Archive for September, 2014

September 30th, 2014 by Kathryn Connolly, Villanova '15

Top 5 Events: Alfresco Autumn

The air is cooling, the leaves are turning—fall is in full swing in Philadelphia! But that doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy time outside (in fact, it’s probably even better to now with the milder temps and crisper air!). So before it truly gets too cold, toss on a sweater or a light jacket and enjoy this week’s Top 5 Events that feature fall outdoor fun. Catch a movie, cheer on racers in an ancient Chinese tradition, strolls the streets of Philly for food, deals, and activities, or just hang out outside and relax.

Camden Roosevelt Plaza Pop Up Park
When: Now until December Where: Along 5th Street, between Market and Federal Streets, Camden Cost: Free!

Spend a day outside and enjoy this revitalized park in downtown Camden. New landscaping offers a beautiful green space to relax in, and the public art on display presents a vibrant pop in the innovative space. Colorful seating and tables are the perfect place to enjoy lunch or just hang out with friends, and interactive lighting units that change based on passing motion round out this lively, exciting pop-up park.

Night Market Philadelphia
When: October 2nd, 7:00 p.m. –11:00 p.m. Where: 10th and Race Street, Chinatown Cost: Pay as you go

Don’t miss the last installment in the Night Market Philadelphia 2014 series! The final stop on this Philly food-frenzy tour is Chinatown, where the streets will be jammed with favorites from the city’s exciting food scene. Enjoy fare from local restaurants and food trucks, and watch regional musicians and talented artists like Johnny Showcase perform at this street fair. Head out to this block party and experience one of the great neighborhoods of Philly!

Philadelphia Dragon Boat Festival
When: October 4th , 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Where: Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill River Cost: Free!

Dragon Boat racing is a tradition that dates back to ancient China, and today it is one of the fastest-growing water sports. Watch as the boats, decorated in brilliant colors and dragon heads and tails, are paddled by 20 people and race to the finish line in North America’s largest Dragon Boat racing festival. The races aren’t the only excitement, though—numerous corporate, civic, and community groups will have tents set up in a picnic area along the riverfront. Live music and vendors sell dragon boat goods and other Asian products such as clothes and crafts as well. So pack a picnic and enjoy this fun day by the river!

Midtown Village Fall Festival
When: October 4th, 12:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where: 13th Street between Chestnut and Locust Streets Cost: Pay as you go

This is another great block party that you can’t miss! Eight hours of food, drinks, entertainment, and more is a great way to kick off the fall season. Tents along 13th street will offer delicious food and drinks from the neighborhood’s restaurants, and other vendors will be scattered throughout the festival (including beer gardens! 21+). Multiple stages will pump out live music from various artists, and retail booths will have deals for meandering shoppers. Lastly, enjoy sumo wrestling, dunk tanks, and other fun activities too!

Live @ Lunch: No Good Sister
When: October 8th, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Where: Dilworth Park, Cost: Free!

Experience the beauty and fun of the new Dilworth Park! Take a break from work or school at lunchtime to come and see a local band, No Good Sister, perform. The trio, composed of a mom, a teacher, and a waitress, have been performing together since 2012, and you can check out their music here. FirstPersonArts will also hold a Story Slam during intermission, so be sure to stop by.

 

September 30th, 2014 by Caitlin Way, Arcadia University '15

Top 5 Careers: Technology & People

This week’s internships all center around communicating with others, with most using technology as the medium to do so. Maybe you enjoy connecting with others through online communication? If that is the case, you should check out the Capital One or Sustrana internships. Perhaps face-to-face interactions are more your style? The volunteering teacher openings for Keep Philadelphia Beautiful would be a good option for you to share that skill. And if you like to create something that will communicate information to others, TargetX and Emergency Office of Philadelphia might have the right internships. Check them all out below!

