August 28th, 2013 by Melissa Gregoli
Glad to see that most of you are back in the city, doing your thing at school! Already the city feels more alive! Check out some upcoming events for the end of August into September that include theater, festivals, music, art and so much more…
When: Ongoing until November 17th Where: Philadelphia Museum Of Art, Perelman Building, Fairmount Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue Price: Students with valid ID $14, Adults $20
Philly artist Candy Coated has reinterpreted children’s fancy costumes, bringing her style to the Land Of Wonder. For this exhibition, she recreated costumes and dresses with an air of whimsical and edge.
When: Sat., Aug.31 – Sun., Sept. 1 Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Price: Starting at $89 (plus service charges) but prices vary and are subject to change based on availability
When Jay-Z announced this festival, it created so much buzz because this lineup is epic: Beyonce. Nine Inch Nails. Phoenix. Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis. Walk the Moon. And so much more. While the ticket price may seem steep, think about this: When will you ever see all of these artists play in the same spot again?!
When: Mon, Sept. 2, 2:00-4:00pm. Where: 9201 Germantown Avenue,
Philadelphia Price: $10
Make your way over to the Woodmere Art Museum for the closing reception of this great exhibit. But you can still check out local artists and their collections in this eclectic exhibition featuring artists Dona Nelson and Rubens Ghenov musical presentations.
When: Tues., Sept. 3, 7:00 – 9:00pm Where: Mugshots Coffee, 1925 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia Price: Free to sign up!
Every Tuesday is open mic night at Mugshots, so come out for good food, snacks and entertainment at this wonderfully comfortable coffee shop.
When: Sat., Sept. 28 Where: At the steps of the Art Museum Price: FREE
College Day is Philadelphia’s full day welcome to new and returning college students. Campus Philly and friends are bringing the region-wide student community together for a day of culture, music, food and Philadelphia experiences. Meet at the steps. Meet your friends. Meet Philadelphia. [PS. Please RSVP for this awesome event!]
Want some more ideas of what’s going on? Visit our calendar of events…
You can contact Ariama for more info at Longa@chc.edu
August 28th, 2013 by Kristen Gillette
“Check the ‘O,’ before you go!” OpenArtsPhilly.com, that is.
Open Arts, Campus Philly’s new arts and culture program, will provide you with discounts, student rush information and group discount deals to arts and culture events, shows, and museums all around the city. The program will also offer 15,000 students from our partner schools deeply discounted (or free) tickets to shows and events in the city.
On Tuesday, I was lucky enough to attend the launch party for the Open Arts program at the Comcast Center to learn more about what this program will offer to students and how the program was funded by the Knight Foundation and Comcast.
“Now thousands of college students are going to discover Philadelphia through discovering our arts and culture,” said Campus Philly President Deborah Diamond. “There’s really no better way to discover Philadelphia, and it will be accessible to so many more students than it was before.”
As someone who recently graduated from Temple University, I cannot stress enough how important it is that you get out there and experience as much as the city has to offer–especially with the Open Arts program available to you as students. I saw the Lion King at the Academy of Music for five dollars, saw the Liar at The Lantern Theater Company with a cheap student rush discount, visited Eastern State Penitentiary, and I won tickets to the PA Ballet twice.
Get out there and explore them all–dance, theater, museums–don’t limit yourself to what you know. I didn’t, and the four years I spent at Temple were better because of it.
But you’ll have even more opportunities like this with Open Arts [I’m jealous] to get out there and explore the wonderful arts and culture opportunities in our city. And if you’re one of the lucky ones who has a key card to get access to the discount and free tickets, don’t pass the opportunity up.
August 27th, 2013 by Kristen Gillette
If you have experience in sales, supervising, and administration then this job as a Tourism Development Specialist at Macy’s may be just the position for you. It’s a huge plus if you have previous experience in the travel or hospitality field–but it’s not absolutely necessary to land this job. This position, which reports to the Tourism Manager of Macy’s, will require you to be responsible for operational and marketing support for region specific Macy’s stores as well as supervising the visitor center team when Tourism Manager is not in the building.
Eager to learn about the marketing business? Are you a creative thinker who possesses business savvy and good organization skills? Then consider joining Allen & Gerritsen‘s team as a marketing intern. This paid internship will have you working on accounts in several interesting and varied categories, as well as jumping in on many different projects.
