Top 5 Events: Open Arts Events

This week, we’re celebrating our Open Arts program that everyone coming back to campus should take advantage of all semester long! We’ve got five great events from five of our 49 arts and culture partners, ranging from concerts to James Joyce to outer space. So get off-campus and into the city before life and schoolwork gets too hectic with these five great events.

Art After 5: Dendê and Band
When: August 28, 5:00 – 8:45 p.m. Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Cost: Free after admission

Each week, the Philadelphia Museum of Art transforms their Grand Staircase into a cabaret to showcase international music and dance. This week features Dendê and Band, so come and enjoy the show as they mix rhythmic Brazilian music with afrobeat, reggae, and merengue. Dancing is highly encouraged! There will also be snacks as well as drinks from those who are 21+.

Passport to the Universe
When: August 29, 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th Street Cost: Free after admission

If you’ve never been to the Franklin Institute, take the time this week to go check it out. Celebrating everything science and beyond, there are exhibits ranging from a replica of a giant heart to the history of Genghis Khan. At Passport to the Universe, experience a museum-wide celebration of astronomy with exhibits featuring light, rockets, and the mysteries of deep space. If you visit all ten activity stations, you’ll be entered to win a free telescope.

James Joyce & Irish Authors Hands-On Tour
When: August 30, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Where: Rosenbach Museum and Library, 2008 Delancey Place Cost: $10

For all the book nerds out there, you need to check out the Rosenbach Museum and Library. Founded on the collections of renowned book dealers A.S.W. and Phillip Rosenbach, the museum holds such treasures as the original manuscripts of Alice in Wonderland and Ulysses. Their hands-on tour focuses on Irish authors including Bram Stoker (of Dracula fame), James Joyce, Jonathan Swift, Oscar Wilde, and W.B. Yeats. You will be able to explore the collection in-depth and handle the original manuscripts, and reservations are required.

P.M. Summer Nights Concert: Animus
When: September 2, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street Cost: $5 for Open Arts Members, $10 for general admission

Enjoy one of the last true nights of summer with a concert at the Penn Museum. P.M. Summer Nights Concerts are weekly outdoor concerts in the Penn Museum’s outdoor courtyard, and are some of the best ways to hear great music and enjoy regionally-themed food, drinks, and cocktails. This final concert features Animus, Bill Koutsouros’ internationally acclaimed ensemble that fuses Greek, rock, Middle Eastern, blues, Indian, jazz, and African music. Be sure to check it out!

First Friday at Arch Street Meeting House
When: September 4, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Where: Arch Street Meeting House, 320 Arch Street Cost: Free!

All summer, Philadelphia Jazz Project, Producer’s Guild and Arch Street Meeting House have presented a series of themed performances at First Fridays, with live performances, social dancing, vendors, games, prizes, refreshments and more. This First Friday, the theme is “The Thin Line”, featuring Beth Feldman Brandt, Lee Mo & Dan Hanrahan as they perform music that dances on the thin line between jazz & R&B/Rock.

Top 5 Careers:
Serving Philly Communities

Spend your time serving Philly communities this year, whether those communities be college students, Philadelphia residents, arts lovers, or middle and high school students. Check out these five internship and job opportunities at Campus Philly, City of Philadelphia, Arden Theatre Company, City Year Greater Philadelphia, and Public Health Management Corporation. You will be able to use skills from graphic design to interpersonal communication and give back while doing so, apply today!

Campus Philly: Graphic Design Internship
Do you have graphic design skills and want to help make sure students have access to all that Philadelphia has to offer? Apply to be our graphic design intern here at Campus Philly! The intern will gain experience in web and print design, email marketing and social media, and they should be highly motivated to learn new skills, add to their portfolio, and take advantage of the networking opportunities available at Campus Philly. This opportunity is open to enrolled students as well as recent grads.

City of Philadelphia, Performance Management: Data Analysis Intern
One of Mayor Nutter’s major initiatives, the Office of the Managing Director strives to improve organizational performance in City departments through performance management tools. The Office is seeking data analysis interns to conduct analyses using sophisticated data techniques, support content for quarterly reviews, and execute special projects. Applicants should have intermediate to advanced computer skills, strong data analysis skills, and be pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree in mathematics, economics, public policy, business administration, or related fields.

