Archive for the ‘Advice’ Category

March 7th, 2017 by Dan Jacob

Philly To Do: Intern Dan’s Weekly Picks

This week is all about exhibits, with a wide range of exhibits encompassing topics like magic, history, and wildlife. Also, yet another restaurant week, you’ll have to venture a little outside of Philly for this one though!

Prohibition Exhibit

Experience the culture of the Roaring 20’s with American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition at the National Constitution Center. With over 100 artifacts and interactive exhibits, the spirit of the prohibition era is relived.


KOP Restaurant Week

Situated a little outside of Philly, the King of Prussia Restaurant Week brings together participating restaurants to offer discounted meals. Lunch meals start as low as $10, with $15 and $20 options available too. If you didn’t make it in time for lunch, there’s always dinner! $20, $30, and $40 installments are available – saving you the hassle of overspending on dinner.


Jurassic World Exhibit

If you’re a fan of the Jurassic Park series, or just fascinated by dinosaurs, the Jurassic World Exhibit at The Franklin Institute brings to life the prehistoric creatures in interactive and educational ways. The exhibit is as close as to being fully immersed in Jurassic World as you could wish for.


Magic in the Ancient World

From Egypt and Mesopotamia to Greece and Rome, the PENN Museum debuts Magic in the Ancient World. The exhibit features 81 artifacts from these ancient civilizations to give us a peek into their magical uses. The exhibition will feature an interactive station for ancient magical solutions to your problems and another that questions your belief in magic.

March 6th, 2017 by Dan Jacob

Prepare to Launch: Sharpening Your Skills

Whether you’re looking to broaden your network or hone your skills, the month of March is a great time to lay the groundwork for your professional journey while still being able to balance your schoolwork.

Public Speaking Made Easy
Tuesday, March 14 from 7-9 pm | Aria Health Center – Torresdale Campus, 10800 Knights Rd.

Every Tuesday, Aria Health and Toastmasters hosts Public Speaking Made Easy–  small workshops that look to sharpen your public speaking skills. Public speaking can be daunting, which is why it helps to be in an inclusive environment that values your pace of learning.


Online Job and Internship Week
March 27-31 | Online!

Right now your focus is probably on exams and homework. Which is why Campus Philly’s Online Job and Internship Week fits seamlessly into a packed schedule. Pour over the many employers in the area that are excited to have you on board this summer – all from the comfort of your home. Securing a job or an internship this summer will help you keep the ball rollin’ as this semester is on it’s last legs. Stay strong!


Tech Networking
All month long!

Philly’s tech community is growing stronger and stronger, what’s their secret? Teaching the next generation. Through workshops, meetings, classes, and even hackathons – Philly’s tech community is committed to helping you build your technical skills. There’s a full calendar of events, check out Philly’s Startup Digest and Technical.ly’s calendar for a wide range of events to help you hone your technical skills.

 

March 2nd, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Prepare to Launch: Advice From Campus Philly Interns

Video by Haley Monson, Campus Philly Multimedia Intern


Looking for the right internship can be a real mystery! Researching the company you’re applying to and building a case for why you’re a good fit feels a lot like detective work. In the video below, Intern Haley did some serious sleuthing to uncover tips and tricks to finding your summer gig in Philly.

Intern Haley Solves Her Internship Mystery from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

And you don’t need to pull out your magnifying glass, we’re giving you a game changer of a clue– visit campusphilly.org/launch to create your FREE profile before Online Job + Internship Week, March 27-31. Throughout the week hundreds of employers will be logging on to find candidates like you to join and grow with their team. Case closed!

March 1st, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Prepare to Launch: Internship Q&A with Publicis Health

On Thursday, March 2, from 3PM–4PM EST, Publicis Health will be streaming live on Facebook for interested students and program leaders to ask questions about their internship program and get advice for landing and excelling in an internship.  Graduates of their internship program, hiring managers and senior executives will be taking part and sharing their unique perspectives and tips. Interested students can visit their Facebook page that day to join.

They’re accepting emails at publicishealthinternshipprogram@publicishealth.com in advance as well.

