FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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HOW DO I APPLY FOR A POSITION AT LAIKA?
Click here to apply for a position on the LAIKA career page and to review our open positions.
Acceptable resume formats include: PDF (.pdf), MS Word (.doc/.docx), Plain Text (.txt), or Rich Text Format (.rtf).
CAN I APPLY BY JUST SENDING IN MY RESUME?
Due to the volume of requests, we only review applicants that have registered with us in our Greenhouse applicant tracking system. We invite you to apply for available positions, upload your resume and cover letter, attach links to your online reel or portfolio work, and agree to our materials submission agreement, which is a requirement in order for LAIKA to review any submitted visual materials. This also ensures we have your information on file, creating maximum exposure of your materials to all hiring managers at LAIKA.
TO WHOM CAN I ADDRESS MY RESUME OR COVER LETTER?
Resumes are not accepted via email or US mail, only through Greenhouse. If you choose to create a cover letter (not required), please address it to Recruiting. LAIKA has a team of recruiters and hiring managers that work together to source and screen our applicants.
I APPLIED TO A POSITION ON YOUR PREVIOUS APPLICANT TRACKING SYSTEM AND CREATED A "JOB AGENT", IS THAT STILL A FEATURE?
If you have applied to a position in within the past 2 years (up to January 2015), we still have your information on file. However, we still recommend applying directly to any position that you feel matches your skill set.
With the implementation of our new Greenhouse applicant tracking system, we have removed the "Job Agent" feature from our screening process. We apologize if this causes any inconvenience, however this update will increase our efficiency in our recruiting process.
I HAD PREVIOUSLY APPLIED TO A LAIKA/house POSITION, BUT I NO LONGER SEE IT AVAILABLE ON THE CAREER PAGE, ARE THESE STILL BEING OFFERED?
LAIKA has spun off its advertising/commercial division LAIKA/house to concentrate exclusively on the feature film arena. The new studio, HouseSpecial, will continue to specialize in short to mid-form animated content for advertising and broadcast markets. HouseSpecial, however, will no longer be listing their job opportunities on the LAIKA career page. Past opportunities have been removed and all positions going forward will be exclusive to the new studio. Please visit http://www.housespecial.com/careers and direct all future inquiries related to HouseSpecial to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
ARE THERE ANY SPECIAL STEPS WHEN APPLYING FROM OUTSIDE OF THE UNITED STATES?
We encourage anyone interested in career opportunities at LAIKA to familiarize themselves with the required qualifications for the various visas (O-1, TN, H-1B, etc.). If you meet those qualifications, apply directly to our site for any positions that you may be interested in. For more information regarding work visas, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/.
Be mindful that if you do not meet these qualifications, your international application cannot be considered. Please take the time to review this information before applying as it will impact your ability to work anywhere in the United States.
DO I NEED TO PROVIDE A DEMO REEL OR PORTFOLIO WITH MY APPLICATION?
Yes. Due to the volume of materials we receive, we must restrict our recruitment process to only those applicants that have provided us with enough information to make an informed decision. Only applications with relevant work samples, portfolios, and/or reels will be considered.
DO I NEED TO SEND YOU A MATERIALS SUBMISSION AGREEMENT IF I APPLIED ONLINE?
There is no need to attach a copy of this agreement to your online application or to mail us a hard copy.
When you apply online, you authorize approval of the agreement by selecting “YES” to our Employment Disclaimer and Materials Submission Agreement, which grants us permission to view your materials. While less formal, this is sufficient to allow us to view your online portfolio work.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I EXPERIENCE ANY OTHER TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES WITH MY ONLINE APPLICATION?
We suggest refreshing your page or trying a different web browser. If you require additional guidance or experience any other technical difficulties, please contact Recruiting at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW DO I KNOW IF A POSITION HAS BEEN CLOSED OR IF I AM NO LONGER IN CONSIDERATION?
