Top 5 Careers:
A Smorgasbord of Opportunities

This week, the internships and jobs highlighted are a mixture of different disciplines. If you are interested in working in a museum, you should check out the possibilities open with The Franklin Institute Science Museum and The African American Museum in Philadelphia. Business majors of all areas might be curious about the internships at Lunchbox Communications and Global Indemnity Group Inc, which will allow their interns to gain knowledge in their field. Perhaps you prefer working with computers rather than people — if so, take a look at the details for Pliner Solutions. Read on to find out details about all of the internships.

The Franklin Institute Science Museum: Philadelphia Science Festival and Events Intern
The Franklin Institute Science Museum is looking for interns to help with their 9-day, community-wide celebration The Philadelphia Science Festival, which takes place in April. The activities for the event will include lectures, debates, hands-on activities, special exhibitions, and informal science education experiences for people of all ages. The intern should be majoring in the sciences, education, social work/community organizing, urban planning, public relations, communications, marketing, or event planning, but all degree-seeking applicants will be reviewed for the position. The candidates should be familiar with general science concepts, comfortable making cold calls to partnering organizations and returning general inquiry calls, and possess strong writing and communication skills. The internship will require at least 15 hours a week along with the commitment to be available all day on Saturday, May 2, 2015 for end the of the festival. During the week of the festival, students should also expect to work evenings.

Lunchbox Communications: Advertising and Branding Production Intern
If you are savvy with creative technology, you should think about applying to the opening at Lunchbox Communications. It is a digital media agency that specializes in branding, advertising, and trans-media marketing. They are currently looking for an intern who is ready to jump head first into production by using skills like research, copy writing, post-production, and marketing distribution. Lunchbox is looking for someone who is proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, AfterEffects), Microsoft Office, and Final Cut Pro. Basic knowledge of photography/camera equipment and web design skills are a plus. Personality-wise, the intern should be a team player, have a fearless attitude about trying new things, and be able balance many different tasks at once. Along with working with Lunchbox Communications, the intern will have an opportunity to interact with The Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association.

Global Indemnity Group Inc: Internal Audit Intern
Accounting, finance, or business administration majors should take a look at the part-time opportunity in the Internal Audit Department of Global Indemnity Group Inc. The office is located in Bala Cynwyd, PA. While in the position, the intern will work on several projects including control testing, conducting audits of company operations, underwriting, claims and financial, and other special projects. The person who fills the position will work under the company’s financial and IT senior auditors. They will also interact with external auditors and key management. The position will require between 15-20 hours a week until March 2015. Candidates should have strong computer and communication skills.

Pliner Solutions: IT Support Coop
Pliner Solutions is looking for an intern who wants to real world experience on an IT team. Their office is located in Willow Grove, PA. Responsibilities for the job will include PC support for companies and client workstations as well as server and network maintenance and troubleshooting. Those considering applying should have the following credentials: be pursuing or have a degree in computer science, software engineering, information science, or information technology along with excellent problem solving and communication skills. This is a paid internship.

African American Museum in Philadelphia: Education and Public Programming Intern
If you are looking for an opportunity to work with the public, The African American Museum in Philadelphia might have an internship for you. They are currently looking for one or more Museum Education interns to assist with the functioning of their Education and Public Programming department. Interns will assist in all areas of the department, which will include leading tours, conducting research, booking artists and performers, writing and editing for varying purposes, and planning and executing programming. They will also occasionally help with other departments of the museum as well, such as Visitor Services, Administration, and Exhibitions. The internship is available for both the spring and summer.

X Reasons Students Love Philly

Food trucks.

East Falls Glassworks.

The bike trails.

These are just three of the reasons students have given us for why they love Philly. As Thanksgiving season approaches, we here at Campus Philly wanted to give thanks for all that Philadelphia has to offer, and we’re asking you to let us know what students love about the City of Brotherly Love.

