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The Fab(le) Five: Meet the Summer 2018 Interns!

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A new team of super-interns have assembled in Boston this summer, and they’re here to bring their powers to FableVision Studios! Our crew of caped creatives hail from all over the Northeast, and they each bring a unique set of powers and abilities to the studio. United by a shared love of Incredibles 2, these fearless FableInterns are now ready to share their secret identities with the world. Read on to learn more about their origins and backstories — so long as you promise that this information won’t fall into the wrong hands!

Like what you see? Head over to our internships page to learn more about FableVision’s internship program and how to apply today! 


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Antonia Januszewicz

Technical Intern

  • Hometown: Brighton, MA

  • Education: Winsor School ‘19

  • Favorite Subject: History

What’s your [hero’s] journey to FableVision story?
I was looking for an internship available for high school students, and Brian Grossman was looking for an intern. Our mutual friend put us in touch.

What superpowers do you hope to gain from your time at FableVision? 
Experience! I also hope to understand the intricacies of web development known as Javascript frameworks and AMFPHP. Of course, that can only happen once I figure out how to read the files for the current website — fingers crossed!

How do you unwind after a day of heroic feats at the studio? 
I read unofficial translations of Chinese light novels. I also watch Detective Conan and at some point hope to make it through all 906 episodes.

What character from The Incredibles are you and why? 
Violet, because I’m shy and tend to stick to the back of the group

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  • Favorite pasta: Angel hair

  • Dream theatrical role: King Azaz in The Phantom Tollbooth

  • Your super theme song: "Deszcz na betonie" by Taco Hemingway

  • Ideal Superpower: Probability manipulation. I need something to fix my horrible luck.

  • Television character you identify with: Kaito Kuroba from Detective Conan or Magic Kaito.

  • Your kryptonite: Really good books. If I get into one, I’m not coming out ‘til I finish it.


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Avital Dayanim

Marketing Intern

What’s your [hero’s] journey to FableVision story?
I am always looking for opportunities to merge my love of art, writing, and psychology, and a FableVision internship provided the perfect intersection. I was raised on PBS Kids and Fantasia 2000, and I’m constantly reminded of the power of stories — those which are presented to us, and those we construct ourselves. Companies like FableVision have the remarkable capacity to present stories to young audiences who, in turn, look to these stories in formulating their understanding of the world and how to interact with it, and I was so excited to play a part in that process.

What superpowers do you hope to gain from your time at FableVision?
I’m looking forward to learning the ins and outs of marketing, and to experiment with writing outside of an academic context; social media requires an entirely new level of concision and attention to audience. I’m also excited to learn more about the world of animation and improve my time management skills.

How do you unwind after a day of heroic feats at the studio?
I write poetry and do a lot of journaling/illustration. Sometimes I sing jazz standards with my dad and his band at obscure Bar Mitzvahs. Then we binge-watch Westworld.

What character from The Incredibles are you and why?
Probably Kari the babysitter because I’m perpetually overwhelmed.

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  • Favorite pasta: Bowtie

  • Dream theatrical role: Eponine in Les Misérables

  • Your super theme song: "Bravado" by Lorde

  • Ideal superpower: Ability to conjure dark chocolate in any setting

  • Television character you identify with: Elaine Benes from Seinfeld

  • Your kryptonite: Quality ink pens


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Derek Gieraltowski

Art Intern

  • Hometown: Prospect, PA

  • Education: Rochester Institute of Technology ‘19

  • Major: Animation

  • Portfolio: bit.ly/DerekGieraltowski

What’s your [hero’s] journey to FableVision story?
My friend Alyssa heard about the internship, and she encouraged me to apply! I applied last year and had an interview, but unfortunately didn’t get the position. I’m here now, though — never give up!

What superpowers do you hope to gain from your time at FableVision? 
I’m excited to work on a variety of different animated projects. One of the coolest things to me is that FableVision works on games and films, and I’m excited to explore aspects of both!

