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Advice for finding an internship from Anton Albin, the Swedish gaming industry

You might already be aware of that the Swedish gaming industry is growing fast. Many internationally successful games are developed in Sweden. One person who knows much about how to get an internship in the prospering gaming industry in Sweden is Anton Albin from the Swedish Games Industry. Recently he met students from Forsbergs Skola to give advice about how to find an interesting internship in the Swedish gaming industry, this is advice from him:

  1. What is your best advice when applying for internship in the games industry?

My #1 advice is to deduct what situation the company is in, and what type of internship would make sense to them. Different companies in the games industry develop very different games and work in different ways. To get an internship you have to present what you would add to the company during your internship. What a specific company needs varies if they are developing RPGs, single player, online multiplayer, 2D, 3D etc. My advice is: do as much research as possible about the company. Do they use their own engine? Do they use Stingray, Our Machinery with a lot of custom tech, or do they work out-of-the-box with Unity or Unreal? Make sure you do understand their challenges and how you fit to solve them!

  1. What would you say are common mistakes students do when applying for internships? 

A common mistake many students do is to send their portfolio to the company, without adjusting to what the company needs. Again, research is crucial, and spend some time to create content that makes sense to the specific company you apply to.

  1. What is a good portfolio when applying for an internship or a job?

Remember: Game studios are founded out of passion for games. Your portfolio should show that you share the common passion the company, and that you want to add to their creativity. The portfolio should show the experience, knowledge and passion the company is looking to invest in. Show them!