Internships / by Xiaosong Shang

Hello everyone! Sam Martino here.

I wanted to take the time to talk about something I think we did that was unique to a studio of our size, and that is the internship program we’ve run over the years.

Dogwood Gaming has had the pleasure of having four amazing interns, John, Marco, Angelo, and Ian. John was our first intern who we brought on while we were making Ashes of Kanaka as a writing intern. John did a phenomenal job working with and I want to believe that we were able to help guide his writing when it comes to video games. All of us at Dogwood have had a unique opportunity in getting to run a studio from the ground up at such a young age, and in my eyes one of my main personal goals was to give people the chance to learn and work in this industry when major studios wouldn’t even give them a fair chance.

Marco, Angelo, and Ian all worked with us together in the office last summer and I feel as though they helped us as much as we helped guide them. They all had such a strong motivation to do this and we were thrilled to provide the tools to let their imaginations grow. Marco was the one who initially came up with the idea for what is now Death & Taxes, and it allowed all of them to work on a real project and see how the process goes. We prided ourselves in the ability to give all of the tools they needed that honestly are out of reach for many starting developers because of cost. I believe indie studios should have their own internship programs as it opens so many doors and welcomes so much talent in that would not have been found otherwise. I have to say that all of them kept me sane over the summer and we were working on very ambitious titles that were driving all of us mad. Those that are interested in the opportunity will jump at the opportunity for that experience because it is so hard for anyone to get it before trying to work at a major studio.

I have always believed that if you want to do something, you can learn. I have noted many times before that all of us at Dogwood are self-taught, and we’ve gone through the headaches of trying to find the right resources to make it happen. The fact that we can now impart that on others and help bring their dreams to life is something I have always strived to do. I hope that working with us has only encouraged our interns to keep pursing their passions, our number one goal is to encourage and motivate, the industry is always in need of good people. So, thank you interns, you’ve all worked so hard and Dogwood will always be here should you need anything, it is the least we can do.

As always, please reach out to me at smartino@dogwoodgaming.com with any comments or questions. I always love hearing from you guys!