How do you unwind after a day of heroic feats at the studio?
I like to write songs, and I’m a mediocre (but competitive) Super Smash Bros. player. I’m also the music director of RIT’s all-male collegiate a cappella group, Eight Beat Measure. It requires a lot of time and effort, but it’s the most fun in the world!

What character from The Incredibles are you and why?
Jack-Jack, because I’m indecisive.

 

 

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  • Favorite pasta: Fettuccine

  • Dream theatrical role: SpongeBob in SpongeBob the Musical or Evan Hansen in Dear Evan Hansen

  • Your super theme song: "Shabadoobie" by Taku Inoue

  • Ideal superpower: Bringing inanimate objects to life, so I’ll never be lonely (my answer changes depending on when you ask).

  • Television character you identify with: Finn the Human from Adventure Time

  • Your kryptonite: Takeout


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Josh Artman

Marketing Intern

  • Hometown: Metuchen, NJ

  • Education: Boston College ‘19

  • Major: Communication

  • Portfolio: joshartman.net

What’s your [hero’s] journey to FableVision story? 
I first came across FableVision when I was researching media companies in Boston last year. As someone who grew up playing educational computer games (including the original Zoombinis!), I knew I had to apply for an internship. So I started reading the FableVision blog, followed (stalked?) the company on social media, and interviewed with Sarah Ditkoff and Mitul Daiyan in April. How’s that for a Logical Journey?

What superpowers do you hope to gain from your time at FableVision?
I’m really excited to be working in a media production studio. There’s so much creative energy here, and everyone is super talented and funny! I’m hoping it’ll all rub off on me and that I’ll gain some project management experience too.

How do you unwind after a day of heroic feats at the studio?
This summer I’m helping a friend record a podcast series, DJing at my campus radio station, and making comedy videos for the satire paper at BC. When not creating content, I like to watch movies and go on runs!

What character from The Incredibles are you and why? 
Frozone, because I too do not know where my super suit is.

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  • Favorite pasta: Tagliatelle

  • Dream theatrical role: The Black Knight in Spamalot

  • Your super theme song: "Funkytown" by Lipps Inc.

  • Ideal superpower: Super whistling! I can sort of whistle now but I’d love to really control soundwaves. Have no fear, Boston — the Whistler is here!

  • Television character that you identify with: Philip J. Fry from Futurama

  • Your kryptonite: Charley horses


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Sam Xu

Art Intern

  • Hometown: Belmont, MA

  • Education: Maryland Institute College of Art ‘19

  • Major: Illustration

  • Portfolio: samxuart.com

What’s your [hero’s] journey to FableVision story?
I’ve done a few simple animated illustrations on my own and I was super excited to learn more as an animation studio intern. My school’s career center put me in touch with Bob FlynnHannah O’Neal, and Keith Zoo here at FableVision, and I was able to visit the studio when I went home to Boston for winter break! As soon as I set foot in the studio, I absolutely fell in love with the environment and community here.

What superpowers do you hope to gain from your time at FableVision?
On top of learning the ropes of animating and designing for animation, I’m definitely looking forward to working with a team and seeing a collaborative project through from start to finish, gaining communication skills, and learning to work efficiently within professional timeframes!

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How do you unwind after a day of heroic feats at the studio?
When I’m not saving lives in the studio, I love to watch movies with friends, make incredibly specific Spotify playlists, and I still draw for fun! I also bike and walk my cat in the backyard when the weather is nice.

What character from The Incredibles are you and why?
Voyd, because I also trip over myself when I talk to women.

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FableVision’s Spring 2018 Interns Go for the Gold!

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This year’s spring interns are going for the gold! This group of old and new friends has already taken off down the slopes with their collaborative independent projects. Coming together over a love of food, books, and the cosmos, this semester’s projects are sure to wow you Chloe Kim style. Get to know these champion artists, marketers, and producers with their dream figure skating routines, gold medal winning bobsled teams, and FableVision journeys!