The Arden Theatre Company: Arts Administration Internships at Arden Theatre
Combine your love of administration and the arts with a 10-month internship at the Arden Theatre Company. To get the broadest exposure to all aspects of marketing, development, general management, education, and administration, the intern will be rotated through different departments at the Arden. The internship requires a commitment of 10-20 hours/week, with a minimum of 4 hours per day. The application includes a writing sample detailing why you would be a good fit for the internship.

City Year Greater Philadelphia: City Year AmeriCorps Member
Spend a year giving back to the Philadelphia community as a City Year Americorps Member. Serve full-time in schools for the academic year as a tutor, mentor and role model focusing on attendance, behavior and course performance, which identify students who are at risk of dropping out. With nearly 15,000 students at risk for dropping out in Philadelphia, this is a crucial, hands-on way to serve the Philadelphia communities that are most in need.

Public Health Management Corporation: Program Specialist
This school year, the Public Health Management Corporation has paired with Tilden Middle School and Delaplaine McDaniel Middle School to provide after school programming to over 250 students during the school year and summer. The focus of the programming will be STEM education, and as a program specialist, you will be engaging up to 15 middle school students to plan and implement student-run projects. The time commitment will be 16 hours a week during the school year and 30 hours a week during the summer.

Find Yourself a Fall Internship

Most college students have heard of the quintessential summer internship. It’s a great opportunity to get some “real world” experience, network with professionals, and see if a field is the right fit for you. Summer isn’t the only time you can gain this experience: you can also snag an awesome opportunity for this fall.

Not sure what kind of internships are available and the best ways to go about landing one? Professionals from Campus PhillyAllen & Gerritsen, and USLI spoke about the fall opportunities they are offering and all of the fall internship perks. Each of them provided career-specific advice that will help you succeed in the certain field.

Campus Philly

Roger Estes, Creative Manager at Campus Philly, is offering a 12-month paid graphic design internship for undergraduates and recent graduates starting in the fall. Responsibilities will include creating images for the website, event campaigns, CollegeFest, and fall career events.

“One perk to being an intern at Campus Philly is that you’re working on highly visible projects. For fall and spring, both of our interns had a lot of work published in the Insider Guide, and that’s an 80,000 copy run.”

If you’re interested in this or similar graphic design internships, Roger suggests that applicants keep their cover letter concise.

“I wouldn’t write more than two paragraphs for the cover letter. I’ve gone through a number of hiring processes for both interns and full-time people. You just don’t have time to read a five paragraph cover letter.”

Applying and interviewing for internships can be an overwhelming process for anyone, no matter what the industry. Roger provided two pieces of simple advice.

“Just get yourself out there. Show some personality so you don’t just blend in.”

Allen & Gerritsen

Kelly Poulson, the Vice President of Talent and Operations at Allen and Gerritsen, described the differences between the summer and fall internship programs at her company.

“For our summer internship, we usually have a larger group that collaborates on an intern project together. In the fall, we’ve got a smaller crew whose efforts are more broadly focused.”

This fall, A&G is launching a new program called the A&G Apprenticeship and will act as a  “crash course in advertising.” The six-month apprenticeship will include a rotation in business leadership, new business and marketing, and strategy.

“Our intent will be to give this person an opportunity to work on projects, find mentors, learn the ropes and, at the end of it, figure out what role within A&G would be right for them. If were unable to hire them full time at the end of six months, we hope to help them land at a dream job elsewhere.

Philly can get snowy in the winter but don’t let the inclement weather deter you from taking an internship. Oftentimes, supervisors are flexible and understand if you can’t get into the office.

Everyone here has a laptop and the ability to work from home. Most of us don’t work from home 100% of the time because we believe that something special comes out of our in person collaborations. But when it storms, our philosophy is be safe. We don’t want to put you in a situation where you are stressed out,” Poulson said.

Lastly, Poulson offered her best strategy to finding an internship.

“Find a company that you’re really interested in. Then, start to reach out to some of their people, whether it be on LinkedIn or some other way to ask questions and learn more about the organization.”


Instead of offering fall internships, USLI does something a little bit different: they offer year-round internships. Kate Mulvey, the Assistant Vice President and Team Leader for the College Help Program at USLI, explained that if you apply to be an intern at USLI in your sophomore year and if you get accepted, you can stay until you graduate.

