DMA HIRING FAQ
Can I apply for multiple positions?
We encourage our staff to apply for any position that fits their interests or career paths. It is our job to help you find your place on the Digital Media Academy team. We require different applications for each job category. For example, our summer and corporate staff require two separate applications. Furthermore, individuals interested in both the TA and Instructor positions should not submit a separate application for each. You may indicate on one application that you would like to be considered for both roles. This also applies to individuals interested in both the Camp Director and Assistant Director positions, and for those interested in both the International Camp Counselor and International Director positions.
What positions are open for summer 2020?
We hire on a rolling basis and openings change routinely. However, as of February 21, 2020 we are hiring for the following roles:
- University of Washington at Seattle – Camp Director, Tech & Logistics Assistants, Instructors (Filmmaking, 2D and 3D Animation, Artificial Intelligence & Data Science), Teaching Assistants (Filmmaking, Animation), Overnight Camp Counselors
- University of California at San Diego – Teaching Assistants (Animation, Music Production, Graphic Design), Instructors (Artificial Intelligence & Data Science, Filmmaking)
- University of Chicago – Teaching Assistants (Filmmaking, Music Production), Instructors (2D and 3D Animation, Artificial Intelligence & Data Science), Overnight Camp Counselors
- Meredith College – Tech & Logistics Assistants, Teaching Assistants (2D and 3D Animation, Filmmaking, Music Production), Overnight Camp Counselors
- Harvard University– Tech & Logistics Assistants, Teaching Assistants (all subjects), Instructors (all subjects except Music Production, Filmmaking and Digital Photography)
- University of Toronto – Tech & Logistics Assistants, Teaching Assistants (All subjects), Instructors (Music Production, Startups & Entrepreneurship), Overnight Camp Counselors
- University of British Columbia – Camp Director, Tech & Logistics Assistants, Teaching Assistants (all subjects except photography, graphic design and animation), Instructors (3D Printing, Artificial Intelligence & Data Science, Java, Filmmaking, Arduino Robotics, Game Design with Unity)
The following locations are canceled due to COVID-19: Stanford, Austin, GWU and NYU.
What are the dates for the 2020 camp locations?
- UC San Diego: June 22 – July 24
- University of Washington – Seattle: July 13 – August 7
- University of Chicago: June 29 – July 24
- Harvard University: July 27 – August 21
- Meredith College: June 29 – July 24
- University of British Columbia: July 6 – July 31
- University of Toronto: July 6 – August 14
Paid on-site orientation and camp setup for each location take place the Thursday, Friday and Saturday prior to the first day of camp. EX: First day of camp at Harvard is July 27, orientation and setup take place June 23, 24 and 25.
How are summer staff members scheduled for each position?
Instructors & Teaching Assistants: Courses run for one week each from Monday – Friday and vary from week to week, and by location. Online course schedules for each location are available at www.digitalmediaacademy.org. Classroom staff members are scheduled based on their availability and the availability of positions in courses that match their proficiencies at their preferred location. Classroom staff members are not scheduled to work in courses they are not proficient in. Below is a sample schedule for an Instructor with filmmaking proficiencies at a location where film instructor roles are available. Although not indicated below, Instructors may opt to serve as TAs for certain weeks if desired. Note that Jr. Adventures indicates ages 7 – 9, Adventures is ages 9 – 12, and remaining courses are for teens ages 12 – 17:
- Week of 6/17: Intro to Filmmaking, Instructor
- Week of 6/24: Advanced Filmmaking & Visual Effects, Instructor
- Week of 7/1: Off – No positions in classes matching the employee’s proficiencies are available.
- Week of 7/8: Adventures in Filmmaking, Instructor
- Week of 7/15: Jr. Adventures in Acting & Filmmaking, Instructor
Program (Operational) Staff: Camp Counselors, Directors, and Tech Assistants are operational roles and unlike our classroom positions, these roles are scheduled for the full duration of the location’s camp. For example, in Austin the Camp Director, Day Camp Counselors, and Tech Assistant are contracted from the first of training on June 12 until the last day of camp on July 12.
I am from a country outside of the US and Canada. Can Digital Media Academy support my Visa?
No. We are not a sponsoring organization of work visas from countries outside our business regions. We can only support Canadian citizens who would like to work at our Canadian sites, and US citizens who would like to work at our locations in the United States. Employees with dual Canadian/US citizenship may work in both countries. Digital Media Academy does NOT provide paperwork or support for the visa process.
