Top 5 Events: Creativity!

This week’s Top 5 Events all possess an artistic focus. This doesn’t mean that there isn’t something for everyone though–from popular music to movies and from Japanese paintings to popotillo, it’d be difficult not to find something that interests you. So check out some of the creativity, and even get crafty yourself if you’d like!

Rock on Philly: Billy Joel Themed Songwriters in the Round
When: May 7, 7:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Where: Tin Angel, 20 South Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10

Rock on Philly will be honoring the legendary “Piano Man” Billy Joel, at their Songwriters in the Round on May 7. Joel is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with hits including “Uptown Girl,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” and “Just the Way You Are.” The showcase will feature some awesome musical talent, and each will perform a Billy Joel cover in addition to his or her original music. The acts include singer-songwriters Laura Cheadle, Dominic Tursi, Ashton John, Jennifer Logue, and Jen Pague. So come out and enjoy a night of music while celebrating one of the most iconic musicians of all time!

Jurassic Park Movie Marathon
When: May 9, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: Academy of Natural Sciences, 19th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway  Cost: Free with admission ($16)

Have you heard about Jurassic World, the sci-fi action film starring Chris Pratt that is set to be released this summer? The film is going to be awesome and is the 4th installment in the Jurassic Park film series, which explores how humankind’s scientific pursuits can lead to tragic consequences. The iconic-in-pop-culture first film follows a billionaire and small team of genetic scientists that have created a park of cloned dinosaurs on an island near Costa Rica, and later films portray other adventures in the same science fiction world. This is your chance to catch up on the original and the sequels before the new film this summer, so stay for the whole day or pop in to watch just one. While you’re there, don’t forget to check out the other great exhibits in the museum!

Scrabble Nights at Jeri’s Curio
When: Thursdays, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where: Jeri’s Curio, 1726 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia  Cost: FREE!

While this event may not involve the arts, its venue certainly does. Jeri’s Curio is a shop that features artwork, jewelry, gaming items, and other objects created by local artisans. It hosts a weekly Scrabble Night that is fun for beginners and pros alike. The novelty shop promotes the events as a time when phones are put down and face-to-face gaming and social interaction can occur. So instead of spending hours on Trivia Crack, enjoy some “old-fashioned” gaming with friends in the unique atmosphere of Jeri’s Curio. If words aren’t your strong suit, there are also Backgammon nights on Tuesdays, and Chess nights on Wednesdays. Seating is limited, so get there early. In addition to being free, all of the gaming events are also BYOB (21+). This is a great chance to play some board games that you might not own yourself, or to just spend time with friends.

Ink and Gold: Art of the Kona
When: Through May 10  Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Cost: $12

This week is your last chance to see the stunning artwork of Ink and Gold, the exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art that highlights the art of the Kano painters. Kano Masanobu established his school of painting in the 1400s, and for 400 years the lineage of painters continued an artistic excellence in Japan. This particular exhibition presents more than 120 works of art from the school’s colorful history. It includes large-scale, gold leaf folding screens, ink paintings, hanging scrolls, and folding fans. The majestic artwork provides a visually stunning experience, and offers pieces that are still captivating hundreds of years later. Be sure to check it out before the exhibit closes!

PECO Family Jams: Popotillo Paintings 
When: May 10, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street, Philadelphia Cost: $5

PECO Family Jams at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens are artistic programs that are held every second Sunday of the month. This month’s program will feature Mexican popotillo art, which uses tiny dyed straws to create vibrant drawings. You’ll have the chance to see Luz Maria Salinas‘ work at the gardens, and then create your own popotillo painting! You can use your mini-framed art as a decoration for your future dorm or apartment, or you could even use the opportunity to make a Mother’s Day present for your mom. When you’re done crafting, take a tour of the Magic Gardens. Don’t miss this hands-on artistic opportunity!

The Perks of Procrastination

It’s finals season, which everyone knows can be hectic and stressful. Whether it’s finishing papers or studying for tests, there’s a lot of pressure to perform well at the end of the semester. But you can’t be studying every minute that you’re awake—that’s an ineffective study strategy because you’ll burn out and be super stressed. That’s why breaks are so important! We’ve compiled some of the best ways to procrastinate and get away from schoolwork, which will help you keep your cool and clear your head (and don’t include surfing the internet for hours). Take this with a grain of salt, though; studying is important, so don’t let your procrastination own you! Use your time (and breaks) wisely.

