High Point University Senior Gina Figliozzi Enters the World of Entertainment at Marvel Internship
HIGH POINT, N.C., July 12, 2019 – High Point University rising senior Gina Figliozzi’s epic career goals include creating the concepts behind attractions and restaurants for America’s biggest entertainment brands, and she’s getting her start interning with Marvel Entertainment in New York City this summer.
A studio art major and communications minor from St. James, New York, Figliozzi is a digital comic intern in Marvel’s publishing department. Her primary responsibilities include formatting and redesigning digital copies of comics as the original comic books are digitized.
“My favorite project so far has been researching and finding comic book covers from comics that started as early as the 1940s,” says Figliozzi. “After finding the covers, I am tasked with the possible edits needed for quality, and if need be, the redesign of covers that can then be featured on Marvel platforms.”
One of the best qualities of her internship is that it’s very hands-on. Having grown up on Long Island, working in the city is exciting and has allowed Figliozzi to make key connections in the industry.
“Every day I’m involved in relevant tasks that actually contribute to the company and allow me to learn new techniques,” she says. “I’ve been able to meet talented staff and take part in fun events like comic book table readings and discussions with the authors and editors.”
Figliozzi says her mentors, HPU professors Mark Brown, Phil Watson and Scott Raynor, have encouraged her to trust her skills and step outside her comfort zone.
“HPU’s outlook of developing a growth mindset really has aided in boosting my confidence and has helped me become more of a go-getter by opening up my mind to all of the potential paths that exist beyond the four years of schooling,” she says.
When she applied for her internship, she met with Kellie McLeod in HPU’s Office of Career and Professional Development, who helped her practice techniques for interviewing and networking. She encourages other HPU students to prepare well using the resources available and then go for it.
“Get your name out there,” Figliozzi says. “Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for an informational interview. The more people see that you are eager to learn while not expecting a job offer right away, the more open they will be inhelping you get where you want to be.”
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