Archive for March, 2014

March 25th, 2014 by Danielle Hagerty, Temple University '15

Top 5 Career Listings:
Diverse Opportunities

If you’ve been struggling to find an internship that matches your interests, we’ll bet that you can find one in this week’s listing!

Aimco: Sales and Leasing Consultant
Looking for a job in real estate? Aimco, a property operations company, is looking to hire! For this sales and leasing consultant job, you will be showing apartments, preparing leasing agreements, following up on prospects and leads, and answering potential residents’ questions. Required skills for this position include a current PA Real Estate License, ability to maintain interpersonal relationships, and the prioritization and organization of time and customers.

Campus Philly: Photography Intern
If you’re a talented photographer looking to boost your resume, we have the perfect opportunity for you! Campus Philly is looking for a photography, journalism, or communications student to join the social media and design team. You will perform tasks such as helping with our Instagram page, taking photos of people, places, and events, and adding and maintaining our photo library. Come and be a part of the fantastic Campus Philly team!

Beneficial Bank: Accounting Intern
If you’re looking for experience in the accounting field, Beneficial Bank is here to help. They are looking for an intern to help them with various accounting tasks, such as the preparation of journal entries, assisting in monthly closing processes, and help with financial analyses and reports. For this internship, you must be pursuing an accounting (or related) degree and have excellent analytical and verbal communications skills.

ReminderMedia: Business Development
This is an internship that caters to students with all different kinds of majors, so keep reading! ReminderMedia, the publisher of American Lifestyle magazine, is looking for interns to help them in a variety of fields, which could include their recruitment, sales management, or social media proposals department. All interns would be responsible for internet research, fact-checking data, and generating reports and statistical analyses.

Neighborhood Bike Works: Youth Education Bike Internship
Neighborhood Bike Works, with locations in University City and North Philadelphia, is an organization with the mission of increasing the opportunities of urban children by providing different activities through bicycling. They are seeking out an intern who will help them with social media, data entry and analysis, and administrative functions. Qualifications include reliability, creativity, and ability to enthusiastically work with young people.

You can email Danielle Hagerty for more info at danielle.hagerty@temple.edu.

March 25th, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager and Yowei Shaw

Philly Tech Week:
Entrepreneurial Events

Do you want to start your own business some day? Whether you’re just planning, in the dream stages, or are well on your way, Philly Tech Week is coming up and has many events that can help. Listen to entrepreneurs speak, network with fellow innovators, and see what others are doing at these great events.

Philly Student Startup Summit 2.0

When: April 5th, 9:30 am – 5 pm Where: Towne Building at UPenn — 220 S. 33rd Street, Philadelphia Cost: Free for students

nvigor will host the Philly Student Startup Summit 2.0, one of the biggest student-run conferences on the East Coast! Speakers from leading tech startups will be present, and there will be workshops and discussions. The conference is free, but registration is required.

Women in Tech Startups: Tech Girl Talk

When: April 8th,  5:30 pm – 8:30 pm Where: Pyramid Club –1735 Market St, Philadelphia Cost: Free

Join some great women in the technology industry for a discussion and networking event. Speakers include: Tracey Welson-Rossman, Ellen Weber, Julia Shapiro Esq, and Kathleen Cohen. Bring your business card for a chance to win a raffle! Registration is required.

PR for Startups

When: April 8th, 12 pm – 1:30 pm Where: Search Church —  1028 North 3rd Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10

If you’re interested in a future career in public relations, this event will inform you on how startup PR works. The speakers are: Brendan Lowry, Josh Cline, Nicole Cashman, and Erica Ogg. The event includes lunch and networking following the discussion.

Switch Philly

When: April 9, 5:30 pm – 7 pm Where: First Round Capital – 4040 Locust St, Philadelphia Cost: $10

Future entrepreneurs, come see what other college students are doing to get their businesses up and running! Switch Philly is a competition between 5 college startups from the Philadelphia area. Each one will present their business to the public and a panel of judges.

