January 4, 2024
School Internship Games 2024 starts on January 8
From January 8 to 26, 2024, Hamburg games companies will once again open their doors for the School Internship Games: a comprehensive three-week internship for 16 students from 9th grade. Game developers and media educators provide practical tasks in game design, programming, audio and many other professional fields, in order to give the interns valuable insights in the process of creating video games.
The companies InnoGames, Fishlabs, HAW - Hamburg University of Applied Sciences and the Gamecity Hamburg location initiative are participating in the internship program. The pupils are accompanied by media educators from the Creative Gaming e.V. initiative. The School Internship Games is an example of the strong cooperation between universities, companies and initiatives to jointly develop the next generation of developers for the games hotspot Hamburg.
With more than 190 games companies based here, Hamburg is one of the most important games locations in Europe. In addition to developer studios and publishers, some of which employ several hundred people per company, there is a lively indie scene in the Hanseatic city, which is characterized not least by the graduates of the various games study programs in Hamburg.
But how do young people get started in the games industry? What skills are required from those starting out in the industry? And what kind of jobs exist in professional game development? The Games school internship gives answers to these questions.
"The School Internship Games offers exactly what we ourselves would have wished for as young people: an authentic insight into the different professions, players and companies within the games industry. In three weeks of practical training, the participants can not only gain theoretical knowledge, but also carry out tasks from different areas of game development themselves and experience how we work together to create something that inspires many people. It is important to us to show the participants a perspective on how they can find their own way into this dynamic industry," explains Stephan Beier, Managing Director at Fishlabs.