Top 5 Events: Enjoy the Weather

OK, seriously, spring is here, so it’s time to get outside! To help you celebrate, this week’s Top 5 Events are all outdoors. So you can take a stroll through an outdoor market or festival, get your daily exercise in next to City Hall, or just take a minute to smell the flowers. Get out of your dorm or apartment, and be sure to catch some of these great spring events!

Mural Arts Scavenger Hunt
When: April 11, 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts – Hamilton Building, 128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!

Philadelphia is no stranger to the mural game. The city has a rich history surrounding the art form, and beautiful murals continue to be created across the urban setting. To celebrate its 2015 Mural Arts Program Tour Season, the renowned Philadelphia Mural Arts Program will be hosting its first-ever interactive scavenger hunt. Participants will download an app that has individuals or teams compete in challenges that include photos, GPS check-ins, and questions & answer sessions while exploring the murals along Center City Mural Mile North and South tour routes (which comprise the world’s largest outdoor art gallery!). The scavenger hunt runs from 11am – 1pm, and a reception featuring food from Tableau will run until 2pm. While the event is free, be sure to register beforehand. Don’t miss this chance to participate in the free scavenger hunt and spend a day appreciating the stunning urban artwork of Philadelphia!

Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival
When: April 12, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where:  Main Street, Manayunk, Philadelphia Cost: Pay as you go

Main Street in Manayunk will be transformed into a culinary bazaar on Sunday, featuring food trucks, vendors, and farm stands to kick off Manayunk Restaurant Week. A stroll through the heart of the neighborhood will give you the chance to taste the fare from over 40 Philly food trucks, or you can check out the restaurants in the area that will be offering three-course meal samples at discounted prices. While the eats are great, this festival isn’t just all about food; you can shop sidewalk sales too! Gourmet food vendors will be selling everything from homemade oils to jams, and local businesses will host sales and promotions for festival goers. Oh, and don’t forget to stop by the new beer garden this year on Cotton Street, where samples of local brews will be on tap (21+). This event is the perfect chance to hang out with friends, enjoy good food, and to celebrate spring. (Another awesome food festival devoted to local food to check out: Philly Farm & Food Fest)

Clover Market Spring Opening
When: April 12, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: 25 W. Highland Avenue, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia Cost: Pay as you go

Flea market doesn’t aptly describe the Clover Market; maybe outdoor vintage market is more fitting. Over 100 vendors will be showcasing collectibles, jewelry, clothing, and original art at this perennial market-style favorite. Stylish antiques and vintage wares line the lot, with experienced artists, designers, and craft-makers ready to share their work with you, rain or shine. You can just peruse the beautiful work, or you can pick up the perfect, unique gift for someone, or add the finishing touches to your dorm or apartment. And if you get hungry, food trucks and local businesses will be offering you tasty snacks or meal options. Check out the complete list of vendors here!

Spring Blooms at Longwood Gardens
When: Until May 31 Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square Cost: $10

Spring is all about the flowers. Leaves grow back, grass gets greener, and buds bloom into colorful springtime flowers. And whether you enjoy flowers/gardening or not, Longwood Gardens is one of the best places to appreciate the new season. You can stroll through a garden of over 200,000 tulips, explore the seven-acre woodland garden with a brook and wildflowers, or wander across three miles of trails with flowering trees and plants. There are so many highlights of this sprawling nature and garden center to experience! You can enjoy a tranquil afternoon by yourself, or bring some friends and experience the beauty of nature right outside the streets and concrete of Philly.

Zumba and Yoga at Dilworth Park
When: Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m; Wednesdays 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Where:  Dilworth Park, Broad and Market Streets, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!

Dilworth Park has brought us fun nights of music, an outdoor ice skating rink, and other great events next to the beautiful City Hall. Now you can get your daily workout in the park too! Wednesday afternoons are when you can get your yoga poses on, and Thursday evenings are the time to get dancing with Zumba. So whether you’re looking to breathe and quiet your mind or burn calories to Latin and pop hits, Dilworth Park has you covered. Be sure to bring your own mat for yoga sessions, and have fun!

Get Ready to Get Nerdy:
The Philadelphia Science Festival

Do you remember your childhood science experiments? Like baking soda volcanoes, making soap, or fitting a hard-boiled egg into a soda bottle? Whether you enjoyed your science classes or not, get ready to experience science in exciting new ways at the fifth annual Philadelphia Science Festival (PSF). PSF is a citywide collaboration that showcases and celebrates science and technology in everyday life; it features more than 100 interactive events, lectures, debates, hand-on activities, and science education activities from April 24 to May 2. Get ready, get nerdy, and check out some of the best events for students during this awesome festival!


