Archive for July, 2012

July 31st, 2012 by Magali Roman

3 Schools With Awesome
Interning Abroad Programs

Thanks to hundreds of enthusiastic Study Abroad offices flooding our university-issued Gmail accounts, it’s become a well-known fact that studying abroad can be one of the most important experiences of our college years. But what about those of us who want to get a little job experience as well as some sight-seeing under our belts? These Philly programs offer you the chance to do both.

 

Temple University: Satellite Campuses

Temple’s always been known as one of the most diverse campuses in Philadelphia, so it only makes sense that their study abroad programs would be phenomenal as well. With satellite campuses in Italy, Spain, and Japan, studying abroad is easier than ever. Their internship abroad programs depend on the campus, but usually include English companies with offices abroad. If you’re in the School of Communications and Theater, their internship program with production houses and media offices in London, England will have you heaving a sigh of relief that you changed your Philosophy major.

 

Moore College of Art: Travel Fellowships

One of the best art schools in the Philadelphia area (and conveniently located sorta near the art museum!), Moore has an impressive Travel Fellowship program for students who want to experience different cultures while also giving back to those host countries. These five competitive programs, three of which are designed for international travel, are funded and catered towards juniors who want to spend their summer before senior year expanding their artistic horizons. This includes everything from teaching art and design to learning and developing artistic techniques.

 

Saint Joseph’s University: Belgium Internship

St. Joe’s has countless study abroad opportunities but their most exciting one by far is their Belgium Internship Program. Thanks to a partnership between the university and the Louvain Institute for Ireland (not too shabby!), the program offers students internships with the European Parliament while studying abroad in Leuven, Belgium.  Working a minimum of 2 days a week, students intern with a member of Parliament, who picks them out individually after looking over their resumes, and must complete a research paper on a topic that is related to the issues relevant to the Office to which they are assigned. If you’re an International Studies, Economics, History, or Political Science major, this is a dream come true- it’s a great way to get an international view of how politics work.

 

None of these programs offered by your school? Countless opportunities are up for grabs if you’d rather search individually. These websites specialize in helping you find international internships in all kinds of countries.

 

Global Edge

Intern Abroad

Idealist

Intern.Study Abroad

European Internships

Cultural Vistas

Center for International Career Development

Monster.com – International Internships

 

You can contact Magali Roman at maga.roman@temple.edu.

July 30th, 2012 by Wesley Brown

Campus Newswire: Top 5

Here are this week’s top five news bites from our local colleges and universities:

Commencement Ceremonies Let Nothing Go To Waste

Anytime you have a group of people as large as the audience at a college commencement, conventional wisdom says that you’re going to generate a whole lot of garbage. Well, Millersville University tried to buck that trend this spring, and the result was an unmitigated success. By supplying plentiful recycling and composting options and enlisting “Green Guides” to help oversee the process, the University’s commencement ceremonies were 100% trash free.

Young Profs to explore Rowan University’s campus

Rowan University recently hosted its second annual Young Profs Exploration Camp, with the objective of integrating and stimulating young people with learning differences, who traditional education can sometimes leave behind. Throughout the week, the students engaged in non-traditional learning and projects.

Ready to Read in Camden: NEA Selects Rutgers–Camden for The Big Read, One of Two Sites in the City

If you find yourself in Camden this spring, make sure you’re nimble: there are going to be a lot of folks with their noses buried in their books. For the third straight year, Rutgers-Camden has been selected as a site for The Big Read by the National Endowment for the Arts. Come 2013, they’ll be reading Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya.

For some monkeys, cooperation can trump competition

We’ve all felt jealous at some point or another, but most of us probably haven’t gotten into a life-or-death struggle with the bro hitting on our girlfriend. That separates us from monkeys, who often throw down over mating rights, and researchers at UPenn are trying to understand this difference in behavior. They’ve found that sometimes, when gelada monkeys get over their jealousy, the result is better for the entire group.

Ursinus Cited in New Book on Higher Education

It’s always nice to have your work acknowledged, especially when it is being held up as an example to the rest of the country. Well, a nice thing just happened to Ursinus College; in Andrew Delbanco’s new book about the future of higher education in America, he praises the College’s Common Intellectual Experience seminars, a mandatory first-year course that lays the foundation for an Ursinus education.