Capital One: Inbound Sales Associate
If you like connecting to customers to help them, you should check out the Inbound Sales Associate position at Capital One. They are looking for someone that can communicate well with people. The main responsibility for the job is interacting with customers to fulfill their banking solutions needs. Other qualities sought in a candidate include having a competitive sales drive, commitment to excel, and the ability to work independently. In this position, you will learn new skills that will give you valuable work experience. Success in the job as an associate may also eventually lead to more responsibilities and more earning opportunities in the company.

TargetX: Software Developer
A local technology solutions company, TargetX, is looking for a software developer to become part of their unique team. TargetX prides itself on its one-of-a-kind business policies that follow their 30 Fundamentals. Their office, located in Conshohocken, provides enterprise-wide CRM software to colleges and universities. The tasks for this job will include creating and maintaining their system using Salesforce’s Visual Force (a markup language) and APEX (essentially Java) languages as well as Javascript. Along with this task, the intern will program automated Salesforce unit tests and user level tests in a Selenium-based environment.

Keep Philadelphia Beautiful: Volunteer Teacher Program
Keep Philadelphia Beautiful is a nonprofit agency that works to help communities in Philadelphia improve their neighborhood by working on their physical and visual aspects.  They focus mainly on civic engagement, litter prevention, waste reduction, and recycling education and promotion.  For the spring semester (January through May), they are looking for volunteer teachers to work with them on a project. Keep Philadelphia Beautiful hopes to conduct two workshops each month during that time period to students in school classrooms. The workshops would center around their mission of civic engagement and environmental stewardship.  There are currently five of these positions available.

Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management: Video Production Intern
For those that have skills with video production, the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management is looking for someone with your talents.  This office is responsible for developing the City’s plans for large scale emergencies and disasters, conducting training and exercises to view the effectiveness of their plans, and educating the general public about how to react during a crisis.  The video production intern position will require you to assist the External Affairs Division of the office. You will help to produce Public Service Announcements, event videos, press conference videos, and web videos connected with the office. The media that you have a hand in producing will be broadcast to influence the public about how to be prepared for emergencies in Philadelphia.

Sustrana LLC: Marketing and Blogging Internship
Sustrana is a company that wishes develop their online sustainability management and planning platform for small- and medium-sized businesses.  For the internship they are offering, it would require that person be savvy both with the implementation of marketing campaigns as well as the understanding of researching and drafting of digital marketing in different social media platforms. The intern will write tweets, Facebook posts, blogs, and articles. They will also need to be able to create campaign emails and newsletters. Besides writing, other tasks for the internship may include marketing metrics and data entry. The intern may also be asked to be part of special projects that will be influenced by their skill set and interests.

September 26th, 2014 by Caitlin Way, Arcadia University '15

How to Get “LinkedIn”

With an even more tech savvy generation moving into the work force, it makes complete sense that job searching and networking has made a permanent home on the Internet. The most popular way to do this is through the site LinkedIn. While it has been around since 2003, the site has only recently started to gain popularity with a wider audience.  LinkedIn, sometimes called  “the Facebook for professionals”, doesn’t necessarily seem to be something every college student would need, but we’re here to tell you how it can definitely help you out.

To get a LinkedIn veteran’s insight, I sat down with  Jennifer Devor, who is Campus Philly’s career program manager.  At the beginning of her career, Devor realized the importance of connecting with people on both a personal and professional level. Before joining LinkedIn, she found herself in the midst of a large network that only existed in an old-school Rolodex of addresses, business cards, and phone numbers.

When I asked Devor about when a college student should get a LinkedIn account, she answered quickly with “as soon as possible.  LinkedIn isn’t just a job search engine, it is a place to keep connections that could benefit you down the road. ” She suggests adding people from your first year of college, so that you will have a wide network by the time you graduate.

Your Profile

When you first sign up for an account, you are asked for personal and professional information that you would typically put on a resume.  Devor made the distinction clear, however: “LinkedIn is not the same as a resume but should complement it.” Your resume is all about past experiences, but LinkedIn can show your personal career ambitions.  The best way to view your profile is to see it as dressing for the job you want, not for the job you have.