2014 Entrepreneur Expo

When: April 9, 7 pm – 10 pm Where: 23rd Street Armory – 22 S 23rd St, Philadelphia Cost: Free

This expo will include over 50 tech startups! You’ll be able to meet people and network, learn about the entrepreneurship, and enjoy snacks from food trucks. Now is your chance to connect with people in the Philly startup world.

You can contact Simona DeDominicis for more info at simona.dedominicis@gmail.com.

 

 

March 24th, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager and Yowei Shaw

Top 5 Events: Out of the Box

If you find yourself doing the same things every week, try something a little out of the box. Philly has some unique events to offer, and we’ve compiled the best of this week’s in our list of top 5 events!

Teju Cole and Dinaw Mengestu

When: March 24th, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm  Where: Free Library of Philadelphia – 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia  Price: Free!

Join two award-winning African authors as they discuss their novels: “Every Day Is for the Thief” and “All Our Names” by Teju Cole and Dinaw Mengestu respectively. Cole’s novel follows a Nigerian man back to his old home in Lagos, and Mengestu’s work focuses on the relationship between an African man and American woman.

The Philadelphia Jazz Project

When: March 25th, 7 pm – 9 pm  Where: World Cafe Live — 3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia Price: $10-$12

If you like jazz music, you won’t want to miss this event. The Philadelphia Jazz Project will provide a night of music with Nimrod Speaks, Luke Carlos O’Reilly, and Khary Shaheed.

Don Giovanni

When: March 27th, 7 pm – 9 pm  Where: Bryn Mawr Film Institute — 824 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr Price: $10

If you like opera, this film is a must-see. The Royal Opera House’s production of Mozart’s Don Giovanni is sung in Italian but has English subtitles. Tickets are just $10 for students with ID!

K-Pop Dance Party and Fashion Show

When: March 28th, 5 pm — 9:45 pm  Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art — 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia Price: $14

Alongside the exhibition “Treasures from Korea,” this event provides a fun introduction to modern Korean culture! Designers from the Art Institute of Philadelphia will be displaying their work in a fashion show, followed by a Korean pop performance and dance party. This event is free after admission to the museum ($14 for students with ID).

Bleed by Tere O’Connor

When: March 29th, 7 pm – 8 pm  Where: FringeArts — 140 N Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia Price: $20

Interested in dance? “Bleed” is a blend of three different dance performances in one, exploring the concept of poetic logic. Watch as the cast unravels layer after layer of meaning.

If you’re looking for more ideas about things to do in the Philadelphia region, check out our calendar HERE.

You can contact Simona DeDominicis for more info at simona.dedominicis@gmail.com.

 

March 24th, 2014 by Danielle Hagerty, Temple University '15

Philly Startups: Curalate

Philadelphia has always been a city of beginnings, from 1776 when the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence to the start-up businesses that are being created today. One business that has been extremely successful since its foundation is Curalate, a marketing suite for the visual web.

Here’s how it works: Curalate distributes data that allows their clients to utilize images that will increase followers and viewers. Curalate does this through Instagram and Pinterest, two social media platforms that are primarily image-based. Their clients are big name companies such as J. Crew, Under Armour, Campbell’s, and Sephora, to name just a few.

It’s no surprise that Curalate has accomplished so much in such a short amount of time; the web is experiencing an increase of picture-based social media, as opposed to text-based. Success, however, was not yet in the cards for Apu Gupta, co-founder and CEO of Curalate, when he first decided to start a company back in 2011.

“Nick [co-founder and CTO of Curalate] and I started Storably in May of 2011,” said Gupta. “Over the next three months, we realized that it was not working. It was just really bad and nobody was interested in it.” It took seven months for the pair to come up with what is now Curalate. “It was a long process of failing, figuring out what we wanted to do, building that, hoping that the market cared, and then actually finding some success,” said Gupta. “It was a long, difficult process.”

