Top 5 Careers:
Climbing the Job Ladder

Every industry has its own job ladder and chances are, you have plans to climb your industry’s all the way to the top. Because we want you to succeed, we’ve compiled this list of five awesome opportunities which will give you valuable experience. TherapyNotes, LLC and Beneficial Bank are looking to hire someone who has previous experience while Bancroft, LIFT, and the International Sculpture Center want to hire someone straight out of school. No matter what rung of the ladder you’re on or want to be on, there is a position on this list for you!

TherapyNotes, LLC: Quality Assurance Engineer

Do you already have a couple of years experience in quality assurance and are looking to move up the job ladder? If so, this opportunity is for you! TherapyNotes is looking to hire a Quality Assurance Engineer, who will work with the software development team and project managers to ensure that all TherapyNotes software is free of defects and meets end-user requirements. Other responsibilities will include creating and executing test plans, performing application tests, and collaborating with developers and project managers on product and feature design. Plus with a salary between $55,000 and $65,000, you won’t ever have to eat Ramen noodles again!

Bancroft: Program Associate

Are you interested in social services and healthcare? The program associate position at Bancroft, a nonprofit organization that provides services to those with brain injuries, autism, or other intellectual disabilities, is perfect for you because it incorporates both industries. As a full-time program associate, you will have the opportunity to supervise, instruct, and provide guidance to people with disabilities. Responsibilities will include following medical guidelines to administer medication, assisting the assigned person(s) with schoolwork or employment activities, and gathering behavior data from the person(s) served. Apply today!

Beneficial Bank: Head Teller

If you’re interested in enhancing your customer service experience, Beneficial Bank has the position for you. As the Head Teller, you will be responsible for carrying out normal bank functions, such as processing deposits and withdrawals, educating customers about products and services, and training new tellers. To apply, you must be able to complete all teller duties and have a strong understanding of bank policies and procedures, have roughly two years of customer service experience, and have a high school diploma or equivalent. Apply for this paid position before someone else does!

LIFT: Member Service Associate

Because this position doesn’t require any previous experience, it is great for a student or an individual interested in possibly starting a career in the nonprofit realm. LIFT, an organization which helps community members gain economic stability, would like to hire advocates who will work directly with community members to help them create and reach goals by connecting them to housing, employment, and educational resources. This one-year position can be considered an internship or volunteer position.

International Sculpture Center: Executive Assistant

Do you consider yourself a highly motivated and organized individual? If so, an executive assistant position at the International Sculpture Center in Hamilton, New Jersey is great for you. The main responsibility of this position is providing administrative support to the executive director which consists of assisting in the areas of grant proposals, research, and presentations. And of course, what’s better than working around art all day?


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. Located north of Center City, the town is still a traditional working-class neighborhood but recently there’s been an influx of vibrancy. 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.

Like most neighborhoods in Philadelphia, Fishtown is super accessible by public transportation. Just take the Market-Frankford Line toward Frankford to the Girard stop, and walk east along Girard Avenue or north along Frankford Avenue.

It’s a common misconception that the entirety of Philadelphia’s history and America’s founding is located in Historic Philadelphia, clustered around Independence Hall. But overlooking the Delaware River, Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown has claim to its own bit of history. In 1863, William Penn and a Lenape tribe signed a peace treaty under an elm tree in what is now the park; a statue of Penn commemorates the occasion. Come for a relaxing picnic or a stroll along the banks of the Delaware.

So after a morning or afternoon visit to the park, what’s next? Food, of course! The good eats in Fishtown have the tendency to be awesome and quirky. Pizza Brainthe world’s first pizza museum and pizzeria, is definitely not an exception. The super large (so large it won a Guinness World Record) pizza memorabilia collection covers the entire shop. Over in the pizzeria, one of their famous pies, the Forbes Waggensense, landed a spot on Nylon Magazine’s “The 15 Best Slices of Pizza in America” and the food blog The Daily Meal’s “101 Best Pizzas in America.”

