Top 5 Career Postings

Technically Media: Technical.ly Business intern

This internship, starting in mid-July, is perfect for those looking for a business internship with a growing start-up online journalism company. They’re looking for someone who has an interest in business development, event organization, membership coordination and technology. You’d be a perfect fit if you’re currently seeking a bachelor’s degree in business, marketing, event planning, or journalism. This internship job is for credit and will require you to be in their University City office one or two days a week. The deadline to apply for this Technically Media internship  is July 12th.

City Year Greater Philadelphia: AmeriCorps Member

Help support students through a nonprofit organization by volunteering with City Year, an education focused, nonprofit organization that unites young people of all backgrounds. You’ll be working help keep students in school and on track for graduation. You’ll do this by serving full-time as tutors, mentors and role models to help students succeed.

The Franklin Institute Science Museum: Creative Services Intern

If you love science and the Franklin Institute, consider applying for their Creative Services internship. They’re looking for someone with  great communication, inter-personal, and organizational skills who has an interest in museums and non-profit business. You’ll be an even better fit if you’ve got some marketing experience and 1-2 years of  college under your belt. Land this job and you’ll be researching & identifying potential customers and calling and writing letters to potential, current, and past clients as well as other tasks.

The National Constitution Center: Junior Systems Administrator

This full-time job opportunity is part of the IT and and Operations staff at the National Constitutional Center. Apply if you’ve got experience in IT as you’ll serve as break/fix for administrative, infrastructural and exhibit-related technologies. This job will also have you participating in systems planning, deployments and management of IT infrastructure, network and server hardware and applications. This Junior Systems Administrative position will be required to ensure high availability of network, e-mail services, and Internet service and client/server applications.

Devon Financial Partners: Financial Representative

Looking for a job in insurance? Then this job with Devon Financial Partners, a protection first wealth management firm located in Wayne, PA, might be a good fit for you. This job will require you to provide sound financial recommendations to help clients prepare for life’s unexpected events. Contact them for more information about this job opportunity if you’re a good fit.

 

Check back with Campus Philly every week for the Top 5 Career Postings!

A New Wave Hits The Waterfront

Philadelphia has had the same face for a long time. Once upon a time the capital of the country, the city is now more than that; it’s thriving and alive beneath an austere exterior. Thanks to many visionaries, this city is getting a major face lift. Starting with a new Delaware River Waterfront project that caters to its youth with free events, concert series, and an all summer long free-for-all.

The Master Plan

Transforming Philly’s waterfront has been in the works, and according to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC), in 2009 the project really hit the ground running thanks from the William Penn Foundation. Fast-forward to 2013, after several years of hard work remodeling the beloved hang out spot, and we have a space that is open, functional, and designed to attract residents and students of all ages.

The goal of the Master Plan essentially is to rebuild a six-mile length of the community that breathes and breeds a positive perception of the city. The waterfront has always been a “treasured public amenity” but now it gets to feel like home. For students who just want a place that excites them and their friends. For families who want to enjoy their time together in a safe and inviting environment. And even for passer-by’s, that have yet to delve into what the rest of Philly has to offer.

The Redesign

South Wetlands Park

Between Washington Avenue and Pier 70 Boulevard, there will be tons more green built into the layout of the park in which people will be able to  cross through the wetlands with walkways and open spaces that sit right on the water.

Pier 53

The Washington Ave. Green at Pier 53 is getting a make-over into the new and improved green-space pier that overlooks the river close enough to touch it.

Connectors

There will be new pathways designed with public art and cool lighting to connect previously difficult places for pedestrians and bikers to get to. Not to mention the city’s brand new Delaware River bike trail that just opened last week.

Penn’s Landing Park

The Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing is expected to become a gigantic park in the near future, essentially an eight-acre field that extends down to the water, allowing for a clear view of the water.                      

