Philly To-Do: Intern Dan’s Weekly Picks

This week get out and celebrate finales, grand openings, free admissions and a neighborhood’s twist on Restaurant Week!

Black History Month Finale

Today marks the last day of Black History Month. Throughout the month, there have been many events at various locations, it’s not too late to partake in the festivities. Black History Untold wraps up their month-long event tonight at WHYY Studios, and workshops such as A Taste of African Heritage at the Parkway Central Library

Museum galore this Sunday

This Sunday at The Barnes Foundation will be completely free as part of their Free First Sunday! Every first Sunday of each month traverse the galleries and check out the Person of the Crowd: The Contemporary Art of Flânerie exhibit, all for free!

If, the Barnes wasn’t enough to satisfy your art craving, the Philadelphia Museum of Art kicks off their Pay-What-You-Wish Sundays this week. Every first Sunday of each month, visitors will be able to pay as much as they wish to enjoy exhibits like American Watercolor.

Franklin Square

Spring is in the air, with Franklin Square officially opening March 1st . Franklin Square is a great spot to hangout and enjoy the great weather with food, drinks, mini-golf and more.

East Passyunk Restaurant Week

And you thought restaurant week was over. This week reserve your table at a number of restaurants participating in East Passyunk Restaurant Week . For just $15, $25, or $35 experience a 3 course meal on a range of diverse foods!




Philly Field Trip: Fairmount

Saturday morning, I woke up to the sound of the birds chirping and the fresh air drifting into my room, right then I knew I wanted to spend as much time as I could in this unseasonably gorgeous weather. My roommate and I quickly got ready, packed some snacks, grabbed a blanket, and headed down to Fairmount.

In hopes to make the most of the day, we headed straight down to Fairmount Park to relax by the Schuylkill River. We were determined to get as close as we could to the water, but we also had to be conscious of the geese who were also enjoying the nice weather. With the right book and some good music, you’re set for the day and that is where we spent most of our time.

A bibliophile’s dream at Book Haven!

There was a storm in the forecast so we decided to head back and pop into some of the shops on our way. Our first stop was a Book Haven, a mesmerizing book store, filled from top to bottom. In hopes to find the film section, we were surprised by something else–a cat emerged from the back room and rubbed up against us for a nice back scratch.

Looking at books can work up an appetite! We decided to go OCF Coffee House to enjoy some coffee, a delicious breakfast sandwich, and the view of the Eastern State Penitentiary. Despite the clouds covering the sun, we sat outside and were greeted by another (!!!)  cat, except this one was orange and wearing a nice gold bow. He sat at my feet and persistently begged with his puppy kitty eyes for some of my food, however, I quickly apologized because I wasn’t going to give up my sandwich.

We continued our stroll down Fairmount Ave. to find ourselves in Philly Flavors ordering some water ice. We wanted to celebrate this “swinter” day as best as we could, and this treat was the cherry on top. With water ice in hand, we  headed back to campus. As we left Fairmount, we also said good bye to all the animals we had seen throughout the day. If you’re like me and need that furry, four legged fix, just make your way to Fairmount—just be aware of the geese!

Prepare to Launch: Advice From Campus Philly Interns

Fall 2017 Online Job + Internship Week is happening now until Friday, October 27! Sign up, sign on and apply to your dream gig. 

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, 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
  • 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 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!

Philly To-Do: TGI…Final Friday in February!

Friday’s Forecast: 70 degrees and 100% chance of  free pizza and great events.

Free Friday at SliCE Pizza! 

SliCE gives away free pizza no purchase req’d, 1 per person. 
At all 4 locations
Friday, Feb 24 from 11am-1pm

“Person of the Crowd” Opening Party
What? Come decked out in your best 1920s garb, check out the exhibition, and look for the strolling performers.
Where? The Barnes Foundation,  2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
When? Friday, February 24 starting at 6pm
Deal: FREE for college students with valid student ID (walk-up only)

International House Carnival Celebration
What? This vibrant festival includes Brazilian and Caribbean cuisine and beverages, Brazilian and Caribbean dance music, samba dance performances by the Greater Philadelphia Caribbean Cultural Organization Masqueraders, and an evening of drumming in the Caribbean tradition by One Nation Ensemble.
Where? International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
When? Friday, February 24 starting at 7 pm
Where? International House, 3701 Chestnut Street
Deal:$10 general public; $5 for members and free for International House residents

Final Fridays: Lonely Hearts Club at the Philadelphia Museum of Art 
What?  Craft love notes, dance to your own silent disco in the galleries (head phones on) and enjoy live music at the last Art After 5 Friday in February.
Where? Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
When? Friday, February 24, 2017 from 5 pm – 8:45 pm
Deal: $14 for students with valid ID



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!


Deal of the Day: “Person of the Crowd” Opening Party

Break out your top hats and beaded dresses! We have your Friday night plans for you– “Person of the Crowd” opening party at The Barnes Foundation! Come decked out in your best 1920s garb, check out the exhibition, and look for the strolling performers.

It’s our Deal of the Day because it’s FREE for college students with valid student ID (walk-up only)! You can Charleston your way through the doors starting at 6pm. See you there! 

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 To-Do: Intern Dan’s Picks

The weather in Philadelphia can be erratic, one day the sun is shining, the next day you’re wearing your winter coat. Who knows what will happen? So, this week get a glimpse of spring and enjoy the warm weather while you can. With a slew of upcoming events to close out the month, here are just a few things I’m looking forward to as February draws to a close.

Philly Fashion Week
Philly has a Fashion Week? I had no idea. This Wednesday, February 22nd, RSVP to The Trend VIP Party. A fashion, food, and networking event located at The Granary. The event is FREE with RSVP and a great way to leadup to Night 2 of the Runway show on February 24th, get your tickets now before it’s too late!

Black Thought Presents: Delirious
Member of the legendary Philadelphia group The Roots; Black Thought hosts an ensemble of comedians on the rise on the east coast this Thursday February 23rd located at The Punchline Philly. Many household names have gotten their start performing at The Punchline, you could be witnessing the start of something special!

From Home to Hopper
Venture into Philadelphia’s surrounding areas by visiting the Brandywine River Museum this Saturday, February 25th. The Brandywine River Museum presents From Homer to Hopper, an exhibition of over 50 paintings by revolutionary American artists such as Winslow Homer, Georgia O’ Keefe, Edward Hopper, and Thomas Eakins. The event is only $6 for students with ID!

There’s absolutely no shortage of events in Philly, especially concerning the arts. The weather is on your side this week, make sure to take advantage!

Philly To-Do: Intern Lindsay’s Picks

My main reason for coming to school in Philly was the unlimited access I would have to events and happenings around the city. I am always looking for ways to spruce up my week and get off campus, and here are my picks for this upcoming week.

    My favorite part about this city is that there is never a dull moment, one adventure leads to another. Share your adventures, tag @CampusPhilly on Twitter or Instagram!