Cinesite has added a technical effects position to its annual internship programme in a bid to plug a perceived skills shortage.

Cinesite managing director Antony Hunt said the industry is “severely lacking” young talented computer programmers.

He said: “With this new strand we’re aiming to attract graduates with science degrees and educate them on how they can build a career in this exciting world-class industry.”

The technical effects placement is aimed at those with an interest in writing shaders and programming for pipelines.

The visual effects position is targeted at people with an interest in digital matte painting, animation, lighting, texturing, modelling, FX and compositing.

Both placements are paid and will run for six weeks in the summer of 2012.