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Graduate of UH Manoa Academy for Creative Media's animation program lands Pixar internship

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Daniel Boulos, (808) 956-4456
Associate Professor and Chair, Academy for Creative Media
Posted: Jul 14, 2017

Jen Migita
Jen Migita

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Academy for Creative Media (ACM) animation graduate Jennifer Migita was selected as 1 of 8 Pixar animation interns from more than 2,000 national applicants. Migita is currently in Emeryville, California, at the headquarters of Pixar Animation Studio, creator of classic animated films including The Incredibles, Toy Story and Finding Nemo.

Migita graduated from the ACM Mānoa Animation Program in 2013. When Pixar Animation Studio visited the campus in November 2016, Migita was introduced to the studio recruiters and its head of animation. She specializes in character animation, one of the most difficult to master among the 3D animation career paths.

Pixar Animation Studio has the highest qualitative standards for animation interns and a very low acceptance rate. The internship is highly competitive and is targeted by animation students from across the country. Each year 25 interns across various production disciplines are accepted for a paid summer internship at the Emeryville studio.

Migita’s substantial accomplishment has inspired local students to pursue their dreams of animating for the feature film industry.

For more information about the animation program at UH Mānoa, please visit the ACM department website or email Chair Dan Boulos.