Help us spread the Philly love by letting us know what you’re thankful for about Philadelphia with the hashtags #campusphilly and #whyilovephilly on Twitter and Instagram by 11/11. #whyilovephilly was created in 2011 by Young Involved Philadelphia and Indy Hall to help spread positivity and pride in Philadelphia, and we thought that it was time for students to join in the conversation en masse.

So what is it that you love? Restaurant Week? A favorite coffee shop/study space? How about that park when the leaves have just started to turn? Or maybe it’s a mural, the staircase in the Free Library, the lights on the boathouses in Boathouse Row. Let us know with the hashtags #campusphilly and #whyilovephilly!

We’ll be featuring the best of these posts in our November 12th e-newsletter, along with Philly Love Notes written by two of our editorial interns. And of all the entries, a few lucky winners will be featured in a special section of next year’s Insider Guide to Philadelphia!

Don’t know where to start? Check out the hashtag #whyilovephilly on Twitter and Instagram. (Warning: do this only when you’ve got an hour or two to spare. Definitely easy to get sucked into all the awesome photos and links.) Then make the hashtag your own and let us know what you love about Philadelphia.

Because Philly has so many reasons to be celebrated, and we’re out to share them, one food truck, mural, and view of the skyline at a time.

Open Arts College Night: Boo 2!

Halloween is the season of pumpkins and ghosts and candy. But it’s also about masquerading—in other words, there are many fun costume parties to go to. And this year, the first party of the night is going to be the best one. Dressed up as your favorite superhero, a DIY creation, a minion, or whatever imaginative costume you’ve come up with, hanging out with friends and dancing the night away is automatically twice as fun when you’re disguised in your Halloween garb…and when a 13-piece band is pumping out your favorite songs, giveaways are being handed out, and awesome prizes are available for the winning. Boo 2! is back in town, and here’s why it’s exactly where you want to be on All Hallows’ Eve.

The night kicks off at 8 p.m., and the hottest party in the city will be “right on campus” at the Temple Performing Arts Center. It’s a pay-what-you-wish event courtesy of the Philadelphia Jazz Project, so you can give as much as you like when you walk in. Dressing up is encouraged, as it is at any good Halloween bash. “The city will be in costume,” says Erica Hawthorne-Manon, Campus Philly’s Open Arts Program Manager. And in case you needed an extra incentive, there will be a Costume Contest as well, with the chance to win some great prizes. Open Arts will also be handing out free merchandise and other giveaways (which includes candy, of course), and refreshments will be available.

The most exciting part about this monster bash, though, is the band, which is led by trombonist and arranger Steve Tirpak. According to Hawthorne-Manon, these are notably talented performers: “They’re A-list musicians. Some of the best musicians in Philly.” The jazz artists will come together and play and sing in costume, a sight definitely unique to this event. Jazz isn’t their only forte, though, and they’ll be playing a lot more than the unique syncopations and improvisations of that sound. Every style from blues and R&B to rock and hip hop will be blended into an innovative sound by the artists. Some of the performers who will be on stage are vocalist Laurin Talese, drummer Anwar Marshall, keyboardist Eric Wortham, trumpeter Josh Lawrence, and many more.

There’s music for everyone, because they’ll be performing the hits that everyone knows too. “Songs that you’re used to hearing one way, they flip it completely,” Hawthorne-Manon says, explaining the exciting way that top hits will be revamped and freshly mixed up as Philly’s students dance the night away. “The band acts as the DJ. They blend and they mix and they switch up songs,” she notes. Songs from Snoop Dog’s “Murder Was The Case” to Wayne Shorter’s “Witch Hunt” will be spun together in a web of whimsical musicality, evoking a hauntingly magical sound that is befitting of Halloween night. The new twists, rooted in what makes the hits great but still intriguingly out of the ordinary, might even be better than the original songs. When the band, powerful vocal artists, and rappers aren’t making you move, DJ Statik will be spinning songs that will.