Cool Upcoming Events

Peace on the Streets Jams

One of the initiatives of the DRWC has been to team of with the local Power 99 radio, hip-hop and spoken word artists, and community speakers to provide a fun summer concert series that works against violence on the streets of the city. So come out June 27, 3pm -8pm, to Penn’s Landing for a party with a purpose.

Super Scooper All You Can Eat Ice Cream Festival

In efforts to support the Joshua Kahan Fund’s fight against pediatric leukemia, the super delicious annual fund-raiser is being held at Penn’s Landing on June 29-30, from 12pm -6pm. There’s no way to pass up this opportunity to stuff your face full of hundreds of kinds of ice cream for a cause.

Fourth of July Bash

Everyone knows that Philly, virtually the birthplace of America, loves to celebrate the fourth of July with the best parties, parades, and concerts. The DRWC will be hosting two huge events during the upcoming Wawa Welcome America! week-long festival. First, on July 2 at 8pm will be the Philadelphia Orchestra Free Concert, also at Penn’s Landing. After which will be a huge display of fireworks into the night sky. Then, on July 6 at 8pm, there will be another free concert sponsored by the Adventure Aquarium Waterfront Spectacular featuring stellar R&B artist Marsha Ambrosius, along with Philadelphia’s largest fireworks display ever. And as if that’s not enough, the Taste of Philadelphia weekend long event starts on July 5, 12pm at Penn’s Landing.

 

It’s a movement away from what the city has simply always ‘been’ or has been seen as. A chance to take off our mask that is mostly really good cheese-steaks and intense sports fans. Besides, a little more green never hurt.

 

 

Top 5 Philly Events

Let’s hit it Philly! Upcoming events this June include music, concerts, and so much more…

1. The Rainbow Crow: Tribute to Jef Lee Johnson

When: Wed., June 26th, 7pm Where: Underground Arts, 1200 Callowhill St Price: $10

This soulful tribute goes out to Jef Lee Johnson local legendary Philly guitarist who recently passed away, but whose music continues to thrive throughout the city. He is most commonly known for his position in the group Soultronics, playing with prolific bands such as the Roots, and hot collaborations with artists like Common and Erukah Badu. 21+

2. Philly On the Rocks Cocktail Competition

When: Thurs., June 27, 6-8pm Where: SugarHouse Casino, 1001 N Delaware Ave Price: $25

Back by popular demand, Philly Mag’s cocktail competition is getting a new spin with 20 of the city’s most delicious and inventive cocktails, all served to you in the ideal summer outdoor waterfront location. You be the judge of the hottest new drink while enjoying free food and music! This event is 21+

3. Pixar in Concert- with Fireworks

When: Thu, June 27, 8pm – 10pm Where: The Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave Price: Prices starting at $15

From the Toy Story trilogy to The Incredibles to Finding Nemo and Up, Pixar has forever impacted film-making and given audiences of all ages some of the most beloved characters in cinematic history. Now, the Mann and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra present Pixar in Concert, with visually stunning clips and memorable scores from each of Pixar’s movies. Bring the kids!

4. Art After 5 @ The Philadelphia Museum of Art

When: Fri., June 28, 5:45–8:45pm Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy Price: $23.50

Think that art is the only thing the museum has to offer—think again! Friday night the coolest cocktail party is in full swing, so you can enjoy the extensive galleries and great drinks. 21+

5. Wawa Hoagie Day for Welcome America! 2013

When: Tue., July 2, 12pm – 2pm Where: Independence Visitor Center Lawn, Market Street between 5th & 6th Streets Price: FREE

Save the Date, The Biggest Fourth of July celebration continues with Wawa Hoagie Day, where hoagie lovers get to enjoy 4.5 tons worth of hoagies will be served for free to thousands! It’s going to be awesome.

