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HBCU 20x20 and DreamWorks Animation Launch Talent Development Initiative

‘LAUNCH: HBCU Fellowship Program’ to offer select students from HBCUs a chance to participate in 8-week program of workshops, courses, and speaker series aimed at opening career path opportunities in the animation industry; applications now open through March 1, 2022.

HBCU 20x20, the world’s largest network for HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) and Black jobseekers, is teaming up with DreamWorks for a new talent development initiative kicking off this spring, called LAUNCH: HBCU Fellowship Program.

The professional development program will identify 15 students from HBCUs to participate in an 8-week curriculum of various workshops, courses and speaker series that aims to open paths to a career in animation. Fellows will receive a stipend from the studio, build their professional networks, and have the opportunity to apply and interview for DreamWorks’ Internship Program or other open positions within the company.

The program is open to students and recent graduates of HBCUs. Applications are now being accepted through March 1, 2022. To apply or for additional information, click here.

“DreamWorks strives to introduce and carve a path for Black students, and we found the perfect partner to create a meaningful fellowship program with HBCU 20x20,” shared DreamWorks Animation Manager of Early Career Programs & Diversity Outreach, Rabia Abedin.  “LAUNCH will continue DreamWorks ongoing commitment to eliminate barriers in animation for the Black community, and we believe that this program will create impactful opportunities for everyone involved.”

“This is a first of its kind partnership, and HBCU 20x20 is excited to embark on this journey with DreamWorks Animation,” added HBCU 20x20 Founder and CEO Nicole Tinson. “We’re looking forward to ensuring more people within the HBCU, and ultimately, the Black community, are prepared, ready and connected to career opportunities in animation. We’re grateful to everyone at DreamWorks who continue their ongoing commitment in diversity, equity and inclusion.”

Source: DreamWorks Animation

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Debbie Diamond Sarto is news editor at Animation World Network.