Everything about Boo 2! creates a spookily fun atmosphere, and it’s a great way to spend or kick off your Halloween night festivities. Most students haven’t been to a Halloween party with a costumed and accomplished 13-person band, but many have been to a dance party and dressed up for the night. It’s the perfect mix of the ordinary and the strange, the entertaining and the spooky—and you’re going to want to be there. The band will be in costume so don’t forget to wear yours, and get ready to celebrate Halloween in style. “It’s one of the most fun parties for Halloween,” Hawthorne-Manon says. “It’s unique. You won’t see another party like it.”

Top 5 Events: More Halloween Fun

We’ve got another batch of Halloween activities in this week’s Top 5 Events! The jack-o-lanterns are carved, the finishing touches are being placed on costumes, and All Hallows’ Eve is days away. So get in the scary spirit, and check out more creepy, spooky activities. All five events have a cultural twist to them too; whether it’s enjoying non-mainstream films, jamming out to a 13-piece band, or making sugar skulls—appreciate the art and culture of the city this Halloween.

Philadelphia Jazz Project’s BOO 2!
When: October 31, 8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Where: Temple Performing Arts Center, 1837 N. Broad St., Philadelphia Cost: Pay what you wish

Have you ever been to a Halloween party with an accomplished 13-person band, all of whom are in costume? Jazz, blues, rock, hip-hop, R&B, and many other styles will be blended and brewed into an exciting musical potion by some of the best musicians in Philadelphia for this monster bash. Top hits will be revamped and innovatively mixed up as Philadelphians dance the night away; enjoy refreshments, candy, and giveaways; and win awesome prizes. Be sure to dress in costume—you could win the prize for Best Costume! This event is pay-what-you-wish, and the perfect way to start of your Halloween evening!

Phantom of the Opera: A Halloween Special
When: October 31, 4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Where: UPenn Irvine Auditorium, 3401 Spruce St., Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Phantom of the Opera was published in 1910 by Gaston Leroux. Since then, it has become a world-renowned musical in 1986 with Andre Lloyd Weber’s soaring musical score. It’s been made into nine films, perhaps most notably the 2004 star-studded adaption featuring all of Weber’s musical masterpieces. But another film adaption was a classic long before the contemporary, sweeping orchestral music took hold of the dark tale—the 1925 silent horror version. Enjoy the darker side of this successful tale the way it was meant to be seen: with an organist accompanying the film. Peter Krasinski will perform during the film on one of the largest pipe organs in the world. This event is FREE, so don’t miss this ghastly silent film experience.

BrainSpunk Theater: Haunting of Hill House
When: October 29 – November 1 , 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Where: Christ Church Neighborhood House Theater, 20 N American St., Philadelphia Cost: $15

Head to the theater for some frightening theatrical fun! BrainSpunk Theater has adapted Shirley Jackson’s chilling novel The Haunting of Hill House for the stage. In one of the greatest haunted house stories ever written, Dr. Montague searches for tangible signs of the paranormal at an eighty-year-old mansion. He invites guests to come with him, ones who have experience with supernatural events. Find out what mysterious events unfold in the house and in the minds of the characters in this complexly chilling play!

J-Horror Film Series: It’s a Beautiful Day
When: October 30, 8:30 p.m. – 10:45 p.m.  Where: Bryn Mawr Film Institute, 824 W. Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr Cost: $8

In its Philadelphia-area premiere, the Japanese horror film It’s a Beautiful Day will be screened at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute the night before Halloween. Maintaining the archetype of American slasher films, the movie follows a South Korean exchange students who goes on a California road-trip-turned-wrong with her Japanese friends. Find out the terror that she faces when things go awry in this eerily suspenseful and disturbingly gory film that’s perfect for horror movie thrill-seekers. Be sure to bring your student ID for the discounted ticket price.