Two short years later, Gupta was featured on the front of Philadelphia Magazine‘s November 2013 issue as one of the leading figures of start-up culture and entrepreneurship in Philly today. He has also been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Social News Daily. In other words, the man has certainly earned his spot on the list of top start-up leaders of Philadelphia.

He attributes his success in part to the passion that he has for his work. “Building a company around something that you’re really passionate about is important,” he said. “There’s a lot of folks that we call ‘wantrepreneurs’ who want to be there and want to do it but they don’t have a good, deep-seated passion behind it.”

Philadelphia is a place where Gupta found people who had the passion and the talent to work for him. “We can find just really incredible people in this [city],” said Gupta. “We’ve been asked a few times to move to the Bay area or possibly New York,* but we haven’t. At the end of the day, the biggest constraint for growth in a fast-growing start-up is the rate that you can find people.”

He believes that he is building Curalate in Philly’s golden age of start-ups. “There’s this period in time right now where there are a number of career paths that don’t require you to go work for some nameless, faceless corporation and just become a cog in a wheel,” he said. “There is nothing more gratifying than the ability to build something from scratch. It’s an incredibly creative process and it’s incredibly rewarding. The rewards can be financial, but it’s also much deeper than financial rewards.”

The rewards that he is reaping now are only possible because of the chance that he took at the beginning of his journey. “Starting a company is more scary than risky,” he said, “but you’re gonna learn a ton either way, and you’re gonna benefit from that. Failing sucks. It’s scary, and I think that I was really scared because of that fear of failing. But once you can get past that fear, failing is really not going to be the end of the world. Just get past that.”

*Curalate has a small office in New York, but their base is in Philadelphia.

For more information, you can contact Danielle Hagerty at danielle.hagerty@temple.edu.

March 24th, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager

TEDxPhiladelphia Returns

Get ready to be inspired by the revitalization of Philadelphia. The TEDxPhiladelphia conference taking place on Friday, March 28 will explore the idea of Philadelphia as “The New Workshop of the World,” and even if you didn’t manage to get a ticket to the conference, there are many ways to both watch the conference live and participate in related activities. Read on for more details!

The Conference

TEDxPhiladelphia is one of the popular TEDx programs, where speakers from all backgrounds and disciplines share “ideas worth spreading” as explained here. TEDx conferences are local, self-organized events and Jeremy Boco, a student at Temple who will be attending the conference on Friday, thinks that, “TEDx conferences in particular are so appealing to the audiences because it makes you appreciate that some of the most brilliant, innovative, and imaginative thinkers are people right in your own backyard.” Speakers ranging from award-winning poet and activist Sonia Sanchez to co-founder of the Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund Josh Nims will present talks at TEDxPhiladelphia.

Boco himself loves the theme “New Workshop of the World” because the notion that Philadelphia, “is reclaiming its former prominence on the world stage is very inspiring” to him. One of the speakers he is most looking forward to hearing is Chris Rabb, an expert in entrepreneurship, media, civic engagement, and social identity. Roco is especially interested in Rabb’s innovative take on entrepreneurship. More about Chris Rabb, along with the full list of speakers for the conference, can be found here.

Other Ways to Participate

Didn’t manage to get a ticket to the conference? No problem! A live video webcast of the talks will be streaming the day of the conference, so you can watch the entire event from your favorite couch at home. Even if you have to work that day, you can still take a break to get inspired by a couple of talks from some of the most innovative minds in Philadelphia.

In addition, there will be a series of talks, walks, and tours happening both before and after the conference. Chris Bartlett, executive director of the William Way LGBT Community Center and one of the speakers at TEDxPhiladelphia, will be giving a talk on Wednesday, March 26 about the gentrification of the Gayborhood and efforts to preserve the cultural communities of this area. Conrad Benner, photographer and creator of Streets Dept, a blog documenting street art in Philadelphia, will be giving a walking tour of Philly’s extensive street art and graffiti on Saturday, March 29, the day after the conference. More information on both these events and other talks, walks, and tours can be found here.

