#SummerGoals Start with Online Job + Internship Week

From squads to relationships, we see all kinds of #goals on social media. So what are your summer goals? If they include getting an internship, making memories and staying in Philadelphia, you should definitely check out our upcoming Online Job + Internship Week happening March 27-31. 

During Campus Philly’s Online Job and Internship Week, you’ll find hundreds of reasons to stay in the region this summer.  Throughout the week hundreds of employers will be logging on to find candidates like you to join and grow with their team. With tools and advice provided by Campus Philly leading up to the event, you’ll be prepared to start planning your summer in Philadelphia.

Online Job + Internship Week preparation goals:
1. Create your account in a few minutes on campusphilly.org/launch.
2. Complete your profile and show off your personality!
3. Starting  Monday, March 27, log on to start your search.
4. Return every day; new positions will be posted all week.

We can write a very long list of #phillysummergoals but we’ll keep it short and simple with our summer favorites and a note from Mayor Kenney to YOU! Finally, our interns, Dan and Haley, show you how easy and accessible– literally wherever you have an internet connection — Online Job + Internship Week is.

Launch Anywhere During Online Job + Internship Week! from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

Mayor Kenney to College Students: “Call Philly Home This Summer”         

As Mayor of this incredible city, my mission every single day is to make Philadelphia a place where people want to live and work. With the spring semester fully underway, I’d like to extend an invitation, share some advice, and make a request to all of you as you make your summer plans.

I invite you to spend your summer living and working here in Philadelphia. As you know, this is a great place to go to school, but it’s an even better place to live and work. I’d love for you to get a taste of that this summer with an internship or, if you’re about to graduate, your first job after college.

While you’re here, my advice to you is to make time to get to know the city. Campus Philly is here to help you do that. Look out for their My Philly Summer program for summer interns and sign up for their newsletter. Plus, there is plenty for you to see, do and experience while you are in Philadelphia. Make sure you check out the great arts and culture this city has to offer. Stop by Reading Terminal Market or one of the unique restaurants in your own neighborhood. Join a few hundred thousand of your closest friends on the Ben Franklin Parkway for the July 4th fireworks. Take in a game at Citizens Bank Park.

Mayor Kenney poses for a photo with My Philly Summer attendees.

And finally, my ask. Consider committing to Philadelphia – staying here, making a difference here, and building a future here. Our city is full of opportunity for young people. Not only are there amazing jobs available, but we also have a vibrant environment and high quality of life at a lower cost than many other cities. Selfishly, I know that Philadelphia needs you – your energy, your creativity, your great minds and your hearts to help us thrive and to address some of the challenges that lie ahead.

I hope to see you around this summer!

Jim Kenney

Mayor, City of Philadelphia

Learn about Campus Philly’s Online Job + Internship Week, March 27-31 and launching in Philly at campusphilly.org/launchevents.

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.


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!

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.


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.



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!

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!


How Penn’s New Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences Program Can Prepare You for the Professional World

Making plans after college can be an exciting, yet overwhelming time in your life. If you’re considering a graduate program instead of jumping straight into the workforce, the University of Pennsylvania’s new Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences opens you up to a world of professional possibility.

In just one year of full-time, on-campus study, you experience the academic rigor of the Ivy League and learn how to positively impact decisions and behaviors in a variety of fields—including public health, social and public policy, business, law, education and much more.

Here’s how Penn’s Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences can equip you for a bright future:

  • Develop a concentration
    During your studies, you take a common core of three behavioral methods courses and then select a concentration in an area that matches your professional interests and goals. Penn’s academic advisors and world-class faculty guide you through the process and introduce you to opportunities to conduct research and practice in the field.
  • Get equipped with practical tools and apply them
    In this program, you learn to model how individuals and groups make decisions. You study the behavioral and neural foundations of decision-making, and have the opportunity to design lab and field experiments to test your hypotheses around solving a real-world problem.
  • Gain professional experience
    Your hands-on education doesn’t stop in the classroom. Penn’s renowned faculty and industry experts can introduce you to internships, research labs, think tanks and field work at the University, around the city or across the globe.
  • Expand your network
    When you join the Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences program, you join an extraordinary community of thinkers and doers at one of the finest centers of learning in the United States. The interdisciplinary curriculum allows you to take classes across Penn—including the School of Arts & Sciences, the Wharton School, Penn Law, the Perelman School of Medicine, the Annenberg School for Communication and more. By participating in Penn’s full academic scope, you expose yourself to networks and opportunities that can lead to a bright future.
  • Use Penn’s exceptional resources
    As a Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences student, you not only have access to the program’s vast academic and professional resources, you also have access to all that Penn has to offer. From historic libraries and cultural centers to state-of-the-art facilities and career services, Penn has everything you need to succeed in your field of choice.
  • Earn Ivy League credentials
    When you graduate with a Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences degree, you can prove to employers and professional schools that you have the personal commitment and technical savvy to excel in your field. Earning a graduate degree from Penn in a growing field of study puts you ahead of the curve.

Penn’s Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences is now accepting applications. If you have a strong academic background and are interested in this dynamic program, you are encouraged to apply. The fall 2017 priority deadline is March 1, 2017 and the regular deadline is May 1, 2017. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the program team.

Philly Field Trip: Chinatown, Reading Terminal, Italian Market & Little Saigon

There’s never a shortage of things to do and places to explore in the city of Brotherly Love. However, knowing where to start on your Philly adventure can be a daunting task, enter Philly Passport! The Passport provides a checklist of places to go that you can turn into your personal itinerary filled with things to do around the city. Instead of giving you the stereotypical Philly guide, we focused on visiting neighborhoods that contribute Philly’s diverse scene.

So, teaming up with my fellow intern, Haley and I set out to explore the city and check some things off the passport. Beginning the adventure in Chinatown! Chinatown poses an interesting mix between old and new. There are new restaurants sprouting seemingly every day, bubble tea spots, and noodle houses that cater to younger audiences. But there are also traditional staples that bring you a more original taste of China. You would be remiss to leave here without getting a picture at the Friendship Arch.

Conveniently located near Chinatown, and next on the passport was the Reading Terminal Market. The best thing about Reading Terminal is that there’s so many options for food, the worst part? Deciding what you want. I opted for Hunger Burger which was phenomenal, while Haley went with Profi’s Creperie. The Reading Terminal Market is sure to be a go-to spot, it’s affordable, fun, and filled with choices.

With our stomachs filled, we headed over to the Italian Market. The streets of the Italian Market are adorned with open air markets, delis, and boutique shops. This neighborhood like many others in Philly has deep roots in the Philadelphia community. It’s where the Di Bruno Bros. got their start and became a household name. It’s a quaint neighborhood that’s perfect for taking a stroll.

Just a short walk away, we entered Little Saigon, where we recapped the day over some Vietnamese coffee. Little Saigon is home to Asian supermarkets, restaurants, and cafes. If you like cooking up some Asian inspired dishes, I’d strongly recommend taking a trip down to Little Saigon.

Watch us complete the Philly Passport:

Campus Philly Passport! from Campus Philly on Vimeo.

It should be noted that although each neighborhood was different, one thing they had in common were beautiful murals. Philly is known for being an artistic hub, be sure to keep a look out on the facades of many buildings. Added to the beauty, is the ease of navigation. Walking from neighborhood to neighborhood is certainly doable as Philly is a “walking city.” Grab your camera and some comfortable footwear and you’ll be well on your way to perusing the city with your Philly Passport! Get yours here and watch how to fold it here.

P.S. Once you’ve completed the Passport, play some Campus Philly BINGO!