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Where do i look to get a game design/development internship and is the projects linked bellow enough?

I have experience making/designing witch can be found both on my steam page and itch page
Links:
https://mills888.itch.io
my steamworkshop witch I cant link but if you search RainWorld Deadlands and click the modpage you can find one of my mods and my account witch has all of my games on it.

I also have a custom TTRPG ruleset that I am designing

One of those is a large public modding project with I manage and have ~40 developers and 450 people in a discord

I am under 18, junior in high-school(able to graduate by the end of current school year), and taking dual enrolment classes at local collage

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Afonso’s Answer

Hey, head over to LinkedIn immediately and search for a designer internship in your preferred area. You're sure to find something that suits you. You're on the right track, so keep expanding your knowledge and never stop learning.
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Jamie’s Answer

Hey Mills!

Honestly you're doing friggin amazing! I would bet it would be very very easy for you to get an internship at many places with the skills you already possess.

If I were you? I would pick 10 (or more if you like) studios you'd like to work for and basically ask them this exact question, with the links you provided as well to show them your stuff.

I bet you'd get an answer that involves them asking if you'd like to intern at their studio.

Good luck man, great work! Look forward to seeing what you come up with!
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Yinfan’s Answer

Hey Mills:

Glad to hear that you already have such talented work so far, I would strongly suggest you to do following:
Keep honing those skills: Dive deeper into game development tools and languages. Maybe pick up Unity, Unreal Engine, or Godot if you haven't already. These are tools of the trade, and mastering them can only make your creations more compelling. And don't stop at the tools; design principles, user experience, and narrative crafting are all areas where you can expand your knowledge further.

Network like a pro: You're already managing a massive project, so you're no stranger to collaboration. But expanding your professional network outside of your current circles can open new doors. Engage more actively in game development forums, Reddit communities like r/gamedev or r/rpg, and attend gaming conventions or virtual webinars if possible. Networking isn't just about what you can learn from others but also about what opportunities might arise from those interactions.

Showcase your work: You're already on Steam and itch.io, which is fantastic. Consider creating a portfolio website where you can not only showcase your games but also detail your role in larger projects, the challenges you faced, and how you overcame them. A well-documented journey of your game development process can be incredibly appealing to potential collaborators, educators, and employers.

Best wish for you, you can get it!
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Karin’s Answer

Hi Mills,

Congratulations on having such skills at such a young age. You'll need an industry insider to advise what it takes to get a foot in the door or if you should seek some more formal education or certifications.

Most commonly, entry level game designers have at least a bachelors degree, but experience is also highly valuable. Common degrees for aspiring game designers are graphic design or multimedia design. There are also colleges that offer specialized game design degrees.

https://www.indeed.com/career-advice/career-development/becoming-a-video-game-designer

It sounds like you have a network already and have made a bit of a name for yourself. Maybe people know people and can introduce you or recommend you?

Next: make a profile on LinkedIn, look up people in the gaming industry and find out what qualifications they have and how they got there. Make contacts with people (designers, managers, hiring managers) in the gaming industry and network, contribute and ask questions. You'll probably also find a likeminded group on Twitter.

I have added a couple of links for you at the bottom. Some might be only for current college students or for >18 but it might still be worth it to make contact and ask about internships for your case. You can also ask for an informational interview to find what exactly you need to get an internship or an entry-level job. Identify the gaps and start filling them.

You can also use job search sites like Indeed, LinkedIn, Glassdoor, simplyhired or ziprecruiter to search for internships. If you have any companies in mind where you would like to work, contact them. Preferably find out who the recruiter is and send them a personalized e-mail vs just sending your resume.

I hope this helps! Good luck!

KP

Karin recommends the following next steps:

https://www.epicgames.com/site/en-US/earlycareers
https://geebo.com/jobs-online/view/id/815806816-game-designer-intern-/
https://careers.activision.com/internship-program
https://hitmarker.net/gaming-internships
https://jooble.org/jobs-game-design-intern
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