 

March 1st, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Philly To-Do: Upcoming Events + Your Philly Summer

We’ve been on a wild weather rollercoaster we like to call “Sprinter.” Although our current forecast is uncertain, we know one thing is for certain– summer 2017 is coming! Below we’ve listed fun upcoming events, and the perfect event to help you lock down that summer gig in Philly (hint, hint: Online Job + Internship Week!).


2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show:  “Holland: Flowering the World.”
March 11-19 | Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St. | Students get in for $22


On Monday, March 20, Academy of Natural Sciences offers Pay-What-You-Wish Admission for Founders Day!


Campus Philly’s Online Job + Internship Week
March 27-31 | All Online! Apply wherever you have Wi-Fi! | FREE

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy everything Philadelphia has to offer! During Campus Philly’s Online Job and Internship Week, you’ll find hundreds of reasons to stay in the region. Throughout the week hundreds of employers will be logging on to find candidates like you to join and grow with their team. With tools provided by Campus Philly leading up to the event, you’ll be prepared to start planning your summer in Philadelphia. Create your FREE profile at campusphilly.org/launch.

RSVP to our Facebook event to receive career tips and advice from college students. Bonus: a special Facebook Live video on Tuesday, March 21! Send any questions you have about landing that summertime internship to Brynn@campusphilly.org. We will answer them LIVE on the 21st.


Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia
April 1-9 | Horticultural and Lansdowne Drives, Philadelphia 19131 | Prices vary

This week-long festival celebrates both traditional and contemporary Japan with a variety of events, including demonstrations of martial arts, ikebana flower arranging, as well as live musical and dance performances. The main event, Sakura Sunday is held at the Horticulture Center in Fairmount Park and features two stages of performers, arts & crafts, Little Akiba, tours of Shofuso, and much much more.


Open Arts College Night: Pennsylvania Ballet
April 7 | Merriam Theater, 250 S Broad St, Philadelphia 19102

Open Arts members will have exclusive access to $10 tickets. Bring a friend and enjoy the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Romance. Not an Open Arts member yet? Sign up today with promo code: social1617.


Student Leader Network’s Vernon Park Service Trip
April 8 | Vernon Park, 5804 Greene Street Philadelphia 19144 

This spring the Student Leader Network takes our third trip into Germantown as we help Friends of Vernon Park spruce up their grounds and learn about the community from elders at Center in the Park.


Looking for more? Always check our events calendar. We hand pick events just for you!

February 28th, 2017 by Lindsay Allen

Philly Field Trip: Fairmount

Saturday morning, I woke up to the sound of the birds chirping and the fresh air drifting into my room, right then I knew I wanted to spend as much time as I could in this unseasonably gorgeous weather. My roommate and I quickly got ready, packed some snacks, grabbed a blanket, and headed down to Fairmount.

In hopes to make the most of the day, we headed straight down to Fairmount Park to relax by the Schuylkill River. We were determined to get as close as we could to the water, but we also had to be conscious of the geese who were also enjoying the nice weather. With the right book and some good music, you’re set for the day and that is where we spent most of our time.

A bibliophile’s dream at Book Haven!

There was a storm in the forecast so we decided to head back and pop into some of the shops on our way. Our first stop was a Book Haven, a mesmerizing book store, filled from top to bottom. In hopes to find the film section, we were surprised by something else–a cat emerged from the back room and rubbed up against us for a nice back scratch.

Looking at books can work up an appetite! We decided to go OCF Coffee House to enjoy some coffee, a delicious breakfast sandwich, and the view of the Eastern State Penitentiary. Despite the clouds covering the sun, we sat outside and were greeted by another (!!!)  cat, except this one was orange and wearing a nice gold bow. He sat at my feet and persistently begged with his puppy kitty eyes for some of my food, however, I quickly apologized because I wasn’t going to give up my sandwich.

We continued our stroll down Fairmount Ave. to find ourselves in Philly Flavors ordering some water ice. We wanted to celebrate this “swinter” day as best as we could, and this treat was the cherry on top. With water ice in hand, we  headed back to campus. As we left Fairmount, we also said good bye to all the animals we had seen throughout the day. If you’re like me and need that furry, four legged fix, just make your way to Fairmount—just be aware of the geese!