In The Future

These talks and tours presented by community leaders are part of a larger vision that Emaleigh Doley, co-organizer and producer of TEDxPhiladelphia, sees for the future of the conference. She explains that she is, “not necessarily looking at TEDxPhiladelphia as just an annual conference,” but that she hopes to expand the reach of the programs to include events and presentations throughout the year focusing on ideas put forth by the city’s movers and shakers. She believes the revitalization of Philadelphia is due to the, “wonderful new crop of Philadelphians who are at stages in their careers where they’re really taking their commitment to the city to the next level.” Hear nineteen of these involved Philadelphians present their talks at TEDxPhiladelphia this Friday, March 28. We guarantee you’ll walk away inspired.

Want to go thrifting in the city, but not sure where to start? No worries! We’ve written up everything you need to know for a day of thrift shopping, including a pre-shopping sushi meal!

Starting in Suburban Station, follow the directional signs to the 18th Street exit. Once there, make your exit. You’ll be on 18th and JFK. Make a left at the end of 18th and JFK and you’ll hit 18th and Market. Continue on Market until 20th, and then make another left. From this point on you will walk until you reach Mizu Sushi Bar on 133 S. 20th Street.

Stop 1Mizu Sushi Bar (for a pre-shopping meal)

Why it’s Great: It’s a smaller, lower-key spot with amazing food. You won’t have to deal with the noise or high prices of a crowded restaurant. The menu is expansive and the food is steaming fresh every time. Plus, the staff is very friendly!

Price Range: $$ (out of four) according to Google

Make your way down to 20th and Sansom. Make a right, and continue down a block past Moravian Street. You’ll find Sophisticated Seconds only moments after passing Moravian Street, on 2019 Sansom Street.

Stop 2Sophisticated Seconds

Why it’s Great: A smaller-sized store, Sophisticated Seconds has a charm that will pull you in, but it’s the unbelievable deals that will keep you there. The price in the store start low, but depending on the color of the price tag, you could get an even larger discount. This is a location you don’t want to miss. The store has both a men and women’s section.

Price Range: $

Head east on Sansom Street toward S 20th Street. Turn left onto S 19th Street, and then make a right onto Chestnut Street. Walk for a little bit, and you’ll find Second Time Around at 1728 Chestnut Street.

Stop 3Second Time Around

Why it’s Great: Don’t expect dirt-cheap deals in Second Time Around. However, like in Sophisticated Seconds, there are colored tags that can help lower the price. This is a higher-end consignment shop where you can find some great designers and brands. This is a wonderful place to buy formal wear or business casual wear. The store only sells women’s clothing.

Price Range: Between $$ and $$$

Cross the street and walk further down and you’ll find Buffalo Exchange on the same street, 1713 Chestnut Street to be specific.

Stop 4Buffalo Exchange

Why it’s Great: The style in Buffalo Exchange is bold. The moment you walk in you’re treated to fiercely styled mannequins that give you a taste of what you can find within the store. Sometimes you’ll be wishing you could take the outfits right off of the mannequins. The pricing is really good, especially for the fabulous pieces that you can uncover. This is the perfect way for any thrifter to end the day. The store has a men and women’s section.

Price Range: $

March 21st, 2014 by Danielle Hagerty, Temple University '15

Top 5 Reasons To Find Your Career in Philly

You already go to school here…now it’s time to find a job! Whether you’re a first-semester freshman or a senior graduating in the spring, it’s never too early or too late to start thinking about your future career. There are so many reasons to stay in Philly for your first real job (and beyond!).

Connections
Just by going to a school in or around Philly, you already have more connections than you might think. There are organizations such as Young Involved Philadelphia (YIP) that provide excellent resources to help you network and become connected with potential employers. Try tapping into your school’s alumni network or just catch up with friends who have already graduated about their career paths to further increase your contacts and network circle.