This internship with FringeArts is designed to have you gain administrative, development and marketing experience in an nonprofit arts environment as well as gain college credit. The perfect candidate will have experience with databases (such as Tessitura and QuickBooks) and an academic background in arts administration, business, English, marketing, or development as well as an interest in the arts.
Resonate LLC is now accepting applications to its 2013-14 internship program. The program will focus on supporting the development of their online sustainability management and planning platform for small and medium-sized businesses. Possible assigned tasks include the following: research, writing, product testing, business development, product marketing, product design, product technology and usability development. This internship will have you working 4-8 hours a week with at least 4 hours in their office at Berwyn [a local transportation stipend will be provided].
You’ll be perfect for this Administrative and Support position with the French-American Chamber of Commerce if you familiar with communicating in French. This part-time position will require you to provide administrative support for a thriving, nonprofit, membership-driven business association that is proudly supported by 400 globally-minded American and French businesses.
Have a question for the Campus Philly Careers Team? Want our advice on how to ace an interview or where to find a perfect internship? Tweet (or DM) us at @CareerPhilly today [or anytime]!
August 27th, 2013 by Ariama Long
Breath in deep. Expel the fear. There is nothing else but the mic, the audience, and the stage. This is the poets creed. “We are teachers, poets, performers, activists, creative artists, mentors and community leaders, with backgrounds in education and the arts.” This is what we do. We slam. One of the only things more exhilarating than that feeling, is knowing that you will always have a place to slam and perform with people who share the same love for spoken word as you. Philly Youth Poetry Movement has been the support beam for Philly students and teens since the beginning of the initial rise of spoken word.
Spoken word has thrived in the hearts of these people, who have taken the time to build a movement of words. Words, fueled by passion and conviction. And even hope, but no matter the feeling, PYPM continues to give a voice to the youth. To listen to their plight and pain when everyone else had written them off as restless rebels without a cause, a care, or a conscience.
Now, just a few years later PYPM dominates national slam competitions, helps the community, and maintains a tight-knit team that represents Philly’s love for poetry. “We are dedicated to making an impact on young people in Philadelphia and believe in the power of teens to express themselves,” stated executive director and founder, Gregory Corbin. The organization is run by dedicated volunteers who provide free weekly workshops, monthly local slams, as well as mentoring and community services.
PYPM has been a feature team in “Russell Simmons’ Presents Brave New Voices” HBO documentary series on youth spoken word artists from across the country. The show spotlights the immense talent and fierce competition among these kids. Philly’s favorite slam team has gone on to victory three years running, letting the world know that “Philly kids want the city to be known for more than flash mobs.”
Don’t miss the opportunity to come out to the Youth Night Open Mic and Poetry Slam, and support the team every 3rd Saturday of the month from September through June, 5:45pm, at The Rotunda. Admission is $7 for youth and students, $10 for adults. If you’re interested in participating on the youth slam team or Brave New Voices slam, you can win a spot by winning the Youth Night Slams and represent Philly in a national competition.
PYPM needs us to keep the organization going as one of the only major youth spoken word organizations in Philly. Come out, sit and listen, or volunteer. Get involved!
August 27th, 2013 by Kristen Gillette
Things are going great for Drexel University student (and South Philly native) Chelsea Myers: not only did she land the internship of her dreams at Happy Cog, but also had her design featured as the logo for MTV’s Online Music Awards.
Although Happy Cog didn’t have a co-op program with Drexel, Myers decided to reach out to them anyway. She always admired their work and involvement in the web community, and knew it be the best place for her to get experience.
Christopher Cashdollar, Vice President of Design at Happy Cog, knew she’d be perfect for the Happy Cog team when she applied, too.
“Chelsea was already very familiar with the company, our culture, and what makes us different in the market,” says Cashdollar. “Being able to articulate ‘why’ you want to work somewhere has consistently been a huge clue for me to help determine if someone will be a good fit or not. Most of all, Chelsea has an obvious hunger to learn. In addition to her school work, she was putting herself out there already–working with her own freelance clients. You can’t teach that.”