Head over to the internships page to learn more about FableVision’s internship program, and how to apply!


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MAGED HAMDY
Position: Production Intern
Hometown: Wellesley, MA
School & Major: Computer Science at Wentworth Institute of Technology

What brought you to FableVision?
I was looking over places to apply with a friend, and as soon as I read out FableVision he yelled, "Zoombinis!" I had never heard of FableVision or Zoombinis, but after seeing that the job would encompass my passion for media, games, and development, I applied immediately (and learned all about the adorable blue Zoombinis!).

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn in your position?  
I'm a production intern, but a game developer at heart, so seeing the tools and techniques of production in a studio is definitely the most exciting part and the most useful. All these are things I'm looking to start incorporating into my workflow and using to improve how I communicate with members of my team.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
I collect a LOT of stuffed animals (mostly game characters), but the one most near and dear to my heart is a stuffed Shy Guy from Mario. I'd definitely add one of them – they're adorable.

If you could pick three people from FableVision to join your bobsledding team for the Winter Olympics, who would you pick?
First off, bobsledding sounds terrifying. Second off, I'd take the rest of the intern crew – Allie, Lucia, Claire, and Sarah. If I have to go down the mountain at 90 mph on an unrestricted and potentially dangerous sled, I'm taking them all down with me.

What song would you pair your figure skating routine to?
A bass boosted nightcore dubstep remix of “Für Elise.”

What would you win a gold medal in?
Idling

Which Olympic athlete would you most want to meet?
Chloe Kim just did two 1080s back to back, so it'd be cool to meet her.


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ALLIE CATON
Position:
Marketing Intern
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
School & Major: Communications at Boston University

What brought you to FableVision?
I discovered FableVision last summer and decided then that I needed to get involved in whatever way I could. I reached out to Sarah and Mitul at the beginning of the school year to chat about FableVision and the roles that they play here, and fell even more in love with everything FableVision. My meeting with them further solidified that I wanted to apply for the marketing internship, and here I am!

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn in your position?  
I’m most excited to be in such a creative environment! I love art and drawing, so it’s amazing to be surrounded by so many creators all the time! I’m hoping to really hone my writing and marketing skills for the creative industry, and get to flex my artistic muscles here and there.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
My plushie of Nook from Animal Crossing because I hope to be a money mogul like him someday.

If you could pick three people from FableVision to join your bobsledding team for the Winter Olympics, who would you pick?
Definitely Mitul because the air would streamline right over her head and help us go faster. I hear Mikaela is good at puns, so she would be a good one to recruit to come up with a killer team name. And finally, Sam B. because she is running in the Boston Marathon and that’s the type of athleticism I want on my gold-medal-winning bobsled team.

What song would you pair your figure skating routine to?
Any Ariana Grande song or a mashup of all of them.

What would you win a gold medal in?
Watching Tiny House Hunters instead of the Olympics.

Which Olympic athlete would you most want to meet?
Chloe Kim!


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MAGGIE MAROTTA
Position:
Art Intern
Hometown: White Plains, NY
School and Major: Animation at Massachusetts College of Art and Design

What brought you to FableVision?
I came to FableVision because I want to create media and content for kids!

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn in your position?  
I'm most excited to work with other people. While I'm here, I want to improve my proficiency in Adobe Animate.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
A Transformers toy!

If you could pick three people from FableVision to join your bobsledding team for the Winter Olympics, who would you pick?
If I had a bobsled team I would recruit Mitul, Hannah, and Christina.  

What song would you pair your figure skating routine to?
I would skate to "Golden Dandelions" by Barns Courtney.

What would you win a gold medal in?
I would probably win a gold medal in sleeping.

Which Olympic athlete would you most want to meet?
I most want to meet Gabby Douglas.


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SARAH NIKA
Position:
Art Intern
Hometown: Springfield, IL
School & Major: Animation at Massachusetts College of Art and Design

What brought you to FableVision?
I heard about the studio from one of my professors, so I decided to check it out. Since there aren’t too many narrative/character based animation studios in the Boston area, it definitely peaked my interest. When I saw they had an internship program, I immediately applied!