 

You can contact Ariama for more info at Longa@chc.edu

Campus Philly #OppFair Recap

If you missed Campus Philly’s Opportunity Fair last week, you missed out on your chance to talk to over 5o businesses and 20 grad schools at one convenient location: University of Pennsylvania’s Houston Hall. You also missed out on my favorite part of the fair: the quick info sessions scheduled throughout the day offering recent grads information on all sorts of career-related topics. Here’s a summary of the tips I found most useful throughout the day:

“Top Tips for a Successful Graduate School Application”  Penn Career Services

  • Clarify your goals and define why you want to go to grad school and decide if it really is the right decision. Will getting the degree really make you more marketable or make you more money? Sometimes you need more job experience, not another degree to attain these things.
  • Determine what program best fits your needs based on the type of job you want and where you want to be located. The top grad school according to US News & World Report Rankings isn’t always the best school for you.
  • Speak to someone currently enrolled in the program. They’ll be the most honest with you.
  • Give the people you choose to write your letters of recommendation at least a month and follow up politely.
  • See if you can apply before taking prerequisite courses. It’ll save you time and money.
  • Write a fabulous statement of purpose. Proofread it. Focus on experience and goals, not your love of the subject.

 

Ikea Life Improvement Seminar

  • Use textiles to decorate on a budget instead of paint, which is great while renting. 
  • Bedding and rugs can spice up an otherwise plain apartment.
  • Buy storage bins to help organize; bins that can fit under your bed are especially helpful.
  • Buy a good, multi-piece cookware set so you have all the essentials and can cook for yourself.

 

“Marketing Your Personal Brand” with Gloria Lozano of Deloitte

  • Frame your experiences on your resume, don’t list everything. Show the experiences that fit the job you are applying for.
  • READ the job description, don’t just skim it. Research the company.
  • Focus on what’s important: high school accomplishments shouldn’t be on your resume by junior year.
  • Market yourself. Be honest but not modest.
  • Keep your resume to one page.
  • Prepare yourself by putting yourself in the reviewer’s shoes. Be legible, clear and concise.
  • Send a brief thank-you note. Don’t write a novel, but don’t copy and paste a generic response either.

 

“Using LinkedIn to Enhance Your Job Search”

  • Don’t pay for premium services. It’s not worth it.
  • Fill out your profile if you have one. Have a friendly and professional picture too.
  • Personalize your URL so you can add it to your resume.
  • Move sections around so that it best paints a picture of you, but leave your summary at the top. Think of it as your “elevator pitch.”
  • Personalize your invitation when connecting with someone, letting them know why you are doing it.
  • Use the “Find Alumni” tool to find out where alumni are living and working.
  • Go for quality over quantity when adding connections.

 

“How Volunteering Can Jump-start Your Career” with Mike Kaiser of Generocity.org

  • Volunteering is not just planting trees. There is skill-based volunteering as well. Organizations need these skills.
  • Trying new skills at a volunteer position helps you explore new career paths and allows you to have creative control.
  • Treat volunteering opportunities as a job.
  • Volunteering can give you the skills you need that you can’t get anywhere else and can help you advance in the career world.
  • Volunteering is great for building relationships and socializing.
  • Use #ownphl to tweet about how you are helping Philadelphia.

 

Keep coming back to Campus Philly for more great career and job tips this summer–this week’s Top Five Careers (published every week) will be up soon!

Top 5 Career Postings

Campus Philly: Part Time Junior Graphic Designer

This part-time position with Campus Philly is perfect for those who’ve graduated with an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in graphic design and have experience in graphic design through an internship or employment. This position will have you working closely with the Creative Director on projects including campaign execution, layout, advertisements; brochures and one-sheets in print as well campusphilly.org updates, e-blasts, banners, and more on the web.

Aversa PR & Events: Social Media and PR Intern

Get a jump start on this upcoming school year by applying for this winter/spring internship with Aversa PR & Events. Secure this internship and you’ll be helping promote some of the biggest names in the city such as  Diner en Blanc Philadelphia, Fly School Circus Arts, East Passyunk Avenue, Smokin’ Betty’s and more. Someone who is creative, detailed-orientated with experience in social media, public relations and event planning would be the star candidate for this internship.