One way to do this is with a strong headline which is the most important profile feature, according to Devor. After your name, the headline is the second item that people see on your page. When choosing how to describe yourself, use searchable keywords that reflect your interests and skills. People (especially employers) can look for potential employees based on words in their headline. Devor advises to, “avoid using “student” or a specific job title” to not exclude yourself from those searches.

Your Profile Picture

Another key item about your life on LinkedIn is your profile picture. Even before someone looks at a profile, they see a thumbnail size picture of you. In this case, even such a tiny picture is worth a thousand words.  Using that selfie you took in the car or cropping a group shot while at a party probably won’t shine as positive a light on you. In this case, simple is the way to go. If you have a professional picture of yourself, use it! If you don’t, take one yourself. All you have to do is have a friend snap a picture of you from the chest up, wearing a nice shirt against a simple background.

Your Connections

Facebook has friends but LinkedIn has connections. Since it is a site aimed at professional ties, there seems to be a question of who you should and shouldn’t add to your connections. Devor recommends only adding people who you have interacted with in some way either through personal interaction (conference or interview) or  electronically about business (email or phone call).  “There is nothing wrong with adding a few family members to beef up your profile if they have an account though,” she adds as a side note.

The big question though is how do you network with professionals that you don’t know personally? The answer is simple:  join groups.  “The most under utilized tool on LinkedIn isn’t joining groups but actively participating in an online group: asking, commenting, and being part of the discussion.” Jennifer encourages people to engage in groups even if they aren’t particularly comfortable with posting online.  You never know how important a connection might end up being to your future!

September 26th, 2014 by Miljenka Sakic, Temple University '15

CONCILIO: Culture Meets Events

Now that it’s Hispanic Heritage month, Philadelphia’s multicultural organizations are hosting events that honor different aspects of the Hispanic culture. The Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations, Inc. (Concilio), will hold its annual Puerto Rican Day Parade on Sunday September 28th during the Puerto Rican Festival. Different from past years, the parade will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. Alida Padilla, Concilio’s Marketing Specialist Manager, tells us that this year’s theme is El Jíbaro Puertorriqueño: Root of our Identity. The theme honors a humble, Puerto Rican peasant farmer who developed art and culture through music and poetry.

Concilio was founded in 1962 by a group of Latino leaders concerned with multiple issues facing Philadelphia’s growing Latino community. It’s a nonprofit organization that provides social, educational, cultural, prevention/intervention services and programs to the Latino community in Philadelphia. In the past, the organization focused on the Spring Garden/North Philadelphia Hispanic community, but today it helps Hispanics throughout the entire city. Padilla tells us that to better serve the community, the organization will be relocating to a location in North Philadelphia where most of the Latino community lives.

One of the most successful aspects of the organization is that Concilio adapts its programs to the needs of the community. According to Padilla, Concilio, “holds one of the only immunization outreach programs throughout the city.” The youth programs have further developed to support the children in the community. Concilio understands the struggles the Hispanics face daily, and therefore offers programs that focus on improving parenting skills, youth and teen development, health and wellness, and counseling. Through these programs and events, Padilla says that Concilio helps support “the cultural education of the Philadelphia population” and celebrates the “Latino culture through music, dance, food, and more.”

Padilla has been working with Concilio for over a year. A Shippensburg University graduate, she studied Speech Communications and Ethnic Studies. Her involvement with event planning began years ago when she planned parties, fundraisers, and smaller events earlier in her career. Her experience in social services and program development as well as her skills with business communication led to her working at Concilio. She enjoys all aspects of working for a multicultural organization, but the most rewarding aspect is seeing the finished product. She states, “when I get that one moment during an event to actually observe the participants enjoying themselves…or seeing that the team is working harmoniously, it’s rewarding to know I was a part of it happening.”