Science Night at the Ballpark
When: April 25, 5:05 p.m. – End of game Where: Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia Cost: $8

The Phillies are taking on the Atlanta Braves, but that’s only one part of the excitement at the ballpark during PSF. The main level of the first-floor concourse will feature 12 sports-themed activities, such as the science behind the perfect field grass, the aerodynamics of pitching, and robots playing sports. As you complete activities and visit exhibits, you can earn free giveaways.  You don’t need to be a baseball expert or a scientist to enjoy this nightwith inexpensive tickets and awesome pre-game activities, this night at the ballpark is fun for everyone!

Explorer Sunday at Rowan University
When: April 26, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Where: Science Hall, Westby Hall, & James Hall, 201 Mullica Hill Road, Glassboro, NJ; Technology Park, 107 Gilbert Parkway, Mullica Hill, NJ Cost: FREE!

Explorer Sunday is a day devoted to discovering science; nature center, museums, gardens, and other locations across the region will host a multitude of events. Rowan University will be featuring a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) celebration that you won’t want to miss. You’ll have the chance to explore science through world cultures and history, design and play your own video games, watch a show in the planetarium, or see how computer science and engineering go hand-in-hand with art. There will also be a 3D tour of the heart, brain, and body cells at the university’s CAVE system at Tech Park. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of science and art working in harmony. If you can’t make it out to Rowan, there are many activities taking place all over the city that day, from DNA (Cell)fies to student-run urban ecosystems.

Science of Networking
When: April 28, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Where: Quorum at the University City Science Center, 3711 Market Street, 8th Floor, Philadelphia Cost: FREE (with registration)!

Part of every college student’s education is professional development, and a key component of professional development is networking. Whether you’re an arts student or a science student, the ability to build a professional network is an invaluable asset. This program will showcase the science behind networking success and show students how to cultivate a great network. There will be presentations and a panel discussion featuring Matt O’Donnell of the University of Pennsylvania, Nick Marzano of Young Involved Philadelphia, and Monet Thomas-Anderson of Campus Philly. Then the floor will be cleared for a mixer, offering students the chance to exercise their newly-gained networking skills. The panelists and five additional professionals will be present, and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable professional advice and learn the science behind it!

Nerd Nite: Science Myths Busted!
When: April 29, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Where: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia Cost: $5

Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage may not be there, but this night of myth busting is sure to be just as exciting and interesting as their TV show. Myth-busting nerds will examine popular myths and their rebuttals, and three speakers will offer their expertise: gastroenterologist Stephanie Moleski of Thomas Jefferson University will inform the audience on gluten intolerance; Ned Gilmore of the Academy of Natural Sciences will navigate fact and fiction concerning cryptids; and Kimberlee Moran, a Philadelphia Geek Awards winner, will offer a reality check about the forensic accuracy of crime shows like CSI. Los Festingos will provide the musical entertainment for this fun night of myth busting! Seating is first come first serve, so get there early to get a good seat.

Science Carnival on the Parkway
When: May 2, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway near the Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Over 175 exhibitors from all areas of science will be on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Saturday, May 2. All of the exhibitors will give you answers to all the important science questions: how do your bones stay together? what’s invading our forests? how do you make slime? can you teach a robot to dance? There will also be live entertainment from an engineer-turned-juggler and Science Showdown. There will also be food trucks to keep up your energy. Stop by for a little while or stay for the whole day!


This is just a glimpse of the over 100 events that PSF will be hosting throughout the week. There are countless other events ranging from nature explorations to seafaring science to robotics. Check out all the other amazing events that this week-long celebration of science and technology has to offer! Be sure to connect to the festivities with #GetNerdyPHL.

Geeking Out: Philly Tech Week

Whether you long chose what side you’re on in the Mac vs. PC debate or you’re obsessed with all things tech, be sure to leave room in your schedule for Philly Tech Week, taking place from April 16 – 25. It’s a week full of technology and events for the creative, the business-savvy, and the app-crazed alike.  The week is packed full of events, including everything from a Robotics Expo and networking mixers to seminars about how to find work in the industry. Want a breakdown of which events are the most student friendly? Check out my top picks below:

 

Arcade @ Dilworth

When: Friday, April 17, 6 pm – 9 pm.

Where: Dilworth Park, 1 South 15th Street

What: Part of the Philly Tech Week Kickoff Event, there will be an app arcade, classic arcade games, live music and performances, and food and a beer garden (for the 21 and up crowd).