 

You can contact Wesley Brown at wbrown3@villanova.edu.

July 30th, 2012 by Camille Padilla

Top 5 Upcoming Philly Events

Here are this week’s top five Campus Philly picks for events going on in Philly this week. For more events, visit the Campus Philly Events Calendar.

Monday Jazz Jam 

Price: FREE When? July 30, 5:30pm-7:00pm Where? World Cafe Live 

Hosted by Jeff Torchon (of Conjunto Philly), Monday Jazz Jam are the perfect way to enjoy an array of live jazz for free. The house band will start up the evening with two numbers and after that, any musician that signs up may perform with the band. Instrumentalists and vocalists are welcomed. So whether you want to enjoy some music or show off your skills on stage, there is no livelier way to start your week.

Summer Film Series: Dream Girls 

Price: $8 When? August 1, 7:00pm Where?  Suzanne Roberts Theatre

Cool off in the beautiful (and air conditioned) Suzanne Roberts Theatre. Come watch Dream Girls, the story of a trio of black female soul singers that go from just a group with talent to a crossover hit on the pop charts in the early 60s. Sing a long or simply get your mind blown away by Jennifer Hudson’s Grammy award winning version of “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”

Rittenhouse String Quartet @ John F. Collins Park

Price: FREE When? August 2, 12:00pm- 1:30pm Where? John F. Collins Park

Need to escape the city rush? Then come relax in the picturesque John F. Collins Park. This Thursday the Rittenhouse String Quartet  will be performing live around lunchtime. We believe that this is the perfect way to have a nice lunch and momentarily forget about the workload back in the office.

First Friday 

Price: FREE! When? August 3, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Where? Old City, Northern Liberties and Manayunk

Here it is ladies and gentleman, this summer’s last First Friday. Although this event is year-round, this is the last time to enjoy it on a warm summer night. You know the drill: explore over 40 art galleries, eat at any of Philadelphia’s astounding restaurants and see what the artistic street vendors have to offer.

Free First Sundays @ The Barnes 

Price: FREE When? August 5 Where? The Barnes Foundation

The Barnes Foundation is letting its visitors enjoy free admission every first Sunday of the month! Come explore the collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern art that Dr. Albert C. Barnes arranged in unique wall ensembles. With free admission there are no excuses— find out why art critics everywhere have come to terms with the Barnes move to Center City.

You can contact Camille Padilla at camiplati@gmail.com.

 

July 27th, 2012 by Wesley Brown

SREHUP: Local College Students Give Back

Photo © Taylor Cannon

Philadelphia-area schools have many service organizations that work with the sizable homeless population living in the city. One of these is SREHUP, the Student Run Emergency Housing Project of Philadelphia. SREHUP started at Villanova University as a group of 20 who hoped to find a way to help people experiencing homelessness. Since its foundation in 2011, it has grown to a group of at least 300 students, including students from a number of Philadelphia-area schools such as Penn, Drexel, Swarthmore and Temple. This year SREHUP, in partnership with organizations like Project HOME, Foyer of Philadelphia and Bethesda Project, successfully ran three homeless shelters in Philadelphia for the entire winter season, two men’s shelters and one exclusively serving LGBT youth, staffed by college volunteers.

I had the opportunity to speak with Jay Tighe, the Executive Director of SREHUP (who is also a personal friend of mine), and ask him a few questions:

Why does the organization feel that it’s important to specifically target LGBT youth? In what way is the experience at the LGBT unit different from the experience at the men’s units?
We initially began work on the LGBT unit because we were approached by Leigh Braden of Foyer of Philadelphia, an organization that specifically engages LGBT youth in Philadelphia. She asked for our help in opening an emergency housing unit for this population. We quickly found that our two missions were incredibly complementary and our partnership with Foyer of Philadelphia has been phenomenal. Because our volunteers and the population we are serving are generally of similar ages, we are able to come together in a really tangible way. We learn from one another, inspire one another, and support one another.

