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Academy Sci-Tech Council Starts Up Internship Program

The Science and Technology Council of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has launched a new summer internship program designed to provide real-world experience to the selected students interested in careers in computer graphics and animation technology. The Sci-Tech Council will provide a stipend of $4,000 to each student.

Pixar Animation Studios, Rhythm & Hues Studios and Sony Pictures Imageworks will each provide an eight-week internship to give students hands-on opportunities in animation, production management, software programming and visual effects.

"This groundbreaking program is designed to develop the next generation of technologists and digital artists. Each of the host studios will provide an intensive program that exposes the intern to the exceptional talent and cutting-edge technology at the company," said Barry Weiss, the Sci-Tech Council's internship program chair.

The 2007 Science and Technology Council interns are:* Blake Johnson, Brigham Young University -- Pixar Animation Studios

* Ben Beech, Ringling College of Art and Design -- Sony Pictures Imageworks

* Max Abrahams, Brown University -- Rhythm & Hues Studios

The Imageworks Professional Academic Excellence (IPAX) program, which involves a consortium of colleges and universities offering digital technology curricula, supports the internship program by acting in a coordinating capacity among the studios, schools and interns.

Established in 2003 by the Academy's board of governors, the Science and Technology Council provides a forum for the exchange of information, promotes cooperation among diverse technological interests within the industry, sponsors publications, fosters educational activities and preserves the history of science and technology of motion pictures.

Additional information about the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy Foundation may be found at www.oscars.org.

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