Pizza Brain isn’t the only record-breaking establishment in town. Frankford Hall has the city’s largest beer garden and is a wonderful place to spend any warm summer night. Authentic German food accompanies the large selection of beers, so stop by for the curry fries and spätzle as well as the lager.

If you’re looking for something a little more green than the typical German fare, there’s always Greensgrow. Thanks to this urban farm just across the neighborhood divide in Kensington, Fishtown residents and visitors have access to everything from arugula to zucchini. A nationally-recognized urban farm, Greensgrow has been a source of fresh produce since 1997, and their farm includes a 6000-square-foot greenhouse and a pig named Milkshake. Check out their event calendar for cool upcoming ways to check it out!

Weekends are a popular time in Fishtown, USA. On the first Friday of the month, the neighborhood hosts an art crawl on Frankford Avenue, a great event to support local artists. And if you want to venture just a little further north to Kensington, the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby happens annually in May. This parade features more human-powered vehicles than you ever thought existed, along with hilarious costumes and float themes.

Need a little refreshment after all the exploring in the neighborhood? Be sure to stop by La Colombe, who has their flagship Philly store in an enormous converted-industrial-feel building on Frankford Avenue. Their seasonal menu ranges from sandwiches to shrimp and grits, and they also offer classes for any coffee aficionado on topics like home brewing and latte art.

Fishtown is a growing neighborhood, with a lot to offer and even more coming up in the next year. So take a day or an afternoon, head up the Market-Frankford Line to Girard, and have fun exploring!

Student Guide to Manayunk’s
26th Annual Arts Festival

Manayunk has been recognized as a center of historical charm in Philly, offering a small-town feel while being only minutes from Center City Philadelphia. The neighborhood’s Main Street is home to shops, businesses, bars, and restaurants, all strategically placed along the scenic Schuylkill River. The community is made up of a combination of residents who’ve been fixtures in the neighborhood for decades, and young millennials right out of college who are attracted to the social scene and young feel of the neighborhood. All of this means that Manayunk has something to offer for everyone.

This summer, Manayunk is taking advantage of its thriving social scene and beautiful outdoor location and hosting many fun events, including some that have been held for years and some that are new to 2015. One of the largest and most popular events held every year is the Manayunk Arts Festival.

The Manayunk Development Corporation will host the 26th Annual Manayunk Arts Festival on Saturday, June 20, and Sunday, June 21 this year. The event is the largest outdoor arts festival in the tri-state area, attracting nearly 200,000 guests every year. Held on Manayunk’s popular Main Street, guests come from all over to attend this fun two-day festival. Vendors, buyers, collectors, and designers alike will all be in attendance.

Main Street is home to popular bars and restaurants, many of which will be right in the center of the festival action. Many eateries will provide al fresco dining and food and drink deals for festivalgoers. Alongside these popular food spots will be individual tents holding 300 different artists from all over the country. Artists will sell their handmade items in many different categories of art, including fiberglass, ceramics, photography, wood and sculpture, painting and drawing, jewelry, and mixed media. The event will also provide an Emerging Artists tent for young artists who are just getting into the business and trying to make a name for themselves in the area, including recent graduates. Their tent will be located on the corner of Main Street and Roxborough Street at one of the busiest crossroads of the festival.

This weekend extravaganza is free (music to a college student’s ears) and open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to bring some spare cash to spend on the beautiful artisan crafts and art being sold throughout the festival, as well as on the appetizing food and drink deals that will be available along Main Street.

Since Main Street will be closed to car traffic from Green to Shurs Lane, public transportation is your best bet for getting to the festival in a timely and affordable manner. SEPTA’s Manayunk/Norristown line train drops off only a few blocks from the vendor’s tents. SEPTA bus 35 and 61 will drop guests off even closer. A shuttle bus will also be available for $3 roundtrip for adults and free for children will pick up guests at both 555 City Avenue and the Ivy Ridge train station and drop them off right in the hub of the festival, perfect for an easy ride on a student budget.