I am a returning staff member. Do I need to reapply?
Each employee must “apply” for their desired position. If you are applying for the same position as last year, you will only have to complete some basic information. If you are applying for a position that is different than your prior role, you will have to complete a new application.
What can I include in my portfolio (if applicable)?
All submissions need to be submitted via a URL for a website, Github profile, Dropbox folder, or Google Drive folder, as our system cannot support uploading large files. Photos, short films, school projects, personal websites, albums of your work, or a link of references to your work are all acceptable forms of portfolio submission.
What are the CPR/ First Aid requirements for Digital Media Academy staff?
All of our summer staff who work directly with our campers will be required to obtain CPR and First Aide Certifications, however, the level of certification is dependent upon your role and level of interaction with our campers. You MUST be certified prior to the first day of camp. We require the following:
- Instructors, TAs, Tech Directors, Tech Assistants: Online CPR/ First Aid certification
- Camp Directors, Assistant Directors, Camp Counselors: in-person CPR/ First Aid certification
For in-person certification requirements, we only accept certifications from Red Cross, American Heart Association, or an approved in-person training facility. We can provide a list of approved online CPR certifications for instructors once you are hired. If you have more questions about CPR certifications, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Does Digital Media Academy pay for my CPR certification?
Digital Media Academy is not responsible for the cost of CPR certification. Staff members must cover the cost of their CPR/First Aid certification. We do not reimburse.
Will Digital Media Academy cover my travel, parking, or housing at my desired location(s)?
Digital Media Academy is not responsible for securing housing or travel for our camp staff. Parking on campus will not be covered by us, but in some cases we may be able to provide a suggested list of alternative parking options for each location. Our Overnight Camp Counselors, who are required to be on site with students overnight, will be provided with on-campus housing, a parking pass and meals.
How many locations can I apply for?
The application will only allow you to select up to three preferred locations, but you may state other locations of interest if you are selected for an interview. Many of our employees choose to fill their summer by working at multiple locations across the country. Keep in mind Digital Media Academy is not responsible for travel or housing if you choose to work non-locally.
What are your age requirements to work at Digital Media Academy?
Please review the job description of each position you are interested in applying to see the age requirements for the role.
If I cannot complete my application, will my progress be saved?
The application does not autosave, however you can manually save your application at any point and return to it at a later time. Your application progress will be saved in your employee profile.
How will I know if my application went through?
A confirmation screen will pop up at the end of the application to confirm that it has successfully been submitted. You may also login to your employee profile to check on the status of your application.
How long does it take for Digital Media Academy to process an application?
We have a high influx of applications for our program from January to May. Please allow at least 7-10 business days to receive a response.
Where can I see the status of my application?
You may log into your employee profile to check on the status of your application at any time. We will also send you email updates regarding your progress in our hiring process.
What makes you different from your competitors?
At Digital Media Academy, our mission is to provide a high quality academic experience and our employees are our most valuable resource in completing this mission. We have structured classrooms, with teachers and teaching assistants that lead our professionally developed curriculum. Our pay rates encourage the skilled professionals we seek to come and inspire the next generation. We do not have generic camp staff who must generalize in basic computer skills to lead a class. As an employee at Digital Media Academy you will be immersed in a creative environment surrounded by like-minded leaders. If this is your first job, Digital Media Academy fosters a community of skill-based practices and mentorships from lead Instructors and Directors.
What are the job requirements before the camp starts?
Digital Media Academy requires all hiring packet information to be completed before the first day of camp. This includes providing proof of a CPR/First Aide certification (for positions required to have a CPR/First Aide certification), a completed hiring packet and a successful background check (run by our HR team). All staff must complete courses in our online Learning Management Site (LMS), as well as attending orientations for your site so you can get to know the staff beforehand.
I didn’t get the position I applied for. Can I apply for another position or reapply next year?
Our positions are in high demand and fill quickly. Please do not be discouraged if the positions you wanted are filled or are no longer available. You may contact our HR team to see if there are other offerings that might fit your schedule or skill set, or apply next year for a similar role. For inquiries please email Hiring@dig.ma
Are Digital Media Academy employees independent contractors?
Our employees are not independent contractors. All summer staff are seasonal employees of Digital Media Academy which requires them complete a W-4 Federal tax form as well as any state tax forms for the states that they work in.
If I am hired by Digital Media Academy, can I get a discount for my children to take a course?
We believe our employees are our most valuable resource. We do offer a Friends and Family discount for summer employees.