ICYMI: Prepare to Launch Facebook Live Chat!

Want to get the most out of a job or internship? Learn interview tips, what employers want to see and how to stand out as an intern from an established CEO and a recent college graduate. Campus Philly’s President Deborah Diamond went live this past Tuesday with Program Manager Debora Charmelus on Campus Philly’s to let you know what it takes to launch your career in Philly.

Watch it below or on our Facebook! P.S. Once we realized we were sideways, we flipped the camera!

Stay and launch in the greater Philadelphia region this summer! Campus Philly’s Online Job and Internship Week is taking place March 27 to 31 at campusphilly.org/launch. Create your profile by March 24 to make the most of the week. Sign up today!

Prepare to Launch with Tomorrow’s Facebook Live Chat!

Tomorrow at 12:30 p.m., we’re going Facebook Live for Ask Debora(h) Squared!

Want to get the most out of a job or internship? Learn interview tips, what employers want to see and how to stand out as an intern from an established CEO and a recent college graduate. Campus Philly’s President Deborah Diamond will be going live this Tuesday with Program Manager Debora Charmelus on Campus Philly’s Facebook page to let you know what it takes to launch your career in Philly.

Follow us on Facebook to get the notification that we’re going live!

Deborah Diamond and Debora Charmelus are ready to answer your questions!

Make sure your question gets answered!! Send them to Brynn at brynn@campusphilly.org by Monday, March 20.

Connect to hundreds of internships

Stay and launch in the greater Philadelphia region this summer! Campus Philly’s Online Job and Internship Week is taking place March 27 to 31 at campusphilly.org/launch. Create your profile by March 24 to make the most of the week. Sign up today!

Intern-view with Meredith Friedman of CubeSmart

With Online Job & Internship Week (OJIW) coming up  on March 27-31, I thought it’d be great to get some background and advice from the real people who work for the companies looking for you. I had the chance to hear from Meredith Friedman of CubeSmart; one of the many companies you can apply to during OJIW, to get some inside advice on what it’s like to work at CubeSmart as well as some helpful tips to get you ready for the Week!

So, who are you and what do you do?

Meredith: I’m the Director of Talent at CubeSmart. I am responsible for efforts to attract, retain, & develop talent at the company. We’re a rapidly growing Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) company focused on storage and extraordinary customer service. We find that people who need storage are often going through a life transition – maybe they’re downsizing, moving, going through some other big life change.

What’s it like working at a growing company like CubeSmart?

Meredith: Just to give you an idea of how rapidly we are growing, when I started here two years ago, we had 500 stores; now we’re at over 800 stores in over 30 states. It’s a very dynamic business and we are doing a lot of recruiting.

I was reading a bit about CubeSmart and came across the “WOW philosophy” could you talk a little bit more about that?

Meredith: So, it’s our culture of surprising and delighting our customers – that recognition that our customers are going through some life transition. It’s little things like opening the door to the store when customers approach, smiling, and shaking hands.

I also read about the rebranding of CubeSmart in 2011, what should students know about the future of CubeSmart?

Meredith: It’s exciting. We are a real estate company first. All of the buildings are well lit and clean and have great landscaping. We are trying to redefine the industry. We have cutting edge revenue management analytics and state of the art technology. It’s a very innovative approach.

How does CubeSmart survey and identify talent?

Meredith: We are big on teammate referrals. We try to be visible in the community – that’s why we’re Campus Philly partners. Exposure to universities and college is a must. We attend many college job fairs. We also use available technology like Indeed and Zip Recruiter.

Continuing with the student and finding talent theme: What do you think are some great qualities of a hopeful intern/employee?

Meredith:  Someone who is open to learning. Someone who’s responsible over the summer. The more they can be a sponge, the better. Have a willingness to do new and different things, be exposed to different parts of a business, and share some ideas they’ve learned in class because we too can learn from them.

I know landing a job after college can be a challenge. What are some things students should keep in mind when applying for a job straight out of college?

Meredith:   I can’t overstate the importance of networking – it’s critical. Showing up to events like Campus Philly’s summer party gives students more exposure to network.The volume of applicants with technology is staggering. Sometimes, it is overwhelming. It’s important through LinkedIn to have connections; maybe you have a connection at the company. Have a resume that is grammatically correct, be polite, and send thank you emails after an interview. These things set people apart, especially if you’re interviewing at a company like ours where customer service is a top priority.

How does someone stand out in a digital landscape such as Online Job & Internship Week?

Meredith: Cover letters are one way to stand out – even if it’s just a paragraph describing how their skills and interests align with the position. This tells us “Why do they want to spend their summer working us?” For example –  we have a bunch of internships at our call center in the summer, someone can convey in their cover letter that they enjoy helping people over the phone; it’s hard to know that through a resume.

Awesome, well I think we covered a lot on a range of topics. Thank you so much for you time!


If you like what you’ve read, check out CubeSmart’s employer page during OJIW and apply to their open positions. How to prepare for Online Job + Internship Week:

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.

Philly To-Do: Movie Monday, Free Italian Ice + More!

Catch a movie, grab a free Rita’s Italian Ice, race a SEPTA bus, apply to internships from the comfort of your bed (or wherever you have internet access) and much more!

Movie Mondays @ The Trocadero | 21+ event
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)
When: Monday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Trocadero, 1003 Arch St., Philadelphia 19107
Details: 21+ event.  Doors open at 6:30, film starts at 8, arrive before 7pm and enjoy a free beer. $3 gets you in and goes towards a snack or drink at the bar.


Start Spring Off Right—with FREE Italian Ice!
Every year Rita’s celebrates the first day of spring by giving away free Italian Ice! 
When:
Monday, March 20 from 12-9 p.m.
Where: Rita’s Italian Ice 


RaceTheBus 3.0
Race the SEPTA Route 21 Bus at Rush Hour Through Center City
When: Wednesday, March 22nd, 5:30 PM (prepare and line up), 5:41 PM Start
Where: Starting at 40th and Chestnut, we’ll race the 5:41 p.m. bus for 3.1 miles going east through Center City Philadelphia. The race will end at 2nd and Chestnut.


Ask Debora(h) Squared Facebook Live Event
Campus Philly’s going LIVE on Campus Philly’s Facebook to let you know what it takes to launch in Philly. Learn interview tips, what employers want to see and how to stand out as an intern from an established CEO and a recent grad. Have a question? Submit it to Brynn at brynn@campusphilly.org by Monday, March 20 at 5 p.m.

When: Tuesday, March 21 starting at 12:30 p.m.
Where: facebook.com/campusphilly 


Young Involved Philadelphia Idea Forum
Get involved with YIP by learning more about  their plans for the year, and helping them brainstorm events in line with YIP’s 2017 goals. During meetings, share bright ideas and get up close and personal with the behind the scenes work that makes YIP programming happen.

When: Wednesday, March 22 from 6-8 p.m.
Where: Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust St., Philadelphia 19107


Game Changers: Women Making Games

Kat Webster from Bioware, Lauren Brown from EA Games, Harley Dwortz from Rooster Teeth Productions and Melissa Soest from BioWare will discuss their creative process, careers and how they are affecting change in the industry. The panel will be followed by Q&A with the audience and a reception with the panelists.

When:
Thursday, March 23 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Moore College of Art & Design20th and the Pkwy, Philadelphia 19103


Online Job + Internship Week
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.

When: Monday, March 27 – Friday, March 31
Where: Anywhere you have internet access!


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

 

#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.