There’s persistent terminology, both when I’ve talked to you and on your website, where you refer to “people experiencing homelessness” instead of “homeless people.” Can you talk about the rationale behind “people first language?”
The problem with referring to someone as a “homeless person” is that it puts emphasis on his or her homelessness rather than his or her personhood. This mentality extends to the way that many people will easily walk past a person suffering on the streets, while they wouldn’t dream of ignoring the suffering of a coworker or any person in a non-homeless setting. It would be a disservice to our guests to identify them by their housing status instead of by their identity as individuals with strength, hope, wisdom, and aspirations. Furthermore, the vast majority of people experiencing homelessness only do so temporarily. Only about 10% experience long-term, or chronic, homelessness. To call people “homeless” can sometimes suggest that it is a part of who they are, instead of only a temporary condition they are experiencing.

What, if any, goals do you have for future expansion?

We have many goals for the future. This year we will only be working at two locations in order to offer better care to our guests. With this, we have plans to expand our work at these two units, with more targeted mentoring programs and more efficient assistance to our guests in achieving permanent housing. Additionally, we plan on focusing more of our energy and funds on advocacy. Our goal is not to ease homelessness, but to eradicate it, and ultimately it is advocacy that is going to yield the results we seek. On top of all of this, we now have our eyes set on long-term sustainability. As many of the founding members of SREHUP prepare to enter their senior year of undergraduate study, we are very carefully and consciously ensuring SREHUP’s continued success. We are working on becoming more financially sustainable and are also recruiting that next generation of leaders who will ultimately carry SREHUP into the future.

 

Last school year, Villanova hosted a benefit concert for SREHUP that raised both money to help their mission and awareness of SREHUP’s presence and mission. These efforts help raise SREHUP’s profile and will help them keep providing needed care to their guests. You can donate here, and find out about volunteer opportunities here.

 

 

You can contact Wesley Brown at wbrown3@villanova.edu.

July 26th, 2012 by Magali Roman

Top 5 Philly Career Postings

Here are this week’s top 5 career postings on campusphilly.org/careers: 

Campus Philly: Editorial Board Local News and Events Beat
Do you have a tight grip on everything going on around Philly, be it news, events, concerts, or things to do? Is the city of Philadelphia your personal backyard? Are you an extremely awesome individual? If so, intern with us and share with your fellow students everything there is to love about the city of brotherly love.

 

This stipend-providing internship will push you to truly impact the local nonprofit sector. You’ll build strategies for UWGPSN’s clients and earn some leadership skills, which, unlike stated in your college application essay, you will actually use in real life.

 

If you’re interested in non-profit management, this internship opportunity could give you the chance you’ve been looking for to see if you’ve got what it takes. You’ll assist the Assistant Director of Corporate Operations, taking on project management, internal communications like newsletters, and analysis. Plus, there’s a stipend!

 

The finance world isn’t going to consult itself. Well, it usually does, but you could change all that! If you’re looking for long-term employment with the opportunity for a management position within a year in the finance field, apply for for Lanvin & Associates, a rapidly growing financial services firm.

 

As the 7th largest mortgage lender in the nation, PHH Mortgage looks good enough for us. They’re looking for finance enthusiasts  strengthen their risk management team through reporting monitor risk, updating critical business reports, and performing in-depth analyses. Your technical and analytical skills will thank you for the exercise.

You can contact Magali Roman at maga.roman@temple.edu.

July 25th, 2012 by Camille Padilla

Night Market

Where can you find live music, arts & crafts and more than 60 food vendors all selling their goods for $5 or less? 3 Words: The Night Market.

Tracing its origins back to October 2010, this migrating market has been expanding ever since. Diana Iskolsky-Minkus, the Night Market Coordinator explains, “Our first event had 17 vendors: we had no idea what to expect. A few thousand people showed up and we were completely blown away that it was that popular. The vendors ran out of food and we knew we were onto something.”

Now, almost two years later the Night Market has over 60 street food vendors, art vendors and three stages!

Food trucks and vendors offer their plates for $5 or less. Every market features a different neighborhood in Philadelphia, occurring from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, allowing college students not familiar with the city to get a feel of  the various neighborhoods that Philly has to offer while simultaneously supporting local businesses.

This summer there was a Night Market in May at Northern Liberties and in June at Washington Avenue. The next one will be on August 16th in Mount Airy.

As Iskolsky-Minkus states, “It never seizes to amaze us the amount of people that come and everyone has a great time. Everybody is just here to eat and enjoy themselves and we really want to support the local business [and] the local community.”

Although it gets crowded, the Night Market is a very friendly environment. It’s one of the many  events occurring in the city that constantly remind us why Philly is the city of brotherly love.

