Your Go Guide For Winter Break

We know how excited you are to be on winter break and we want to give you the tools to have the best break ever! Here’s a little guide to do just that:

Go for a cup of coffee and chill, man. Refer to: Best Philadelphia cafes for lounging (or working) all day long

Go take a hike on the Wissahickon Trail or walk on the Manayunk Bridge.

Go to a show at the former Spaghetti Warehouse, now Union Transfer. (Sorry, you won’t find any spaghetti, but you will find your favorite band playing there!)

Go see a movie.

Go catch that holiday spirit.

Go ring in the New Year with fireworks and more!

Go to the Mummers Parade!

Go to B-R-U-N-C-H before the Parade. Here are just some of our favorites: Cafe Lift | Kraftwork | Royal Tavern |Sabrina’s |  The Morning Glory Diner 

Keep us in the loop! Follow us on Instagram, and tag your adventures with #meetphilly.


Best of 2015 Articles

We looked into what articles you were looking at on the Campus Philly site, and based off our findings,  you all have great reading taste! If you haven’t checked them out yet, here are the top posts of 2015:

22 Reasons Philadelphia is the Best Place to Be a Student
I got 22 reasons and the food IS one. See the other 21 reasons here.

On the Job Prep: Prep for the Future Starting Wherever You Are
From getting involved in leadership roles to preparing for job interviews, there is more to making sure that you are ready to take on the real world then buying your first suit or sending out countless jobs applications. Find out what steps you can take during each phase of your time in undergrad, to make sure that you are ready to face post-college career prospects with confidence, and get some advice from one of the professionals.

Philly Leads Women in Tech 
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.

Hit All the Right Notes Before and After Your Interview
Do you want to start your interview process with a bang?  Do you want to end your interview in perfect harmony?  It is crucial that you walk into your interview feeling confident and leave with a plan for your next steps.


Best of 2015 City Living / Local

It’s our job to introduce you to different parts of the city. From local tips to neighborhood profiles, we’ve got you covered! We went back, looked at what posts you liked the most, and put together the list below.

Talk Like a Local
Here’s the informal Philadelphia Dictionary. Learn it, love it and use what you’ve learned to order a cheesesteak.

Fishtown: More Than a Cool Name 
We have to admit that Fishtown is a pretty cool, cartoon-esque name for a neighborhood. The town earned its quirky name from its past as a hub for shad fishing — the fish industry eventually faded, but the name stuck. The town has history, good eats, and local art that we wanted to share with anyone wanting to get to know Philadelphia a bit more []

South Philly Spotlight: South Street 
Start exploring South Philadelphia at South Street, known for its diverse, urban feel and attractions for visitors of all ages. Whether you’re in the mood to shop, eat, or just appreciate the exciting atmosphere, there’s something that everyone can enjoy. []

Philly Love Note: Reading Terminal Market 
As soon as I stepped inside, I knew it was love.  The overwhelming aroma of foods from cheesesteaks and gyros to cupcakes and ice cream filled me with a yearning to experience every bite, from sweet to savory. []

Best of 2015 Events

Are you ready for this three sentence build up? Here we go. 1.) We know how to throw an event. 2.) We know how to throw a fun event. 3.) We know how throw a fun AND informative event.

Below are our top five Campus Philly events in 2015. Check them out and get excited for these events and more in 2016!

Inclusive Leadership Conference 2015
In February, nearly 400 students came together at Temple University to learn how to become better leaders and change agents. With nearly 25 workshops on all different topics and a fantastic keynote from Carlos Ojeda, Jr., the conference was a great success.

Want to sign up for the 2016 Conference? Register here!

My Philly Summer Party
In July, hundreds of college student interns from over 45 companies and organizations gathered at Ralph’s Cafe on the 43rd floor of the Comcast Center for an evening of networking, fun, food, selfie sticks, and Philly!

College Fest 2015
In September,  we welcomed 5,000 students from more than 140 colleges and universities at Dilworth Park at City Hall. For most college students moving to the big city, this is their first chance to #meetphilly.

Details on College Fest 2016 here.

Open Arts College Night Series
Campus Philly teamed up with several of our Open Arts partners to bring three spectacular events free of charge to Philly’s college students: College Night at the Barnes, The Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free College Concert, and Opera on the Mall: La traviata.

Sign up for Open Arts today and get all the deals!

Fall Online Job and Internship Fair
At the end of October, we hosted our Online Job and Internship Fair to best connect students to hundreds of opportunities in Philadelphia.