Día de los Muertos Celebration at the Penn Museum
When: November 1, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South St, Philadelphia Cost: $10

Get involved in the worldwide celebration of Day of the Dead right in Philly. The Penn Museum is hosting its annual celebration that features all of the customary fun to honor and remember friends and family who have passed on. Traditional music and dance will fill the halls of the museum, storytelling and puppetry will captivate audiences, and many crafts will be available, including paper maché, sugar skull and mask making, and face painting. Special food will be available, and a large Day of the Dead altar created with the help of local artist Cesar Viveros will be on view. Don’t miss all the beautiful pageantry at this exciting cultural celebration. The event is free with museum admission, which is $10 if you present a valid student ID.

A ‘Top Banana’ at NextFab

“Follow along the green path,” Taylor McDowell says to me.

I know it is for my safety to walk along the path, but I can’t help but stay along the edge to watch everything going on around me. My eyes peek at the people creating wonders on unknown machines.  The sound of welding, hammering, and drilling echoes in my ears. At the end of the line, there is a door to a set of stairs.  At the top, another door leads to a wide open space with an island of computers and comfy-looking furniture.  The green path leads around the perimeter of the room which is lined with doors. Finally, we reach a one with a sign for Top Banana. McDowell, owner and operator of the company, opens his office door. My eyes are greeted by a bombardment of colorful cloth, a machine, and knick knacks scattered about the space.

McDowell is a Philly native who has been living the dream of being his own boss for a little over two years. When I ask him to tell me about how that came to be, McDowell begins by telling me about going to Colorado for college and how he would often hang out in his uncle’s screen printing shop there.  After graduating, he lived in a few places but finally settled down in Philadelphia. He had a few jobs before realizing that he wanted to open his own business.  The epiphany came when he helped to broker a t-shirt deal for one of his regulars during a bartending job.

When the business first opened, it was run out of his home while he searched for a space. The process was a little too overwhelming but, fortunately, a friend suggested a co-working environment for Top Banana. McDowell had no clue what his friend was talking about but his friend showed him a few options. NextFab was their first stop.  “I got a great vibe right off the bat and said,’This is the place that I think I want to move into.’ This was just the perfect fit for me.”

Known for its history and commitment to helping innovators in Philadelphia, NextFab offers use of equipment, classes, and know-how to its members. Having the business run out of NextFab not only gives the company a home but also gives McDowell the chance to explore other creative opportunities. “The beauty of Nextfab is since they have the equipment, it buys us time to cultivate services without taking all the overhead risk,” McDowell tells me as he talks about the latest expansion of banners and stickers to the products they can provide to customers.  He has also taken advantage of the classes that NextFab offers. He recently took an embroidery class, which he eventually wants to incorporate into their products. “One of my philosophies is that you defer to the experts. I know what I’m good at but importantly, I know what I’m not good at,” McDowell says. This is why he loves the staff at NextFab so much — they are always willing to help and answer his questions.

With all of this opportunity, Top Banana ultimately wants to be strictly direct-to-garment printing with large digital format and embroidery.  Currently though, there are a few side projects in the works, such as a clothing line. The name of the it?  ‘Half Seas Over, which is an old pirate term for being drunk,” McDowell says. Top Banana is the nickname of a lead in a vaudeville variety show. Both names speak to who McDowell is and how he wishes to run his company: get the job done but fun should always be part of the process.

McDowell’s last thoughts for those people thinking about joining the NextFab community were simple, “If you really have a thirst to learn about a piece of equipment, software, or have ideas, it is a a really great place to be.”

To find out more about NextFab’s memberships opportunities, check out them at www.nextfab.com. If you are curious about McDowell and Top Banana, take a look at his products on his site at www.topbananausa.com.

Michael Darfler: Making and Doing

In the Maker Movement, individuals create products from unused or recycled electronic, plastic, silicon, or raw materials. Michael Darfler is the program manager at the Department of Making and Doing (DM+D), a Philadelphia-based organization on the University City Science Center campus that is part of the Maker Movement. Darfler graduated from the State University of New York at Binghamton with a degree in bioengineering. He says that at first, he thought he wanted to study biology and become involved in the medical field. After an internship experience, however, he changed both his mind and major and pursued a degree in bioengineering.