“The perks are that they are going to be learning what full-time people are doing. They’re contributing to the team just as if they were a full-time employee. So we have them doing pretty extensive projects.”

Mulvey stressed the importance of having strong time-management skills to balance school and internship work. She understands that interns who work during the school year are often less available than during the summer.

“During the semester, we ask that they work a minimum of 12 hours, but they can work up to 29 hours per week. It varies for each student depending on their school schedule.”

If you are interested in working at USLI, reach out to the company directly. Mulvey often recruits students for internships by going to local campuses and speaking to student organizations and business fraternities.

A Week of Fun to
End Your Summer Right!

Now that we’re getting down to the dog days of summer, it’s time to immerse yourself in all the activities you wanted to do this summer, but never got around to. To help out with those end-of-summer blues, we’ve compiled a list of fun activities and events to attend around the city every day of the week during your last couple weeks of summer. These deals and events might not be around once the cooler weather hits, so take advantage of them now and end your summer right!

After a long, grueling Monday of work (or sunbathing) head over to World Cafe Live for their monthly Philly Rising Open Mic night. Hosted by Boy Wonder, the open mic performances start at 7 p.m. and admission to see local talent is completely free. The event offers a slew of prizes for each week’s chosen winner, including the chance to record one song with Cambridge Sound Studios, a spin on 93.7 WSTW’s Hometown Heroes Radio Show, a featured performance at a future Philly Rising Event, and a write-up in That Mag Music Magazine. If you’re a local musician looking to get noticed, or if you just want to enjoy a night of live performances, food, and drinks, this event is for you. Not able to come to the monthly jam session? World Cafe Live also has weekly Monday Jazz Jam. 

To relax your mind and take care of your body for the rest of your busy week, check out pay-as-you-go yoga on the Schuylkill Banks from 7-8 a.m. and 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays. Classes are taught by yoga experts and all skill levels and ages are encouraged to join in on the fun. Participants should bring their own yoga mat, towel and water, and classes are weather permitting. There is no price for admission, but donations are appreciated!

The East Passyunk neighborhood of Philly celebrates summer with special shopping, dining and happy hour events on every Wednesday night of the season called Passyunk Passeggiata. This weekly event pays tribute to the neighborhood’s Italian roots by hosting a traditional Passeggiata, or evening walk through town. The events will feature unique shops and vendors, live music performances, delicious alfresco dining and happy hour specials, and on certain weeks, farmers’ markets and art exhibits. These festivals  have something everyone can enjoy, so don’t miss out on the celebration of summer in a traditional Italian neighborhood.

Beautiful summer nights mean alfresco movie screenings for all to enjoy, even in an urban setting. Starting at dusk nearly every Thursday of the summer, guests of all ages can come out to the Schuylkill Banks for a free viewing of a different popular film every week on a huge screen. Along with the flicks, guests can get a free snack, a free drink, and a free raffle. Picnics are encouraged as well.

What better way to kick off your weekends in the summer than happy hour at a scenic outdoor beer garden? For those 21+, Visit Philly is hosting a beer garden series every Friday of the summer at different outdoor spots all over the city. Now in its second season, these pop-up beer gardens will run from 5 to 8 p.m. and include specials on food and local craft beer, as well as giveaways and social ops from the Visit Philly team. The happy hours will be held at spaces all over the city, including The Oval and Spruce Street Harbor Park.

Philly’s newest outdoor paradise The Oval will host a slew of different events this summer, including Quizzo competitions on Saturdays until the end of August. In partnership with Johnny Goodtimes, guests can create teams to join in on the friendly competition for a night of Quizzo in the tree-canopied beer garden. Along with a fun night of games and beer, guests can choose from a wide variety of delicious rotating food trucks that will be at the beer garden throughout the summer.

All of these events and more are available for your enjoyment this summer, but the season’s almost over! Don’t forget to check out these fun activities all over the city and soak in the last few weeks of sun and warm weather!

Top 5 Careers:
Work in Downtown Philly This Fall

No matter whether you’re studying at Temple in North Philadelphia, University of the Arts on Broad Street, Haverford on the Main Line, or Rowan in New Jersey, we’re pretty sure that at least part of the reason you chose to study there was its proximity to the City of Brotherly Love. This week, we’re giving you five great opportunities to make it into the city as an intern or a brand ambassador this fall. There are opportunities from Uber Philly, PeopleLinx, Academy of the Vocal Arts, and (perhaps best of all) two opportunities from Campus Philly. Check out the details below!

