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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 20th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Deal of the Day: Free Student Ticket to Center for Architecture & Design Event

Get your FREE student ticket [$20 discount!] to the Center for Architecture and Design’s March 8 lecture featuring Theaster Gates at the BOK.

The Event:
Center for Architecture and Design in honoring Theaster Gates, winner of the 2017 Edmund N. Bacon Prize for his career spent developing properties which engage local communities with their neighbors and neighborhoods through culture and art. Gates, a Chicago-based artist and founder of the Rebuild Foundation, has spearheaded the creation of nearly a dozen community and culture centers, each with a specific focus – from African American cinema to small, community-based creative manufacturing companies.

Also honored at this ceremony will be the winners of the 2017 Better Philadelphia Challenge. This year’s urban design challenge asked students to develop plans to transform the abandoned City Branch rail tunnel under Pennsylvania Avenue into a recreational trail and cultural destination. This year’s competition was produced in partnership with The Rail Park.

The ceremony will be followed by a coffee + dessert reception. FREE valet parking will be available.

The Ticket:
All you have to do is use the code “EB17CP”  (Redeemable ONLY on the regular $20 ticket” at the site: http://www.philadelphiacfa.org/events/2017-edmund-n-bacon-awards-talk-honoring-theaster-gates

 

 

This year’s Inclusive Leadership Conference theme was “Find Your Voice: Advocating for Inclusion and Respect.” Whether you are an activist, writer, artist, or entrepreneur, YOUR voice is what we need. If you do not yet know your voice, or if you want to discover more ways to use your voice, ILC will engage you in conversation and activities around inclusion and respect for your voice and others.

On Saturday, February 11,  Temple University’s Howard Gittis Student Center was teeming with students from various colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region– such as Temple, Moore, Rowan, Drexel, CCP, UArts, and many more– who were ready to educate themselves on the importance of inclusion. The conference was an eye-opening experience on how inclusion can affect people from both a personal and interpersonal standpoint.

As part of the Campus Philly team, I had the opportunity to cover the buzz. Jumping from room to room, I got a feel for some of the workshops and presentations delivered by local leaders. My biggest takeaway from the event was the recurring theme of mindfulness.

The nuances and subtleties when interacting with people who are different from you can be all the difference in fostering an inclusive relationship and environment. Nothing supported that claim more than listening to students share their personal stories and takes on some serious subjects. People right around my age divulged their thoughts on race, gender, identity, culture, discrimination, and mental illness just to name a few. Workshop leaders stressed the point of speaking up, challenging the status quo and voicing your stance on inequities is imperative to creating an inclusive environment.

The workplace is often a place where people face discrimination on many fronts, it was telling to see just how to tackle these problems. I dropped in on workshops like Trans 101: How to be Inclusive of Trans People When Leading, Eliminating Social Stigma, Effective Strategies for Inclusive Leadership, Cultural Sensitivity, and Closing the Gender Gap. Unfortunately, there’s only one of me so I couldn’t get to each and every seminar, but I left each one with an important takeaway.

Even with all the serious discussions and constructive activities, there was still time for students to get to know each other and relax. Ending with a massive Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament and a Swag Swap. Capping the day on a more playful note left everyone feeling visibly happier. I strongly believe attendees left with a sense of purpose.

At ILC, the goal of inspiring and educating the leaders of tomorrow on the values and importance of inclusiveness was achieved. It’s a personal responsibility that is part of a much bigger picture: improving the fabric of society.

If you’re looking to continue the conversation, you should consider becoming a part of our Student Leader Network.

February 15th, 2017 by Lindsay Allen

Feel Good Philly: Interns Run for Good Cause

Whether you are a marathon runner or enjoy a casual 5K every now and then, Philly is a great city filled with tons of support and encouragement in your running endeavors. When first I moved up here, I was afraid I would lose my motivation and all the hard work I’ve put into training. I quickly found out how wrong I was.

As someone who has a brother with Down’s syndrome, I am always looking for ways in my community to get involved, spread awareness, and work towards inclusion of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

In high school, my favorite teacher and “sole” sister connected my passion for running with my love for my brother by introducing me to one of the most amazing organizations out there, Athletes Serving Athletes, aka ASA. It’s a running and multi-sport organization that allows a range of athletes to use their abilities to support those living with a disability, giving everyone the opportunity to cross the finish line at a multitude of events.