Mobile Leads (MLeads): Business Development Intern

If you’ve got experience in business development and the IT Software industry, then this internship for academic credit with MLeadsmay be just the thing for you. The top qualified candidates will be senior level students pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Information Technology or Sales/Marketing areas. Land this internship and you’ll get the opportunity to help develop a growing a user base and increase the sales for the company with a very innovative cloud based mobile product to automate business development activities for any organization.

Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce: IT Tech I

GPCC is looking for an IT Tech I who can analyze, plan, design, install, and maintain their predominantly Microsoft Windows based client environment. This hourly position with benefits will also require you to provide a/v support both in-house for our business and visiting businesses as well as off-site events around the metropolitan area.

CoLabination: Financial Analyst

If you’re looking for real-life financial experience, this semester or yearlong internship with CoLabination may be just the the thing for you. At this early-stage start-up you’ll gain experience as you work side by side with the CFO and also take the lead on your own projects. You’ll also play a key role in the development of CoLabination’s financial strategy while forecasting and reporting performance metrics, analyzing financial models, and creating budgets across different departments within the company.

 

Didn’t find what you were looking for? Check out our Opportunity Fair, tomorrow, Thursday, June 20th from 12pm-3pm at UPenn! In addition to 50 employers, there will also be 21 different graduate schools in attendance. Want more? Okay, there will be a few info sessions, too! Register for free now:  campusphilly.org/opportunity2013

 

What’s The WORD: Saul Williams

“I

 want to see your faces,” he said as he hopped off the stage, out of the spotlight, and into the anxious audience. What’s he doing? We all thought as we all held our breath, waiting for the show we expected to see. The awkward silence was shattered by the sudden smile as Saul Williams broke into a poem while walking down center aisle.

The beauty of spoken word as an art form is that the unexpected can always happen. Here it was, literally at our tables, a booming voice that seemed to emanate from the shadows. Williams announced that he had decided on a new format for his “fake show,” that evening.  We all were on the same level reliving each poem and memory with the artist as he recreated his famous poems, like Black Stacey or Said the Shotgun to the Head, and free-styled the rest of his material.

Poetry is honey. Or according to Saul, “a content that doesn’t work on YouTube,” and no longer belongs to just professors and Shakespearean experts.  Spoken word has taken this powerfully malleable sap and adopted it to the stage.  For those unfamiliar with the “rebirth of poetry,” what has been created is a free verse and often explicit arena that encompasses lyrical, theatrical, and musical expression.

Spoken word is full of frenzied passion and it’s unmistakable artistic talents that are buzzing like bees out of the Philadelphian honeycomb.  And, astounding poet, actor, activist, and musician, Saul Williams recently performed in the Philly beehive circuits at the World Café Live.

“That one poem made me want to discover what the moonlight looks like in Senegal [laughs],” commented audience member, a rare sort, and also first-timer, Erin Gore, 21, on her connection to Williams’ poetry.

Uncomfortable with limiting labels, Williams openly claimed that he is an artist and an emcee hijacked by hip hop and compulsively drawn to the truth in poetry. His countless soul-wrenching albums, movies, and spoken word mix-tapes are a testament to that. Williams launched his career as a major, heavy hitter in the spoken word scene when he first won Nuyorican Grand Slam Champion and an award-winning performance in the Sundance Film Festival favorite Slam in the mid-90’s. Currently, after a relaxing stint in Paris, he is back on a tour across the U.S. Promoting an informal interaction with the audience, as opposed to a straight delivery of poetry, his “fake show”  is compellingly different.

Spoken word’s forum leaves poetry open to interpretation without restrictions on content, language, or performance. The concept of freedom attracts all ages to this art, but especially students and graduates, who have something meaningful to say. Khiry Worrell, 21, a free-lance photographer and student present at the show, admitted that he had never been to a poet’s café before, but had heard of many locations in Philly, like the Arts Garage, that featured spoken word artists.