 

A Web Designer’s Guide to the Real World

When: Friday, April 17, 5 pm – 7 pm.

Where: The Tactile Group109 South 15th Street, Suite 3S

What:  Perfect for anyone who is wondering how to put their web designer skills to use after graduation. Tactile Group lead designer Christopher Pross will lead a discussion on the “real world” of web design and what to look out for that you may not have been taught in the classroom.

 

OpenAccessPHL Convening

When: Monday, April 20, 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Where: Pipeline Philadelphia, 30 South 15th Street, 15th Floor

What: Come hear change makers from Philadelphia and beyond speak about everything they’re doing in their cities to cultivate the entrepreneurial ecosystem (both inside and outside government) and how to sustain those efforts over a period of time. Civic hackers should definitely check it out!

 

 The Inclusive Technology & Entrepreneurship Movement

When: Tuesday, April 21, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Where: Pipeline Philadelphia, 30 South 15th Street, 15th Floor

What: As ITEM puts it, “as democratic as the technology space appears to be, if you look around any given room filled with techpreneurs in Philadelphia, you will see that there are not many minorities or women in the room.” Their goal is to bring female and minority techpreneurs together to talk about the projects they are working on and to collaborate to address the issue of poverty in Greater Philadelphia.

 

#Failfest

When: Wednesday, April 22, 3 pm – 5 pm

Where: University City Science Center, Quorum, 3711 Market Street, Suite 800

What: Behind every successful tech venture is one or two (or forty-seven) fails — strategies that didn’t quite pan out, great ideas that weren’t able to successfully reach a market, or initiatives that failed to make it beyond the startup stage. Come listen to some local entrepreneurs talk about their fails (and also successes) and learn from their hard-earned wisdom. This is part of the Business Conference Day, the whole of which is FREE for students with the code PTW15BizStudent!

 

PTW Scavenger Hunt: The Green Challenge

When: Wednesday, April 22, 6 pm – 9:30 pm

Where: Washington Square Park, Walnut and 6th Street

What: A scavenger hunt that challenges participants to live the life of a sustainable tech startup. You can create teams or join one the day of the event. Each team will be given clues, and you can use your smartphone to snap photos. The only transportation methods allowed are bikes, public transit, or walking.

 

Philly Student Startup Summit 3.0

When: Saturday April 25, 10 am – 6 pm

Where: Location TBA

What: If you’re a student entrepreneur, then the Philly Student Startup Summit 3.0 is the place to be on April 25. This is a day-long conference where you’ll be able to hear from experts in the field from Philadelphia, such as Josh Kopelman of First Round Capital and Alisha Slye of Blackstone Launchpad. Get excited to hang out with the next wave of student entrepreneurs!

Top 5 Careers: All Things Marketing

As flowers almost bloom and the end of the semester looms, there is no better time to start securing either summer jobs and internships (or post-grad positions if you are one of the chosen few who are graduating this spring). This week’s Top 5 is about all things involving marketing, from creating campaigns to serving as a campus representative. Each opportunity is a chance to enhance your communication skills and ability to work with others. Find out all about in this week’s opportunities!

Campus Philly: Events and Marketing Intern
If you love the arts and have a passion for creativity, then you’re a perfect fit to join Campus Philly’s Open Arts program as an events and marketing intern. Use your creativity and communication skills to promote various arts and culture events around the city of Philadelphia. Candidates must be highly motivated.

National Museum of American Jewish History: Intern
The National Museum of American Jewish History offers internships in various departments for all of the academic semesters. If you are currently on the hunt for a summer internship, consider working as an intern in their community relations, public programs, or retail/operations and plenty of others. Looking to gain experience in the nonprofit world?  The summer internship program includes a weekly seminar concerning nonprofit organizations.

PeopleShare: Receptionist Front Desk Associate
In need of an immediate job opportunity? PeopleShare is seeking someone who can start immediately as a receptionist front desk associate. Responsibilities will include answering phones, taking and receiving messages for various personnel, and greeting and directing visitors to the appropriate destination. Candidates must have administrative experience and great communication skills.

Allied Wire and Cable: Email Marketing Specialist
Have you been looking for a way to put your English or communications degree to good use? Allied Wire and Cable is on the hunt for a candidate to fulfill the role of email marketing specialist to create email marketing campaigns to promote products and services, write and edit web content, and collaborate with the marketing team. Applicants must have excellent copywriting and proofreading skills, experience in marketing copywriting, and intermediate computer skills.