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn in your position?  
I’m really excited to work on the independent intern project. Now that I’ve learned a bit about how the studio goes about animating characters, I feel more confident and excited to put it into practice. I’m looking forward to learning more about how FableVision brings its characters and stories to life!

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
There absolutely needs to be more Avatar: The Last Airbender merchandise on the Wall of Inspiration. That show is what brought me to this career path, and it’s an amazing reference and inspiration for any artist.

If you could pick three people from FableVision to join your bobsledding team for the Winter Olympics, who would you pick?
Of the people I’ve gotten to know so far from FableVision, I’d have to choose Hannah, Christina, and Keith. I feel like they collectively have enough energy to make a 10/10 bobsled team.

What song would you pair your figure skating routine to?
I would figure skate to Lily Allen’s cover of “Somewhere Only We Know,” only because it is soft, sweet, and makes me cry every time I listen to it. Although in hindsight, that may be an issue on the rink…

What would you win a gold medal in?
If I was actually an Olympic competitor, I’d probably do best at speed skating. I love moving at high speeds – or working fast at anything – so getting to fly around a rink all speedy would be…ideal.

Which Olympic athlete would you most want to meet?
I would want to meet Mirai Nagasu because seeing her land a triple axel during her ice skating routine was incredible. I am proud and happy for her.


LUCIA BERLINER
Position:
Production Intern
Hometown: New Hamburg, NY
School & Major: Master of Education at Harvard Graduate School of Education

What brought you to FableVision?
Sam B.'s fiancé (now husband)! I had a class with him and when he heard that I wanted to get into educational media he told me all about Sam and the wonderful place that is FableVision.

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn in your position?  
I love everything! Overall, I'm really enjoying seeing the way that educational goals and genuinely awesome media products intersect. Balancing these two priorities is a true art form. I'm thrilled to see it in action and to better understand how both sides communicate and come to agreement.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
This.

If you could pick three people from FableVision to join your bobsledding team for the Winter Olympics, who would you pick?
Maged (for the hilarious commentary on the way down the hill), Sam B. (so we can be the stylish bobsled team), and Mitul (because she would obviously bring treats to throw to the adoring fans).

What song would you pair your figure skating routine to?
“Ice Ice Baby”...duh.

What would you win a gold medal in?
Best snowboard wipe out.

Which Olympic athlete would you most want to meet?
Michelle Kwan! I made a Michelle Kwan figure skating board game when I was eight and she obviously needs to know it exists. Rule number 1: Michelle always wins.


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CLAIRE NATARO
Position:
Marketing Intern
Hometown: White Plains, NY
School & Major: Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University

What brought you to FableVision?
I first heard about FableVision from one of my professors at Tufts, in a class about children and mass media. As a Child Development major, I’ve always had an interest in kids and education, and as I read every inch of FableVision’s website while writing my application, I was captivated by how FableVision engages with educational content in new and innovative ways.

What part of your job are you most excited about and what do you hope to learn in your position?  
I’m really excited to learn more about the ins and outs of marketing and maintaining social media pages. I’ve always loved to write, so I’m glad this position offers me the opportunity to write like crazy – whether it be 280 characters for a tweet or a full page for a blog post.

If you could add something to the Wall of Inspiration, what would you add?
The puzzle card game Set! A go-to on family game night when I was growing up.

If you could pick three people from FableVision to join your bobsledding team for the Winter Olympics, who would you pick?
Sarah, Mitul, and Allie. Marketing team = best team.

What song would you pair your figure skating routine to?
I listened to Lorde’s album Melodrama on repeat for about two weeks straight when it was released last year, so I have to go with “Liability” from that album.

What would you win a gold medal in?
I could definitely make the podium if there was a competition for saving really yummy recipes on Pinterest and then never ever making them.