Darfler has been making and doing since graduating from college. Upon graduation, he says he “did not pursue [his] degree any further and started dealing with residential construction and woodworking for six or seven years.” He mentions that he worked on different projects in both New York City and New York state.

Originally from Ithaca, N.Y, he ended up in Philadelphia because of his wife. Darfler explains that while she was finishing her degree at Rutgers University-Camden, he moved with her to Philly a little over two years ago. He states that he was “excited to make a change after doing residential construction… [and] transition into something else.” A mutual friend introduced him to Alex Gilliam, director at Public Workshop, an organization that “creates uniquely engaging opportunities for youth [in Philadelphia] and their communities to shape the design of their cities” (publicworkshop.us). Darfler says he and Gilliam worked through Public Workshop to create school playgrounds as well as a construction for the Village of Arts and Humanities. Through working at Public Workshop, Darfler learned about the Department of Making and Doing, which is a collaborative between Public Workshop, The Hacktory, NextFab, and the Science Center.

At DM+D, Darfler works with the four partners to create multiple projects with teenagers who reside in the Philadelphia area. He believes that “the late teen/early high school group of kids is really interesting because…they have opinions about if things are working well…[and] they have good ideas…they’re energetic [and] engaged in their environment. When you have a group of teenage kids working on community improvement it puts a corporate spotlight on the problems that may arise…in the community. [It] gets other people involved as well because… [it shows] that anyone can make a change.” This age group helps other people see that they should “jump in as well and help make a difference,” says Darfler. The teens have participated in many projects with DM+D, such as the making of the Adventure Playground in Rittenhouse Square.

Darfler says that his favorite thing about Philadelphia is “the opportunities that abound here and the openness of…people. After living in New York, you can’t get anywhere without stepping over someone. In Philadelphia…people really embrace new energy, new ideas, and new opportunities in a way that other cities don’t.” As a personal project for himself, he just finished making a bed frame and is now working on a dining room table.

On Saturday, November 8th, the Department of Making and Doing will be holding a workshop titled “Advanced Circuits.” This class will teach about what goes on inside electronics used at home and how to work on advanced electronic projects. For more information about DM+D, visit their website.

Top 5 Events: Halloween Is in Town

Are you ready for Halloween? Whether you’ve already got your costume lined up and your activities planned out, or you’re looking for a way to get in the spooky mood, this week’s Top 5 Events feature some of Philly’s best ghostly, spooky, frightening fun. From outdoor festivals to class horror films, these events are sure to scare and delight.

Halloween in Manayunk
When: October 23 – 25, until 8:00 p.m.  Where: Throughout Manayunk Cost: Free!

This Halloweekend is a great way to start your Halloween celebrations. A psychologically thrilling play, the Haunted Chewy Philly Food Tour, a Zombie Thriller Dance Off with cash prizes, and a Halloween fire along the canal are only some of the awesome things going on in Manayunk.  The Philly Flea Market will be in the neighborhood on Saturday, and visitors who bring their own carved pumpkin will have the chance to enter their work in a competition. Dress up and get in the October spirit for this fun-filled weekend! Check out the full list of events here.

Philadelphia Orchestra: Halloween Fantastique
When: October 25, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Where: Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts – Verizon Hall, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia Cost: Varies

The Philadelphia Orchestra will perform spooky favorites, including classics and film soundtracks, at this festive show. The mysterious and often chilling sounds will be accompanied by artists from Cirque de la Symphonie. Haunting harmonies will fill Verizon Hall to celebrate the approach of Halloween, so join the Orchestra in your costumes and experience the frightening enchantment of the symphony.