Habitat: Campus Representative
Try your hand at advertising and public relations as an intern for Habitat. Applicants will complete project work for a startup that is working on a mobile peer-to-peer marketplace for college students. The internship also includes a paid opportunity to continue working as a campus representative. Candidates must attend one of the following universities: Temple, Drexel, UPenn, or West Chester University.

Top 5 Events: April Has Arrived

Spring is here! Hopefully the weather has finally goten the memo and warmer days are going to be the new normal. We’ve got a few events to celebrate the change of season, and a few other events as well. From learning to tango to enjoying the city’s cherry blossoms, there’s a variety of events for you to enjoy this week.

Rock on Philly: Spring Fling
When: April 2, 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Where: MilkBoy Philly, 1100 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10

Spring is here, so Rock On Philly is ready to celebrate. This Battle of the Bands event will feature some of the best musical talent in the area, including: Nardo Lilly, who is self-described as “somewhere between Kimya Dawson and School House Rock;”  Science Club, a local three-piece punk rock band; Ju-Taun, a group that distinctively blends classic soul, folk, 80’s hits, African, and reggae; and RFA, a band that plays rock-and-roll with the raw garage sound it’s meant to have.  You’ll vote on your favorite performance, and the winning group wins a half-day of recording at Forge Recording Studios. So come out and enjoy a night of rockin’ out! This event is 21+.

Beginner Argentine Tango Class
When: April 3, 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Where:  Major Moment Studio, 1624 SouthStreet Philadelphia Cost: $15 each

Have you ever wanted to learn the tango? No, no, you don’t dance, you don’t know how! You’ll make a fool of yourself surely, mess the whole thing up. Well, Al Pacino says there’s “no mistakes in the tango, darling,” so now’s your chance.  Whether you’ve got experience or not, this beginner class is a great way to learn the basics or practice your general skills. You’ll learn walking, pivots and turns, and the building blocks of the Argentine Tango. You’ll probably make some friends during the process, too! No partner is required, but if you want to cut some of the uneasiness of trying something new, bring some friends along.

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival
When: April 6 – 12 Where: Varies Cost: Varies

Who says April is all showers and May is all flowers? Cherry blossoms bloom in early spring! They’re a beautiful sign that warmer weather has arrived, and Philly wants to celebrate how the Japanese do.  The Sakura Matsuri, or Cherry Blossom Festival, celebrates the pink blossoms and Japanese culture throughout the city. There will be ceremonial drumming, a traditional tea ceremony, origami demonstrations, Japanese movies, and more. Most events are free, but be sure to check the official website for pricing. Celebrate spring and Japanese art and culture during this week-long event!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream Preview Nights
When: April 3 – 5, 7:00 p.m. – 10:o0 p.m. Where: The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre, 2111 Sansom Street, Philadelphia Cost: Pay-what-you-wish

A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the classic play by William Shakespeare that is all about love. From passion to despair, we’re all searching for love—but this play suggests that we can’t control that part of our destiny. Instead, playful fairies and gods roam behind the scenes calling the shots and playing games with our hearts. Directed by Carmen Khan, this production of the play will be hosting pay-what-you-wish previews on April 3, 4, an 5. This is a great chance to get out and enjoy a classic comedy for as much as you’re willing to pay. Pocket some of that extra money for another day!

Scott Simon Book Reading and Talk 
When:
April 6, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Where: Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, 1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia Cost: $7

Scott Simon is one of the country’s most respected broadcasters. He’s the host of NPR’s Weekend Edition Saturday, and has reported from all 50 states, five different continents, and 10 different wars.  Simon has won an Emmy, a Peabody, and other awards for his work in broadcasting. In addition, he has written both fiction and nonfiction books, ranging in topic from Jackie Robinson to war in Bosnia and Herzegovina to adopting children. The memoir that Simon will discuss at this talk is one focusing on the moments he spent with his mother in her final days. Don’t miss your chance to hear a touching and wistful story from a national treasure like Simon; you won’t be disappointed.

All The Details on the Online
Job and Internship Fair, 3/23 – 27

What’s Happening:

We’re sure by this point in the year, well-meaning relatives are starting to ask you what you’re going to be up to this summer/after graduation/for the rest of your life. We at Campus Philly want to help you be able to give an actual answer to those questions through our Online Job and Internship Fair! From March 23 – 27, there will be hundreds of opportunities for summer internships, jobs (for current students as well as soon-to-be and recent grads), and other opportunities in industries from accounting to zoology, all located in the Greater Philadelphia Region.

