Archive for April, 2014

April 30th, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager and Yowei Shaw

Guide to Summer Festivals
& Events

Staying in the area this summer? Check out our top picks for summer festivals and events in Philly! From food trucks to cabaret, there will be something for everyone.

Italian Market Festival 

When: May 17th-18th, 10 am – 6 pm Where: South 9th Street, Philadelphia Cost: Free

Ciao, bella! South Philly is hosting its annual Italian Market Festival. Enjoy Italian food (of course), artisan vendors, crafts and more! This year is also Di Bruno Brothers’ 75th anniversary, so be sure to stop by for some cheese and charcuterie.

The Food Trust’s Night Markets

When: May-October Where: Various locations Cost: Free

If you like food, Night Markets are for you. Bringing together dozens of food trucks, bars, and restaurants, these street food festivals are a great way to try out Philly food. They take place in a different location every month or so, the first one being in Old City on May 15th.

Radio 104.5’s Summer Block Parties

When: May-September Where: The Piazza at Schmidt’s –  1001 N 2nd St, Philadelphia Cost: Free

See some of your favorite bands perform for free at the Piazza at Schmidt’s this summer! Every month, Radio 104.5 will be hosting a show with a new set of bands. The best part is — no tickets, reservations, or RSVP required. Just show up and enjoy the concert! This year, performers include Phantogram, Neon Trees, and Grouplove.

Manayunk Arts Festival 

When: June 21st-22nd, 4 pm – 6 pm Where: Main Street, Manayunk, Philadelphia Cost: Free

For something a little off the grid, head out to Manayunk for their 25th annual Arts Festival. This is a juried event showcasing fine arts and crafts from all over the area. If you’re looking for home decor, gifts, or just want to check out local talent, you should definitely attend.

Bastille Day

When: July 12th, 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Where: Eastern State Penitentiary — 2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia Cost: Free

Check out a version of the French Revolution you’ve never seen before! The Bearded Ladies, a cabaret group, will be reenacting Bastille Day through costume, song, and dance. It won’t be totally historically accurate, but it’ll definitely be entertaining! Also, 3,000 Tastykakes will be thrown from the penitentiary into the crowd.

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

April 29th, 2014 by Danielle Hagerty, Temple University '15

Top 5 Career Listings:
Calling All Creative Thinkers

These internships allow you to let your creative side go wild! They include opportunities to write, explore, and create, so don’t be afraid to think outside of the box.

Campus Philly, Open Arts: Open Arts Online Promotions Intern

If you’re a lover of Philly art and culture, then this is your internship! Open Arts is looking for an intern to publicize upcoming events, connect students through Facebook and Twitter, and update social media platforms with fun news and posts. You will receive a stipend for your work! This opportunity is perfect for students in advertising, marketing, public relations, and media fields.

Campus Philly: Summer Editorial Intern Heads Up Beat

You always know about all of the amazing events and happenings that are going on in Philly….now’s your chance to share the knowledge with fellow students! Campus Philly is looking for an intern to publicize everything that is going on in the city. Qualifications include strong writing skills, ability to meet deadlines, and a background in social media platforms. Come and be a part of the awesome Campus Philly team!

Al Día News Media: Summer Multimedia Marketing Program

Al Día is a Latino news and opinion newspaper in Philadelphia (their content is in both Spanish and English!). They are looking for interns who are interested in a career in multimedia and/or journalism. Interns will be a part of their summer program in which they will utilize their skills in social media strategy and tactics, event marketing, and editorial content. At the end of the program, one student will be hired to continue working for Al Día!

Here’s My Chance: Design Intern For Good

Calling all philanthropists, artists, and web designers! Here’s My Chance is a creative company that provides affordable designs and services for non-profit organizations and social enterprises. They are looking for interns to help their creative department with web creating, image hunting, logo designing, and branding. Qualifications for this internship include graphic or web design experience, proficiency in Photoshop, and a can-do attitude!

Pig Iron Theatre Company: Costume Internship

The Pig Iron Theatre, located in the Olde Kensington neighborhood, is a company that is dedicated to the creation of new and challenging performances. They are seeking an intern who will assist them with the development of their newest work, 99 Breakups. Your duties will include costuming the cast, maintaining inventory during rehearsals, and running the final production wardrobe.