Senior Interactive Designer Yesenia Perez-Cruz wasn’t surprised when Myer’s design was selected by MTV because she knew it would work well when she submitted it.
“Of the options that Chelsea presented, the one I ended up sending over to MTV stuck out to me immediately because it was compact and concise,” says Perez-Cruz. “I already knew that this design would work the best in the many applications it needed to work within, so I wasn’t surprised when MTV chose it. I was excited to share the news with her though.”
I asked Myers a few questions* to learn more about how she made the most of her internship and what it was like to have her logo on MTV:
What was your reaction when you received the internship?
I felt pure joy when I got an email from the Vice President of Design, Chris Cashdollar (a Drexel alumnus), offering me an internship. I was frozen for a while and I just read the email over and over again until my brain caught up and I began calling my whole family. It was extremely exciting and unbelievable.
What was your reaction when your logo was selected by MTV?
I was so shocked. This was the first thing like this that has ever happened to me. I never thought I would be doing work for MTV when I applied to Happy Cog, but there I was. I was ecstatic and extremely grateful I got the opportunity to do that kind of work.
How did your friends and family react about your logo being selected?
My friends were very happy for me and my family was immensely proud when I told them my logo concept was selected. My mom cried a bit, but that is what mothers do. Everyone wanted to know when the logo was going to be up, or how they could see it for themselves.
What are some of the best experiences you’ve had as an intern with Happy Cog?
My time here at Happy Cog has been my most educational experience. Some of the best times here are just talking to my coworkers and picking their brains. Everyone here is so incredibly talented and I have so much to learn from them. Just hearing everyone talk about their passions, whether it’s design, marketing or development is a great learning experience.
One of the projects where I learned the most was when I worked under Senior Designer Yesenia Perez-Cruz and Developer Allison Wagner. With them I helped design a theme for a restaurant’s website and then took that design and developed it. It was a wonderful to work on a project from design to code and get to work on it every step of the way.
What are some valuable things you’ve learned during your internship?
From working at Happy Cog, my technical skills have immensely improved. The most valuable thing I have learned though is how to collaborate. Back at Drexel, I worked on a lot of web projects alone. Coming to Happy Cog placed me right in the middle of a large and still growing team. I have learned how to work with others and I love it. Collaboration makes everything better.
What is your goal after you graduate from Drexel?
After I graduate Drexel, my goal is to get an awesome job as a front-end developer. I am not exactly sure where, but I know I want to work for a web design agency and not in-house for just one company. I love working somewhere that makes a lot of web sites for a lot of people. Each project is different, meaning there are new things to learn.
I plan on revamping my site, chelmyers.com, as well and starting to do more freelance work. I also plan on starting to go to a lot more web design conferences, and hopefully starting to teach web development on the side.
What advice would you give to other students who are in the process of going after their dream internships?
The best advice I can give to people going after their dream internship is to practice what you love in your free time. Companies want to see that you love what you do.
Freelancing is a wonderful way to do this. Get hired for small time gigs while in class. Whether you love painting, writing, or animating, if you do it in your free time too, people are going to be impressed.
What do you think about the design community in Philadelphia?
I think Philadelphia is one of the best places to be a designer. New York is way too much for me (and expensive). It is so easy to find a design group in this city. There are even tons of design agencies that people do not know about. I use Meetup.com a lot to find design gatherings. Designers in Philadelphia are super friendly and very welcoming. But what else would you expect from the city of brotherly love?
Speaking of finding people to ask questions and discuss design with, Chelsea would love it if you’d reach out to her. You can follow her at @chels_myers on Twitter or sending her a message via her website, chelmyers.com. “I love talking and helping people,” she says. “Don’t be shy!”
*Responses have been edited for brevity and clarity.
August 22nd, 2013 by Ariama Long
Let’s hit it Philly! Upcoming events for the end of August include theater, festivals, music, dancing, and so much more…
When: Fri, Aug 23, 7:30pm Where: The Blockley, 3801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia Price: $15-$35
Hailed as the new Janis Joplin, Dana Fuchs is a raspy-voiced blues-rock singer/songwriter that steals the show. Get ready for a night of powerful, passionate, and honest female performances!