LAIKA removes all job listings on the LAIKA Career Opportunity page once a decision has become finalized. Therefore, all job postings located at https://boards.greenhouse.io/laika are current and up-to-date. A member from our Recruiting department will only contact you if it is determined your skills and experience match the position.
DO YOU HIRE FOR STAFF POSITIONS, OR ARE THEY PROJECT-BASED?
LAIKA generally offers two types of employment opportunities for interested candidates.
Project staff jobs are temporary positions that do not include benefits, and are designed to fill short-term business needs of less than one year.
Regular staff positions, that include the provision of benefits, are openings that the production is forecasting a business need for over one year.
Please check our job openings to orient yourself with the current positions available and how they might fit your particular skills and career interests.
I WILL BE VISITING PORTLAND, COULD I GET A TOUR OR MEET WITH A RECRUITER WHILE IN TOWN?
We are not able to accommodate individual tours of the studio, and, unfortunately, we are unable to meet with every applicant. If it is determined your skills and experience match a position, you will be contacted by our Recruiting department.
I’D LIKE TO ASK ONE OF YOUR ARTISTS OR RECRUITERS FOR SOME ADVICE ON GETTING STARTED. COULD YOU PUT ME IN TOUCH WITH SOMEONE SO THAT I CAN ASK THEM SOME QUESTIONS?
Due to the volume of requests we are simply unable to offer informational interviews or career advice. A member from our Recruiting department will contact you if it is determined your skills and experience match a position.
Please understand that we are unable to release any employee’s personal contact information. Instead, we suggest you utilize the career centers and/or professors at your school or institution of interest.
WHERE WOULD I GET THE TRAINING NECESSARY TO WORK AS AN ARTIST AT LAIKA?
There are many schools with programs in art and/or technology that can provide a student with a strong educational foundation. LAIKA employees come from a variety of different schools and programs, including but not limited to:
- Gnomon School of Visual Effects
- Ringling School of Art and Design
- Rhode Island School of Design
- Sheridan College
- Savannah College of Art and Design
- Rochester Institute of Technology
- Art Institute of Portland
MY HIGH SCHOOL REQUIRES ME TO PARTICIPATE IN A JOB SHADOW PROGRAM AND I WOULD LIKE TO SPEND THE DAY AT LAIKA. WOULD YOU LET ME SHADOW ONE OF YOUR ARTISTS OR WORK FOR FREE JUST FOR THE EXPERIENCE?
Unfortunately, our production schedule prevents us from participating in job shadow programs. Once you enter college, you may qualify for our internship program. To ensure that our interns have a successful experience, we only accept summer intern applications for college students who have minimally completed their sophomore year. College graduates may qualify for trainee positions.
Furthermore, LAIKA offers paid internships at an entry-level hourly rate as all of our interns will be expected to perform productive work of an immediate benefit to the company during their training. Thank you for understanding that we are limited in our ability to provide additional career-related learning opportunities.
WHAT KIND OF ENTRY-LEVEL OPPORTUNITIES DO YOU OFFER?
LAIKA offers internships and trainee positions in a variety of production areas. All entry level positions are posted on our career page at https://boards.greenhouse.io/laika.
WHAT KIND OF BENEFITS DO YOU OFFER?
LAIKA offers a competitive benefits package. Regular staff benefits include:
- Medical/Dental/Prescription Coverage
- Paid Time Off
- Base Life Insurance
- Long-term Disability
- 401(k) Match Plan (eligibility begins following one year of service)
DO YOU OFFER RELOCATION ASSISTANCE?
LAIKA offers relocation assistance for some positions. The benefit amount varies depending on the type of position, department budgets, and production schedules.
I HAVE MY OWN COMPANY, HOW DO I SET UP A COMPANY PROFILE?
Due to the volume of requests and our standardized hiring practices, we must limit ourselves to screening only individual applicants, not companies, that have registered with us in our Greenhouse applicant tracking system.
I AM A MUSICIAN, HOW DO I SUBMIT MY MUSIC FOR CONSIDERATION?
