As part of the Real-Time VFX team, you’ll design and help implement the sleek, dynamic and dramatic special effects that add atmosphere and depth to gameplay. With your experience, you’ll create aesthetically astounding visual effects that communicate essential game information. You’ll use your artistic and technical skills to breathe life into undead spells, channel primal emotions and capture the essence of hundreds of champions.

As a VFX Art Intern, you may:

  • Design and help implement the sleek, dynamic, and dramatic special effects that add atmosphere and depth to gameplay
  • Balance visual satisfaction and gameplay clarity while working to ensure amazing effects are accurately representing a given action or state 
  • Create aesthetically astounding visual effects that communicate essential game information and capture the essence of hundreds of characters
  • Use your craft skills to draw, paint, animate and model with equal proficiency as-needed 
  • Use your your encyclopedic knowledge of visual effects to synthesize brand new assets from classic designs
  • Find creative and effective solutions to eliminate difficult problems in production and as-needed

Required Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in a college, university or non degree program 
  • Available to work full-time hours for 10-12 week at our Santa Monica Headquarters (subject to change based on COVID-19 restrictions)
  • Authorized to work in the U.S.
  • Ability to showcase fundamentals of good visual effects - shape, value, colour and timing

Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience with hand drawn, painterly art style visual effects
  • Experience with PhotoShop, Maya or 3DS Max
  • Experience with Unity, Unreal, or equivalent game engine VFX tools

For this role, you'll find success through craft expertise, a collaborative spirit, and decision-making that prioritizes the delight of players. We will be looking at your past studies, experience, and your personal relationship with games. If you embody player empathy and care about the experiences of players, this could be the role for you!

General Portfolio Advice:

  • Please limit application submission to 1 role. You will automatically be considered for similar roles based on your portfolio
  • Online format is preferred (Artstation, personal websites, etc.)
  • If you have private work that is under NDA, please include the password in your application. Otherwise, we recommend you do not password protect your portfolio
  • Test that your Portfolio or reel is accessible. Please include access to your portfolio on your resume in addition to the application form in case the link breaks
  • Ensure your portfolio showcases your best work
  • Fan Art? Sure! It shows your versatility as it relates directly to our art style
  • Depending on the role, immersing yourself in the game to get the feel, tone and look can go a long way for your portfolio

Our Perks:

Riot Internships are paid, and we offer relocation and housing support. You can expect subsidized meals and the ability to participate in our Play Fund, so you can broaden and deepen your knowledge of our players and community through games. The University Programs team also invites you to intern focused events so you can connect with your fellow interns and Rioters to make the most out of your experience.

Applications Close January 15th 11:59pm PT

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