The love that encompasses the ASA community of athletes is contagious. They are fabulous, loving, selfless people who give their legs, lungs, and hearts to these individuals with disabilities (our athletes) so they can participate in mainstream races and cross the finish line.

From 3 miles to 13 and beyond, passion truly has no limits. I couldn’t just stop at 13 miles, I wanted to share the magic with more people. And so, when I began my first year at Temple, I made it my goal to spread Athletes Serving Athletes out of its central serving and originating area of Maryland and into Philadelphia. We were successful because on November 19, 2016, I was able to captain the first ASA team to race in Philly, which is now paving the way for many more races. As the tentative 2017 race schedule, has rolled out, Philly makes it appearance a couple of times– Love Run Half, the Blue Cross Broad Street Run, and the Philadelphia Half Marathon and Marathon!

We did it! November 19, 2016 at the Philadelphia Half Marathon.

In addition to Athletes Serving Athletes, there are many other running groups in Philly with causes of their own.

  • Back On My Feet runs to revolutionize the way our society sees homelessness, with the idea to use running to boost confidence and self-esteem to set people out on the road to work towards new lives.
  • The Monster Milers runs with adoptable dogs at partnering shelters to expose the dog to the community and relieve their shelter stress while they wait for their forever home.

By joining a running group, you gain a lot of things—automatic accountability, running buddies, a challenge, but my favorite thing about it is, you gain a family. My home away from home is racing with Athletes Serving Athletes. The longer I go and the more tired my legs get, my heart fills with love and happiness. Becoming a runner with Athletes Serving Athletes was hands down the best thing I have ever done and I want the runners of Philly to get the chance to experience that.

Campus Philly interns, Lindsay and Katie, share a hug after a race.

February 13th, 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 13th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Summertime in the 2-1-5: Planning Your Summer in Philly

By Debora Charmelus, Campus Philly Program Manager

Summer in Philadelphia means great music festivals, interactive museum experiences, delicious food choices and more. The best way to take advantage of everything the city has to offer is by living and working here over the summer.

Campus Philly’s Online Job and Internship Week — March 27- 31– is a great place to start planning for your summer in Philadelphia. Easily search through hundreds of jobs and internships to find the right fit. Campusphilly.org/launch makes it easy for you to show off your personality through a customized profile while using the matching software to find job and internships that are specific to your needs.

Here’s your checklist to plan for your summer in Philly: 

  • Create your profile at campusphilly.org/launch and make it as complete as possible so that employers can get to know you and find you easily.
  • Before the fair begins, make a list of the companies you want to apply to and prioritize them. Research the companies. Find related news articles, social media accounts and more.
  • Double, triple and quadruple check your resume. You don’t want to let a typo stop you from getting your dream gig.
  • Keep in mind that you may have to customize your resume based on the gig. It’s helpful to have different points for each of your experiences that you can plug into your resume.
  • When applying to a gig, don’t forgo the cover letter! It’s your chance to show off your personality to let that organization know why you’d be a culture fit.
  • Log into campusphilly.org/launch to start applying to gigs on March 27.
  • Be sure to check back every day of the fair, new gigs will be posted daily.
  • Pat yourself on the back for taking the time to invest in your future
  • Decide what you’ll do over the summer, by checking out this this cool list, curated by Philly’s #1 fans- the Campus Philly staff.
  • Decide where to stay by using our neighborhood guide and our summer housing guide.

February 10th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Philly To-Do: Weekend Edition

Well, that snow storm was a bust! Lucky for you that means that the sidewalks will be clear for all your weekend adventures. Below we’re giving you some inspiration to get off campus and out into the Philadelphia streets.

–For one night only! Grab a FREE cake shake at P’unk Burger!

–Whether you have one sweetheart or a whole crew of Galentines, you’re bound to find a Valentine’s event to hit up.

— From traditional Mexican to spaghetti and meatballs,  discover international flavors locally! If you’re feeling generous, check out Philly spots who donate to good causes. 

— Round up your roommates and plan a Philly field trip to South Street or Center City.

— Check out the many ways you can celebrate Black History Month in Philadelphia.

Whatever you do this weekend, remember that there’s no right or wrong way to create memories in this great city! If you want to share your adventures, tag @CampusPhilly on Twitter or Instagram.


The holidays are all but over, but hopefully you’re still in the giving mood. Experience some of Philadelphia’s charitable restaurants, where you can dine AND donate!