Although the event will mostly be focused on the art being displayed and sold, there will also be live music and delicious food trucks for guests to enjoy, along with the rest of the establishments along Main Street already participating.

This celebration of unlimited art and an enjoyable day of outdoor fun will be held from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Top 5 Careers:
The Spectrum of Administration

The term “administration” seems to cover almost possible job responsibility these days, and the reality is that it needs to. Every aspect of the day-to-day operations of an organization or company demands quality oversight, and that is what all five of the positions in this week’s Top 5 Careers have in common. Interested in finance administration? Parkway Corporation and Waddell & Reed are your go-tos. Want to gain experience in more general administration? International Sculpture Center and The Burkhart Group are looking for you. Finally, do you want to put your administrative as well as your clinical skills to work? Bancroft needs a clinical associate. Read more below!

Bancroft: ABA Clinical Associate

Do you have a degree in psychology, special education, or a related field? Bancroft, a leading provider of programs and supports for children and adults with autism, intellectual or developmental disabilities, and those in need of neurological rehabilitation, is seeking a clinical associate for their Lindens Neurobehavioral Stabilization Unit. Responsibilities will include participating actively in the learning experiences and life growth of each individual within the program area, acting as a role model for the residents and carry out the specific responsibilities of advocate, and implementing behavioral assessment/treatment plans, including compliance procedures. Experience with developmentally disabled or brain injury populations is preferred.

Parkway Corporation: Budget Analyst Intern

Rising juniors and seniors with a background in finance and business: apply for the budget analyst intern position at Parkway Corporation, a leader in parking management and real estate development! The position duties will include running financial reports out of Oracle Financial Database, uploading data into Excel budget templates, communicating with field managers to complete budget templates, maintaining a budgeting calendar to ensure timely budget completion, and other ad hoc responsibilities relating to Parkway Finance based on work ethic, eagerness to learn, and time availability. This is a part-time (20 – 25 hours a week) paid position, and a minimum 3.5 GPA is required.

International Sculpture Center: Executive Assistant

Do you want to help champion the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society? Well, you’re in luck, because the International Sculpture Center does just that, and they’re looking for an executive assistant. As executive assistant, you would provide high-level administrative support to the executive director, and your responsibilities would include: arranging travel logistics and planning itineraries; supporting activities related to the Board of Directors, committees, and the Advisory Board; drafting, preparing, and circulating documents, minutes, and follow-ups; filing and office organization for the executive director; and managing the intern program. 2 – 5 years relevant experience required.

Waddell & Reed, Inc.: Financial Adviser Internship

Waddell & Reed, Inc., an asset management and financial planning firm that has been in business since 1937, is hiring a financial adviser intern. At Waddell & Reed, they enable you to develop your career into one that works with who you are and what you have to offer. They offer an unequaled combination of product, process and focus, built on a culture of support that embraces your uniqueness and empowers your efforts. This position is best for students with backgrounds in accounting, banking, consulting services, finance, insurance, and/or sales.

The Burkhart Group: Database Development Internship

Specializing in helping nonprofits grow and develop, The Burkhart Group specializes in board and executive leadership development, strategic planning, fundraising, and association management. They are seeking a database development intern, who will be responsible for managing the databases of the Burkhart Group’s clients.  This includes tracking and managing donations, membership, constituent data, program expense/income data, and other data elements specific to Burkhart Group clients. A bachelor’s degree and strong written and oral communications skills are required.

Top 5 Events: Education in Nature!

School’s out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean you should stop learning! Greater Philly offers many interesting educational experiences, both indoors and out, and the bonus is that most of them are completely free. Whether you’re in the mood to learn about plants and nature, fresh local foods, or the history of the city, Philly has some type of tour or event to offer for every kind of learner this summer, both in the heart of Philadelphia and in surrounding towns.