What This Means for You:

It means you’ll get to give your grandmother an answer to the “what are you doing?” question that she will be able to tell all her friends about. (“She’s got an internship at Beneficial Bank! Couldn’t be more proud!”)

But seriously, this means that you’ll have a great opportunity to get a job or internship, experience in an industry that interests you, explore Philadelphia during the summer or as your post-grad city living locale, and just have an all-around great time.

The Nitty-Gritty:

The process is simple — just four steps:

  • Create an account today at campusphilly.org/careers
  • Get that resumé updated and uploaded
  • Log on beginning Monday, March 23 to search for open positions
  • Keep checking back — new jobs and internships are posted daily

The Expert Advice:

For those of you who are a little nervous about the quality of your resume, cover letter, or interview skills in terms of landing an internship or job, we’ve got you covered. Anthony Gold, a local career expert whose blog Anthony’s Desk is a font of career advice and knowledge, will be will be hosting a free webinar on March 24 from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. on how to develop a killer resume, cover letter, and ace any interview.

Gold began advising others when former colleagues reached out to him to ask for help finding jobs. He explains that he’d “give feedback to them and after months and months I was giving the same feedback over and over to everybody.” He began writing about the topics of resumes, cover letters, interviewing, and salary negotiation so that he could reach more people than just the ones who were seeking him out for advice. Eventually, this grew into Anthony’s Desk and his forthcoming book on how to craft a great resume. The impact of his advice has been substantial, including helping one woman land her dream job at Zynga with a significant bump in starting salary.

His webinar on March 24 will focus on three very specific and relevant topics to anyone looking to land a job or internship.

“The reasons I picked the topic of resumes, interviewing, and cover letters is that those things will make so much of a difference in getting your immediate job as well as throughout your career,” he explains. He recommends that you have your resume open throughout the webinar so that you compare his tips for do’s and don’ts with what your resume currently looks like.

And the best part? The advice that he will be giving comes from decades of practical experience in hiring decisions, so you know that applying it will ensure that you’ll be good to go and ready to be hired.

“Everything that I write and teach isn’t theoretical. I interviewed people for interns, software designers, hardware designers, marketing, sales, legal, HR, CEOs, Board of Directors. I’ve interviewed for every role imaginable so I’ve reviewed probably tens of thousands of resumes, I’ve interviewed hundreds, if not thousands of people, and made countless hiring decisions, so everything that I write about is not ‘hey, this might be a good idea,’ it’s ‘I know exactly what works’” he explains.

Want to get a taste of some of the great tips you’ll get? Download this handy guide to salary negotiation from Anthony to get started on the path to landing your dream gig!

The webinar is free, but spaces are limited, so be sure to register here to reserve your spot!

The Least You Need to Know

Get an awesome job or internship through the Online Job and Internship Fair from March 23 – 27, brush up on your career skills with Anthony Gold on March 24, and be prepared to have an awesome experience in Philadelphia this summer (or beyond!).

Top 5 Careers:
All About the Arts & Development

The newly spring weather might be a little too hot and cold, but that doesn’t mean your future has to be. This week’s Top 5 is all about creativity and development, whether you are interested in the arts or prefer a career somewhere in the communications or finance industry. Develop your flair for the arts or jump start your career with one of the other unique opportunities, plus it never hurts to complete that internship requirement early or to start making money early. Check out all of this week’s opportunities!

Campus Philly: Online Promotions Intern
It’s never too late to join the team here at Campus Philly, and we’re currently looking for a creative and motivated student to contribute to Open Arts events and marketing promotion activities. Use your creativity and help fellow students connect to arts and culture all around the city of Philadelphia.

Beneficial Bank: Loan Operations Intern
Boost your customer service skills and try your hand at finance as a loan operations intern with Beneficial BankAs the loan operations intern, you will assist the loan operations administrator with daily operations of the Loan Operations Department such as processing loan payoff requests and providing internal and external community service.

City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce:2015 Communications Fellow
Got an eye for business? Admired for your communication skills? Then you’re a perfect fit for the City of Philadelphia Department of Commerce, who is currently seeking a fellow to assist and support the Department with its communication efforts to the business community. The opportunity is a paid position and will take place over a four to six month period.

Zonoff, Inc.: Javascript UI Developer
Zonoff, Inc. is offering an opportunity for anyone who is tech and design savvy to help design and create HTML5 and Javascript. Responsibilities of the role include use of Javascript frameworks, service integration, and implementing HTML5/Javascript.