Campus Philly, Open Arts: Open Arts Events and Marketing Intern
Do you love meeting and talking to new people? Are you comfortable making presentations or giving directions? You can use your public speaking skills as our Open Arts events and marketing intern. You’ll host the Open Arts information table at fun events and stay in touch with student members via direct email promotion. The best part? You’ll encourage hundreds of students to get involved in Philly’s art scene!

Campus Philly: Graphic Design Internship
Do you have graphic design skills and want to help make sure students have access to all that Philadelphia has to offer? Apply to be our graphic design intern here at Campus Philly! The intern will gain experience in web and print design, email marketing and social media, and they should be highly motivated to learn new skills, add to their portfolio, and take advantage of the networking opportunities available at Campus Philly. This opportunity is open to enrolled students as well as recent grads.

Uber Philly: Brand Ambassador Uber Philly
Uber has been in Philadelphia a few years now, and you can become their newest brand ambassador to help spread the word. As a brand ambassador, you will talk to anyone and everyone about Uber, promote Uber via your personal and professional networks, and identify opportunities to promote Uber in a variety of creative ways. Daily tasks will include signing up friends, family, coworkers, and anyone else for Uber, finding exciting and original ways to promote Uber to those who have yet to try it, and making Uber a known brand and the transportation option of choice in Philadelphia. There are no set hours, you simply promote Uber on your own time. Apply today!

PeopleLinx: User Engagement Intern
PeopleLinx is a startup that teaches salespeople how to utilize LinkedIn and Twitter as a business tool. As they develop their newest product update, they are looking for a student who will help them develop their new product with their end user in mind. Much of this position deals with the analytics behind their platform, and the ideal candidates would be able to work 2-3 hours a day, Monday through Friday and have a strong background in Excel.

Academy of Vocal Arts: Development Intern
Academy of Vocal Arts (AVA) is an internationally renowned institution that trains young artists as opera soloists. They are seeking a part-time intern to provide support to the development team, assisting with daily administrative tasks, prospect research, appeal writing, as well as the planning and execution of special events. While the development intern’s time will be primarily focused on fundraising and stewardship projects, opportunities within other departments can be made available according to candidates’ goals and interests.

Top 5 Events:
Proud To Be A Philadelphian

Philadelphia has been under an international spotlight lately because of the upcoming visits of Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama this fall, so it’s no surprise that we’re feeling a lot of pride in our City of Brotherly Love. To end your summer with a bang, we’ve compiled a list of some of the greatest events happening this week that are only specific to our city — so get ready to have some fun while celebrating your Philly pride!

Local Seafood Week
When: August 17-22, various times. Where: Oyster House, 1516 Sansom Street, Philadelphia. Cost: $14.

One of the main things Philly is known for is our delicious and unique food scene, so a great way to celebrate your Philadelphia pride is by taking advantage of one of the many food and restaurant deals the city has to offer. Fair Food Philly and Oyster House are teaming up to bring you Philly’s first-ever local seafood week, and you don’t want to miss this deliciousness. Guests can enjoy half a dozen local oysters and clams for only $14 at Oyster House, among other special deals, and 50% of all proceeds will support Fair Food Philly. Fair Food is a nonprofit organization aiming to bring healthy local food to the marketplace and promoting a human, sustainable agriculture system for the region.

Religious Liberty Exhibit Opening Weekend
When: August 21-23, various times. Where: The National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia. Cost: $13.

In honor of these two huge guests coming to the City of Brotherly Love, Philly’s own National Constitution Center is opening a new exhibition called Religious Liberty and Founding in America. This new exhibit will highlight how freedom became a right in our country through 20 historical documents, highlighting three different themes: Religious Liberty in Colonial America, Religious Liberty in the Constitution and The Legacy of Religious Liberty. The price to visit the new exhibition will be included in general admission, which offers a discount for students.

GayFest Closing Weekend
When: August 21-22, 7pm. Where: Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Place. Cost: $25.