Create your online career profile on our Careers page and get that dream job/internship!


Ring in the New Year Philly-style

Welcoming the New Year in Philadelphia is like the dessert of the holiday season. You think you’re done after opening presents and family get-togethers, but hold up! New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are here for the sweet ending.

Believe it or not, the city doesn’t go to sleep once everyone leaves for the holidays; instead, it comes to life! The city feels powered by an electricity that’s very Philly-specific. (I can go on, but it’s one of those things that you need to experience yourself, and you’ll get what I mean.) From the fireworks to the parades, it’s always a new beginning to remember.

SugarHouse New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront

When:  December 31 6PM and 12AM

Where:  Delaware River Waterfront

In the wise words of Katy Perry, you just gotta ignite the light and let it shine!  Own the night of New Year’s Eve by finding a spot along the Delaware River Waterfront to watch a dazzling fireworks display.  Some of the best places you can watch are the Blue Cross RiverRink, Penn’s Landing, and Race Street Pier.  This 15 minute show lights up the sky and has the Ben Franklin Bridge as its illuminating backdrop.  Afterwards, there are countless ways to continue your celebration throughout Old City to make this the best start to the new year you could imagine!

The Mummer’s Parade

When:  January 1, 9AM

Where:  Starting at City Hall all the way to Broad Street and Washington Avenue 

Celebrate New Year’s Day with the largest fete Philadelphia has to offer!  This 116-year old tradition will be livelier than ever in its carnival-like atmosphere and involvement of 10,000 people.  Each Mummer belongs to a division–Comics, Wench Brigades, Fancies, String Bands, or Fancy Brigades–all of which have there own role in the parade festivities.  The Comics and Wench Brigades satirize issues, the Fancies show off their glamorous and gaudy costumes, the String Bands play a variety of musical instruments, and the Fancy brigades perform choreographed theatrical routines.  Come cheer and dance along the sidelines in this Philadelphia tradition!

The Fancy Brigade Finale

When:  January 1, 12PM and 5PM

Where:  Pennsylvania Convention Center

Another New Year’s tradition special to Philadelphia, this intricate performance by the Mummer’s Fancy Brigade takes over the Pennsylvania Convention Center to showcase their talents.  All 11 Fancy brigade Clubs perform and compete in this show that involves elaborate costumes, floats, props, and choreography.  The festivities begin at 11:30AM with a meet-and-greet to take pictures and meet the Mummers before the Family Show begins.  The 5Pm show is when the lavishness intensifies as each group competes for performance honors and prizes.  Don’t miss out on one of Philadelphia’s most unique performances of the year!



Top 5 Events: Lights

The holiday season is here and you know what that means–LIGHTS!   Even though we can’t put up holiday trees in our dorm rooms (except for the Charlie Brown one), we can still enjoy the lights.

Lights have a long history not only in the Christian faith, but also in others.  Diwali literally translates to the “Festival of Lights” – Hindu’s place small diyas (a small oil lamp) around the house to celebrate the victory of the good Rama over the evil Ravana.  The diyas symbolize the victory of good over evil, knowledge over ignorance.

Take a break from all the hard core studying and look at the lights decorating the city; it will remind you why you started this fight (aka, college) to begin with!

Parade of Lights 

When: Saturday, Dec. 12 | 5:30 pm
Where: Independence Seaport Museum

Head to the Delaware River waterfront for the annual Parade of Lights at 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. This boat parade features both pleasure boats and working vessels decked out in decorations and lights. Before the parade, the Independence Seaport Museum will have holiday activities.

Macy’s Center City

Where: Macy’s

Dating back to 1955, Macy’s Christmas Light Show is a Philadelphian holiday tradition.  More than 100,000 LED lights create fantastic holiday images every two hours, accompanied by the legendary Wanamaker Organ, the largest playable instrument in existence.  The Egyptian Room on third floor of the building has been turned into a 6,000 square foot”Dickens Village” where scenes from Dickens’ A Christmas Carol are brought to life.  Father Christmas will also be there if you want to take a picture with him.  If you only have time to walk by, check out their whimsical holiday windows.

Blue Cross Riverrink Winterfest

Where: Blue Cross RiverRink

In addition to the ice skating rink, this river front park has been transformed into a winter wonderland.  In addition to hot chocolate and holiday treats, the rink is surrounded by a winter garden and forest created using locally sourced recycled shipping containers, holiday trees and shrubs, rustic furniture, thousands of lights, and fire pits.  So, after ‘polishing the ice’ (or falling flat on your face on it in my case), relax in one of the five winter warming cottages on the warm armchairs or loveseats with friends around an electric fireplace while chomping on ice cream waffle sandwiches and sipping on hot cocoa.