Rosa’s Fresh Pizza, 25 South 11th Street

Rosa’s offers quality pizza at $1 a slice, which is sure to keep your wallet in great shape. What’s better than the price is their “’Pay-it-forward” philosophy. Every dollar you donate pays for a slice of pizza to feed the homeless.


Rooster Soup Company, 1526 Sansom St. 

From the people who brought you Federal Donuts comes the newly opened and highly anticipated, Rooster Soup Company. Rooster Soup Company is a collaborative effort between Federal Donuts and the Broad Street Ministry, together they work in tandem to reduce food waste and deliver meals and social services to citizens in need. Rooster Soup Co. takes leftover ingredients from Federal Donuts to create your delicious meals, reducing food waste. In addition to soup you can expect biscuits and gravy, grits and eggs for breakfast and BLT’s and Sloppy Joe’s for lunch with a Rooster Soup Company twist. So, what’s your part? Eating.  Feel good knowing that the profits from your meals are donated to citizens in need for several causes such as housing, medical care, legal services, and much more!


Hawthorne’s, Cambridge &  Tio Flores

Hawthorne’s,  738 S 11th St.  | Cambridge, 1508 South St. | Tio Flores, 1600 South St.

Philadelphia native restauranteurs Chris Fetfatzes and Heather Annechiarico who own local favorites Hawthorne’s, Cambridge, and Tio Flores have served Philadelphians through food for years. Now they’re taking it one step further by matching revenue generated by the newly instituted soda tax and donating it to the Andrew Jackson School during the school year. Being the entrepreneurs that they are, Heather and Chris created opportunity from what could have been a burden. Hawthorne’s and Cambridge serve traditional American food, while Tio Flores ventures into the gastronomy of Mexican cuisine.


Hunger Burger , 1136 Arch St in Reading Terminal Market 

Hunger Burger was the brainchild of husband and wife team, George and Kim Mickel. At Hunger Burger, chow down on some delicious burgers with the comfort of knowing every burger you buy helps a child in need. What makes Hunger Burger’s philanthropic philosophy so awesome is that they’re not confined to just helping the city of Philadelphia. Although a portion of proceeds are donated to Philabundance, they’re also distributed to the No Kid Hungry organization which combats childhood hunger through providing tools and solutions for families with young children and King’s Castle located in El Salvador which tackles malnutrition.


 

January 24th, 2017 by Brynn Monaghan, Communications Manager

Pop! Goes the Bubble: Expand Your Experience

We have a challenge for you that shouldn’t be challenging at all! Are you up for it? You’ve been assigned the semester-long task of trying new things and planning off-campus adventures. It’s easy to stay on campus and hang out at your regular spots, but we want you to know that there’s so much more to experience! Below you’ll find motivation to roll up your sleeves, lace up your shoes and hit the Philly pavement. You have to admit that’s the best homework assignment you’ve ever received.

Sign up to become an Open Arts member  by using the promo code: social1617. Once you’re a member, you can take advantage of the free or discounted tickets to fantastic arts and culture events happening all over Philadelphia.


Speaking of Open Arts, we’re partnering with some of Philly’s best venues for THREE cool, creative and exclusive Open Arts College Night Series this spring!  You should check out one (or all!) of these upcoming events:

  • Opening Night at the Opera on Friday, February 10
  • Sittin’ In at the Kimmel Center on Wednesday, February 15
  • Pennsylvania Ballet’s Romance on Friday, April 7

Are you attending the very popular Inclusive Leadership Conference on February 11? If so, here’s what to expect at ILC and what to do before and after


Commit to get fit! Philly has so many great (and FREE) fitness meetups and groups.


Become an active participant in your community. How? Get to know organizations who need your great mind and helping hands. There are a lot of resources on how to take action and make an impact.


Go beyond the dining hall and explore the flavors of Philadelphia! From grabbing a coffee to ending your night with a sweet treat, we hope our suggestions will get your stomach gears turning. Looking to treat yourself? Make reservations during Center City District’s Restaurant Week!


Lace up your ice skates at Blue Cross RiverRink or Rothman Rink! Not into skating? No worries. While you’re friends are doing laps around the rink, you can be lapping up some hot chocolate in their cozy lodge areas.


Explore local museums for FREE. Did you know that The Barnes Foundation offers students free weekday admission? They do! Here are the details on planning your visit. Have you heard about Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art? After 5 p.m., you can pay what you wish to tour the entire museum and participate in museum activities like Dhyana Yoga and more! P.S. Always check our Open Arts calendar for other museum deals.


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