Presented by Quince Productions, Philly’s thriving LGBTQ community takes the theater world by storm with their fifth annual GayFest. The series began on August 7 and featured an entertaining lineup of live music, staged live readings, Philadelphia premieres, meet-and-greets with the playwrights and cast and more. The series will end on a high note this weekend with some interesting acts you don’t want to miss — Mother Tongue, The Secretaries, From White Plains and a staged reading.

Smooth Jazz Summer Nights
When: August 21, 7:30-11pm. Where: Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard. Cost: Free.

Philly has produced some amazing and talented musicians, specifically jazz musicians, so what better way to show your city pride than supporting live (and free!) music shows? Every Friday evening of August, smooth jazz musicians will take the stage at the scenic Delaware River Waterfront and give audiences an enjoyable night of jazz music for free. Each Friday will host a new nationally-reno​wned act, and each concert is free and open to the public. This Friday’s show will feature the talented trio Jazz Attack. Smooth Jazz Summer Nights is sponsored by WJJZ, WDAS FM and CBS 3 and The CW Philly.

Philadelphia Bead Fest
When: August 21-23, various times. Where: Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Avenue, Oaks. Cost: $12.

Among all the other exciting events happening this year, Philly has the honor of hosting the largest bead show on the east coast. For art-lovers and the crafty kind, this jewelry-making extravaganza is super exciting and a great learning experience. The event offers hands-on workshops for all skill levels taught by experienced artists/instructors. There will also be a shop where guests can buy tools, beads, gems and other jewelry-making tools, or finished pieces of beautifully handmade jewelry. This crafty event is held just a short and simple train ride outside of the city at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center.

Top 5 Events:
Art Exhibits Not to Miss

The end of summer is near, which means classes start up again soon and free time will become much more of a commodity than it is now, so take advantage of these last few weeks. This summer, many different museums, venues and festivals in the Greater Philadelphia area are offering amazing exhibits by talented local artists. Many of these creative exhibits will close with the end of summer, so make sure you visit them while they’re still open and before your daily class schedule and catching up with all your friends takes up all your time. Summer is all about new experiences, and seeing all this beautiful, local art is an opportunity you don’t want to pass up!

Summer Concert Series: Trinidelphia
When: August 12, 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia. Cost: $5 for Open Arts members, $10 for non-Open-Arts members.

For the month of August, guests can enjoy discounted admission to Penn Museum, including access to all current exhibits on display — the Egyptian mummy gallery, Africa gallery, Greece gallery, the museum’s special exhibitions Beneath the Surface: Life, Death, and Gold in Ancient Panama and Native American Voices — The People, Here and Now and more. This Wednesday, guests can also attend a nighttime concert by local American-Caribbean fusion band Trinidelphia. The concert will take place in Penn Museum’s outdoor courtyard space and the Philadelphia-based band will play a selection of their original music blending Latin jazz, reggae, salsa and popular songs.

Art After 5: Bossa Nova Night 
When: August 14, 5 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Cost: $14.

For only the price of admission, guests can enjoy exclusive nights of live music performances, open gallery tours and light refreshments at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Fridays after 5 pm this summer. This Friday, vocalist Andrea Clair will lead her talented ensemble in a performance of classic bossa nova music. Guided gallery tours of all current exhibits in the museum will also be offered throughout the night, as well as light dinner options and cocktails served by Starr events to complement the relaxing environment of music and art.

Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene Exhibit
When: Through August 16. Where: The African American Museum in Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia. Cost: $10.

Local photographer Gerard Gaskin debuts his influential work in the exhibit Legendary: Inside the House Ballroom Scene at The African American Museum in Philadelphia, which ends on Sunday. Gaskin’s work explores the house balls culture of the African American and Latino LGBTQ community, a LGBTQ subculture where people “walk” for trophies and prizes at events known as balls. Legendary is made up of photos taken at house events in Philadelphia, Richmond, Washington D.C. and New York City. Gaskin wants to celebrate the artistry and self-fashion of the house balls culture while increasing awareness of what they are.

Shelley Spector: Keep the Home Fires Burning Exhibit
When: Through September 28. Where: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. Cost: $14.

Prominent local artist and educator Shelley Spector debuted her new exhibit in the Perelman Building at the Philadelphia Museum of Art this summer, a collection made entirely from recycled parts. Spector used many different materials in her work such as furniture parts, wood and vintage textiles and other recycled material. Many of her sculptures and embroideries revolve around a garden theme, including birds, trees, tulips and other floral displays. Spector is a graduate of The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the University of the Arts, and is now a professor at UArts.