While it may be rewarding, she reminds us that event planning can get stressful so it’s important to always be organized, concise, and stick to deadlines. Her advice for future event planners is to “be resourceful and develop relationship with vendors,” and always be ready for something unexpected to happen during an event, because that is inevitable. As for working with a multicultural organization, she encourages having passion for the culture. Get to know and understand who you work for and with, and if something goes wrong “walk away knowing you didn’t burn a bridge, but that you helped to build it towards a good and satisfying career.”

You can follow Concilio on Twitter @ConcilioPhilly or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/conciliophilly

September 24th, 2014 by Caitlin Way, Arcadia University '15

Top 5 Careers:
For the Detailed-Oriented

If you have a knack for being detail-oriented, the internships this week are calling your name. The best part is that there is a wide array of areas that are looking for that talent. Allen and Gerritsen along with Robert Half Technology are both looking for someone who has this skill in the technology field. On the other end of the spectrum, Lincoln Financial Group, Converge, and Tribe 12 are all looking for people with interpersonal expertise when it comes to details. Take a look at these opportunities to see if they might be the right fit for you!

Lincoln Financial Group: Development Intern
Maybe your semester is too busy for an internship but it is never too early to start thinking about your summer plans. Lincoln Financial Group is already in search of students for their Summer 2015 Internship Development Program. The experience will last for 10 weeks to provide those involved with plenty of opportunities to get an in-depth look at this type of career. Interns for the program will participate in development experiences, gain exposure to senior leaders, and receive mentoring from company workers. The requirements to apply are to be an undergraduate junior or senior, have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and possess excellent communication and leadership skills.

Allen and Gerritsen: Labs Technology Intern
Looking for an internship at a business that wears its geekiness on its sleeve? The Labs Technology position at a&g might be the right one for you! They are looking for someone who has a passion for the technological world and wants to explore consumer engagement. The intern will be in direct contact with the Development Team which creates, researches, builds, and tests client and internal projects. Those interested in applying should be a recent grad or current student in the technology, information systems, computer science, or similar field of study. They should have developmental skills in HTML, .NET, PHP, SQL, Python, basic knowledge of computing and microcontrollers,  and familiarity with content management systems like ExpressionEngine, WordPress, Drupal, or CraftCMS is a plus.

Robert Half Technology: Junior EDI Programmer Analyst
Robert Half Technology is an IT staffing company that prides itself on the belief that, “Technology doesn’t change the world. People do.” Robert Half Technology connects people with technological skills to people who need their expertise. The business is currently looking for someone who can work under minimal supervision to complete technology-related tasks. These jobs would include developing, implementing, and maintaining B2B data mappings using a combination or document types and EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) stand formats and methods between the company and their customers as well as vendors.

Converge: Human Resources Internship
If you are curious about Human Resource consulting, think about applying for the internship at Converge in Wayne, PA.  The job requires at least 15-20 hours per week with the responsibility of researching, developing, and implementing client HR programs including recruitment and HR compliance.  The ideal candidate for the position is currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program with a focus on Human Resource Management. Qualities desired for the intern include an aptness for organizational skills, strong research and writing skills, excellent phone presence, and the ability to be technologically savvy with Microsoft Office (especially Excel).

Tribe 12: Entrepreneurship and Events Planning Internship
Tribe 12 is a non-profit organization that connects young Jewish professionals to each other through events. They are currently in search of an intern to help plan and execute their ideas for their expanding community. One job of the internship would be to assist in planning events on their behalf. The other part of the internship will include helping to design and outfit their work space. The team of Tribe 12 is small, which means you will have a large hand in helping with projects that really matter in aiding their growth.

September 23rd, 2014 by Kathryn Connolly, Villanova '15

Top 5 Events: Food and Fun

M.F.K. Fisher once said: “First we eat, then we do everything else.” This week’s Top 5 Events feature some awesome opportunities for food lovers, as well as events where food is available. So enjoy the eats, but be sure to check out everything else that comes with them too!