The truth is, Philly’s spoken word circuit has been secretly thriving for a long time. The words of legendary poets and Def Jam artists Black Ice and Yellow Rage, and the influences of poet laureate Sonia Sanchez are unforgettable. And those are just some of the main stream names, but spoken word is by no means an exclusive spectator sport.  Anyone is invited to speak at an open mic and anything goes.

A good way to get down with the Philly poetry underground is to visit Poetry247.com for open mic locations, or check out Campusphilly.org for more concerts, performances, and featured spoken word events.

As a life-long lover of this “honey,”  I may be a bias advocate of spoken word and its eclectic artists. If you haven’t discovered it yet, Philly is the place to be. My advice: if you have a voice then use it to speak for what you believe in, or just to tell you’re story in your own words. There’s nothing else like it.

–Later, Philly

 

  

Interview with Corinne Warnshuis

Last week I got the chance to check out Girl Develop It Philly’s “Intro to Algorithms” class at Indy Hall for a little while. While I personally know little-to-nothing about web development and web-coding, I found the class intriguing. Sarah Gray, the instructor for the night, originally graduated with a BA in English, got a job in technology and then returned to UPenn years later to get her computer programming degree. Everything was broken down into easy-to-understand parts (with a math refresher for people like me who haven’t seen math in years) with visual representations. They’re classes seem like a perfect fit for anyone trying to get into web development or coding.

Before the class, I chatted with Philly’s Co-Organizer Corinne Warnshuis about the organization and how it’s beneficial to women and students alike.

What is Girl Develop It?

CW: Girl Develop It is a national nonprofit that offers low-cost, inexpensive software development classes for women, but we’re not women only, we’re just women inclusive. We try to foster an environment of learning that is very open and there are no stupid questions asked. We try to make it comfortable for women–who, in many spaces in the tech community, are in the minority.

How did the Philly branch get started?

CW: So, two years ago, when Girl Develop It started in New York, our chapter leader Yasmine Mustafa was starting a company. She wanted to learn code so she could talk to developers at her company to develop her product and she started taking classes at the chapter in New York and then said “Hey, I’d like to bring this to Philly, how do we do that?”. They started chapters in a couple different cities and Yasmine started a chapter here.

Who is Girl Develop It for?

CW: For women who are looking to develop their skills in coding and programing. We have a range of ages—there are women who are fresh out of college and want to learn something new, or women who maybe had some programming in their past and just want to take some night classes or supplement their learning in some way.

What type of classes do you offer?

CW: We offer anything from beginning developer classes like HTML, CSS and we offer workshops like tonight, we’re doing an algorithms workshop, which is the first time we’ve done it. We offer anywhere from very beginner classes to more advanced classes. We offered an “Intro to Command Line” a couple of weeks ago, some more kind of advanced classes.

Would you recommend the classes to college students?

CW: Oh yeah, absolutely. Definitely. We need more college students to have these skills. Often times you will find out after you graduate that you should’ve learned something that you’ve missed.

What classes have been the most popular?

CW: Our WordPress classes are really popular, just because it’s an accessible platform and it’s really easy to learn and a lot of people use it—we actually have one coming up at the end of the month [June 22nd and 23rd].

What have you learned from being involved with Girl Develop It?

CW: It’s just amazing how this group and a few others in the community like Techgirlz.org and The Women in Tech Summit have been able to mobilize the community, because a couple of years ago nobody knew it existed. Groups like this have brought all of these women out of the woodwork. I’ve met women who last year who didn’t have any skills [in this industry], who are now working in development and it’s really awesome to see that.

Anything else you’d like to add?

CW: We welcome college students, we’re 18 and up. We’d love to see more collaboration with universities and students.

You’ll probably find me at one of their upcoming intro to WordPress classes (I’m a big WordPress geek, always looking to learn more) or one of their intro to web development classes as I’m looking to get more into web development. If you can’t afford their classes, they’ve got a great scholarship program going as well.