February 24th, 2017 by Dan Jacob

Prepare to Launch: Advice From Campus Philly Interns

Landing your internship is an uphill battle, I won’t lie to you. It requires patience, attention to detail, creativity, and confidence. It’s taxing, but as Tom Haverford would say, “Sometimes you gotta work a little, so you can ball a lot.” Below you’ll find tips and practices that have guided me through the process.


It’s important to know that you’re not alone in your search. Taking advantage of your resources, from your school’s career development department, events, and of course Campus Philly, you can alleviate the pressure of the search.

I had no clue just how many internship opportunities there were in Philly, employers are searching just as hard for you. This March, from the 27th-31st, we’ll be hosting our Online Job Internship Week, with new openings daily from employers in the area. From the comfort of your home or wherever you can have your laptop, you can apply and search for summer jobs and internships. This way you can continue to stay in Philly and continue your development as a young professional after the school semester!


P.S. This could be you chilling on Race St. Pier this summer!^^^


Things as simple as proofreading your resume can be the difference between you landing the role or not. Get another set of eyes on your resume, make sure you’re checking for grammar, clarity, and relevance.


Roam the websites of your hopeful employers, read blogs, understand their core values and mission statements. You can really set yourself apart with a resume that looks like it took effort – paying attention to design and accuracy can pay off big time.


Along with your resume is your cover letter. I know it seems like a drag after you’ve spent so much time refining your resume, but it can serve as your secret weapon. Go beyond your resume bullet points and tell your story, highlight your accomplishments in detail, connect the dots from your prior experience and explain how they would benefit the company or organization. If you feel like you lack experience, articulate how your interests coincide with what’s being asked of you. There’s no shame in explaining that there are areas in which you hope to gain expertise.


Getting away from the computer screen and into the mix is another way to find that internship you’re aiming for. You already know how important it is to network, “You should start networking” – it’s the age-old adage. Luckily, networking events in Philly are easy to come by. Chatting with others who are also looking to land a gig and hearing invaluable advice from people who’ve already done it is a great way to get a feel for Philly’s professional scene. There’s always the chance that connection you made, or that piece of advice you got could lead you to your next job or internship.

Here are a few resources you can use to get your search started!

 


You’ll have your work cut out for you, you may not get the first, second, or third role you applied for, but stay the course. Above all, stay composed. The application process is so tenuous, and then you have a whole interview to worry about.

Before any interview I’ve had, I sat in my car, collected my thoughts, and told myself “you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain.” Lame I know, but it relieved a ton of pressure for me. Remember that you’re taking a step in the right direction, trust the process (for all my Sixers fans out there).


With a thriving millennial population, employers in Philly are rushing to find and develop talent. If you’re hoping to call Philly home during college and into your professional life remember that the city is going through a transformation. Young people like you are a catalyst for the change in the city, creating new things, starting new companies, new organizations, – there’s a lot of new. Applying yourself to the city’s offerings starts with a few small steps, coupled with some effort you can create the life that you’ve always imagined for yourself in Philadelphia.

 

 

February 24th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Prepare to Launch: 3…2…1…Take Off with Campus Philly

By Debora Charmelus, Campus Philly Program Manager

Your life is more than just your career. Each and every day you grow and become a better version of yourself. You meet new friends, connect with mentors, explore new places, learn new lessons and sharpen skills you already have. Campus Philly wants to make sure that these things happen for you, so we’ve created Launch, your guide to prepare you for your take off in Philadelphia.


Launch will:

  • Feature the Campus Philly events you’re used to with a focus that goes beyond the 9 to 5.
  • Host an Online Job and Internship Week, March 27-31, on our career site, campusphilly.org/launch. During this week, you can learn tips and tricks on how to optimize your job search while connecting to hundreds of employers and volunteer opportunities. All you have to do to participate in the week is login or sign up on campusphilly.org/launch.
  • Present you with an in-person event, Geek’s Guide to Philadelphia, on April 11. There you can find your starting place within Philly’s unique science and tech community by meeting leaders who will invite you to participate in professional communities through lightning talks that will focus on events during Philadelphia Science Festival and Philly Tech Weeks.

Learn more about our events at campusphilly.org/launchevents and make sure you don’t miss any events we have in the future by signing up to be a Campus Philly Insider. Stay tuned for future articles, videos and tips from us by connecting with us online!

February 23rd, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Philly To-Do: TGI…Final Friday in February!

