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The Walt Disney Company

WLS-TV (ABC7) Design & Animation Internship – Fall 2022

Job Summary:

ABC7 (WLS-TV) Chicago is the Midwest flagship of the ABC television network. ABC7 leads the market in local news coverage, signature local events and programming, and has been in a number one position in local news since March 1986. The award-winning Design Department at ABC 7 produces full-scope multiplatform creative for all events, special programs, initiatives and newscasts. The station’s offices and studios are located in The Loop in downtown Chicago.

Responsibilities:

The Creative Space…
  • Immersion in department meetings and critiques for creative design projects.
  • Support designers and animators working with creative briefs and requests
  • Assist in asset creation and learn the ropes of creative project planning
  • Participate in collaborative project discussions
  • Experience the motion design process from conceptualization to completion and distribution
  • Develop a thorough understanding of how design comes to life through animation and logic-based behaviors
  • Create artwork for multi-platform design projects

Basic Qualifications:

What You Bring to the Role…
  • Curiosity and a desire to learn about brands and multi-platform design.
  • A discerning eye for the fundamentals of design including layout, composition and typography
  • Passion to explore creative techniques, graphic functionality and behaviors.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, After Effects, and Illustrator. Exposure to other Adobe Creative Cloud apps and/or 3D platforms is helpful.
  • Proficiency with MS Office products including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is preferred.
  • Understanding of visual communication for storytelling
  • Familiarity with graphic and animation formats and file types
  • Effective communication, organizational, and time-management skills.
  • Character design and modeling is considered relevant related experience, with the understanding this role is geared to creative design for marketing and content.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Studying Graphic Design, Motion Design or Communication Design in college
  • Passion and ambition to explore creative techniques with infographics, brands and storytelling
  • Ambitious, motivated self-starter who can thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Technically savvy using both Mac and PC platforms

Required Education

  • Currently enrolled as a Junior or Senior in an undergraduate program at a college/university taking at least one class in the semester prior to participation in the internship program, or recently graduated within 6 months at time of application.

Additional Information:

Internship Eligibility
  • All students must possess unrestricted work authorization
  • All students must be at least 18 years old
  • Must be enrolled in an accredited college/university taking at least one class in the semester/quarter (spring) prior to participation in the internship program – OR – must have graduated from a college or university within the last six 6 months - OR - currently participating in the Disney College Program, Disney Culinary Program or Disney Professional Internship Program at the time of application.
  • All candidates must be willing to work up to 18 -20 hours/week during a Monday through Sunday schedule (hours and days to be determined by your supervisor, and could include nights, weekends, and holidays)
  • All candidates must provide their own housing and transportation for the duration of the internship. This internship is located in Chicago, IL.


Program Dates
  • All candidates must be available from Aug/Sept 2022 through January 2023
  • All students must provide a consistent, reliable work schedule during the session


Required Materials
  • Résumé (outlining all your required qualifications)
  • College transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • A Cover Letter outlining your interest in this position, and relative experience in work, school, and extracurricular activities
  • Samples of Design and/or Animation work for consideration

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