International Sculpture Center: Arts Internship
Get involved with the arts and the non-profit world as an arts intern with the International Sculpture Center, a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to all things sculpture. They currently need interns for the summer to assist the advertising, conference & events, development and fundraising, library, membership, portfolio and web departments. There are plenty of perks besides working with a great organization: you will receive a travel stipend and access to exhibits among other things. Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter.

Work & Play: Summer Fun in Philly

Getting a summer internship is one of the best ways to build your resume and to gain professional experience. But it’s summer! You shouldn’t feel like you’re sacrificing all the fun that comes with summertime by getting some work experience; and if you secure an internship in Philly for the summer, you definitely won’t feel like you’re missing out. There are countless awesome events going on throughout the warm months in the city, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best summer events going on for all the students lucky enough to be hanging around Philly.


 

Longwood Gardens “Nightscape”
Starting in July, Longwood Gardens is offering a nighttime show that is complete with moving imagery and lights set to original music. The backdrop is the natural landscape of the gardens, with beautiful plants, trees, stonework, and water. “Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience”  is a great chance to spend a summer night outdoors enjoying nature and the art of Philadelphia artists Klip Collective, who designed the show. There will also be a beer garden (21+) on location only for this event, where you can enjoy delicious food and Longwood brews and take in the starry nightscape. On Thursdays, there will also be live music in the beer garden.

PECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing
This annual series celebrates the diversity of Philadelphia. Every Sunday, a different culture comes to life on the waterfront at the Great Plaza. Past celebrations  have included: an Israeli Festival, with performances from Israeli singers and bands, falafel and other festive food, and games of Ga Ga (Israeli dodge ball); an Irish Festival with dancers, bagpipers, traditional foods, and an outdoor market with Irish goods; a Portuguese Festival with food and wine, folklore dance groups, and revolutionary art; and many more! Caribbean, Mexican, African, Southeast Asian…the list really does go on. What better way to spend a summer weekend than enjoying world cultures on the banks of the Delaware? The dates for this event have not been released yet, but it regularly runs on weekends on all summer long. Be sure to check back for the exact dates!

Night Market Philadelphia 
Philadelphia is known for its street food, and Night Market Philadelphia is a way to experience some of the city’s best. This event attracts thousands of visitors from around the region, so you could say that it’s pretty popular. The city’s top-rated food trucks and restaurants converge on one Philly neighborhood, providing a night of delicious eats. In addition to the great local eateries, live entertainment from local musicians and artists round out a night of great food and great fun. This evening celebration of food, music, and community is held varying neighborhoods, so be sure to keep an eye out for where the Night Market is stopping next—you don’t want to miss it!

Arts Festivals 
Philly is budding with cultural opportunities, and the summer is a great chance to experience some of the city’s best arts-related festivals. The Manayunk Arts Festival, held from June 20 to 21, is the area’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival, and features an array of fine arts and crafts from across the nation. Main Street in Manayunk is converted into an arts bazaar as over 300 artists present their work, and you’ll have the chance to peruse all the local talent. While you’re there, don’t miss out on all the other fun that Manayunk has to offer too. Not sure you’d enjoy the arts festival? Try the BlackStar Film Festival then, an event that has been heralded as “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine. The festival celebrates the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora, and showcases the work of black filmmakers, writers, and producers from around the world. You can enjoy a variety of different mediums, including film shorts, music videos, experimental films, narrative features, or documentary films. This signature Philly film festival also features panel discussion with directors, multimedia workshops, parties, and more. Check back to their website or Facebook page to learn about the theme of this year’s festival and the schedule of events.

Weekend Getaways 
But wait, isn’t the quintessential summer supposed to feature a beach and sea shells and water? What if you like to lay in the sand and hear the waves rolling up the shoreline, or build sandcastles and hang out on the beach? Or what if summers for you just aren’t complete with a stroll down the boardwalk? While the streets of Philly offer a lot, the beaches and shore towns of the Jersey Shore aren’t far.  Whether you’ve been or not, the Jersey Shore offers many opportunities for beach time and other activities. So take a weekend adventure! Pack a cooler, bring a towel, and enjoy some time away from the city. You can check out our guide to some nearby shore towns here.


 

Clearly this list can’t be all-encompassing; there are too many beer gardens, nights of music, outdoor movies, and festivals to put it all in one list. But this is a flavor, at least, of what a summer in Philly can look like for you. You can check out some of the other cool happenings in town during the summer months here or here. So if you’re thinking about what to do this summer, you can’t go wrong getting an internship around Philly—there will be plenty of fun things to do when you’re not working!