Ghost Tour of the Haunted USS Olympia
When: October 25,  8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Where: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Christopher Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia Cost: $22

Test your courage on this ghost tour of the historic cruiser Olympia.  Visitors are regaled with tales of murder and the ship’s famous ghosts. But do spirits still roam the deck? Some say yes, but you’ll be the one to decide. The Tri-County Paranormal Society will demonstrate ghost-hunting equipment and then lead guests on an investigation through the brig, the engine room, and some of the deepest, darkest parts of the haunted ship. Don’t miss this chance to explore the eerie corners of the Olympia!

Sinister Cinema: Halloween at the PFS Roxy
When: October 29,  5:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m. Where: PFS Theater at The Roxy, 2023 Sansom St., Philadelphia Cost: $6.66 per film

Are you a film buff? Wednesday night is Dracula night at the newly renovated Roxy Theater, with screenings of Todd Browning’s original Dracula (1931) and Francis Ford Coppola’s star-studded Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992) on tap for viewers. The Philadelphia Film Society has resurrected 35mm prints for this ghoulish retro film series that continues into Thursday and Friday. To make it a complete night of vampire amusement,  check out The Growth of Stoker’s Dracula at the nearby Rosenbach Museum and Library before the film–explore Bram Stoker’s notes on the classic novel and learn what makes a monster enduring (5-6pm, 2008-2010 Delancey Place).

Pumpkin Fall Festival
When: October 25,  12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: Historic Headhouse Square Shambles,  2nd St. between Pine and Lombard Streets, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Make your way to South Street and the Headhouse District for this autumn celebration! Hayrides, live music, a fall bazaar, and pumpkin painting make this a fun way to spend an afternoon in October. Stick around for Halloween Storytelling and a circus performance too! Local restaurants and pubs join in on the excitement, serving up fall fare and drinks to celebrate the season. Wear your costume and get ready for Halloween!

Top 5 Careers:
Creativity and Community

The internships highlighted for this week come from vastly different fields: music, mechanics, and  even business. Each opening requires different and specific skills.  If you have the skills needed, each job can benefit from the use of your creativity, your love of community, or both to achieve its goal. Take a look at the details for each internship below to see which openings would best suit you!

PHL Live: PHL LIVE Center Stage intern
Music lovers should check out this opportunity to interact with many different genres of music and  local artists. PHL Live is a project created by Councilman David Oh, who is the Chairman of City Council’s Committee on Global Opportunities and Creative/Innovative Economy. It is a way for Philadelphia’s musical talent to perform at local venues with a chance to win cash prizes and studio time. As an intern, you would assist  with the PHL LIVE Center Stage events. Your responsibilities would include networking through social media and event promotion for the Finalists’ shows that occur from October 21 to November 10 and for the final awards show on December 5 . Along with promotion, you may also be required to do a few administrative jobs.

Neighborhood Bike Works: Bike Mechanic
If you have the ability to fix bikes, you should check out the part-time, temporary position at Neighborhood Bike Works. This business’s mission is to help urban youth  by offering, “educational, recreational, and career-building opportunities through bicycling.” Their current North Philadelphia shop is looking for a bike shop mechanic. Required qualifications include having an intermediate to expert level understanding of bike mechanics and being able to pass a PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, and FBI Clearance. Tasks for the job will require bicycle repair and maintenance, delivering customer service to a diverse group of customers, helping with daily shop operations, and representing Neighborhood Bike Works in the community.

Porto Leone Consulting: Analyst Intern
Porto Leone Consulting is a full-service valuation firm providing machinery and equipment, real estate, and business valuation services. They pride themselves on being a globally innovative company which has done business in over 20 countries. Their office can be found outside of Center City in Wayne, PA. They are currently in search of a group of  interns to learn about the way that Porto Leone conducts business.  The interns will eventually be responsible for helping to assist the company’s clients with a variety of valuation projects. This is a paid position.

Live Nation: Digital Marketing and Social Content Internship
Curious about how marketing and social media work in the music world? Live Nation Philly is searching for a motivated and creative junior or senior undergraduate for an internship position in their marketing department. Their offices are located outside the city in Bala Cynwyd, PA. The intern should have strong written and communication skills along with a passion for music and the industry.  Duties for the job will include social media management, searching for interesting and eye-catching media, writing, copying, graphic design, updating websites, and filing.