Yes, eat! Procrastination can take the form of frequent snacking. But instead of noshing on potato chips and stale Cheetos, treat yourself to some good food! You probably know all of the eats near your school, but you could also take a break and head somewhere else in the city.

  • Rosa’s Fresh Pizza
    Perks: Slices are $1; you can “buy forward” a slice of pizza for a homeless person and leave a post-it note on their colorful walls; they’re open until 3:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
  • Federal Donuts
    Perks: Coffee, donuts, and/or chicken are what every stressed college student needs and they’re free during finals; variety abounds (blueberry mascarpone donuts, chocolate peanut butter donuts, honey ginger fried chicken, etc.); locations in Pennsport, Rittenhouse, University City, Northern Liberties.
  • Cantina Los Caballitos
    Perks: They serve brunch until 4 p.m. (that’s right, huevos rancheros until 4 in the afternoon!); solid vegetarian options; extensive drink list for the 21+ crowd; all their delicious Mexican dinner items are served until 1 a.m.


It always feels better to procrastinate when everyone is joining in on the fun. Play games or watch movies together on campus, or head out of your dorm or apartment for similar events. Here are some fun activities that you can do with your friends to take a break from studying away from campus.

  • Game Nights at Jeri’s Curio
    Perks: Game nights at this artsy novelty shop include Scrabble, Chess, or Backgammon; they’re FREE and BYOB (21+); atmosphere is relaxing and unique.


Really, get off campus if you can! Being cooped up in your room or in the library for night after night is a sure way to become too stressed to be productive. Explore the city, or even combine some of the above suggestions with these ones.

  • Go to Parks 
    Perks: Fresh air (woo!); literally “getting out” of your study space for a little bit; you can bring a glove and a ball, a Frisbee, or the like, and play with friends (exercise will keep you energized and is good for mental well-being).
  • Go to Bookstores
    Perks: You might be thinking why would I want to be around more books, but being in a quiet space like a bookstore can be both relaxing and fun; you don’t have to read if you don’t want to; you can try to hit up a bunch as a fun adventure.

Top 5 Careers: Explore Industries

As you probably know, getting a job or internship in an industry that you are interested in is a great way to find out if that is a path that you would want to pursue for the foreseeable future, or whether a different path would work better for you. This week, we give you five different opportunities to explore different industries and opportunities: as a junior financial analyst for Beneficial Bank, client relationship specialist from finance giant Vanguard, project intern for creative-agency-for-social-good Here’s My Chance, junior research technician for  cancer research organization JBS Sciences, and social media intern for creative agency Grayson Sky. Read more about the opportunities below.

Beneficial Bank: Junior Financial Analyst
For all of the finance and accounting people out there, launch your career at Beneficial Bank as a junior financial analyst. Help Beneficial with their financial planning and budgeting, profitability, forecasting, interest rate risk, and reporting systems. Responsibilities will include preparing and analyzing monthly and quarterly management reports and participating in the annual budget process. Applicants should have a bachelor’s in finance or accounting.

Vanguard: Client Relationship Specialist
Explore another side of the finance industry as a client relationship specialist with Vanguard. You would be assisting all types of investors with meeting their financial goals – the young adult opening a first account, a family saving for a child’s college education, a married couple investing for their first home, a high net worth client preserving her wealth, or an entrepreneur managing his small-business retirement plan. Applicants should have outstanding communications skills and be comfortable with using virtual technology to assist clients.

Here’s My Chance: Project Intern for Next Stop Democracy
Local creative agency Here’s My Chance was just selected as one of the winners of the Knight Cities Challenge for their project “Next Stop: Democracy” and are looking for an intern to help them increase civic engagement during the 2015 Mayoral Election. Applicants should be familiar with local government and Philadelphia politics and be ready to jump into a major, fast-moving project. Background in public policy, political science or government preferred.

JBS Science: Junior Research Technician
Use your science skills to help eliminate cancer as a junior research technician with JBS Science. Requirements for the position include a bachelor’s degree in the life sciences with a basic understanding of genetics, proficiency in PCR and molecular biology techniques, and computer literacy skills (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Experience working with next-generation sequencing sample preparation is highly desirable.