Campus Philly’s CollegeFest
When: September 27th , 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: Steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Benjamin Franklin Parkway Cost: Free!

Wondering what Philadelphia has to offer you? Meet the City of Brotherly Love during this awesome festival for students! Experience the diverse flavors of the city as food trucks and vendors roll up to the steps; take advantage of the giveaways, samples and games from local and national sponsors; learn about volunteer options in the community; and get FREE access to some of Philly’s best museums! Live music and performances will entertain all day at the steps. Be sure to bring your friends and come meet Philly!

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival
When: September 28th, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: Main Street from Green Lane to Shurs Lane, Manayunk Cost: Pay as you go

This festival is a food lovers dream! More than 40 food trucks will roll into Manayunk and park on Main Street, offering a range of delectable food for eaters all day. Enjoy waffles, pizza, lobster rolls, crepes, burgers, tacos—anything that your palate desires. Also, the featured ingredient of the festival is apples, so many trucks will also provide apple-centered dishes. Take advantage of sidewalk sales too!

The Clover Market
When: September 28th , 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: 12 East Lancaster Ave., Ardmore Cost: Pay as you go

Enjoy a day strolling around and admiring treasures and art at this outdoor antiques market featuring over 100 vendors with collectibles, jewelry, clothing, and original art. These aren’t your average antiques, though—words like “stylish” and “aesthetically pleasing” understate the beautiful work of the emerging and experienced artists, designers, and craft-makers who will be present. Find the perfect gift for a friend or family member, or add finishing touches to your dorm or apartment! And yes, there will be food vendors too.

Creative Cafe Coffee Chat Series
When: September 29th , 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Where: The Creative Café @ Replica, 3711 Market St., Philadelphia Cost: $5

Are you looking to gain a professional edge? Or do you just want to grab a cup of coffee and learn from Philly’s best innovators? If you don’t have class, come over and gain some food for thought at the Creative Café Coffee Chat Series. Industry experts each give a 5 minute talk on the hottest topic in their field, followed by conversation with the attendees. This chat will feature top STEAM leaders in the region who will explore the fascinating connections between art and technology. So head over to this modern café, grab some breakfast, and drink some coffee with the inspired minds of Philadelphia.

Downingtown Fall Fest
When: September 28th , 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: Lancaster Ave. between Wallace Ave. and Green Street, Downingtown Cost: Pay as you go

Live closer to Downingtown than the city? You’ll still get the chance to enjoy a great festival with awesome eats at the fifth-annual Downingtown Fall Fest. Food vendors will range from pizza and burgers to Indian and Italian cuisine, and live music, crafts, and local business displays will fill Lancaster Ave. for the day. Victory Brewing Company will also host a beer garden with delicious food and drinks (21+).

September 19th, 2014 by Chaney Harter, Program Manager

Hispanic Choice Awards, October 11

You’ve made it to college and now you’re trying to answer all the questions that keep coming up. What are you going to major in? Do you take the internship in New York City over the summer, or do you go back home and work a summer job? What clubs do you join? Should you run for class office, or would it be better to use that time to really buckle down and get a good grade in organic chemistry? How do you find a job after graduation?

All these questions boil down this: who are you and what kind of person are you going to become?

These questions can seem daunting, especially if you’re between the ages of eighteen and twenty-two and you’re really just trying to navigate your first taste of independence and responsibility. But they are not impossible questions, and there are ways to make the process of self-discovery a lot easier, and more fun. One of the keys? Stories, according to Javier Suarez, Executive Producer of the Hispanic Choice Awards.

The Hispanic Choice Awards honors Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware’s Latino professionals, organizations and businesses across all sectors, and the awards ceremony is taking place on October 11th at the Merriam Theater. Suarez is eager to have students attend the awards ceremony in order for them to be exposed to all the different stories of Hispanic life and achievement in the tri-state region. The awards ceremony is not simply a celebration, but also a way for those honored to tell their stories for the attendees and viewers to hear and be inspired by, and to spark conversations that will lead to greater opportunities for everyone involved.