Cashman & Associates: Graphics Design Intern
Cashman and Associates is looking for a graphic design intern. The company specializes in communications, brand management, and strategic solutions. The intern’s tasks would involve assisting Cashman & Associates with marketing materials for a group of high-profile clients. The projects connected with these businesses will require the intern to help with concept development, production layout and photo manipulation for invitations, newsletters, press clippings, brand marketing kits and print advertisements. Characteristics sought after in the intern are adaptability, organization, time management, and communication skills. The position will allow the intern to gain a broad amount of work to add to their artistic portfolio.

Top 5 Careers: Expand Your Skills

Our career opportunities for this week feature jobs and internships that not only add you to their work environment but also want to help expand your skills. Seeking hands-on experience in technology? Check out the possibilities at SEER Interactive or point.io. Want to learn about planning and interacting with people? If so, maybe the openings at the Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management,the National Constitution Center, or Comcast are what you are looking for in an internship. Take a look below for all the details.

MGS/Comcast: Bilingual Inside Sales Representative
The Comcast office located in Horsham is looking for an employee who is fluent in another language. This person should be comfortable working in a call center environment. Responsibilities for the job will include capturing incoming requests, sharing Comcast’s capabilities, and creating new customers through sales calls. Besides their language skills, candidates interested in the position should have an understanding of sales, have the ability to lead conversions, be motivated by success, and have a good track record of reaching their goals.

SEER Interactive: Spring 2015 Digital Marketing Intern
Have an interest in being part of a company that has been ranked as one of the best startups in Philadelphia? SEER Interactive is a digital marketing company that deals in Paid Search and Analytics. Since their summer internship program was such a success, they are opening up an internship position for the spring of 2015. It is specifically for a digital marketing intern. Those that apply should be of junior or senior standing to be considered. If chosen, you will be learning from some of smartest folks in the search industry who will help you to pitch new ideas and execute projects from beginning to end. The intern will also help with testing, experiments, and aid as support to the SEER associates on client deliverables.

National Constitution Center: Development Intern
If you have an interest in development and fundraising, you should take a look at the internship at the National Constitution Center. The Center is looking for a development intern to work with their team on designing projects to bring exposure to their mission. The intern will have many responsibilities to help make sure that everything will run smoothly from start to finish. Responsibilities will include assisting with the organization and production of special events, the creation of mailings such as thank you letters for donors and members, maintaining the filing system, and general office duties.

point.io: Co Op Junior Developer
If you have always dreamed about being a computer hacker, point.io is calling for people like to you to join their team. point.io is a technology company that works to provide services and products to businesses that will give them a mobile work space. They are currently looking for a junior developer to help with them on upcoming tasks. The position will require an innovative thinker to help develop new platforms in the latest technology and frameworks.

Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management:Philadelphia OEM 2015 Spring Semester Internship
The Philadelphia Office of Emergency Management is responsible for the planning, training, and practicing of plans for natural disasters and large-scale emergencies in Philadelphia.  Their Fellowship program offers students a opportunity to work with them on a wide range of issues and take on responsibilities for projects the OEM is heading. Those that enter into the program will have a chance to specialize in particular areas of interest and gain exposure to all of the facets of planning and operations. The project topics may include public health, human services, community resilience, homeland security, and threat and hazard-based planning.