The Christmas Village

When: Sun-Thurs | 11am-7pm; Fri-Sat |11am-8pm
Where: Love Park

The park has been transformed by million of lights, a huge Christmas tree, and more than 60 vendors housed in wooden booth into a traditional open-air Christmas market.  A wide range of holiday gifts, ornaments, jewelry, toys, and high quality arts and crafts will be offered to shoppers in this Winter Wonderland.  There will also be traditional European food such as mulled wine, gingerbread, and waffles.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival

Where: Franklin Square

Until Dec 31, “dazzle in the lights of the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show” at Franklin Square.  Inspired by Ben Franklin’s famous curious and experimenting nature, the show’s centerpiece features a 12 foot tall kite among the more than 50,000 lights decorating the square.  In addition to the beautiful display, there are food trucks and a beer garden with spiked cider and mulled wine along with a holiday market and one off events such as movie screenings.  There is also a putt putt green, if you’re into mini golfing.




Top 5 Careers: Make an Impact

There are so many ways to make an impact in your community. This week’s Top 5 Careers allows you to impact a variety of different groups; from students to animals to the arts to business, you are sure to find a position that makes you feel rewarded!

Inspire and educate today’s youth at Raising a Generation of Hope or the Early Leaning Children’s Academy, show your compassion for animals at the Philadelphia Zoo, inspire others to get involved in the arts at Academy of Vocal Arts, or show your competitive nature in small business at Swift Capital. Whatever avenue you choose, your skills and passions will be inspiring and helping others in the community!

Philadelphia Zoo:  Philadelphia Zoo Internship Expo

Do you love animals?  Do you want an internship experience that allows you to spend time with awesome animals all the time?  If you answered yes to these questions, you definitely should check out the Philadelphia Zoo Internship Expo on January 9 from 1-3PM!  The Philadelphia Zoo has internship opportunities available throughout the year to gain professional experience in animal care and education.  At this expo, you will get to hear from staff and past interns from these programs to learn about the application process, requirements, and expectations; you will even get a tour of the zoo!  If you want to contribute to their mission of of conservation, education, science and recreation, sign up for the internship expo!

Swift Capital:  B2B Account Executive 

Built on the idea that business owners should be able to access business funding based on the strength of their business and not their personal credit score, Swift Capital provides working capital to small businesses and wants yo to join their team!  They are looking for a B2B Account Executive who thrives in a fast-paced environment and loves to win!  They are looking for someone who is competitive and committed to winning, exudes resourcefulness, displays negotiation skills, has knowledge of small business, and exhibits top notch communication skills.  If you are looking for a job in an energizing environment with room to grow and money to earn, Swift Capital could be the place for you!

Academy of Vocal Arts:  Developmental Intern

Do you have a passion for the arts?  The Academy of Vocal Arts, an internationally renowned institution that trains young artists as opera soloists, is looking for a Developmental Intern this winter!  Your responsibilities would include individual and foundation prospect research, assisting in the planning, promotion, and staging of events, and staffing support at performances and special events. They are looking for someone who has strong speaking and writing skills, is computer savvy, and someone who can easily adapt to changing priorities.  And if you happen to love music, opera, and performing arts, that’s a plus!

Raising a Generation of Hope:  Cross-cultural Videographer/Photographer

If female empowerment and media are important to you, apply to be the Cross-cultural Videographer/Photographer at Raising a Generation of Hope (RAGOH).  This organization equips teen girls to raise their voices as leaders and inspires communities to advocate for girls’ access to education in the developing world.  You will join the Media and Communications Committee and support the girls’ global education program.  Girls in this program will learn about the many human rights issues their peers face globally and then they will create (and receive) videos, introducing themselves to their peers in Malawi–sharing their dreams, fears, struggles in their own communities, solutions to them, etc.  You will play a crucial role in developing the cross-cultural component of this program and inspire girls to tell their stories!

Early Learning Children’s Academy:  Assistant Teacher

Early Learning Children Academy wants to ensure that today’s children grow through play and imagination in a safe and nurturing environment to develop physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually.  They are looking for an Assistant Teacher to help meet these goals while making a difference in the lives of young children.  They are looking for experience and qualified early childhood educators to work on a full or part time basis.  There are various age groups to work with and you will undoubtedly feel like you are making an impact in their lives! Don’t hesitate and apply today!