You can contact Camille Padilla at camiplati@gmail.com.

 

July 24th, 2012 by Magali Roman

3 Tips for Being the Best Intern

Everyone knows that when it comes to interning, leaving a good impression is essential. And sure, having the basic skills of how to use a copy machine and make coffee basically comes in the job description without saying. But what about the things that make you stand out from your fellow interns? Here are three things you should keep in mind when heading off to the office.

 

1. Know when to ask questions.

Not knowing isn’t a crime- seriously, as stressful as interning can be, nobody really expects you to know the company in and out on your first week. Interning is supposed to be primarily a learning experience: asking questions is the best way of both showing your enthusiasm about whatever project you’re assigned and, um, getting your questions answered. The trick is knowing how and when to ask. Co-workers hanging out at the cubicle? Feel free to ask for tips. Boss heading into an emergency meeting? Probably not the best time. Play it by ear.

 

2. Feed everyone.

Trust us when we tell you that nothing spikes hunger to Cookie Monster levels like being shut up in a cubicle area for 8 hours every day. Running back from your lunch break with donuts for the office might just make you a deity amongst your co-workers. Hasn’t anybody ever told you that the way to  men’s hearts is through their stomachs?

 

3. BE NICE

We’re not saying you have to become the office lapdog (even though we’d never reject a sincere compliment) but we cannot stress this enough: this is one instance in which nice guys don’t finish last. Seriously, even if you have to show up to the office at 6am every day, do it with a smile on your face. Nobody forgets the happy intern, the one person who genuinely likes showing up for work. Your enthusiasm is what will propel you to work hard and stand out from the sea of dull co-workers. Mind that you don’t steer into over-enthusiastic mode- there’s a subtle difference between Nice Intern Mode and Creepy Fanatical Intern Mode.

 

You can contact Magali Roman at maga.roman@temple.edu.

July 23rd, 2012 by Wesley Brown

Campus Newswire: Top 5

Here are this week’s top five news bites from our local colleges and universities:

Penn plays role in Large Hadron Collider’s discovery of new particle

This year, the fireworks on the Fourth of July were celebrating more than just American independence. At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider discovered a particle thought to be the Higgs boson, nicknamed the “God Particle.” To understand what that means, you’ll have to talk to someone much smarter than us. We recommend the UPenn faculty and students who helped make the discovery possible.

Rowan students slam dunk new Unified Sports Club with Special Olympics athletes

The Special Olympics are more than just an athletic competition: they’re also a powerful advocacy initiative to integrate those with mental challenges into the larger community. At Rowan University, they’re taking that mission to heart with the Unified Sports Club, where Special Olympics athletes and Rowan students meet up to shoot hoops. In its inaugural season, 60 Rowan students and 28 athletes played in an 8-team basketball league.

High School Students to Sharpen Business Acumen at Rutgers-Camden BizEd Camp

75 high school students are going to have a very interesting answer to the question “What did you do on your summer vacation?” This summer, 50 rising seniors and 25 rising juniors are hunkering down at Rutgers-Camden for a two week introduction to the world of collegiate business classes. The program hopes to give these students a head start on entrepreneurship and basic business school curricula.

Alpha Office Supplies and Staples support Temple scholarships for North Philadelphia students

Temple University and its students have always been extremely proud of how deeply “Philadelphian” they are. The University has educated more Philadelphian students than any other university in the area, and a full quarter of their students are Philly born and raised. To help continue this tradition, Philly has received $250,000 from the Alpha Office Supplies and Staples Advantage to grant scholarship money to students from North Philadelphia.

The Best: Drexel Computer Science Design Team Claims World Championship at Microsoft Imagine Cup

Some people claim that playing around with video games will never get you anywhere (I’m looking at you, Mom). Well, the Drexel Dragons, Drexel University’s championship team at the Microsoft Imagine Cup, beg to differ. The team won the competition with “Math Dash,” a mobile game designed to teach math concepts in a fun, engaging way.

 

You can contact Wesley Brown at wbrown3@villanova.edu.

July 23rd, 2012 by Camille Padilla

Top 5 Upcoming Philly Events

Here are this week’s top five Campus Philly picks for events going on in Philly this week. For more events, visit the Campus Philly Events Calendar.