“College is a time to actively think about your future and what opportunities exist out there for you,” explains Suarez. He sees the Hispanic Choice Awards as an opportunity to have the kind of conversations that lead to self-discovery: “We want to empower students to learn…[and] when you have a conversation, you learn.” So whether you’re interested in the arts or technology, teaching or business, you can come to the Hispanic Choice Awards and discover the paths that others have taken to get where they are today.

This is not only a chance to highlight the Latino community, but also to emphasize the opportunities that are available right here in Philadelphia. “Latinos are told that New York is ‘la capital del mundo’ [the capital of the world] and that Washington, D.C. is the capital of the U.S.A. and what could Philadelphia possibly have to offer you?” Suarez explains. The Hispanic Choice Awards aims to dispel the myth that New York and D.C. are the only places where members of the Hispanic community can be successful.

“You don’t have to live in the capital of the world or the capital of the U.S.A. to be great.” says Suarez.

So if you want to hear the stories of everyone from artists to businesspeople, come to the Hispanic Choice Awards. Student tickets are only $20 for balcony seats to the awards ceremony with the code HCAStudent. If you want to experience the glamour of the red carpet, tickets for that are only $10 for students. If you’re interested, fill out this form and we’ll get back to you with more information.

We know that it’s easy to get caught up in all the questions about where you’re going and how you’re going to get there. So why not come and listen to people who have made a similar journey and succeeded? You’ll learn, you’ll have fun, and it might spark some ideas. Suarez likes to ask people, “Are you aware that you can do whatever you want in life at any time?” The Hispanic Choice Awards are an opportunity for you to hear stories from all different people and start to figure out what that ‘whatever you want’ really is for you.

September 17th, 2014 by Kathryn Connolly, Villanova '15

Your Guide to CollegeFest 2014

As September rolls on, students attending the over 100 colleges and universities in the Greater Philadelphia area have settled into campus life. Whether you’re a freshman beginning to feel at home or a senior returning one last time, odds are that you’ve familiarized yourself with your campus and the exceptional opportunities that your school provides for you. That’s wonderful—but there’s even more beyond the dining halls and campus greens waiting to be explored.

When many people hear “Philadelphia,” they don’t necessarily think “college town.” But as one of the largest college towns in the United States, that’s exactly what Philly is: a bustling, bright city, packed with 300,000 students and a huge cohort of recent graduates from a multitude of colleges and universities, and bursting at the seams with captivating cultural opportunities, fantastic food destinations, and something exciting for every student. Philadelphia is waiting for you to discover it, and Campus Philly’s CollegeFest offers all the tools you need to do so.

So how does CollegeFest help you? By introducing you to the City of Brotherly Love. On Saturday, September 27th, the festival celebrates everything that makes Philly a fantastic place to be a student. Let’s break it down even more; here are all the details that you need to know about this exciting day.


The festival starts at 10:00 a.m. at the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art steps (aka the Rocky Steps), and lasts until 4:00 p.m. Be sure to check in at the Campus Philly booth with your student ID; that’s where you’ll receive your wristband, which will provide you free rides on the PHLASH bus loop through Center City Philadelphia, and museum entry across the city. From there, the day is yours!

Food, live music, and giveaways will provide entertainment all day at the steps. Local food trucks make Philadelphia a foodie’s dream, and some trucks will be rolling up to the steps for students to enjoy. Experience the diverse flavors of Philly, with trucks and vendors including:

Bao Boy – sandwiches with an Asian twist

Cheese E. Wagon – gourmet grilled cheeses

FS Taste Truck – dishes crafted just for you by Four Seasons chefs

honeygrow – tasty stir fry and salads with local ingredients

While you’re munching on delicious eats, you can walk around and peruse the various samples, special offers, giveaways, and games courtesy of the variety of vendors present. Some of these vendors include AT&T, IKEA, SALT, and Army ROTC. Or, you can head to the Kimmel Center Stage and enjoy pop-up performances and interviews with an array of talented artists, including Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, World Café Live, and more. Worldtown DJs will provide live music all day.