Traction Company Exhibit 
When: Through October 11. Where: Fisher Brooks Gallery, 118 North Broad Street, Philadelphia. Cost: $12.

One of Philly’s most reputable art educators, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, produced 12 alumni, staff and faculty that decided to team up and create the Traction company. The company opened their exhibition in a studio space in West Philly, creating both collaborative and individual pieces on display. Museumgoers will find a variety of contemporary works by the artists, including the centerpiece work subTRACTION, a miniature reproduction of the their 8,000-square-foot West Philly work space.

Top 5 Careers: Nonprofits
(Plus Bonus IT Position!)

We know that a lot of you out are interested in nonprofit organizations, and we’ve got four great opportunities for you this week. You can do online promotion for our Open Arts program (woot!), write editorial articles for (woot woot!), assist with communications and public affairs at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, or help improve the quality of emergency meals that get distributed to Philadelphians every day at United Way. But we’ve also got a bonus position for you: as an IT intern for Delval Equipment Corporation. Read more below!

Campus Philly, Open Arts: Open Arts Online Promotion Intern Fall 2015
Use your talents to connect other college students to arts and culture events around town as our online promotions intern for Open Arts! You’ll publicize upcoming events from our arts and culture partners and keep our Twitter, Facebook & Instagram pages updated with fun news and posts. You’ll write interesting content about upcoming events and venues and be the first to know about new events. The best part is having the opportunity to attend the great events that you’re promoting! Apply today!

Campus Philly: Careers Editorial Intern Fall 2015
Here at Campus Philly, students are always asking us questions about launching their careers. We want to give students all the best advice that Philly has to offer, and it will be your job as our careers writer to round it all up. You’ll be writing how-to articles on topics from LinkedIn to interviewing, writing up the great success stories of students who have landed jobs or internships, and crafting social media to get the word out about your awesome writing. Ability to synthesize diverse information into an easily-understandable format is a must.

Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission:Communications and Public Affairs Intern
Interested in regional planning, communications, and public affairs? The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission is looking for you. You will assist in developing and editing communications materials, implementing public relations tactics, and providing outreach to organizations in the Philadelphia region. Other responsibilities include assisting with several key projects such as the Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Report, Environmental Justice Report, monthly e-newsletter, DVRPC website, and press releases.

United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern NJ: Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative Internship
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is offering an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate-level students to learn about and contribute to the Philadelphia Food Access Collaborative work in combating hunger by helping improve the quality of emergency meals served in Philadelphia. Interns will be responsible for researching best practices of food providers across the country, coordinating volunteers efforts with United Way staff, assisting in coordination of local provider meetings, developing capacity building opportunities, and analyzing data on emergency meal guests and providers. They are looking for interns to work part time (15-18 hours/week) in their office, beginning in September through the month of June with the option for a 12 month opportunity if applicable.

Delval Equipment Corporation: IT intern for Sales and Service Company
A fixture of the Delaware Valley since 1955, Delval Equipment Corporation is looking for an IT intern. Responsibilities will include assisting IT staff with all tasks, including migration from server based system to cloud based system, further development, configuration and maintenance of Sharepoint system for document creation and management, intranet workflow and CRM, development of interface between Sharepoint and existing accounting and business system, and management of PC and network systems and related hardware. Applicants should have completed at least one year of an information systems, computer science, or computer engineering degree.

Top 5 Careers: Great Internships

If you’re a college student seeking a fall internship, this list is definitely for you! We’ve compiled five incredible internships that are sure to give you professional experience. Check out these five opportunities at Campus Philly, Bentley Systems, WPXN, the Philadelphia 76ers, and Resources for Human Development.

Campus Philly: Events Editorial Intern Fall 2015
Let me tell you, being an editorial intern at Campus Philly will be great! As a current CP editorial intern, I know you’ll have plenty of opportunities to hone your writing skills. So, if you’re a strong writer, savvy at social media, and have outstanding communications skills, apply to this position before August 12! As the Events Editorial Intern, you will encourage students to explore Philadelphia by informing them about festivals, good food, and local happenings among other events. By the end of this internship, not only will you have a large amount of clips, you will also have experience working in the nonprofit industry and a deep understanding of the City of Brotherly Love.