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

April 28th, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager and Yowei Shaw

Top 5 Events:
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

This week, our Top 5 Events offer great opportunities to try some fantastic food and drink! If you’re over the age of 21, you can partake in Quizzo, a prohibition party, or a wine tasting. If not, there is plenty of food to be eaten on South Street or at Peddler’s Village! Check out the events below.

Science on Tap Quizzo

When: April 28th, 6 pm – 8:30 pm  Where: National Mechanics Philadelphia Bar and Restaurant — 22 S. 3rd St, Philadelphia Price: Free!

If you (or your friends) know any science-related facts, show off your knowledge at this event. Gather a team and compete for prizes at National Mechanics as a part of the Philadelphia Science Festival. 

PAFA After Dark: Password Required

When: May 1st, 6 pm – 9 pm  Where: Pennsylvania Academy Of The Fine Arts — 118 N. Broad St, Philadelphia Price: $10-$15

If you’ve ever wanted to travel back in time to the 1920’s, this may be the next best thing. PAFA is hosting a prohibition-themed event with cocktails and jazz. You can even make your own flapper headband! Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.

Magda Meringue Album Release Party

When: May 2nd, 6 pm – 10 pm Where: Pinot Boutique — 227 Market St, Philadelphia Price: $5-$15

Celebrate the release of Magda Meringue’s new album! Their music is described as a whimsical blend of genres in an experimental way, and you can come listen to selections from the album for yourself while enjoying a wine tasting! The event is free, but the wine tasting costs $5 (with the option of a VIP wine tasting for $15).

South Street Spring Festival 

When: May 3rd, 11 am – 8 pm  Where: South Street, Philadelphia Price: Free!

Celebrate the start of spring at South Street this year! This outdoor block party will feature food trucks, live music, and artisan vendors. This fun-filled event is free to attend!

Peddler’s Village Strawberry Festival

When: May 4th, 10 am — 6 pm  Where: Peddler’s Village – Lahaska, PA Price: Free!

It’s the season for strawberries! Celebrate the beloved berry in Peddler’s Village this year. Listen to live music, check out the pie eating contest, and eat delicious strawberry foods. 

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.

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

Check Out These
Science Festival Events!

It’s almost time for the Philadelphia Science Festival! One of the most anticipated events of the year, this week-long festival takes place from April 25 – May 3 and is jam packed with exciting things to do. Check out some of the most exciting events here!

I Love My Science Job

When: April 30th, 4 pm – 6 pm Where: Quorum – 3711 Market Street, 8th Floor, Philadelphia Cost: Free

Not all science jobs take place in the lab! Get a 360° view of the diverse job opportunities within the science and technology industries and hear from a variety of speakers, from physics teacher Dan Ueda to WHYY Innovations reporter Zack Seward.

Sounds Made Up: (True) Tales From The History Of Science

When: April 27th, 4 pm – 6 pm Where: World Cafe Live –  3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia Cost: $10

Comedians, historians, and scientists will be present to tell the unbelievable tales that come from the history of science. Laugh and learn something new at this event!

West Philly Science Showcase

When: April 29th, 6 pm — 8 pm Where: World Cafe Live –  3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia Cost: Free

Want to know what’s going on in the world of science? Experts from universities and research centers from around Philly will be discussing what’s new. The University of Pennsylvania, University City Science Center, Drexel University and more will be sending speakers to tell you about today’s cutting edge research.

Love, Lust, and Loathing: The Science Behind our Strongest Emotions

When: April 30th, 6 pm – 8 pm Where: Frankford Hall – 1210 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia Cost: $5-$15

Ever wondered what creates emotions in your body? Learn all about the chemical reasons behind some of the strongest feelings in both humans and other animals at Frankford Hall. This event is $5 or $15 for VIP tickets.

DIY Science: Fermentation

When: May 1st,  6 pm – 8 pm Where: Di Bruno Brothers – 1730 Chestnut St, Philadelphia Cost: $15

Wine and cheese are definitely awesome, but the process of making them is even cooler. Learn all about the fermentation process at Di Bruno Brothers by tasting and even creating your own fermentation experiment with yogurt and sauerkraut. Reservations are required, so sign up quickly!

For the full list of events, check out the Science Festival’s website here.

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

April 22nd, 2014 by Danielle Hagerty, Temple University '15

Top 5 Career Listings:
Stick Around For Summer

With these internships, you won’t have to worry about looking far and wide for something to do this summer. They’re all right here in Philly!