As fun as the action at the Rocky Steps will be, CollegeFest wants to take you beyond there, too. Museums across Philadelphia will be ready to welcome you to the city, offering free admission and special features to students for the day. Some of the sites include:

African American Museum in Philadelphia

Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site

The Franklin Institute

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Enjoy your chance to explore the wealth of knowledge and history that these cultural institutions have to share—for free with your CollegeFest wristband.

Beyond these festival happenings are CollegeFest’s volunteer ones. After you’ve seen all that Philly can give you, you might want to find a way to give back to this unique community. The Generocity Involvement Fair allows students to meet nonprofit organizations and local government groups that enable people to make a difference in the city. Learn about the volunteer opportunities that these great organizations have to offer, and affect positive change in the community.

Lastly, wrap up the night with Opera Philadelphia’s Opera on the Mall. This free big-screen showing of The Barber of Seville is the perfect chance to enjoy a classic comedy and a night outdoors. The pre-show begins at 6:00 p.m. at Independence National Historical Park, and the show broadcast will begin at 7:00 p.m. Register for your tickets at openartsphilly.com.


This may seem like a lot to take in—that’s because it is! Philadelphia is thriving with endless opportunities, events, and excitements. CollegeFest is your official Philly welcoming, your orientation to the city, and your chance to learn about or become re-acquainted with all of these great possibilities for free. Bring your friends, enjoy the festival, and meet Philadelphia!

September 15th, 2014 by Kathryn Connolly, Villanova '15

Top 5 Events: The World in Philly

This week’s Top 5 Events take you through Philly’s various neighborhoods and across cultures. Enjoy the range of cuisine (not just American!) offered for $1 in University City, indulge in German ale and fare in Fishtown, peruse the diverse styles and mediums of fine art in Rittenhouse Square, or celebrate Latino culture in North Philadelphia. Whether you’re interested in art or food or music, there’s a range of events across Philadelphia this week where everyone can experience something fresh and exciting.

Fringe Festival: Skin In The Game
When: September 19th, 7:00 p.m. – 8:40 p.m. Where: The Off-Broadway Street Theater, 1636 Sansom Street, Philadelphia Cost: $13

Enjoy some of the last events of the Fringe Festival, including this intriguing story of friendship, regret, and forgiveness. Three underprivileged high school seniors compete for a full-ride university scholarship during an event match in Ireland, only to find that they aren’t on the island for the reasons they thought. In this intriguing drama that blends elements of The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies, worlds collide and the boys are forced to confront the truths about their hidden pasts. Don’t miss this gripping play! Tickets are $13.

Frankford Hall Oktoberfest
When: September 20th, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Where: 1210 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia Cost: Pay as you go

Summer’s gone, and it’s time for Oktoberfest celebrations! Frankford Hall boasts one of Philly’s largest German block parties, shutting down Frankford Avenue from Girard Avenue to Shackamaxon and filling the street with beer tents, food, carnival games, German dancing, and live music. Enjoy ales from Hofbrau and Paulaner breweries (21+), authentic German fare like bratwurst and Bavarian pretzels, and all the fun activities that this annual festival has to offer.

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll
When: September 18th, 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Where: 43rd to 51st Streets on Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia Cost: Pay as you go

How much can you get for a dollar? A few dollars? Quite a bit if you head out to the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll. Dollar deals are aplenty, as restaurants, bars, and vendors (including food trucks!) present an extensive variety of $1 offers—ice cream, pizza, veggie wraps and salads, spring rolls, smoothies, pound cake…the list is seriously endless. There will also be used books, free CD’s, and chances to win concert tickets. Beyond all the great deals, live entertainment will be on display as jugglers and fire artists perform their feats, and live music fills the street. Don’t miss this exciting and affordable night of food and fun!