Top 5 Events: Appreciating the Arts

In a world where technology seems to be creeping further and further into every aspect of society and our lives, the arts still hold important cultural and societal value. And that doesn’t mean ancient statues or paintings that art history labels as important (although they’re cool too); it means everything that people create and share, and you don’t have to be an expert in painting techniques or dance to appreciate and engage in the arts. This week’s Top 5 captures some of the creative and artistic endeavors going on around Philly, with everything from theater to hip-hop for you to enjoy.

Selections from the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival
When: March 26, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where:  International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: $7 each

This week, International House is showing selections from the Human Rights Watch International Film Festival, which is a collection of fiction, documentary, and animated films about human rights. The first film being presented is A Quiet Inquisition, which follows the ethical dilemma of a Nicaraguan OB GYN who must choose whether to follow a new law that bans all abortions or to provide the care that she believes can save a woman’s life. The second film, Private Violencedepicts two women who are domestic violence survivors and pose provocative questions for addressing this societal issue. Lastly, Sepideh – Reaching for the Stars documents the story of Sepideh, a young Iranian woman who dreams of becoming an astronaut despite the societal and familial pressure she feels to check her ambition. All three screenings tell captivating stories of people rising above their situations, so be sure to catch at least one of these inspiring films!

Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
When: March 25, 5:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Cost: Pay what you wish

Wednesday nights at the Philadelphia Museum of Art aren’t your typical experience. You can get creative at art-making workshops, get your poses on at a yoga session, play games, explore the galleries, or enjoy regional artists and musicians. This week’s museum-at-night-exploration includes poets, performers, and scholars who will guide visitors through an evening inspired by Represent: 200 Years of African American Art. A multimedia piece explores the historic impact of the MOVE bombing of 1985, Tracie Morris will present original poetic works, and a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will allow visitors to help improve how African American artists are represented online. Grab your friends and don’t miss this fun night at the museum!

JT Hip-Hop Workshop
When: March 28, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: Headlong Dance Studios, 1170 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia Cost: $20

This hour-and-a-half-long dance session will have you dancing like Justin Timberlake. Ok, maybe not exactly like JT, but pretty close. You’ll be doing slides, shoulder shrugs, spins, and any other move that the master beat-boxer, singer, and dancer pulls out in his music videos. Don’t worry if you don’t have dance experience–the combination are easy to follow and instructors will break down the steps for the routines. Past and present hits will be the soundtrack for the session, and you’ll be inspired to move with the fun choreography lined up. Don’t miss this chance to celebrate the work of Timberlake and to spend the afternoon dancing. 

The Gender Weave Project
When: Through March 29 Where: Mt. Airy Art Garage, 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

In observance of Women’s History Month, the Mt. Airy Art Garage presents “The Gender Weave Project,” an exhibition featuring the work of Moore College of Art & Design students. It will also feature the work of professional artists like Carol Loeffler, Arleen Olshan, and Kathryn Pannepacker. All of the works explore gender and identity, focusing on the respective artist’s own relationships to those categories. Art forms and approaches vary; some of the women employ photography, and others present paintings. Traditional depictions of gender and identity are on display, but so are convention-challenging pieces and ones the explore the multiple identities one person can harbor. All of the works share one similarity, though: they all seek to raise awareness of and overcome social prejudices and misconceptions. This is a great opportunity to enjoy contemporary and captivating art for free!

Hamlet at The Wilma Theater
When: March 25 through April 19 , regular museum hours Where: 265 South Broad Stree, Philadelphia Cost: $10

Hamlet is one of Shakespeare‘s most renowned plays, following indecisive Hamlet as he struggles to make a decision about just about anything. The fight for the throne of Denmark unfolds in the background as the play explores morality and vengeance. But the Wilma Theater isn’t interested in the historicity of centuries ago–instead, their rendition places the intricate mental musings of Hamlet into a 21st century context. Hamlet is played by accomplished actress Zainab Jah in this modern twist on the classic tale. Student tickets are discounted at $10, so be sure to catch this entertaining and innovative approach to one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies. 

Not Your Average Internships
This Summer in Philadelphia

The end of midterms and the arrival of sunshine have stirred up feelings of all things summertime fun…like beach trips for no reason, ice cream for dinner, and internships? As the spring semester draws to a close and seniors get ready to graduate into the “real world,” it is easy to forget that making the summer as productive as possible is crucial in order to start building up professional contacts and to diversify your resume. If nothing else, scoring a unique internship or job opportunity is better than marathon-watching Netflix all summer. Read all about my interviews with four local companies that are about making your summer experience anything but average and find out how you can make your summer in Philly professionally and personally rewarding.