Opportunity 
According to Forbes, Philadelphia ranks in the top ten for happiest cities for young professionals. This is due in part to the opportunities that are available to up-and-coming recent graduates. Events such as our Online Internship Fair (March 24-28) create great opportunities for students and alumni who are looking for the experience that will help them get their dream job.

Affordable Living
According to Flying Kite, Philadelphia is one of the most inexpensive cities in the United States in terms of living costs. This means that you won’t be spending your entire paycheck on things like rent or groceries. The average cost of housing of Philly is 25% less expensive than Boston, and 11% less expensive than Baltimore, so you’ll save a lot of money in the long run.

Thriving Start-Ups
Philly.com published an article in February that discussed the up-and-coming prosperous companies that are popping up all over the city. “Small businesses with innovative approaches are thriving here in Philadelphia,” said Mayor Nutter in the article. Companies like RJMetrics, Curalate, and ChargeItSpot are all start-up companies that have bases or headquarters in Philadelphia, so this is a great area to work in if you’re interested in technology or start-ups.

Best Overall City Experience 
Philadelphia is just an overall great place to live. Travel & Leisure Magazine recently named Philly as #1 in culture, #2 for street food, #2 for free attractions, and #3 in coolest street art. You can see the full list hereUwishunu.com also recently listed all of the reasons why you’ll want to stick around Philly in 2014. Need we say more?

Based on the findings of our 2010 Student Retention Survey, it looks as if most of you don’t need convincing: 75% of students surveyed said that they were interested in staying in the city after graduation. For the other 25% of you, we hope this article convinced you why Philadelphia is not only the best place to find a job, but also a great place to have fun, explore, and live.

You can email Danielle Hagerty for more information at danielle.hagerty@temple.edu.

March 20th, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager and Yowei Shaw

Top Places To Visit on a Student Budget

Having fun can seem hard when you’re on a student budget, but all you need to know are the right places to go! If you’re running low on cash, visit these places for free or affordable events.

Free Library of Philadelphia — multiple locations

If it has the word ‘free’ in it’s name, you know it’ll be a great choice for someone on a budget. The Free Library has tons of events at many of their branches, but most of them take place at their Center City location on Vine Street. They offer author events with a variety of writers, classes, movie screenings, and an annual Book Festival.

World Cafe Live — 3025 Walnut Street

The World Cafe Live is a concert venue that frequently has affordable or even free shows! Many of their performances cost less than $15, with some of the more popular artists costing a little more. They also have a wide variety of artists and musicians, as well as non-musical events like Story Slams and Open Mic Nights. This is the place to go if you want to see lots of concerts but can’t afford the more pricey venues.

Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts — 300 South Broad Street

Although many of the Kimmel Center’s performances can be expensive, every week or so they have free events that are open to the public. They range from concerts and workshops to lectures and discussions. To attend, all you need to do is visit their website and reserve tickets online. There is a full list of upcoming free events here!

Philadephia’s Magic Gardens — 1020 South Street

Located on South Street, this is a very popular destination for students not only because of the beautiful and unique mosaics — it also has a really affordable entrance fee! It’s just $5 to enter the Magic Gardens and explore everything it has to offer. Garden guides are available to answer any questions you may have about the tiles, and you can stay for as long as you want. For an extra $5 on the weekends, there are full tours twice a day.

Chemical Heritage Foundation Museum — 315 Chestnut Street

This museum may seem like it would only be interesting for scientists, but that’s definitely not the case. Focusing on the journey chemistry has taken from alchemy to modern science, this museum will give you a whole new perspective on the subject through art, artifacts, and their knowledgeable team of experts. Best part of all, it’s completely free!

You can contact Simona DeDominicis for more info at simona.dedominicis@gmail.com.

 

March 19th, 2014 by Danielle Hagerty, Temple University '15

Top 5 Career Listings: Get Paid For Your Work

It’s five-for-five: no matter what internship you apply to this week, know that you’ll get paid for the work that you’ll be doing!