Campus Philly, Open Arts: Open Arts Online Promotions Intern
If you’re a lover of Philly art and culture, then this is your internship! Open Arts is looking for an intern to publicize upcoming events, connect students through Facebook and Twitter, and update social media platforms with fun news and posts. You will receive a stipend for your work! This opportunity is perfect for students in advertising, marketing, public relations, and media fields.

Campus Philly: Summer Editorial Intern Profile Beat
If you’re a people person, storyteller, or curious city explorer, then come be Campus Philly’s next profile beat intern! You’ll be meeting and interviewing everyone from the CEOs of Philadelphia start-ups to peers who are interning at the Art Museum, and you will receive either a stipend or academic credit. Applicants should have strong writing skills, the ability to meet deadlines and multitask, and a background in social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

Al Día News Media: Summer Multimedia Marketing Program
Al Día is a Latino news and opinion newspaper in Philadelphia (their content is in both Spanish and English!). They are looking for interns who are interested in a career in multimedia and/or journalism. Interns will be a part of their summer program in which they will utilize their skills in social media strategy and tactics, event marketing, and editorial content. At the end of the program, one student will be hired to continue working for Al Día!

Mayor’s Office of Sustainability: Benchmarking Policy & Outreach Intern
D.C. isn’t the only place to get a policy or government internship! Greenworks Philadelphia is an initiative started by Mayor Nutter in 2009 to help make Philadelphia more sustainable. The Mayor’s Office of Sustainability is looking for an intern who will help advance the goals of Greenworks. This intern would help with policy and outreach and support several program areas with a focus on the benchmarking program.

Cachet Communications: Social Media Superstars
Cachet Communications is a lifestyle PR, marketing, and special events firm who represent health, medical, fashion, tech, and culinary companies. They are searching for interns who are tech-savvy and ready to gain hands-on experience! During your time with them, you will be attending business planning sessions, meeting decision makers, and learning what successful event planning looks like from start to finish.

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

April 21st, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager and Yowei Shaw

The Best of Outdoor Philly:
Simona’s Picks

In honor of the spring weather that has (finally) arrived, we asked two of our editorial interns to highlight the best outdoor spots in Philly. Simona DeDominicis, our event writer, lists her picks below:

The Philadelphia Zoo

Where: 3400 W. Girard Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Why She Loves It: The zoo is one of the best places to spend a spring day — plenty of animals to see, food to eat, and places to explore. The Philadelphia Zoo also has many events happening in the spring and early summer, making it an even more attractive location for a day out. This month, they have many runs, walks, and fundraising events for causes like autism awareness and orangutan preservation!

Delaware River Waterfront

Where: 121 N. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA

Why She Loves It: This location has hosted many exciting events in the past and doesn’t plan to stop any time soon! From concerts on Festival Pier to craft bazaars on Penn’s Landing, this is a great place to go to be outdoors and experience a different side of the city.

Longwood Gardens

Where: 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA

Why She Loves It: If you want to feel like you’ve been transported to a fairytale, escape from busy city life and head out to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square. Their fields of flowers definitely set the scene for a perfect spring day! Best part of all — they have plenty of events and students discounts. Be sure to check out their current exhibition, “Spring Blooms.”

Franklin Square

Where: 200 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA

Why She Loves It: If you’ve ever dreamed of being a kid again, this is the place to be. There’s mini golf, a carousel, and burgers and fries to munch on. Have some carefree fun in the sun or stop by for one of their many events. It’s also a historic landmark — check out the Franklin Square Fountain or the Living Flame Memorial.

The Piazza at Schmidt’s 

Where: 1001 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA

Why She Loves It: Located in Northern Liberties, this square is filled with galleries, boutiques, and restaurants. It’s a great place to walk around and explore, and the square features a stage and a big screen TV for all your entertainment needs. In the spring and summer, the Piazza holds concerts, farmers’ markets, and parties, so it’s never a dull place to be.

April 21st, 2014 by Jayson Flores

The Best of Outdoor Philly:
Jayson’s Picks

In honor of the spring weather that has (finally) arrived, we asked two of our editorial interns to highlight the best outdoor spots in Philly. Jayson Flores, our profile writer, lists his picks below:

The Race Street Pier

Location: 201 S. Columbus Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA

Why He Loves It: Think of modern interior design–except put it all outside, and add a river. That’s the Race Street Pier. This space is beautiful during the day and even more spectacular at night. The Pier features an extensive arrangement of lights along the rail and waterfront, making for a dazzling view.