Share Your Creativity: Open Mics

Philadelphia’s art scene is colorful, exciting, and bursting with opportunities for students. There are countless ways that students can become involved in this creative urban fabric, and there are programs that want to help them do so. Campus Philly’s Open Arts program gives students access to amazing arts and culture events and opportunities throughout the city, and Creative Philadelphia actively promotes the arts and culture to meld creativity and economic growth. In tandem with these programs’ efforts, this article will feature ways for students to get involved in the cultural scene in Philadelphia—through performance. There are countless open mic events around the city, and we’ve picked a few that we think are great for students to explore, and luckily for you, all of them are Open Arts events with free and discounted student tickets:

  • World Café Live’s weekly Open Stage
  • Kimmel Center Sittin’ In
  • The Philly Pigeon
  • The Harvest

 

If you’ve ever dreamed of getting your start in the music industry, or if you’re just looking for a place to perform your songs, World Café Live’s weekly Open Stage is a great jumping point. A friendly audience makes performing comfortable, and participants have the chance to meet other musicians. Artists sign up at 6:30 for a 2-song performance slot (the slots are first-come, first-serve, so be sure to get there early). The performances run from 7 p.m. until about 11 p.m., and are also judged by a panel. Monthly and yearly recording packages with Cambridge Sound Studios are also available, but whether you’re looking to win these prizes or not, the Open Stage is an excellent opportunity to perform your music for an audience. So bring your voice or your instrument, and enjoy playing for the crowd!

The Kimmel Center Sittin’ In also gives student musicians the chance to get on stage. Local artists and student musicians share the spotlight with established musicians at this free, monthly event. Renowned house bands host this jam session where Philly’s musicians can blend genres and sounds with intense vocal talent. Each session provides an innovative, fresh performance, and students can experience the excitement from the crowd or the stage. Specialty cocktails are available, and DJ PHSH spins the best sounds all night at this party. The next Sittin’ In is November 12 and will feature the talented Rachel Claudio. Don’t miss this exciting night of hot music!

Are you a lover of words? Maybe poetry is for you. Alyesha Wise, co-creator of The Philly Pigeon with Jacob Winterstein, notes the importance of slam poetry and its many benefits. “Slam and open mic poetry is important because it allows a person to exercise their voice,” Wise explains. “Our voices are a very vulnerable, yet powerful thing…we believe the voices of the young are the most powerful voices.” The Philly Pigeon provides poets that chance to practice their voice and improve their performing skills. On the first Friday of every month from October to May, there is a three-round elimination poetry slam is open to anyone interested in performing a three minute piece. The slam also features a local artist and an out-of-town poet; previous featured artists have included Mahogany Browne, Joshua Bennett, and many others.

But the Philly Pigeon isn’t just concerned with performance—writing workshops are provided to offer poets a chance to sharpen their poems and focus their writing. The workshops are from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. on the night of the slam, and are free with admission, and are taught by that evening’s featured poet. While the structure can vary, Alyesha highlights the workshop’s consistent value. “What you see overall is a push for the writer to create something they haven’t created before,” she explains. “Being in touch with who you are, as a person and as a writer, is extremely important for the growth of your work.”

Maybe you’re into comedy or dancing, rather than just music and poetry. The Harvest is another great open mic opportunity that welcomes all talents to the stage. The night starts at 8 p.m. and  is full of musicians, dancers, poets, singers, comedians, magicians, whatever kind of artist wants to perform. Enjoy the diverse entertainers, as well as featured performances, food specials, vendors, and giveaways. Or get up there and share your art. “At open mics, you have no boundaries,” explains Anthony Moore, a senior at Saint Joseph’s University and someone who performed his comedy at many open mics before becoming well-known in Philly’s comedy scene. “Open mics build confidence and stage presence. That’s the place to mess up and tweak materials.” Be sure to get there early and share your talent. Or you can enjoy from the audience and experience Philly’s many talented artists.

These are just some of the amazing open mic opportunities that the city has to offer. Whether it’s these featured events or others, you should definitely take advantage and flex your creative muscles. “My advice is to get on stage,” says Moore. “It’s the only way to get better. Everything sounds amazing when you write it down, but performing proves that it works.” Even if you have anxieties about performing or are afraid to be vulnerable on the stage, step out of your comfort zone and you’ll see the results. In Alyesha’s words of advice: “A person is often scared to swim before they learn how to swim. But once you learn, who doesn’t want to swim anymore?”