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show
When: September 20th, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Where: Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Whether you have an extensive background in fine art or not, the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon. More than 100 artists take over Rittenhouse Square to create the nation’s oldest outdoor original artwork show (it dates back to 1932). From local and professional artists, an assortment of mediums, styles, and subject matter will be on display. This FREE show is a great opportunity for art lovers, but also a perfect way to become exposed to fine art or to add a little color to a stroll through the streets.

Feria del Barrio
When: September 21st, 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: North 5th Street between Cambria and Lehigh Avenue, Northeast Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Come out to one of Philly’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture! The 30th anniversary of this spectacular event will feature delicious Latin American cuisine, arts and crafts, as well as talented Latin artists, singers, and dancers. Over 100 local merchants and artists will be offering bargain prices on their products, and free samples from the dozens of sponsors will be given out. Explore the richness of Latino culture with all that El Centro de Oro has to offer at this entertaining celebration!

September 15th, 2014 by Caitlin Way, Arcadia University '15

Top 5 Careers: Hands-On Skills

This week’s Top 5 Careers are all about gaining real-world skills, including some that require hands-on skills. You could further your interest in jewelry assembly, or engage in your passion of tinkering around with broken laptops. For those who want to pursue a more cerebral path, there are also sales, marketing, and data internships. Apply today!

Capital One: Inbound Sales Associate
The Capital One 360 Sales Team helps lead Americans back to saving by providing an incredible customer experience. They are looking for an intern to join this team that dedicates itself to listening and fulfilling the needs of their customers through real human contact rather than an automated recording.  In this position, an intern will market financial products to new and existing customers. The ideal candidate should possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, independence, self motivation, competitive sales drive, and a commitment to excel. Responsibilities for the position will include setting personal sales goals along with department sales goals.

Kara Ross: Digital Marketing Internship
A Digital Marketing intern is needed for the luxury accessory brand, Kara Ross. The company is mostly based out of New York City but they are in search of a marketing intern to work with their Philadelphia-based Director of Marketing. They are looking for a highly motivated and creative junior or senior in college for this position.  The intern will be heavily involved in the marketing of the company through partnerships, affiliate relationships, social media channels and shopping apps. Skills required for the internship include being organized, the ability to adapt and research creative content, a knowledge of Microsoft Office and Adobe CS, and the ability to be a clear and concise communicator.

Bentley Systems: IT Intern
Calling all technology college students or recent graduates, Bentley Systems is interested in you! They are a comprehensive software solutions company that has been catering to architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner operators since 1984.  The internship would require you to deal with image laptops, fix broken laptops, set up hardware, provide help desk support to the field, monitor internal social feeds, and produce technical documents.  Applicants for the position should have the ability to troubleshoot, hardware skills, knowledge of SharePoint and Microsoft Applications, and experience with business writing. Bentley Systems is looking for someone who can work 20 hours a work at this internship for at least 4 months.

J + I Jewelry: Full Time Jewelry Assembly Position
Have expertise in working with metal jewelry? J+I Jewelry  is looking for someone with these skills. This studio runs out of the home of Philadelphia artist, Ian Gibson. J+I Jewelry sells pieces both internationally and in boutiques, shops, and gift shops domestically.  They are looking for someone who can bead, link, hammer, sand, oxidize, hand finish, and generally assemble metal jewelry. They would prefer someone with the knowledge and experience in setting stones and pearls.

City of Philadelphia: Open Data Intern
The Office at Innovation and Technology for the city of Philadelphia is looking for someone to work with their Open Data Unit along with their Web and Creative Services team. The job will require bringing supporting analysis of previous data along with releasing new data sets and applications for public consumption to the Chief Data Officer and Data Scientist. Other tasks for the job will include researching data from other cities and maintaining metadata in open data documentation. When applying for the internship, the Office of Innovation Technology asks specifically for a cover letter explaining why you are interested in the internship, how your skills qualify you for this position, and how this internship plays into your future career goals.