IKEA North America Services, LLC: Human Resources Internship
We know that you already know who they are, but we’ll tell you anyways: IKEA is a furniture company that provides products that are affordable for everyone. They are looking for a human resources intern who will assist their service office team. This intern would work to secure consistency with their global job description initiative. Applicants should be organized and have good communications and interpersonal skills!

Beneficial Bank: Personal Lines Account Executive
Beneficial Bank is looking to hire! They are seeking out a candidate who can handle all of the nuts and bolts of client insurance accounts. If employed, you will be expected to be able to handle client requests, work with sales associates, and manage and maintain renewal information such as policy and endorsements. Qualifications include three or more years of industry experience, proficiency in Word and Office, and a Property/Casualty License.

Grand American Tours: Hospitality, Tourism and Travel Internship
Do you love adventure and travel? Wanna get paid to learn about them? You’ll be able to do just that through Grand American Tours, a wholesale cruise company. With this internship, you will learn how to work successfully with a team, increase your organizational skills, and gain considerable knowledge of the travel industry. Applicants should be pursuing a degree in hospitality or a related field and be comfortable with talking and interacting with others.

The Karma Agency: Account Management Internship
The Karma Agency is an independent communications marketing firm located here in Philly, and they are looking for Account Management interns for the summer! Your responsibilities would be conducting brand and category research, project management, presentation and creative brief writing, and project planning. Applicants should be great team players, communicators, and organizers.

Springboard Collaborative: Springboard Collaborative Summer Operations Lead
The Springboard Collaborative is a non-profit whose goal it is to close the reading achievement gap. They are looking to pay passionate recent graduates for the position of Operations Site Manager Intern for their upcoming summer session! This position would include the responsibilities of the day-to-day administration of non-instructional student services and ensuring data integrity within their data systems.

You can email Danielle Hagerty for more info at danielle.hagerty@temple.edu.

March 17th, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager and Yowei Shaw

Top 5 Events: On Stage and On Screen

Philly’s got a lot of movies and musicians in town this week. Whether you’d like to kick back and relax in a theater or dance the night away with some live music, you’ll definitely be entertained! Check out what’s playing on stage and on screen with our Top 5 Philly Events.

Akira at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute

When: March 17th, 7 pm – 9:30 pm  Where: Bryn Mawr Film Institute – 824 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr  Price: $12

If you like anime, you’ve probably already heard of this cult film. “Akira” is the tale of a biker with psychic powers and his experiences in Neo-Tokyo. Don’t miss out on a chance to see this masterpiece of Japanese animation!

WXPN Presents The War on Drugs

When: March 18th, 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm  Where: Union Transfer – 1026 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia Price: $18

The War on Drugs is a Philadelphia-based indie band that’s releasing their third album this month. If you’re into Bob Dylan, you’ll like this band — the founders met due to their mutual love of his music. They’re joined by rock band White Laces.

Third Thursdays of Horror!: Deep Red

When: March 20th, 7 pm – 9 pm  Where: Free Library of Philadelphia — 1901 Vine St, Philadelphia Price: Free!

Every third Thursday of the month, the Free Library of Philadelphia holds showings of horror movies. This month, the film is “Deep Red,” directed by Italian director Dario Argento, about the investigation of the murder of a psychic medium.

WXPN Welcomes Jake Clemons

When: March 21st, 7 pm — 10 pm  Where: World Cafe Live — 3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia Price: $10-$12

If you like rock music blended with soul, check out Jake Clemons. This musician plays multiple instruments and will definitely provide you with a musical treat.

Gary Numan at the Trocadero

When: March 23rd, 7:30 pm – 10 pm  Where: Trocadero Theater — 1003 Arch St, Philadelphia Price: $25

Gary Numan is a unique musician who combines electronic and industrial music to create a very otherworldly sound. Check out his music as he takes the stage with Big Black Delta!

If you’re looking for more ideas about things to do in the Philadelphia region, check out our calendar HERE.

You can contact Simona DeDominicis for more info at simona.dedominicis@gmail.com.