Computer graphic arts major Nick Leone of Washington Township
College is a place for new experiences, growing knowledge and evolving skills. For Nick Leone, a Rowan College at Gloucester County student majoring in Computer Graphic Arts —Interactive Media, college has provided recognition of his artistic talents and an exciting internship, not to mention national exposure.
Last fall, Leone's Computer Graphic Arts Electronic Illustration instructor encouraged students to submit entries for the National Shop Rite Fight Hunger poster contest. The Washington Township resident's artwork was one of 1500 submissions nationally, earning him a second-place win and a $1,000 cash prize.
"I was excited to see Nick's designs when he submitted them for grading," said Computer Graphic Arts Associate Professor Mary Malinconico. "I knew his designs were very strong and I encouraged him to submit them to the contest for consideration. I was not surprised when his design was selected as a finalist."
Not one to let grass grow under his feet, in the spring Leone enrolled in a Cooperative Education course, securing an internship with the Philadelphia Flyers. Working with the National Hockey League team, he labored to develop his graphic design skills under the guidance of Anthony Gioia, the team's senior director of game presentation.
"Working with the Philadelphia Flyers this past season was an amazing experience," said Leone. "It was unlike any other working environment I have come across. Like hockey, it is a fast-paced environment with pressure to improve."
While working in the office creating graphics for the Flyers' video board, Leone was never bored. The rapid tempo kept him constantly on the go. The design knowledge he amassed during his internship he knows will one day benefit his goal — a career in video gaming.
"There was never a dull moment. Being able to view different departments within the organization really helps to open your eyes into the world of sports, and potentially, see how you can fit in," said Leone.
"Nick was very dependable and able to take on more tasks, a valuable employee. He was really serious about his work," Gioia said. "Each semester the bar for interns is kind of reset. Nick set that bar higher for the next batch of students."
"The College's Cooperative Education Program offers a variety of positions in accounting/finance, computer graphic arts, marketing and other career fields including athletic internships, which provide students with an array of learning opportunities," noted Program Director Darlene Berger. "Students gain valuable work experience while also earning college credits."
"I feel as though the Flyers internship helped me to narrow my focus and really see what I want to do beyond my college education, and what may potentially become a career," said Leone.
Students interested in a co-op internship with an athletic team should visit teamworkonline.com and create an account. If selected to intern with an organization, the student may then apply for the Cooperative Education Program at
RCGC.edu/coop and complete the student application. For more information on the Cooperative Education Program, visit
Rowan College at Gloucester County's 250-acre campus is located on Tanyard Road in Deptford, just off Exit 56 of Route 55.