When: Sun, Aug 25, 3pm-6pm Where: Clark Park, 43rd and Baltimore Ave., Philadelphia Price: FREE
Shofuso celebrates Obon, a happy summer gathering to honor the ancestors! Make the trek out to Clark Park for drumming, dancing, Japanese tea and sweets, and yummy street food. All ages welcome.
When: Sun, Aug 25, 7:30pm Where: Dell Music Center, 33rd St & Ridge Ave & Dauphin St, Philadelphia Price: $35-$65
Everyone’s kickin’ it old school like Will Farrell at this phenomenal concert featuring the artists that influenced a generation and created a funky new sound. Come out and be apart of their stroll down memory lane!
When: Mon, Aug 26, 9:30am-5pm Where: Independence Mall, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia Price: $8-$14.50
The Vietnam War. Civil rights and women’s liberty. Dr. King, Kennedy, and Ms. Monroe. This exhibit brings one of America’s most colorful, chaotic, culture-shifting years vividly to life. Visitors will travel through 12 exhibition areas corresponding to the months of the year, and inviting interaction with 1968’s most enduring and influential music, movies, fashions, and more. Don’t miss your chance to relive history! All ages welcome. [PS. catch this exhibit before it leaves on September 2nd!]
When: Tues, Aug 27, 7:30pm Where: L’ Etage, 624 South 6th Street, Philadelphia Price: $8-$10
First Person Arts is back once again, slamming it down with real life stories. You’re going to have a great time with this week’s theme the Great Outdoors. Come out and be apart of the journey!
You can contact Ariama for more info at Longa@chc.edu
August 21st, 2013 by Kristen Gillette
I’ve always admired those who’ve started their own business. Christopher Wink, the moderator of the Like a Boss panel and co-founder of Technically Philly, has always been one of the people I’ve looked up to. I was super excited to see what Wink and the other young entrepreneurs were willing to share about starting their own businesses. This event was co-run by YIP and Fresh Wisdom. Here are some of the memorable points I took from the evening’s panelists:
Antoinette Marie Johnson of At Media
Test your idea for a business with at least ten people.
Make sure you have a viable market and target audience. Too many people don’t have a target audience and fail because of it.
“Make the rule: I will not hire friends. I will not hire family.”
One of the first steps you take when starting a business is finding out if the name you want is trademarked and if the domain is available.
Sometimes entrepreneurs start too early in life and don’t get experience in the workplace, which is extremely valuable.
Women’s Business Development Center offers great classes that can help with starting your own business.
“You’re never going to like being your own boss, remember that.”
Gabriel Mandujano of Wash Cycle Laundry
“Motivation is critical,” when starting your own business.
Get used to being rejected. “You’re going to fail, that’s a given, get used to it… Figure how much failure you should be tolerating.”
When starting a business, you need to ditch the perfectionist attitude and understand not everything is going to run perfectly. “You can only do someone’s laundry so well, and there’s no extra credit.”
You don’t necessarily have to have a business degree to start your own business. Although it’s useful, you can learn what you need to know without it.
Starting a business while in college is a great idea because the opportunity cost (what you give up to do something else) is low, BUT don’t forgo standard business practices just because you’re in college.
Wil Reynolds of SEER Interactive
One of the things that made starting his own business possible was getting to the point where he didn’t need much money to survive.
“Own the fact that you are small. Keep everything up front. Own your weaknesses… Build trust with being transparent. It helps in the pitch… In other words, take me as I am, and if not that’s cool.”
Find a way to do what you love, whether it’s working for someone or starting your own business. “Find what you love… I’m not in it for the money… This gives us flexibility to do what is right.”
“If you can’t control it, don’t freak out about it.”
“You’ll be amazed at how far being a good person will get you.” You’ll get what you give in return.
Leo Voloshin of Printfresh
Take classes from PA Small Business. They’re extremely helpful and they’re fairly inexpensive.
Write your business plan down, even if you’re not sure where you’re going–pretend you do know.
- 5 Levels of Leadership is a great book to read when starting your own business.
“Everyone who hires family complains about the family.” Don’t hire your family as employees.
“We didn’t know what we were doing from day one. But the resources in Philadelphia have been amazing.”
I’ll never stopped being amazed at all the successful, wonderful things these young entrepreneurs are doing in our city. They continue to be an inspiration as I look to follow in their footsteps.