PECO Green Roof Tours
When: Tuesday, June 16, 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Where: PECO Headquarters, 2301 Market Street Cost: $10

PECO has a 45,000 square foot green roof located on the roof of their headquarters in Center City. Completed in 2009, PECO works with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society to maintain the green roof and the plants, as well as offering public tours and educational showings on the top of the 8-story building. The roof helps keep rainwater out of Philly’s aging sewer system, and includes a paved observation deck and an “intensive” that holds native grasses and perennials. This scenic tour can teach you about plants as well as the environmental importance of green roofs, for a low cost.

Evening Garden Tour
When: Wednesday, June 17, 7 p.m. – 8:30pm. Where: Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, 500 College Avenue, Swarthmore Cost: Free!

If you’re interested in learning more about plants and nature in a picturesque environment, this is the perfect tour for you. Staff from the Scott Arboretum will take visitors up to the green roof and gardens to show and teach the groups about the different types of plant collections they hold. This tour is geared towards both beginner and expert planters, as well as anyone interested in learning more about plants. The tour group will meet at the Scott Arboretum Offices and then embark to the gardens.

Eating on the Wild Side: Selecting, Storing, and Preparing Food for Taste and Nutrition. 
When: Thursday, June 18, 7 p.m. – 8pm. Where: Free Library of Northampton Township, 25 Upper Holland Road, Richboro. Cost: Free!

The Free Library of Northampton will host an educational talk with expert Susan Pierson about the importance of proper storage and preparation for your food. Pierson is an environmental educator and the President of the Bucks County Foodshed Alliance. If you want to learn where to buy the freshest locally-grown foods and how to get the most nutrition out of your food, don’t miss this informative experience!

Delaware Canal Festival
When: Friday, June 19, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 20, 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Where: The Delaware Canal (near the Calhoun Street Bridge), Morrisville Cost: Free!

Delaware Canal Festival is a two-day event filled with outdoor fun and friendly competitions. Events will include food trucks, games, art exhibits, the Bucks County Folk Song Society in concert, the River Drivers in concert, and short kayak rides up and down the canal given by the park staff. Make a day trip out to Morrisville to participate in the fun! There will also be a Cardboard Boat Float contest, a Duck Decorating contest, and the annual Decorated Boat Parade, where prizes will be awarded for the most humorous boat, the most beautiful boat, and the most creative boat, as well as Judges Choice boat and Best of Parade boat. Individuals, families, neighborhoods, businesses, and organizations are encouraged to enter the race, even if their boat is just for fun!

Historic Philadelphia Puzzling Adventure
When: Everyday for the rest of the summer, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: Franklin Square. Cost: $50 per group

Puzzling Adventures holds these fun events, described as a mix between a scavenger hunt and an informative guided tour, in major cities across the country. In Philly, the Puzzling Adventure is held in Old City and takes participants on an educational and interesting walking tour around Independence Mall. The tour will give your team a series of directions and questions to get you to the next location, where you can sightsee and enjoy the area before solving your next puzzle or instruction to get to the next location. Participate in a team, as a couple, or individually, and take as little or as long as you want to complete the tour. Use the discount PHFUNG for a 20% discount for your team.

Tips and Tricks for Making the
Most of Your Summer Internship

If you’re reading this, you’ve landed an awesome internship for the summer. Congratulations! You’re probably excited (and a little nervous) and are wondering about internship etiquette, how to impress your supervisor, and generally how to get the most out of your experience. To help you out, we talked to a few professionals at Lincoln Financial Group, GlaxoSmithKline, Independence Blue Cross, and Campbell Soup Company who gave us great advice on how to be a star intern.

The Basics 

Jennifer Kegerise, the Head of University Recruiting and Pipeline Programs at Lincoln Financial Group, appreciates when her interns know the basics, especially Microsoft Office.

“We live in a world of Google and Mac, so students don’t always understand the world of Microsoft. All large Fortune 500 companies operate off of Microsoft. Understanding how to use Microsoft Office, Outlook, and Calendar is huge,” she said.

And Beyond

After you learn the fundamental tools, you can take on a larger role in the company. According to Grace Colman, the Recruitment Leader for Early Talent at GlaxoSmithKline, successful interns share their skills and ideas with their supervisors and colleagues.