Bentley Systems: Bentley Institute Services Intern
Bentley Systems, a company working to provide architects and engineers (among others) with special software for infrastructure, is hiring a Bentley Institute Services Intern. In this position, you will sharpen your communication skills by creating content for the user newsletter, promoting company conferences and events by creating social media posts and web content, and developing necessary internal communication. If you are an effective writer and communicator, ready to work on complex projects, and acquainted with social media, apply to this paid internship now!

WXPN: Engineering and IT Assistant Intern
If you love music and know a few things about engineering at technology, the Engineering and IT Assistant Intern at WXPN, a Philly-based award-winning radio station known for playing rock, blues, roots and folk, is for you! Your main duty will be to assist the Engineering and IT departments in supporting computer systems used for desktops, Digital Audio Workstations, and audio recording/playback systems. You will also have the opportunity to perform system backups, troubleshoot, and install and upgrade software. Applicants must be proficient in these five well-known computer applications: Window XP/ Windows 7, Microsoft Office 2007 Suite, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and anti-virus software. It’s definitely worth carving out ten hours a week from your schedule to intern here!

Philadelphia 76ers: Corporate Hospitality and Events Intern
Do you consider yourself the ultimate planner? If so, don’t pass up this awesome opportunity with Philly’s premier basketball team! The Philadelphia 76ers are looking for a Corporate Hospitality Intern to assist them in planning and implementing corporate hospitality events. This intern will also manage staff on event nights, brainstorm and research new venues and vendors, assist with the corporate client gift program, and participate in planning and site visits. The perk: this internship is paid!

Resources for Human Development: Fall Interns
Resources for Human Development a nonprofit headquartered in Philly, is recruiting for multiple positions for the upcoming fall semester. Specifically, they are hiring one undergraduate or recent graduate to intern for each of the following departments: Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion, Accounting, Custodials, Community Relations, Government Relations, and the One Step Away program. RHD’s internship program lasts 12 weeks and interns are expected to be in the office for two days per week. Don’t miss the opportunity to work for this great organization!

Philly Leads in Women in Tech

After reading an article headlined “Technology still has a problem with women- but change is in the air” in a July issue of The Guardian about the large, yet slowly shifting, gender disparity in the tech industry, I decided to do some research to see where Philadelphia stood in terms of representation of women in tech.

It turns out Philly is on the forefront of working towards gender equality in the tech industry. The Philadelphia Business Journal featured a report in April called “Scoring Tech Talent” by the CBRE Group which analyzed the tech talent in 50 U.S. markets. Philadelphia placed first in the category of tech occupations being held by women with 31 percent, over 8 percent above the the national average.

I spoke with several female tech professionals at Bentley SystemsComcastFrontline Technologies, and Randstad Technologies to get their take on women in tech in Philadelphia. They talked about the importance of STEM education, touched on the tech bonanza that is Philly Tech Week, and gave advice for women looking to break into the industry.


STEM and the Female Tech Community 

Technology professionals agree on the importance and prevalence of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs in Philly as a way of creating a more equal gender balance in the tech scene.

Alicia Bressler, Corporate Recruiter at Frontline Technologies, recognizes that STEM programs are helping to close the gender gap in IT by helping spark an interest in women and girls to pursue a career in tech, as well as fostering a tech community for women in Philly.

“In our hiring today, we see a predominantly male applicant base for most of our open technical positions, but groups and organizations like Girl Develop It and Girls Who Code are certainly helping to make the shift for young women to start thinking about careers in technology,” explains Bressler.

There is definitely no shortage of STEM groups and events in Philly. Some other ones to check out are TechGirlz, SheTechPhillyPhilly Code Camp, and Philly Tech Meetup.

Besides groups dedicated to women in tech, companies are also encouraging and supporting women to get into the tech industry. Comcast is taking a large role in making women in the tech field feel comfortable and empowered.

Leslie Chapman, Principal Software Engineer at Comcast, attends Comcast’s First Friday Coffee, a monthly gathering for female employees. There is also a Women’s Network at Comcast, complete with Twitter, that works to grow, attract and retain successful, professional women throughout Comcast. With all of the tech-based organizations and programs continuing to make roots in Philly, Chapman feels she is part of a community of women that didn’t exist ten years ago.