Top 5 Philly Events

Upcoming events this June include theater, sports, music, shopping, and so much more…

1. The Philly Fan Project

When: June 11-23, 8pm Where: Studio X, 1340 S. 13th St., (13th and Reed Streets) Price: $25

One Philly fan has got a lot to say, and in honor of Father’s Day, has recaptured the theater spotlight. This show will have you bend over laughing and cheering as one man takes you through the last 50 years of Philly sports…uh…frustrations to say the least.

2. Campus Philly’s Opportunity Fair 2013

When: June 20, 12noon-3pm  Where: University of Pennsylvania, 3417 Spruce Street Price: FREE

Calling all recent college graduates (2009-2013) seeking awesome career opportunities in the Greater Philadelphia region. There will be fun seminars throughout the day on topics including networking, graduate school planning and community engagement. So dress to impress and jump start your way towards an actual career.

3. Third Annual Mad Hatter Garden Party

When:  Thursday, June 20, 6-9pm Where: Philadelphia History Museum, 15 South 7th Street Price: $25-$35

Big hats and even bigger cocktails while you rock out at the inspired Mad Hatter party from the classic Alice in Wonderland theme. In addition to a live concert, there will be free samples and a raffle. Enjoy!

4.Visit Philly’s Summer Love Ale Kick-Off Party

When: Thursday, June 20, 5:30pm-8pm Where: Morgan’s Pier, 221 N. Columbus Blvd. Price: Pay as you go

The perfect summertime spot to grab a drink and hang with friends is hosting their annual party, toasting to Philly, at Morgan’s Pier. The first 100 people to show that they follow Visit Philly on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook will get one Summer Love Ale draft and koozie for free. This event is for those 21 and over.

5. The Muse- Open Jam Sessions @ Underground Arts

When: Every Tuesday, 9pm-2am Where: 1200 Callowhill Street Price: FREE

All musicians welcome to work up the nerve and show off their stuff every Tuesday in a chill, no pressure environment.

 

You can contact Ariama for more info at Longa@chc.edu

Father’s Day On A Budget

Sometimes it can be hard to figure out what dear old Dad really wants for Father’s Day. I’m definitely past the macaroni picture and tie stage for gift ideas. At an age where I’m old enough to do cool things, I just can’t always afford it. Here are some great cost effective ways to hang out with your dad on his day and not totally break the bank.

Sports Nut

Since the Eagles are in the off-season and the NBA Finals are dominated by the Miami Heat, I figure the best way to spend time with my sports nut of a Dad is to get in the game with a little one-on-one at the park. Still, you could always grab cheap tickets to a local boxing match or ever agame at the Wells Fargo Center. Nothing like athletic carnage to bring a Dad and his kid closer together.

Artsy Dads

Sometimes Dad is into the arts, you know theater, drama, ballets, dance performances. What a better way to surprise him than with tickets to an indie play or film. Prices at Ritz Five or the Prince Music Theater are low and affordable for some off-collar, creative shows that are sure to interest Dad.

The Foodie

Let us not forget the Dads who also love food—eating it, cooking it, whatever—the easiest way to enjoying your Father’s Day is through his stomach. But, not all of us are cooks ourselves. If not try, Jack’s Firehouse, which has good food, from burgers to fancy entrees, that aren’t overly expensive, they’re even having a special Father’s Day brunch.

Tech Guy

Maybe Dad’s just really into tinkering or gadgets. You could offer to build a few things with him or ask him to lend a hand with a project you want to work on. If all else fails, there’s the Spy: Secret World of Espionage exhibit at the Franklin Institute that he’d probably love to see.

Insider Tip:  Online websites like Groupon and Living Social often offer discounts for local restaurants or events that you might want to take your Dad to.

Whatever you decide to do, remember that the most important thing is just being with your Dad, no matter how old you are or what interests him. As for me, I’ll see about prying my Dad off the couch and into something great for this Father’s Day. But let’s not forget if you’re lucky enough to have a step-father, brothers, cousins, uncles, and/or grandfathers that care.