Which Olympic athlete would you most want to meet?
From this Olympics I would love to meet US figure skater Adam Rippon – the first openly gay American winter Olympian. Rippon stood up for the LGBT community and authored my current favorite tweet.

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Meet FableVision's Fall 2016 Interns!

FableVision Studios' Fall 2016 interns. From left: Adam Reed, Jen Sanchez, and Tessa Berliner. 

A new school year at Hogwarts (or, uh, FableVision Studios) means a fresh batch of interns, and the fall 2016 interns are nothing to sneeze at. These FableFirst Years may come from opposite coasts (with a quick pitstop in the Midwest), but they’re joining forces to bring a new culture — and a whole lot of food — to FableVision Studios. Despite some major identity crises caused by the updated Pottermore Hogwarts sorting hat quiz, these three have proved that they’ve got pretty magical abilities in the studio. After only a month, they’ve spiced things up with gummy bears, empanadas, an exclusive cookbook (more on that later), and just a dash of magic.

FableVisionaries, wizards, and friends alike, get ready to fall for this semester’s FableVision interns!


Tessa Berliner, Marketing Intern

Education
Northeastern University ‘17: Journalism with a double minor in CS & Game Design

Hometown    
Palos Verdes Estates, CA

Expected Hogwarts House
Gryffindor

Sorted Hogwarts House
Hufflepuff

Quidditch Position        
Seeker                

Favorite Food            
Pancakes            

Favorite Dog
Pug

Why do you consider yourself a Gryffindor?
I like to look at the pros and the cons of the Hogwarts houses a lot, especially the ones usually considered “perfect.” I can be incredibly stubborn but I’ve also found that I fit best in leadership positions. I can be a bit of an idealist but I also have a habit of looking at the world in black and white rather than with theoretical grey areas. I also definitely subscribe to the “Gryffindor is best” way of thinking, which is 100% just a Gryffindor belief.

What's your favorite Harry Potter book and movie?
Favorite book is Prisoner of Azkaban because it introduces Sirius Black and Remus Lupin. Favorite movie is Sorcerer’s Stone because of all of the nostalgia it carries with it.

How does being a Gryffindor affect the way you work?
I have a tendency to take the lead on group projects or in student groups — I even directed a musical last fall — though that doesn’t mean I don’t take advice from others. Harry would’ve gotten nowhere if he didn’t have Hermione’s research and logic and Ron’s understanding of the wizarding world! I also think that the Gryffindor sense of right and wrong binds me to the timeframes, schedules, and deadlines I perpetually set for myself. Who knows what would happen if I didn’t follow them? (I do. It’s not pretty.)

Favorite Harry Potter quote?
“One can never have enough socks.” ― Albus Dumbledore

What do you hope to gain from your time at FableVision?
I’m honestly just excited to be surrounded by so many creative, multi-faceted people. When I work on games teams in school I usually wear a few different hats myself as director, producer, designer, and writer. I’m hoping to learn from interdisciplinary professionals here at FableVision and figure out not only what makes them tick but also what about their positions makes them happy.


Adam Reed, Art Intern

Education
University of Saint Francis ‘18: Animation

Hometown            
Noblesville, IN            

Expected Hogwarts House
Hufflepuff       

Sorted Hogwarts House
Slytherin

Quidditch Position
Chaser

Favorite Food            
Chocolate milk and blueberries    

Favorite Dog
Lab or Boston Terrier

Why do you consider yourself a Hufflepuff?
I feel like I'm a Hufflepuff because I value patience, working hard, and being a nice person, above all else. I think the whole ambition aspect of Slytherin is what got me sorted in there, haha.

What's your favorite Harry Potter book and movie?
My favorite book is Deathly Hallows but my favorite movie is Sorcerer's Stone.

How does being a Hufflepuff affect the way you work?
A Hufflepuff works hard and values patience. You need both of those things as an artist, so I try my best to use those two traits when it comes to my mindset towards art. Hufflepuffs are also known for being friendly and welcoming, I feel like my drawing style illustrates that because it's fun and silly.