“There’s a large call to action of women coming together and meeting each other and networking and helping each other through their careers as well as trying to inspire younger women,” says Chapman.


Philly Tech Week and Women

Comcast also sponsors Philly Tech Week, a week-long celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia.

Rakhi Wani, Senior Database Administrator at Frontline Technologies, appreciates the vast amount of opportunities that the event offers.

“For an example of the city’s passion for cutting-edge technology, look no further than Philly Tech Week. With app demos, robots, digital marketing events, networking opportunities, an outdoor arcade, a day of dev-focused activities and so much more, 2015 Philly Tech Week exemplifies the connection between this city and the future of technology.”

During Philly Tech Week, there is a whole day devoted to women in tech in the form of the Philly Women in Tech Summit. The 2015 event featured a range of female speakers, including NBC10 news anchor Renee Chenault-Fattah.


Why Choose Philly Tech?

There’s no doubt that having a career in the tech field is rewarding, and there is an entire array of opportunities in terms of job descriptions and professional development. Kara Mancinelli, Recruiting Director at Randstad Technologies, highlights the breadth of the field.

“There are a lot of different ways you can pursue a career in IT. If you were to ask someone that is not specific to the IT industry, ‘What do you think of when you think of a job in IT?’, they would most likely say you’re either a developer creating a website or you’re on the hardware side where you are fixing a PC/Mac. What’s interesting is that IT career paths really run the full spectrum, covering business intelligence, data analytics, project management, quality assurance and cyber security along with the more traditional application development and infrastructure opportunities,” says Mancinelli.

Not only can you get involved in Philly tech in a countless number of ways, there is also plenty of room to move up in your career. When choosing a place to lay roots, Wani knew that there would be plenty of opportunities for her to advance in tech.

“As the fifth largest city in the U.S. and the second largest city on the East Coast, Philadelphia is a place that is bustling with opportunity in many areas, especially tech. To have a career with maximum potential for long-term growth, you want to live in a city that has opportunities available. Since you don’t always know how your career will evolve, it is important to make sure that job options are available not just for your current position, but for your entire field. This way as you grow, the opportunities will continue,” says Wani.


Advice for Succeeding in Tech 

Chapman explained that “getting your foot in the door” can be difficult in IT, especially with so many people applying to individual jobs. She gave IT-specific advice for young people going into the field.

Although it is easy to send the same resume out to every position you apply for, Chapman says you present yourself as a perfect candidate if you only include what they’re looking for on your resume.

“Don’t send out canned resumes. If a job is asking for Java, Sequel, and GIT knowledge, focus on those experiences in your resume. If you do have experience in those three things, you don’t need to mention that you also know C++.”

When you get interviews for a tech position, be prepared to take a test on Java or another related program and technical questions. Although you are expected to have a strong knowledge of certain programs, it is difficult to know every nuance of a program. If you are asked a question and you don’t know the answer, there is a better answer than ‘I don’t know.’

“I would love to hear someone in an interview say ‘You know what, I don’t have the answer on the top of my head but I can just hop on Google and go to Stack Overflow and I would find the answer.’ That to me is an A+ answer because the ability to be autonomous means you’re a good researcher and you can figure it out,” explains Chapman.


And a Little Bit More Advice

Want some more advice about making it as a woman in tech? Check out the tips below, and then go make your mark on the tech scene in Philly.

Kara Mancinelli, Recruiting Director at Randstad Technologies

“Before you graduate, it is imperative that you secure a paid or unpaid internship or work-study program. In recent years, entry level has been redefined in the IT space. Entry level is now one to two years of hands-on experience. For this reason, it is crucial that college students take advantage of internships or work-study programs prior to graduation.”

Mary Hamric, Development Lead and Software Engineer at Bentley Systems

“Going into the tech industry will require tenacity for keeping up with all the advances. It seems that every few years the next new thing is coming out, [and you need] tenacity to keep your finger on the pulse of what is happening and still be able to master what you need to know for doing your job.”

Lauren Williams, Senior HR Specialist at Frontline Technologies

“Just go for it. You have all the opportunity in the world! Make sure you network and you find a company that values your worth. Make sure you know what you’re worth. Make sure that the work you’re going to be doing is something that you can excel at. Get into a company where they’re going to help you learn and grow.”