Friday’s Forecast: 70 degrees and 100% chance of  free pizza and great events.

Free Friday at SliCE Pizza! 

What?
SliCE gives away free pizza no purchase req’d, 1 per person. 
Where?
At all 4 locations
When?
Friday, Feb 24 from 11am-1pm


“Person of the Crowd” Opening Party
What? Come decked out in your best 1920s garb, check out the exhibition, and look for the strolling performers.
Where? The Barnes Foundation,  2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
When? Friday, February 24 starting at 6pm
Deal: FREE for college students with valid student ID (walk-up only)


International House Carnival Celebration
What? This vibrant festival includes Brazilian and Caribbean cuisine and beverages, Brazilian and Caribbean dance music, samba dance performances by the Greater Philadelphia Caribbean Cultural Organization Masqueraders, and an evening of drumming in the Caribbean tradition by One Nation Ensemble.
Where? International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
When? Friday, February 24 starting at 7 pm
Where? International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Deal:$10 general public; $5 for members and free for International House residents


Final Fridays: Lonely Hearts Club at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 
What?  Craft love notes, dance to your own silent disco in the galleries (head phones on) and enjoy live music at the last Art After 5 Friday in February.
Where? Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
When? Friday, February 24, 2017 from 5 pm – 8:45 pm
Deal: $14 for students with valid ID

 

 

February 23rd, 2017 by Lindsay Allen

Prepare to Launch: Advice from Campus Philly Interns

A common conversation I have encountered recently has been about how I got my internship—which is quickly followed by, “but you’re only a freshman.” I think most people think I woke up one morning, applied for the first position I saw, and then instantly got it. I wish!  I hold a long list of sleepless nights, tiresome jobs, unpaid positions, and overflowing my plate to ensure I stand out compared to the next person. But with ever sweat and tear, I hold an experience like no other, and some of my favorites include:

  • Lobbying on Capitol Hill for US support with girl’s educational rights.
  • Advocating for inclusion and acceptance as a speaker at a TEDx Talk.
  • Becoming one of the youngest hourly managers at Mission BBQ.
  • Landing an internship as the Editorial Intern at Campus Philly.

Fellow Campus Philly intern, Katie (right), and I pose for a photo following my TEDx talk!

So how did I get where I am? The first thing that comes to mind– and I instantly spit out– is that you have to start somewhere. This is true with most aspects of life, if you look at people like Stephen Spielberg, he did not just pick up a camera and direct a masterpiece, it took years of perfecting his craft and different experiences to get him where he is today. This concept is the same for everyone. I started my freshman year of high school, but there isn’t a specific time, you just have to put yourself out there and see what happens.

What I did my freshman year has no correlation to what I am doing today, other than teaching me essential skills for the workforce. I learned to be a team player, empathetic, open to the ideas of others, and how to think under pressure. Guess where I learned all of this? JV Field Hockey and Lacrosse. Two sports that I loved that evolved into more.

I can list all of my positions–leadership, work, or volunteer– but that doesn’t matter because I didn’t labor in these positions to boost my resume, but because I loved and was passionate about what I was doing.  You will excel when you have a reason for your doings because it will be enjoying and fulfilling. When you are trying to figure out what to apply for, make sure you are applying for the right reasons or else you may be miserable and not able to work at your fullest potential.

With my fellow Campus Philly interns, Haley and Dan, and supervisor, Brynn!

Rewind to last semester when I was searching for all types of jobs and internships. Through the magical powers of Google search, I landed on Campus Philly’s Launch Portal. This career site is customizable– list your interests, upload your resume, etc– and full of job and internship opportunities in the Philadelphia region. I spent hours on the site scrolling through all the gigs and bookmarking my favorites until I was content with my list and ready to apply. That’s how I landed my internship here!

Back to the resume thing, I know there is much anxiety surrounding the creation of them. I spent months perfecting mine and got great tips and feedback from my university’s career center. If you’re feeling self conscious about your resume, make an appointment at your school’s career center!

In the end, landing that dream job or internship comes down to a couple things: determination, willingness, and persistence—oh, and the Campus Philly Launch Portal! And remember how I said you have to start somewhere? Start on March 27-31 during Campus Philly’s Online Job & Internship Week!