Delaware County Pro-Am Men’s Summer Basketball League

Price: FREE When? July 23, 7:00pm-9:00pm Where? Haverford College

Can’t wait for the basketball season to start? Neither can we. The  Delaware County Pro-Am Men’s Summer Basketball League is the perfect way to get ready for the season. This league includes about 15 players that are playing or played in the NBA such as, Hakim Warrick, Cuttino Mobley, Lavoy Allen and Kyle Lowry; players from Big 5 schools and recent high school grads. There are games every Sunday, Monday and Wednesday during the month of July. Sounds like a basketball lover’s dream come true to me.

Movie Night: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Price: FREE When? July 26, 8:20pm-10:20pm  Where? Schuylkill Banks by the Walnut St. Bridge

Have a nice summer picnic and watch an adaptation of Homer’s epic poem “The Odyssey”. Staring George Clooney, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a suspenseful but mostly comedic film that won’t disappoint you. Come early to participate in a free pre-movie raffle for products from Philadelphia Runner. Snacks and beverages, provided by Dranoff Properties’ Locust on the Park and Left Bank, will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Arts on South Presents: Fourth Friday

Price: FREE When? July 27, 5:00pm-8:00pm Where? South St.

Check out Philly’s new Friday tradition! Every fourth Friday of the month Arts on South hosts gallery receptions in South St. This month’s Fourth Friday includes a new CRED OnSite space, The Roots Mural Project and a show of Katrina Ohstrom‘s work at The Bikery! For more details about individual events go on the event’s Facebook page.

Philadelphia Dance Day

Price: Free before 6:00pm, $5 after When? July 28, 10:00am- 11:3pm  Where? Various Locations

Be part of the biggest dance party Philly has ever seen! Philadelphia Dance Day is a nonprofit festival featuring free workshops and live performances from some of the city’s best-known instructors. From Ballet to Salsa, from Hip-hop to Tango there is a dance workshop for every taste. Check out the workshop’s schedule for more details.

Sigur Rós at the Skyline Stage at The Mann

Price: $36 When? July 29, 8:00pm Where? Skyline Stage at The Mann

Check out Sigur Rós‘ first stateside performance since 2008! The concert will be held in the brand new Skyline Stage at the top of  the Mann Campus, which has unmatched skyline views. A combination of the band’s inventive sound and the scenic venue will make this one of the most captivating and unique summer concerts.

You can contact Camille Padilla at camiplati@gmail.com.

July 20th, 2012 by Wesley Brown

The Drexel Cooperative
Education Program

Ask any teacher the best way to teach a student how to do something, and they’ll say “Just have them do it!” There’s only so much you can learn about art by looking at paintings, or writing by reading great books, or architecture by poring over blueprints. Eventually, you’re going to need to draw a picture, or write a short story, or design a building, or you’ll be stuck in theory for the rest of your life.

At Drexel University, they take that message to heart. Every year, more than 4200 Drexel students participate in their Cooperative Education program, where students find, apply for and work at real jobs for three to six months during a particular semester. Drexel offers the choice of a five-year degree with three co-op experiences or a four-year degree with one co-op experience. Students taking part in the co-op engage in their own job search, learning key skills such as resume building and interview strategies. The jobs themselves are in major-specific fields, which means that students coming out of the co-op program are more marketable, having had more field-specific experience and boasting excellent references and recommendations.

The program, run by the Steinbright Career Development Center, stresses that a co-op experience is not an internship. Internships are generally shorter, unpaid and not academically required: sort of an interesting and useful diversion from your actual collegiate studies. Co-ops, on the other hand, are always paid, and a core part of Drexel’s academic vision. Drexel shows a refreshingly realistic take on the current job market and have posted an FAQ about how to find work in these difficult economic times.

Colleen McLaughlin, a Film/Video Production Major, will be in the co-op program from September of 2012 until March of 2013. She sees her experience with the co-op program as “just as much a learning experience as the classes we’ll take while we’re at Drexel. Co-Op isn’t your run-of-the-mill internship- it’s so much more than that. And it’s not just encouraged by my university, it’s integrated into it. The knowledge and understanding of my field that I’ll get while on Co-Op is invaluable.”

To learn more about Drexel’s Cooperative Education program, visit their website.

 

You can contact Wesley Brown at wbrown3@villanova.edu.