Our Summer Resource Guide is your all-access pass to enjoying Philadelphia this summer.
As we all continue to navigate these strange times and adjust to a summer of physically distancing, we’ll be updating our Summer Resource Guide weekly to ensure you’re getting the most up-to-date information and new resources. And, of course, all the fun stuff, too!
Featured in this Guide:
August 12: On the Front Lines—Careers in Nursing
Join us at 3 P.M. on Zoom for a conversation with Mickey Mullin, who has worked in nursing for more than 30 years, and who now works in Talent Acquisition at CHOP.
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August 19: Careers for Math Lovers—Panel Discussion
Join us at 3 P.M. on Zoom for a special Campus Philly Conversation panel discussion with three young professionals who turned their passion (and expertise) for math into a career.
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August 26: Corporate Careers for Creative People
Join us at 3 P.M. on Zoom for the season two finale of Campus Philly Conversations as we talk with innovative video producer Marvin Mack, who turned his creative passion into a career.
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Even though summertime feels and looks different this year, there are still tons of ways to experience, explore, and enjoy Philadelphia this season.
Our Virtual Guide to All Things Philly is your one-stop shop to everything Philly. We’re talking must-visit parks, virtual exercise classes, restaurants to support through takeout and delivery, must-see virtual museum tours, and more!
Check out some of our favorite things to do below!
- Slather some butter on your popcorn, turn down the lights, and sink into a virtual tour of America’s most historic prison, Eastern State Penitentiary.
- Get your namaste on with free, live-stream yoga classes every day hosted by Tuck Barre & Yoga.
- Learn how to steam perfect soup dumplings from the masters at Dim Sum Garden.
- Get ready for date night with the Philadelphia Orchestra—now virtual! Listen to on-demand concerts, enjoy interactive activities, and more, all courtesy of the Virtual Philadelphia Orchestra.
- 21+? Get takeout, along with at-home cocktail kits, from Barcelona Wine Bar! Talk about a quarantini.
Looking to continue to grow, engage, and network this summer? We’ve got some things you can do right now to start your summer on a (professionally) meaningful note. Start with our 5 Ways to Build Your Resume This Summer blog now, and check out additional resources below!
What’s featured in the Guide?
- Get advice on developing a sharp resume and writing a professional cover letter
- Hear how to rock your next virtual interview from the experts at Juno Search Partners, Shift Profile, and Vanguard
- Catch all the tips on mastering LinkedIn and building connections from our team, along with the pros at Accolade
- Listen to honest stories about our own team’s non-linear career paths, and more!
2. Read Our Blog, 5 Ways to Get a Job Right Now
This is where we break down which companies are still hiring for jobs & internships in and around Philly, and all the resources you need to land the gig.
3. Seek Out Virtual Volunteer Opportunities
DoSomething is the largest not-for-profit exclusively for young people and social change. They’ve compiled a list of 9 Places to Volunteer and Make a Real Impact—all you need to make a difference is an internet connection.
Volunteer Match also has an ongoing list of virtual volunteer opportunities in the Philadelphia region. Check them out and volunteer your time today!
4. Set Up a Virtual Coffee Chat
Is there a company you’d love to learn about? Someone’s brain you’ve always wanted to pick? Well, now’s the time! With many companies transitioning to work-from-home policies, people have a little more time than usual to meet virtually.
Send a message to a person you’d like to connect with on LinkedIn, and invite them to a virtual coffee chat. Maybe you want to learn about their career trajectory; maybe you’re interested in learning about a position or opening at their company. Either way, now is a great time to connect!
We say it all the time (we know), but there are companies still hiring, and it’s all happening on our Launch site. You can create an account now to start searching through hundreds of jobs from top Philly employers.
There are so many companies offering resources to help you continue to learn virtually this summer, with webinars, free trainings, and more to leverage.
Check out some of our top picks below. Plus, take a look at The New York Times’ coverage of virtual internships, and their summer recommendations, here.
- Coursera: Coursera’s mission is to transform lives through learning. To help minimize the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak on students, the Coursera community is launching a global effort to assist universities and colleges to deliver courseware online.
- Upkey: Upkey is offering 1,000 students the opportunity to continue to grow with their Virtual Internship Program (VIP). Each student will earn a certificate of completion and $1,000 in tuition assistance, gain a professional network, and more.
- Beyond College 2020 Webinar Series: Covering a wide variety of topics from personal finance to professional development, Wells Fargo’s free webinar series will help better prepare you for what’s next after college.
- Elastic: Elastic supports students during this time by providing opportunities to connect and learn in a virtual environment. Check out the Elastic Training page, featuring free access to on-demand trainings every week!
REC Philly: Philadelphia’s state-of-the-art creative facility, REC Philly, reopened on August 1! All Philadelphia students now have special access to this Place for Creators, receiving your first month FREE! Use this link to access their student special.
To help during the COVID-19 crisis, Comcast is offering 60 days of free Internet Essentials service to new customers who qualify. They’ve also lifted the eligibility requirement on past-due debt, so it’s never been easier to qualify. Get connected!
The City of Brotherly Love is living up to its name. Check out some of the ways Philly students are coming together to support each other and our city, and reach out to us if you’d like to be featured:
- Medical Students for Masks: Students are leading the fundraising efforts by collecting donations for hospitals facing severe Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortages in Philadelphia. Learn more, get involved, and follow them here.
- The Borgen Project Organization: Student ambassadors like Jawad Bhuiyan, a current Villanova student, are dedicated to fighting worldwide poverty. The Borgen Project is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy. Learn more, get involved, and follow them here.
- Students Demand Action: Cabrini University, ’20, grad Abigail Scardelletti is dedicated to ensuring students are registered to vote. Abby is a fellow for Students Demand Action, a student-led organization looking to register 1,000 voters before November. If you want to help others register to vote, contact Abby at her Instagram, @abbyscarde, for more information.
From cocktail kits and bites to-go, there are still so many restaurants to support in Philly this summer! We’ve got your list of must-visit spots below.
But first, you gotta check out our Philly Foodie Guide featuring tips on where, and what, to eat—all from Philly’s favorite foodies.
- East Passyunk and South Philly are the spots to get your Philly staples delivered this summer, with cheesesteaks from Pat’s King of Steaks along with fried chicken and biscuits from Redcrest Fried Chicken, and more.
- Order a cocktail or margarita kit, and tacos, from Rosy’s Taco Bar. A summer must.
- Calling all sushi lovers! Who doesn’t love a light dish for the summertime? You can now make Tuna Bar’s customer-favorite dishes from home with DIY recipes and take-home sushi kits, and order online every weekend.
- Order the best candy and treats from Shane’s Confectionery (because sugar is simply the best to snack on) and enjoy take-out ice cream from the old-timely Franklin Fountain all summer long.
You can also check out this entire list of spots to support in Center City District!