August 21st, 2013 by Kristen Gillette
Do you love the arts in Philly? Then don’t miss out on this internship with Campus Philly and Open Arts. If you have a background in marketing or business communications and are currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, consider applying for this internship for college credit or a stipend. Some of your duties will include publicizing upcoming events from their arts and culture partners using social media as well uploading free tickets events and discount offers to TicketLeap and openartsphilly.com. In addition, you’ll help manage the Open Arts Facebook page and assist with other marketing campaigns.
3rd Ward Philly offers a wide variety of classes from jewelry to web design. They’re launching a new work/trade program, where staff members will assist full-time staff in a variety of administrative and creative capacities while providing excellent customer support to our community of members, teachers and students. Crew members will be paid an hourly wage and have free access to classes and 3rd Ward’s professional workspaces. Candidates should be able to work 3-4 days a week (including evenings and weekends) on a set schedule of at least three months.
If you have experience in mobile app design, consider applying to join the UE LifeSciences Inc team. You’d be helping them develop a hand-held mobile medical device for breast cancer screening called iBE. They need help in developing an app that receives data wirelessly (via Bluetooth) from the iBE device and display the test results on the screen, allows to enter patient demographic data and recall past test results, calibrates the device and syncs with a cloud server.
This paid internship with Anita T. Conner and Associates is perfect if you have a background in business. You’ll be assisting them with financial management, preparation of individual, corporate, partnership and nonprofit tax documents, bookkeeping and other accounting functions.
This paid opportunity with Boom will have you initially working 3 day a week assisting with marketing and administrative tasks. The position will involve a great deal of writing and other tasks, such as signing up for company profiles on behalf of their clients, creating content for websites, updating websites, and more. Boom is a website design and search engine marketing company focused on getting their clients found on the Web. Their focus is on SEO (search engine optimization). After a 60 or 90 day review, the position has the possibility of becoming full-time.
Have a question for the Campus Philly Careers Team? Want our advice on what to wear for you next job interview or where to find new job opportunities? Tweet or Direct Message us at @CareerPhilly today [or anytime]!
August 20th, 2013 by Ariama Long
Favorite Spot: The Melting Pot
Neighborhood: Center City
I am: a foodie to the extreme, looking for love
Years in Philly: 4 years
Current Home: Chestnut Hill
My Love Note:
Cities thrive on their hidden gems. It’s what gives a place character and draws others in, seeking something authentic, something fun and undiscovered, that can be revisited while gossiping with friends about the latest spot. Fortunately, Philly has a plethora of these gems, in crevices and backstreets. Down Chestnut St. and back, there seems to be restaurants popping up all over. Since its modest origins in Orlando, FL in 1975, The Melting Pot has heightened the fondue experience and has made a home in Philly by adding to the interesting ways to gorge oneself on meat, cheese, or chocolate.
Honestly, I never had fondue and really didn’t know what to expect. So after staring intensely at the menu with absolutely no clue what I was looking at, my roommate, her parents, and I broke down and jokingly begged the waitress to explain how to order. There was the barrage of cheeses for appetizers, mixed right in the steam pot built into the granite table tops, and served with ‘dippings’ (raw veggies, fresh bread chunks, and chips). Unbelievably good!
Then comes the entree, which ranges from cuts of fresh lobster chunks of slices of filet mignon, that are presented on wide platters decorated with every king of dipping sauce imaginable. Once the food gets to the table, you cook it in another steam pot yourself. It’s essentially do-it-yourself fondue, and it’s definitely not as easy as it sounds. I mean, my friends mom almost lost an eye trying to skewer her food and cook it without any casualties.
The best part would have to be dessert. As fun as dinner was to make, we dove head first into a deliciously delectable blend of amazing milk chocolate and roasted sweet nuts in our pot paired with the dessert dippings (original cheesecake, brownies, pound cake, rice crispy treat squares, strawberries, bananas, and chocolate encrusted marshmallows). All replenished on request and to die for [if you’re into chocolate], but ridiculously messy. By the time we left there wasn’t anywhere on our clothes that didn’t have sauce or something spilled or dribbled, but it was fun. More fun I’ve had in a restaurant in years.
