5:00PM PT. This event will be open to all and details will be posted on their social media channels.

Ryman Arts alumni who apply for the internship should email Rebecca Tuynman at to let her know that their application has been submitted. Alumni who apply for the Animation Studios internships will be given special consideration, though a placement for an alumnus is not guarenteed.

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Internship at Walt Disney Imagineering

Ryman Arts Internship at Walt Disney Imagineering

Walt Disney Imagineering is the master planning, creative development, design, engineering, production, project management, and research and development arm of The Walt Disney Company and its affiliates. Representing more than 140 different disciplines, its talented corps of Imagineers is responsible for the creation of Disney resorts, theme parks and attractions, hotels, water parks, real estate developments, regional entertainment venues, cruise ships and new media technology projects. Located in Glendale, CA, in Lake Buena Vista, FL, in Anaheim, CA, and in San Francisco, CA .

The Summer 2021 internship may not be happening. Check back here for updates.

To be eligible you must:

  • Be a Ryman Arts alumnus.
  • Be eligible to work in the United States.
  • Be available to work full time this summer.
  • At the time of application, must be enrolled in an accredited college/university taking at least one class in the semester/quarter (spring/fall) prior to participation in the internship program OR must have graduated from a college/university within 6 months OR currently participating in a Disney College Program or Disney Professional Internship

Application process:

  • Submit materials listed below to Rebecca Tuynman at Ryman Arts before February 5, 2020.
  • Ryman Arts staff will review your application materials, respond to you with any suggestions, and then give you a unique link to upload your application directly to the Disney Careers website.
  • You will be notified in April to let you know whether or not you are a finalist for the internship. Finalists may be called in for interviews. The internship selection will be completed by the end of April.

Materials for application:

  • Cover letter and resume combined in a two-page document. First page cover letter, second page resume. To learn more about writing a cover letter and resume, visit our Career Preparation Booklet.
  • Portfolio (if applicable to your skill set). They recommend creating an online portfolio, and writing that link on both your cover letter and resume.

Applications are now closed.

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Ryman Arts Alumni Internships at The Hettema Group

Ryman Arts Alumni Internships at The Hettema Group

The Hettema Group is offering a paid internship for 2020. Current college Juniors and Seniors are eligible. Graduate students will be considered.

The Hettema Group (THG) specializes in uniquely creative, impactful design and production in the world of experiential entertainment. With more than a decade of experience creating acclaimed projects around the world, THG has become one of the premiere place-making and experience design studios in the industry. THG works on a broad range of projects from theme parks and media based attractions, to large scale parades and live events, museums and master planned destination resorts. Our team consists of experienced designers, architects, media producers, illustrators, master planners, engineers, technical designers and project managers, with decades of cumulative experience across a wide variety of disciplines.

This internship position provides students practical experience with broad exposure to the multi-disciplinary approach in experiential design. Students who are pursuing an educational track in the fine arts or in experiential design are encouraged to apply. This opportunity is a paid internship.

Applications accepted from March 1 - 31, 2020. Eligible applicants must be current college juniors or seniors.

Download the application details and form here.