“We love to see interns coming to us with innovative ideas. We are used to doing things a certain way in a certain organization. Oftentimes, we are so busy that we are not taking the time to think about new ways of doing things that can make it more effective.”

Colman emphasized the importance of checking in with your supervisor during the internship. In a check-in session, interns can either ask the supervisor to review their progress or let their supervisor know how they feel about the internship so far.

“To ask things like ‘How am I doing?’ and ‘Have I been meeting what you expect me to do?’ is important. At the same time, it’s also a way to let the managers know if you are completely bored out of your mind with the project that they have given you.”

If you are planning to tell your supervisor that you want to take your work in a different direction, Colman advised that you tell your supervisor constructively.

“Say ‘what you have been giving me has been challenging but I think I can take on more’ or ‘I would like to explore this area because I am very interested.’ Having those conversations is a way for the manager to engage and say ‘that’s great, we would love to give you more’ or change the course of the project.”

In addition, Lytanja Beulah-Jones, the University Relations Specialist at Independence Blue Cross, suggested meeting with supervisors in order to create achievable goals.

“The interns should set goals for the internship and share them with the supervisor to make sure they are SMART goals for the assignment (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Timely),” she explained.

Social Media 

Kegerise also advised that interns shy away from using social media (besides LinkedIn) to connect with their supervisor and colleagues.

“I would always caution individuals who link in with their non-work colleagues on Facebook. I’ve heard stories in the past where interns have connected with people on Facebook or even on something as simple as Twitter,” she said, “but then wrote comments and that was the end of their internship.”

Not sure how to create an outstanding LinkedIn page you can use to connect with work colleagues? We’ve got a great guide here.

Keeping in Touch

After the end of your internship, you should definitely continue to check in with your supervisor. However, there is an etiquette on how to maintain a professional relationship with your supervisor. Nicole Wormley, the Senior Manager of U.S. Talent Acquisition at Campbell Soup Company, gave tips on keeping in contact.

“The students, in my opinion, should always have the manager’s contact information,” Wormley advised. “They should absolutely have an active LinkedIn page, and they should link in with their supervisor. They should also connect with the organization’s LinkedIn Page. Send a note from time to time.”

Say roughly three months has passed and you want to reconnect with your supervisor but you’re not sure what to say. Wormley gave us some helpful conversation starters.

“Let your supervisor know how your semester is going. Say if there is anything that you learned during the course of your internship or co-op that has made your classroom experience more well-rounded or if you’ve been able to apply some of that learning to the classroom experience.”

These tips will ensure that you have a productive internship experience, both during your internship and afterward. Best of luck and enjoy your summer!

Recap: Partner Appreciation Event

Last week, to celebrate all of the hard work our partners have put in throughout the year, we partnered with TargetX to hold a Partner Appreciation Event at the Academy of Vocal Arts. We had more than 50 guests from over 35 college partners, arts and culture partners, and corporate partners attend for a special student-led panel followed by a reception.

The panel featured Rohan Shah, a graduating high school senior who will be attending Penn in the fall; Kevin Murray, a Drexel University senior; Tiara DeGuzman, a junior at Rutgers University – Camden; and Shiza Francis, a sophomore at Villanova University. Each of them gave their “insider perspective on student success,” talking about what made them choose the schools they did, the student services and civic engagement opportunities that were available, and what succeeding as a student meant to them. Didn’t make it to the event? We’ve got the best handpicked quotes from all four students below.

Quotes have been lightly edited for clarity.

Rohan Shah, University of Pennsylvania ’19

On which post-SAT mailings from universities actually worked

“If the postcard or mailing was very specific with regards to what sorts of scholarships I was able to get from those schools, I was more likely to be interested.”

On the importance of opportunities after school 

“I was interested when schools actually said what sorts of opportunities I would be able to receive going out of college. Penn, for example, had a lot of flyers with statistics like ‘85% of our graduates have a job going out of college.’”