In the end, it was more on the expensive side, yet worth it, and I recommend checking it out for a interesting date or bring the entire family. Either way, I’d put it on the list of yummy Philly hot spots.
August 14th, 2013 by Ariama Long
We’re descending rapidly into fall and before you know it, it’ll be winter. There will be no more shorts and warm midnight strolls or outside concerts under the stars, just book bags and briefcases. But it’s not over yet! So it’s our duty to squeeze the last precious drops out of summer with our Summer Daze Countdown of the best of the rest of summer.
1. Beta Hi-Fi Emerging Music Fest: Aug 19-25
Forget American Idol, World Cafe Live’s week-long music festival featuring some of the region’s best up and coming Philly stars is better. These emerging songwriters and singers will knock your socks off with an awesome line-up of over 25 performances throughout the week at World Café Live-Upstairs, 7pm-10pm every night. Discover new artists. Explore that freedom of underground music. Saturday night’s show will feature the week’s best performers chosen by a panel of judges, who will be rewarded with prizes, so go online and vote for your favorite band. All ages welcome.
2. Jay-Z’s Made In America Concert : Aug 31-Sept 1
When Jay-Z decided to honor this city’s rich musical history by adding his own style and influence to create a colossal collaboration concert in the heart of Philly, no one could have done it better. Now Made in America is shutting down the Parkway and will be back this year trying to top last year’s show. With all the top-notch performances and gigantic lights that you can practically see from South Philly, this is sure to be a concert to die for, especially with the return of Beyonce aka Mrs. Carter aka King Bey fresh off her own tour around the world, plus many more!
Expensive ($168 for a 2-day pass) but worth it!
3. 4th Annual Philly Honey Fest : Sept 6-8
Nothing says summer like a festival dedicated to all things sticky and sweet like Honey Fest does. In addition to producing this yummy festival, the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild is working to raise awareness about the importance of bees to our food production, ecosystem, and the harmful impacts we have on this dying species. All events include delicious Mead tastings, the astonishing Bee Beard man and award-winning documentary More Than Honey. Attendees are encouraged to pack a picnic blanket and snacks to take advantage of the gardens’ beautiful settings. All ages welcome. The festival sites include: The Wagner Free Institute of Science: Sept 6, 10am-7pm, Wyck Historic House: Sept 7, 10am-4pm and Bartram’s Garden: Sept 8: 10am-4pm.
FREE ($5-$10 suggested donation)
4. The WHYY Connections Festival: Sept 7-8
With feature performances by They Might Be Giants, Ben Kweller, Jesse Ruben, Hezekiah Jones and Sean Hoots of Hoots and Hellmouth, The WHYY Fest is going to be a blast at The River Stage at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing on Sept 7th and 8th, from noon to 10pm. This will be a major celebration of the arts featuring concert performances, children’s activities, and more! During the Saturday concert festivities, the WHYY Kids Club will have costumed characters and crafts to also celebrate Coast Day for kids, which will be near the Independence Seaport Museum. There’s something for all ages!
FREE (but you must register in advanced)
5. Fringe Arts Fest 2013: Sept 10-15
Provocative. Contemporary. Fringe Arts presents a festival that can shock, disturb, fascinate, and move you with original works of theatrical art, dance, and music. For 18 days, you can enjoy nonstop, in your face and unadulterated creativity from all over the city. Art lives in the most unexpected locations just waiting to be explored!
$30+ range (includes awesome student discounts with ID)
And…The Grand Finale: Campus Philly College Day: Sept 28
This mini-fest, which starts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps and branches down Museum Row, is our exclusive opportunity to welcome you to college. It’s your chance to begin building a life of success and build a network. With more than 80 colleges and universities across the Philadelphia region, the city has thrown itself open to students: welcoming the tired, the procrastinators, overachievers, and of course…the hungry. Meet Campus Philly on September 28th at College Day from 10am-4pm and don’t miss out on free admission to more than 16 museums along the Ben Franklin Parkway and within Historic Philadelphia area.
Go forth into the sizzling days of summer’s end and Carpe Diem, Carpe Noctem, Carpe Ominous!
P.S For all the non-nerds who haven’t suffered through Latin in college classes yet, that means Seize the day, seize the night, seize it all!