LAIKA does not accept unsolicited material.
WHEN WILL SUMMER INTERNSHIPS BE POSTED ONLINE?
Internships for Summer 2017 are now CLOSED. The deadline to apply for summer 2017 was Friday, April 14, by 11:59pm PST. We will not accept applications beyond this deadline.
Applicants for Summer 2018 will be posted once they are approved, please check back in the new year for further information.
WHAT ARE LAIKA'S INTERNSHIP QUALIFICATIONS?
Students must be currently enrolled as a junior or senior in a college or a university, or within 1 year of their graduation. This stipulation has been put in place to abide by our established internship guidelines.
ARE LAIKA INTERNSHIPS PAID?
Yes, LAIKA only offers paid internships. We do not offer internships for college credit.
WILL LAIKA COVER HOUSING FOR INTERNS?
LAIKA offers some assistance with housing (fairly minimal); full details shared upon hire.
WILL I NEED A REEL OR PORTFOLIO TO APPLY FOR AN INTERNSHIP?
Yes. Due to the volume of materials we receive, we must restrict our recruitment process to only those applicants that have provided us with enough information to make an informed decision.
WHAT SHOULD I SHOWCASE IN MY PORTFOLIO?
For guidance on what to showcase in your portfolio, please seek direction from your career advisor and/or career center at your current school.
WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I AM NEW TO THE INDUSTRY AND DO NOT HAVE ANY PROFESSIONAL REFERENCES YET?
It is acceptable to apply even though you haven’t acquired professional references. We would encourage you, however, to consider asking a professor or respected classmate who is familiar with your schoolwork if they would be willing to act as your reference. These references should be able speak to your overall work ethic and performance standards.
LAIKA typically conducts references by phone and email; when listing your three professional references, please be sure to include their phone numbers and correct email addresses.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE INTERNSHIP?
Students must be available for eight consecutive weeks; most internships last twelve weeks.
WHAT TYPES OF INTERN DOES LAIKA HIRE?
LAIKA hires a variety of individuals with a range of skills and talents. Each year, our internship positions change, but we have previously had programs that included:
- Art Fabrication Intern
- Costume Design Intern
- Costume Fabricator Intern
- Stop Motion Animation Intern
- CG Animation Intern
- RP CG Rigging Intern
CAN I APPLY TO YOUR INTERNSHIPS IF I AM NOT IN COLLEGE OR GRADUATED SEVERAL YEARS AGO?
Unfortunately, no. We only accept junior or senior-level college students or individuals who are no more than 1 year beyond their graduation that have already shown exceptional promise within their specialty. Many of our finalists are award-winning artists from leading art institutions across the country. All of LAIKA’s employees, including our interns, need to perform at or above a certain skill level; this requirement has been established to give them every chance of success, as foundational knowledge necessary to perform their roles will be expected.
DO YOU ACCEPT INTERNATIONAL INTERNSHIP APPLICATIONS?
Unfortunately, we do not offer international internship opportunities. We have not yet established the formal parameters that are necessary when providing academic credit to our participants or the structured training process that is required in legally obtaining a J-1 visa.
We encourage international candidates interested in employment opportunities at LAIKA to familiarize themselves with the qualifications required for the various visas (O-1, TN, H-1B, etc.) and to investigate whether or not you meet those legal requirements. For more information regarding work visas, please visit: http://www.uscis.gov/.
CAN I VOLUNTEER AT LAIKA?
Please understand that it is not possible to volunteer at LAIKA. FLSA restrictions prevent the use of volunteers for non-civic, non-charitable, or non-humanitarian reasons.
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WHAT DOES “CURRENT JOB OPENINGS AT LAIKA FAQ” AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE MEAN?
With the implementation of our new Greenhouse applicant tracking system, we have setup this temporary web page to house or FAQs. Please disregard the notation! You can apply to our current job openings here.
Thank you for your understanding as we work towards updating our career page!
Current Job Openings at LAIKA FAQ
There are no current openings.