On the importance of summer programs and mentors

“I was a Penn Apps Fellow last summer, and I was an intern at a local big-data marketing startup here in Philadelphia in the Cira Center. As a Fellow, I was under current Penn students, and one of those students was Fabio Fleitas. He was a huge help when I was deciding where I wanted to go and what I wanted to do in college. So doing these sorts of programs in college and even high school really helps you meet new people who are like-minded and going in the same direction as you.”

Kevin Murray, Drexel University ’15

On why he chose Drexel

“The reason I chose Drexel was, first, that it offered me a chance to be in a city. At Drexel, we always say that Philadelphia is our campus.”

On student services

“Drexel went towards a model called Drexel Central where everything was centralized, a one-stop-shop method, and it has really changed how a Drexel student is able to process along as a student. You walk in and there’s a greeter and a touchscreen where you scan your ID and it asks you ‘What issue are you having today?’. You select one and your name goes up into a queue on a screen and you wait there for someone to be assigned to you.”

On the importance of exploring your environment

“I’m from the suburbs, so for me it was really important to go out and explore by myself but also with friends and other people across the campus to see what Philadelphia is like for the people living there, beyond just the students.”

On what’s really important in college

“It’s always important to remember that as a college student you are a temporary resident of a city, and you need to go in and make an impact while you’re there and assist the community and always remember that you want to leave where you’ve been better than when you got there.”

Tiara DeGuzman, Rutgers University — Camden ’16

On getting the best of both worlds

“The reason that I chose my campus is that I wanted the opportunity to have two cities: Camden and Philadelphia.”

On services she has really appreciated during her time at college

“We have a lot of services that I didn’t even consider. Civic engagement is a huge thing on our campus and I didn’t know going in how important it is to engage with Camden. Around our campus, we have up to three or four soup kitchens, we have CFET, which is the Center for Environmental Transformation right down the street, and RAs are required to go there every year to learn about Camden and to see the community and work with people. We also actually have civic engagement scholars, who are people who come to Camden and dedicate themselves to 300 hours of service every year.”

On the universal importance of business

“Also, we have a great business school, and I know that whatever field you’re going into, you need to have some business smarts, business writing, leadership skills and communications skills.”

On the advantages of assuming a leadership position

“When you are a leader on campus, there are so many more resources than when you’re an average student. Being able to have personalized help, being in the honors college, being able to have personalized academic advising, that’s something that has allowed me now to feel comfortable academically and also as a student.”

Shiza Francis, Villanova University ’17

On careers services

We have a really great career services department and essentially you can just walk in. They also have workshops for freshmen that are geared towards building their resume, having mock interviews on campus. They’ll also send out a newsletter that says who’s recruiting on campus by major. It’s just on the student to utilize the resources.”

On student initiative

“A university can do everything in its power to convey its services, but at the end of the day, it’s up to the student to open that email.”

On the depth of civic engagement at Villanova

“Going to campus I was really surprised at the community. We have essentially two institutions: the Matthew J. Ryan Center for the Study of Free Institutions and the Public Good and the Center for Peace and Justice Education. With the Ryan Center, we think philosophically about the big questions and then the Center for Peace and Justice focuses more on the social sciences — we have classes on topics like poverty and discrimination. Programs from these centers are actually hard to get into and I think that speaks to the kind of character we try to build at Villanova.”


Top 5 Events:
Immerse Yourself in the Arts

Philadelphia is a city thriving with art, and as a student you should immerse yourself in as many creative experiences as possible. Whether it be visual art, dance, theater, or music, there are so many opportunities to engage in the arts community first-hand. In the summer months, art exhibits of all types are held more often and are typically held outdoors in the welcoming weather. The best part of these events? They fit a college students’ budget, as most of them are free and open to the public. Here’s a list of some exciting chances to engage in different events in the art community of Philly this week!

Pasion y Arte Flamenco Co. Performance in Public Spaces 
When: Friday, June 12, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. Where: The Porch at 30th Street Station. Cost: Free!

