NickToons UK, a Nickelodeon channel dedicated to cartoons, is offering animation students the chance to win an internship and see their work broadcast. The competition, 'Make Me a NickToons Animator', is organized in conjunction with Skillset (the government's body for developing creative industries).

To enter, students must submit an idea for a funny 30-second animated short. Up to 80 will be selected to enter a professional pitching and treatment process at Nickelodeon UK that will take them through the key stages of animation development to final delivery and broadcast on NickToons.

Five winning animations will each get a professional audio mix, and the overall winner will get the chance to work alongside Nickelodeon's talented production team at its London headquarters in a paid internship. During their summer break, the winner will spend one month working with Nickelodeon UK's channel manager, producers, editors, animators, graphic designers and commissioning team.

Peter Drake, Nickelodeon UK's creative director, says: "We’re absolutely thrilled to be launching the first ever ‘Make Me a NickToons Animator with Skillset’. The winner will be trained and developed into an industry best; getting to work alongside a creative super force of producers and animators from around the globe in a professional and unrivalled environment.”

“This is a huge opening for every aspiring animator and a fantastic opportunity for us to work with the new wave of UK talent - we can’t wait to watch the entries,” adds Tracey Cleland, NickToons' creative manager.

”We are thrilled that Nickelodeon are so committed to supporting UK students in their development. ‘Make Me a NickToons Animator’ represents a stunning opportunity for undergraduate animators to get real experience of the animation industry. For the winner and runners up, the potential of adding real broadcast credits to their CV’s and showreels is one not to be missed. Skillset’s accredited courses represent the best new animation talent the UK has to offer so naturally, we’re very confident that they will come up with something that the team at Nicktoons will like,” says Chris Chilton, Computer Games and Animation Manager at Skillset.

The competition, which launched on April 7, is open to students on Skillset accredited animation courses at seven of the UK's leading animation and television production universities: Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication; Arts Institute Bournemouth; University for the Creative Arts, Farnham; Bournemouth University; Glamorgan University; University of Wales, Newport and the University of Teesside.

The first round of pitching takes place on May 6 and 7, full treatment presentations are on June 12 and 13, the deadline for final entries is July 21, and winners are announced on August 4. The internship is currently scheduled for September 1.