Franklin Square

Location: 6th and Race, Philadelphia, PA

Why He Loves It: Nature meets the excitement of the city in Franklin Square. The space features a mini golf course, food vendors, a gorgeous fountain, and it’s a great place to bring your family when they visit. There are also many quiet picnic areas where you can relax, if noise and excitement aren’t the goal of your visit.

Morris Arboretum 

Location: 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Why He Loves It: This is the perfect spot for those who really enjoy nature. The Morris Arboretum aims to explore the complex relationship between plants, people, and place. Quality education and vast amounts of green space is the name of the game at the Morris Arboretum. Enjoy and relax, and learn a thing or two along the way.

Drexel Park

Location: 32nd and Powelton, Philadelphia, PA

Why He Loves It: Find a spot in this expansive 2.5 acre green space to hit the books, listen to some music, or to watch the clouds go by. Fawn over all of the dogs being walked through the park, or bring your own for a nice walk if you’re looking for a cool new spot to let them enjoy this weather too.

Wissahickon Valley Park

Location: 8708 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Why He Loves It: Escape the noise and rush of the city at Wissahickon Valley Park, a wooded valley that offers the perfect spot for joggers and runners who want to be able to enjoy their exercise. Run, walk, skip–do whatever makes you happy, because the space is yours. If you’re looking for some peace and tranquility in your life, this is the spot.

April 21st, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager and Yowei Shaw

Top 5 Events: Spring Has Sprung

The warm weather and sun are finally here to stay, so get outside and enjoy the changing of the seasons! Our top 5 Philly events this week are all outdoors- or nature-related. Be sure to check them out!

Earth Day Celebration

When: April 22nd, 9:30 am – 5 pm  Where: National Constitution Center — 525 Arch St, Philadelphia Price: $13 for students with ID

Find out how you can help the environment at the National Constitution Center’s Earth Day Celebration! Learn about making your community more green, create earth-friendly crafts, and hear environmental organizations discuss eco-related topics.

Sprouting Creativity: The Plant World Meets the Art World

When: April 23rd, 6 pm – 7:30 pm Where: Fleisher Art Memorial — 719 Catharine St, Philadelphia Price: Free!

If you’ve ever been interested in the combination of art and nature, check out this talk at the Fleisher Art Memorial. Library Seed Bank’s Jeff Quattrone will be teaching all about ‘guerrilla gardening’ and how you can use plants to enhance your art creatively. This event is free, but registration is required.

Spring Blooms

When: April 24th, 9 am – 6 pm  Where: Longwood Gardens — 1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square Price: $8 for students with ID

Thousands of tulips, daffodils, and other colorful flowers are blooming at Longwood Gardens! View the beautiful arrangements of spring blossoms all in one place.

Phila Flea Market

When: April 26th, 8 am – 5 pm  Where: Sister Cities Park – 210 N 18th St, Philadelphia Price: Pay as you go

Shop for jewelry, furniture, art and more at this outdoor flea market! This market pops up four times a year and is not to be missed. Enjoy the spring weather, support your community, and leave with some great finds!

22nd Annual University City 5K

When: April 27th, 9:30 am — 12:30 pm  Where: Drexel University — 3141 Chestnut St, Philadelphia Price: $20-$25

Runners, get ready! Drexel University is holding a 5K benefiting the Nicholas P. Pipino Memorial Scholarship. It’s open to runners of all levels and costs just $20 to register in advance ($25 on race day).

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.

April 17th, 2014 by Danielle Hagerty, Temple University '15

From Student To Professional:
ParenteBeard’s Nicole Young

Some students may dread the day they have to face the working world, while others are itching to start the next chapter of their professional lives. Either way, transitioning from student to young professional is something that every college graduate will eventually face. For Nicole Young, senior tax accountant at ParenteBeard, an accounting and business advisory firm headquartered in Center City, prior experience was what made the transition a smooth process. “I always had summer jobs or internships, so the idea of working in a professional environment was not daunting or a foreign concept,” Young said. “With that said, it [was] weird to start working and thinking ‘I’m a grown up, and this is real life.’ I think it is a surreal feeling to know you are no longer a student and you are not living in that campus bubble.”

