Meet Piper and Joe, Campus Philly’s spring 2023 interns. Piper serves as our Editorial Intern and is the voice behind many of our blogs and Instagram guides (you may have received a few emails from her too). Joe is our Social Media Intern—you’ve probably seen him all over our TikTok! He’s also responsible for many of the posts and stories you see on the Campus Philly Instagram. Keep reading to get all the scoop on our spring interns and to learn how YOU can join the Campus Philly team too!
Tell us a bit about yourself!
Editorial Intern Piper Loebach
Piper: My name is Piper Loebach! I’m a senior at the University of the Arts double majoring in Musical Theatre and Directing, Playwriting, Production. I grew up just north of Charlotte, North Carolina, so Philly is about a 9 hour drive for me (but luckily I created a super long playlist to cover the whole trip).
Social Media Intern Joe DelGrippo
Joe: My name is Joe DelGrippo, I am a senior International Business/Marketing student currently attending Temple University. I am originally from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, the mushroom capital of the world!
What’s your ‘Philly story?’
Piper: Prior to applying to UArts, I had not visited Philadelphia since I was 9 years old. When I arrived in Philly to begin my first semester of college, I promised myself that I wouldn’t waste a single minute here. I began exploring the city by attending Campus Philly’s CollegeFest, making weekly visits to the Philadelphia Museum of Art with my student membership, and studying at a different coffee shop every weekend.
Joe: I grew up around Philly, and as an absolute diehard Philly sports fan. I moved to Philadelphia when I started attending Temple in the fall of 2019. I have been lucky to explore a good amount of the city and really love living in it.
Piper Loebach at the Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market
What does a typical weekday look like for you?
Piper: I usually get up around 6 or 7 and head to the gym (my favorite workout in the city is RippedPHL! College students can use the code ‘rippedpiper’ for a discounted class if you want to try it out). Once I’ve showered and had breakfast, I usually have a few hours of Campus Philly work and then a class or two! I spend a lot of my evenings at rehearsal for whatever show I’m working on at the moment. When I’m not involved in a show, my nights often consist of homework, making the perfect Pinterest board, or trying new restaurants/happy hours around Philly!
Joe: My typical weekday is pretty hectic. I have class, work, or meetings from at least 8-5, but usually I won’t end until around 7-8pm or so. I try to build some time for myself at the end of the day, usually attempting to watch the sixers game if it’s on. It can be a little overwhelming at times, but I am passionate about what I do!
What is your favorite part of working for Campus Philly?
Piper: Working for Campus Philly this semester has genuinely been a dream come true so far! I love the agency I’ve been given in creating content that excites me and reflects my own voice. The entire team has been so welcoming and helpful and I truly feel like my professional goals are being supported. Not to mention the fact that the full time staff consists entirely of women! It’s been really inspiring to work with a female-operated non profit organization.
Joe: My favorite part about working at Campus Philly would be their support of creativity in how we create content for our pages. I feel like I am able to put my own spin on our content, and it means a lot in terms of personal expression and helping boost the Campus Philly community in our unique ways.
Joe DelGrippo at Temple University’s American Marketing Association’s Annual Conference
What are some of your goals for this internship?
Piper: I am looking forward to learning more about nonprofit management and building a comprehensive portfolio of articles and other content I have created for Campus Philly over the duration of my internship.
Joe: I wanted to run successful campaigns through partnerships with local businesses and Campus Philly’s partners!
Photo Credit: Piper Loebach
As a senior, what advice do you have for college students that are newer to Philadelphia?
Piper: The whole city is your campus—take advantage of that as often as you can!! There is always something going on in this city and the Campus Philly Calendar is an awesome resource to keep track of upcoming events. I love walking and I’ve found that going on walks is not only a great de-stressor, but also an amazing way to explore Philly! You will start to develop a mental map of the city and grow to love the individuality of each neighborhood here!
Joe: Explore! Some of my favorite places I didn’t look for, rather I had seen them while going somewhere else or stumbled across them. Also, use public transport to your advantage! A lot of SEPTA stops (both bus and train lines) will put you in prime areas to shop, explore, sight see, and eat!
When you’re not at school or work, what do you like to do for fun?
Piper: I love fitness, skiing (as often as I can anyway), reading, and checking out new places around Philly!
Joe: I try to do a little of everything. I love to cook, play guitar, game, skate, watch sports, and just experience new hobbies. I love to garden, but it is a little limited in the city for me to have my own.
Photo Credit: Joe DelGrippo
Favorite place in Philly?
Piper: I have SO many, but Jiggy Coffee comes to mind because I can’t get enough of their seasonal rose matcha. I also love J’aime Bakery and Mission Taqueria. Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market is a classic too—grabbing fresh produce and flowers is my favorite way to spend Saturday morning!
Joe: That’s a tough one. I think that I have a few:
Italian Market: I come from a very Italian family so being able to get some good Italian food and walk around is something I love to do.
Sports Complex/Packer Ave: I am a massive Philly sports fan and I always love catching a game no matter who is playing. In addition, just a little east of the stadiums is Maglio’s Sausage Co. and Market. They have my favorite hoagies, specifically their South Philly and their pork+sharp provolone+long hots hoagie. Both of them are to die for and I would highly recommend a visit.