Favorite Harry Potter quote?
“You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” ― Ginny Weasley

What do you hope to gain from your time at FableVision?
During my time at FableVision I want to learn what it's like to work in a studio environment because it's something I've never been able to experience. More than anything though, I just want to grow as an artist/animator and be a sponge so I can soak up all the knowledge I can during my time here.


Jen Sanchez, Art Intern

Education
Savannah College of Art and Design ‘17: Animation

Hometown            
Peabody, MA        

Expected Hogwarts House
Hufflepuff    

Sorted Hogwarts House
Ravenclaw

Quidditch Position
In the stands

Favorite Food            
Burrito bowls            

Favorite Dog
My dogs!

Why do you consider yourself a Hufflepuff?
I consider myself to be loyal, a little shy, and a diligent and hard worker. That and I have an affinity for food, sweets in particular.

What's your favorite Harry Potter book and movie?
My favorite would have to be Goblet of Fire.

How does being a Ravenclaw affect the way you work?
Despite my initial doubts, I actually find it quite fitting. I’m very hardworking, analytical, and practical when it comes to my work. I typically like to research and find references for things that I draw/ animate before actually getting started. I also have pretty nerdy interests such as studying anatomy and learning about ancient civilizations. (Minoan Crete in particular.)

Favorite Harry Potter quote?
“I am what I am, an’ I’m not ashamed. ‘Never be ashamed,’ my ol’ dad used ter say, ‘there’s some who’ll hold it against you, but they’re not worth botherin’ with.” ― Rubeus Hagrid

What do you hope to gain from your time at FableVision?
What I had hoped to gain during my time at FableVision is the experience of what it’s like to work in a professional studio environment. FableVision has not only reached my expectations, but exceeded them as well. During the short time I’ve spent at FableVision, I’ve already learned far more than I ever imagined I would. I’ve learned how to properly collaborate with the other interns and pitch a project. I’ve learned new things about software I thought I was proficient in. I’ve even been exposed to new and upcoming artists that have already started impacting the way I think about art. I’ve already learned so much from the FableVision staff and I simply can’t wait to see what else they have to teach me.


Interested in interning at FableVision Studios? Learn more and apply on our website!

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A Week Behind the Scenes: A #FableTours Recap

What an awesome week! Thanks for tuning in on Instagram each day to meet Hannah, Matt, Michael, Sarah, and Leigh from FableVision Studios. I had a lot of fun filming and planning the #FableTours videos, and I hope you had fun watching them!

My independent project started out as an idea to make a video about what it’s like to work in the studio. After brainstorming with Sarah, FableVision’s head of marketing and my supervisor here, we decided that FableVision’s behind-the-scenes-focused Instagram would be the best medium for a project like this, and since the videos on Instagram are so short, it should be a series of videos. And so, #FableTours was born!

The aim of the #FableTours series is to give you a sense of the studio, the atmosphere here, and the people that make FableVision so amazing. I loved the challenge of Instagram, from the aspect ratio to the time limitation of just 15 seconds. I had to ask myself, how can I tell a story in such a short amount of time? How can I condense a whole day to a matter of seconds? I hope you’ll find that these videos offer a glimpse of what it’s like to be a producer, an artist, a developer, a director, and a marketing team member here at FableVision.

If you missed some of the videos, now’s your chance to binge watch the whole series -- but don’t worry, each video is only 15 seconds long.

This internship has been an amazing experience, I’m truly grateful for the opportunity. I know that I will be using the skills that I’ve garnered at FableVision when I go on to pursue my own career.

Interested in being an intern at FableVision Studios? Check out their listing here and apply!


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Karina Kolb is currently a marketing intern at FableVision Studios, and is pursuing her Masters of Education in Technology, Innovation, and Education degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Originally from Florida, she has a Bachelors of English, Film, and Media from the University of Florida

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