The college that prepared Young for this new and professional life was Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, where she started in 2006. There, she majored in both accounting and international business and graduated in 2010. Just before she graduated, ParenteBeard started recruiting on her campus, which is when she first learned about the company. From there, it was a process of interviewing and interacting with the firm’s partners. “After that, they called to offer me the position, and the rest is history,” Young said. “I have been here for four years.”

So, what’s it like working for one of the top 25 accounting firms in the country? For Young, there is no “average work day” because of the nature of accounting firms. Right now, it’s tax season. “I work in the tax department, [so] most of my clients are manufacturers, corporations, and some banks,” she said. “I do a lot of specialty tax work, mainly focusing on research and development credit studies. With these studies I have to plan visits to go visit the client, so sometimes my schedule may involve traveling.”

Her experience at ParenteBeard is unique in its diverse roles. At other firms, young professionals often do not have client interaction until they are mid-career. At ParenteBeard, however, staff accountants are challenged from the start. The firm is known to have a commitment to nurturing their employees’ careers; they mentor them and enable them to have client contact early on. Due to the long hours the industry requires, ParenteBeard allows flexible work schedules which team members appreciate.

Young said that the transition was definitely something she had to get used to. “The hardest thing about starting my career was the work life balance and being able to stay awake and alert for over 8 hours a day,” she said. “In college, you have a lot more time to complete assignments, whereas in the professional world, if someone needs something by 5:00, you need to have it ready and cannot reach out last minute asking for an extension.”

Nicole’s advice for those about to make the transition? “Realize that finding your balance will lead to a challenging and successful career long-term, beyond the immediate future.”

If you are interested in working for ParenteBeard, check out their careers page or follow them on Twitter. Also, check out this video on how their team members manage work schedules with personal life.

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

April 17th, 2014 by Danielle Hagerty, Temple University '15

In It To Win It:
The Al Día Internship Challenge

Although Philadelphia’s overall population has been fluctuating over the past decade, the Latino community has been steadily growing. Since 2000, it has increased by 58 percent. Today, Latinos make up 10 percent of Philadelphia’s population, with numbers rising more and more each year. Al Día, a Hispanic newspaper based in Philly that publishes its content in both Spanish and English, has been the primary news source for this growing community. Since its foundation in 1992, Al Día’s prevalence has grown to reach over 96 percent of Latino households in the Philadelphia area and beyond.

This year, Al Día is doing big things with journalism students in Philadelphia. In November, they will be awarding two $25,000 fellowships to journalism students in the area. “This will be the largest cash investment ever for Hispanic journalism in America,” said Greg D’Amico, executive assistant to the CEO. Al Día will also be launching an innovative summer internship program that was inspired by the film, “The Internship.” The company’s CEO and founder, Hernán Guaracao, saw “The Internship” and decided to implement an internship program, similar to the one portrayed in the film, at Al Día.

So, what exactly is this program? Yes, it is an internship, but it’s also a competition. At the end of the summer, Al Día will choose the intern who worked the hardest and produced the best work to continue working at the newspaper. “Interns will take on numerous tasks during the workweek, both individually and in creative groups,” said D’Amico.

Interns’ tasks will vary from week to week and could include organizing special events, updating and maintaining social media platforms, designing postcards and flyers, and distributing editorial content. “They will learn to develop and improve our online presence as well as our advertising strategy,” D’Amico said. “They will [also] be asked to measure the growth of their outreach ability over the course of the program.”

The idea behind the competitive aspect of the internship, similar to the movie that inspired it, is to motivate students to produce optimum results. “[Our CEO] agreed with the idea that competition will fuel the interns to do their very best work, and highlight their strengths and weaknesses,” said D’Amico. “Though it is a competition, students have the opportunity to display their teamwork skills while achieving tasks with the help of their peers.”

The ultimate goal of the internship, however, is to continue the growth of Al Día as well as maintain its prominence as the primary source of information for the Hispanic community. “We really want to see the Al Día foundation grow exponentially in the next 5 years,” D’Amico said, “[which will give] us the ability to award more scholarships and fellowships and give internships to students interested in Multicultural and Multimedia journalism.”

Interested? Find out more about the position and how to apply here. Also, be sure to check out their video to see how Al Día is shaking things up in Philadelphia.

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