ALLEN & GERRITSEN
Kelly Poulson, Vice President of Talent & Operations, whose job is to “find the best talent and keep them happy, growing and developing,” described Allen & Gerritsen (A & G) as a “fiercely independent advertising agency located in the cities where independence was born, Boston & Philadelphia.” A & G also aims to “spark and facilitate powerful conversations between consumers and brands…and constantly find new ways for brands to engage with their audiences in ways they never could have imagined,” said Poulson.

Although tech-savvy students may not usually consider advertising as a place to jumpstart their career, A & G provides the opportunity to do just that with their Labs Program, where they “test out new technologies in order to help make smart recommendations to either our clients or consumers as we also spend time developing products within that team” said Poulson.

The Labs Program provides a unique opportunity to college students who are focused on technology to see advertising as a possible career industry and to offer their perspective and voice on future developments. Students can also get involved with A & G by working as interns in other departments of the agency such as public relations and design. Poulson also emphasized that “all departments do a great job of allowing interns to sink their teeth into real work while also having some fun along the way.”

Apply for the positions online and be prepared to upload a resume, cover letter, and references.

UNITED STATES LIBERTY INSURANCE
Sarah Lowe, Chief of Staff at United States Liberty Insurance (USLI), provided some insight into their College Help Programwhich currently employs around 130 students year-round and gives them an opportunity to gain professional experience and begin the task of paying off student loan debt. Students can work in various departments from graphics and social media to accounting.

When asked about what makes the program unique besides the fact that the internships offer not only competitive pay but also loan assistance, Lowe said, “we try to invest in young people.” There is also an emphasis on “students getting to work with their peers, learn from each other, and receive peer-to-peer coaching feedback.”

Interns here are responsible for a wide array of tasks depending on what team they are assigned to, such as working on “marketing materials and design…underwriting, researching insurance marketplace, data entry and filing, sales calls, and helping service customers,” said Lowe.

Apply online and have a copy of your college transcript handy to upload!

COMCAST
Comcast is a media and technology company, more so all the time. We are a future-focused company, bringing entertainment to our customers [and] our recruitment reflects that…half our internships are roles in the engineering and technology space in the campus base,” said Amie Ryno, who manages all of the university relations for Comcast.

Students can get involved with the company through the Comcast Center Internship,  and “there are well over a hundred roles.” While the program has been known to attract many communications and liberal arts majors, there is also a thriving engineering and tech program, which is still actively recruiting for the summer.

There is also the Home for the Summer program, which is strictly for freshmen and sophomores, and “the whole point is to bring Philly students back to Philly to work in the city,” said Ryno. Home for the Summer is  unique in that students work at Comcast for half of the duration and then at a local startup for the other half. The program starts on May 27, and there is competitive pay and every student is matched up with a mentor.

Some of the unique aspects of the program are that “we have a end of summer party, professional development throughout the summer, and a mid-summer career fair where students can learn about full-time opportunities, rotational programs, and future internships,” said Ryno.

Interns are also granted access to perks and various employee resource groups such as a women’s network and young professionals network.

You can find the full list of internship opportunities and apply online here.

CAMPUS PHILLY
No “not so average” internship list would be complete without information about the home team here at Campus Philly. The summer is the perfect time to apply for the My Philly Summer (MPS) internship. We are dedicated to fueling “economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region,” and you can come be a part of Campus Philly by participating in an exciting program we host for young professionals completing a summer internship throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.

What’s unique about the program? “Through the My Philly Summer (MPS) program, we work with dozens of regional employers to meet their interns at the beginning of their internships and invite them all to a big networking party in July where they can meet new friends and explore all that Philly has to offer,” said Jen Devor, Program Manager of Careers Programs and Corporate Relations here at Campus Philly.

“This provides the MPS intern with a very unique and awesome networking opportunity and a chance to build professional contacts at several companies in a variety of industries, like Comcast, Deloitte and Urban Outfitters.” Be sure to get your application in today!

Great opportunities don’t just stop when the summer ends. All of the companies featured here also offer various volunteer, semester internships, and post-grad opportunities year round.

All of those interviewed offer some parting advice on how important it was to take advantage of summer opportunities and the general consensus was that summer internships/jobs allow you to “test drive” careers and really hone in on what you do and do not like and begin to build a professional network.

For more info about how to apply or get more details about each of these programs, be sure to click through the article links to access each company’s website.