Pasion y Arte Flamenco is the premier all-female flamenco dance company in Philly and will be presenting an hour-long, interactive, and fun dance performance on the outdoor porch of 30th street Station. The entertaining performance will include a brief history of the Flamenco dance, Flamenco dancers and musicians from the company, live music, and an invitation for audience members to join in the Flamenco dancing and have fun.

When: Saturday, June 13, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Where: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street. Cost: Free!

Fleisher will be holding its annual community arts festival ARTspiration!, which has become so popular it is often attended by more than 2,000 people. This free event that was started in 2007 will be held on Catharine Street right outside Fleisher’s historic campus. This festival will cater to all ages and offer a look into the creativity and art that is so present in Philadelphia. Activities include music and dance performances and art-making activities led by local artists.

West Park Arts Fest
When: Saturday, June 13, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: West Park Cultural Center, 4201 Parkside Avenue. Cost: Free!

The 8th annual West Park Arts Fest will be held at the West Park Cultural Center and celebrate different cultures and the diverse community of Philadelphia through music and dance. The celebration will include outdoor singers and performers, cultural dance groups, and activities for children such as arts and crafts under a pavilion.

Graffito Works at Shofuso House
When: Sunday, June 14, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Where: Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Landsdowne Drive and Horticultural Drive. Cost: Free after admission!

Graffito Works is an interactive, site-specific dance performance that is open to the public, and is choreographed and directed by Steven Weisz. The on-site dance will show audience members a collaborative and thoughtful work as the dancers improvisational skills are shown through their interactions with each other, the site, and objects around them.

Open Spaces: An Art in the Open Exhibition
When: Tuesday June 16, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Where: Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Road. Cost: Free!

The scenic and nature-oriented Schuylkill Center is hosting their Open Spaces outdoor arts exhibition. Nine artists will present their work both indoors and on the trails of the Schuylkill Center. These artists spent three days creating their work in public, some artists creating string and ribbon sculptures, and leaving their creative processes visible to audience members. The event will also hold a reception to celebrate these talented artists and offer light refreshments in the gallery, along with a guided walk to the outdoor works.

Top 5 Careers:
Part-Time, Full-Time, & Internships

We know all of you are in a different point in your career path. Some of you are looking for summer internships, others need the flexibility of part-time work, while still others have just graduated and are looking for full-time work. With that in mind, we’ve come up with five different opportunities at Educators on Call, PREIT, Irene’s Bakery & Gourmet Kitchen, BioPharm Communications, and Swift Capital that fit everyone from the freshman to the recent grad. Check out all the details below.

Educators On Call: Part Time Educator
Do you want to help teach the next generation of students, but also want a flexible schedule and competitive pay rates? Educators On Call, a company based in Elkins Park that places substitute teachers all over Pennsylvania and New Jersey, is looking to build a strong and diverse team of substitutes teachers for the 2015/2016 school year. Apply now if you want to gain real experience, work a flexible schedule, earn competitive pay rates and get a great career opportunity!

PREIT: Marketing Manager
If you spent a lot of time at the mall growing up, or want to help run malls in twelve different states, then the Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust is the place to look. PREIT invests in shopping malls all over the country, and they are looking for a marketing manager. As marketing manager, you will serve as a leader and key member of the mall management team. Primary goals will include maximizing the traffic and sales potential, promoting awareness, and contributing to increasing the value of the assigned shopping center. Responsibilities related to these goals include strategic planning; budget management; tenant relations; business development (sponsorships); advertising and promotions; visual merchandising and décor; and media and community relations.

Irene’s Bakery & Gourmet Kitchen, Inc: Accounting Assistant
Maybe you’ve always wanted to work in a bakery, but don’t have Julia Childs’ culinary skills. Well, cake-loving accounting majors, this one’s for you! Irene’s Bakery & Gourmet Kitchen is looking for an accounting assistant. Responsibilities will include entering accounts payable invoices, writing checks, customer invoicing, entering cash receipts, and collections. This position is 20 hours a week.

BioPharm Communications: Graphic Design Internship
BioPharm Communications, LLC is a leading medical communications and marketing company that specializes in peer-to-peer and targeted marketing solutions. They are seeking a graphic design intern to join their team for the summer. The graphic design intern will play an important role in assisting the art department with day-to-day tasks as well as larger projects. By the end of the program, you will gain real world experience in a marketing agency and understand BioPharm’s role in the medical marketing business. The ideal candidate have the ability to thrive in a fast-paced, detail oriented, hands-on organization; ability to assist with the coordination and implementation of projects from start to finish; prioritize and monitor the completion of tasks on a daily and weekly basis; and assist with the design and editing of marketing materials such as newsletters, envelopes, emails, websites, web banners, postcards, and mailers.

Swift Capital: Accounts Payable Specialist 
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 has been providing working capital to small businesses since 2007. They are looking to hire an accounts payable specialist, whose duties would include preparing and processing documentation supporting accounts payable; ensuring all accounts are current and reconcile to vendor statements; logging, maintaining, and tracking outstanding invoices; and preparing all invoices for payment in a timely manner. A bachelor’s degree is required, in addition to 1-3 years of experience with accounts payable or a degree in accounting. Prior experience with small businesses is a plus. Perks include flexible vacation and holiday schedule and a fully-stocked kitchen with healthy snacks and drinks.

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Opportunities In and Around Philly

Downtown Philadelphia isn’t the only happening area in Southeastern, PA (although we do love it); the Greater Philadelphia area is home to plenty of jobs, restaurants, shops, and night life! If your priority is a short commute to work, one of these areas, whether it be Philly, Newtown, Willow Grove, or New Hope, is close to you. Even if you don’t live nearby, these jobs and internships are worth any commute!

Campus Philly: Meet Philly Tour Street Team
Do you love calling Philly your home or your home-away-from-home? Do you want to share your fondness of this city with other college students? If you answered yes to both of those questions, then this is the perfect internship for you! As an intern on the Meet Philly Tour Street Team at Campus Philly, you will introduce regional college students to resources in Philadelphia via Campus Philly’s Insider Guide to Philadelphia. Other responsibilities will include setting up tabling materials, greeting students, and speaking knowledgeably about Campus Philly’s mission and programs at tabling events and photographing events. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet other college students while helping them to lay their roots in the City of Brotherly Love.

Beneficial Bank: Relationship Consultant 2
A position at a Newtown-based branch of Beneficial Bank is perfect for someone who lives in Bucks County and wants a quick drive to work. As the relationship consultant, you will take on the role of senior teller and senior customer service representative making the customer’s experience as enjoyable as possible. Take a break from the city’s hustle and bustle and use your lunch break to explore Newtown!

PREIT: Marketing Intern
Conveniently located in Willow Grove, PREIT (Pennsylvania Real Estate Investment Trust) is looking to hire an undergraduate marketing intern. The marketing intern will work closely with the marketing director to market programs and initiatives that are developed to drive sales/traffic and NOI growth. Responsibilities will also include assisting in the development and implementation of mall marketing programs, website/social media site management, execution of community-based programs and retailer-community relations and visual merchandising. A perk is that this part-time position is also paid!

BioPharm Communications: Graphic Design Intern
BioPharm Communications would like to add a graphic design intern to their company. The applicant should be familiar with the Adobe Creative Suite and HTML. You are suited for this position if you are creative, have strong oral and written skills, and can work independently. This full-time position will give you awesome resume-boosting experience and is paid! What makes this internship even better is the location. New Hope, right on the Delaware River, is a hub for young people, funky shops, and an energetic night life. Hurry up and apply! They want someone to start as soon as possible.

YCenter: Software Development Intern
If you are spending the summer in Philly, your commute to YCenter will be nice and easy. YCenter piloted a software which helps to provide healthcare to those in Mozambique, Africa and now they are looking for a computer-savvy intern. As a software development intern, you will get to sharpen your coding skills.