Grayson Sky: Social Media Management Internship Support 
Working closely with the agency’s digital strategist, the social media management intern for Grayson Sky will curate content for posting, work closely with the digital strategist and copy to ensure all content is on message with the client brand and minor ad copy creation. Applicants should have a knowledge of social media platforms, be able to adapt voice and tone depending on the content, and be able to start immediately.

5 Tips for Surviving Finals

Late nights, a terrible pang in your stomach, nightmares about missed deadlines and ten-page papers; no, it’s not the latest horror flick, it’s an even more nerve-wracking phenomenon known as college finals. *Cue the foreboding piano music*

As a college senior, I now have the luxury of not having any actual final exams as I finish out my last semester, but over the last four years I have had my fair share of both experiencing and witnessing the panic that ensues during finals time. It tends to look something like this: copious amounts of caffeine, eyes that can barely stay open, and some combination of flip flops and sweatpants worn every day throughout finals week.

The tried-and-true tips and tricks for beating stress during finals are fairly obvious. Eat well, sleep, yada, yada.

As a wise old senior, I have learned that most students will most likely not adhere to these tips because sometimes the stress of cramming and trying not to burn out really does overwhelm you. So here are my personal tips for how to beat the stress of finals , or at least lessen it, in no particular order.

Make A Playlist

Music is nothing if not therapeutic. There are times when you will feel completely lazy and uninterested in studying, or getting out of bed really. Music can almost immediately offer a mood boost. Use sites like Pandora, Spotify, or 8tracks to find playlists or create your own to suit your personality and study style. If you work best in quiet atmospheres, look for soothing sounds or instrumentals. For those who work better to a tempo, make a list of upbeat songs to really energize you (epic film scores like Lord of the Rings are also great for banging out that ten-page paper). YouTube also has a great selection of study playlists.

Stop Wasting Time

Notice I didn’t say “Don’t procrastinate.” You will procrastinate, it comes with the territory of being a college student. But I like to think of procrastination as stalling for time rather than wasting time. If you have to step away from studying or typing a paper, then do that, because it will help clear your mind and put you at ease at least for a moment. That being said, when you sit down to actually do work, don’t waste time. At all. Don’t update you status, watch cat videos, or pin to your board on Pinterest. When you are in a productive zone, be fully committed, you will get work done much faster. Setting a realistic time limit for studying (for example, forty-five minute blocks) also helps with concentration and productivity.

Post Your Finals Schedule…Everywhere

There are always the unfortunate few who oversleep or miss an exam completely because he or she forgot when the exam was supposed to take place. Print out the exam schedule, write it on a Post-It note, put it on a dry erase board, store it in your phone. Put it everywhere so that you actually have the opportunity to take the exam and put all of your hard work to good use.

Become A Snacker

During finals week, you will find that you are either hungrier than usual or will have less time to eat whole meals, so become a snacker. Find a few snacks that travel well, don’t need refrigeration, and that aren’t too messy and much on them every few hours. Whether it’s nuts, whole fruit, crackers, or even chocolate, find a good snack and eat as needed. Your energy levels and stomach will thank you.


I know you may be thinking, what does dance have to do with advice for finals? It actually has everything to do with it. On top of just being pure fun, it will force you to get up and move around and help take your mind off grade point averages and grading curves. The gym will probably become less enticing during finals week, so dancing works as exercise without feeling like exercise. You can just turn up your go-to song and flail around alone in your room or turn it into a group activity with friends.

There are tons of articles out there that offer advice for how to cope with and even ace finals, but you have to adapt the advice to your own habits. These are just some of things that have served me well in the past four years, don’t be afraid to use one or all of them in whatever way best suits you. Happy finals and may the odds be ever in your favor!

Top 5 Events: Unique Week

This week’s Top 5 is full of some unusual events–and that’s meant in a good way, because sometimes we need something different or new. A science carnival, a wine night at a wedding-themed movie screening, and a theater slam competition are probably not your typical activities. So get out this week, enjoy something you might have never seen or heard, and maybe learn something along the way!

Philadelphia Film Society: Father of the Bride Screening
When: April 29, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Where: PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom Street, Philadelphia Cost: $10

The Philadelphia Film Society’s series “Wedding Season” is “a cinematic toast to saying yes to the dress” and “celebrating [their] favorite on-screen moments of matrimony.” The series began with the still-hilarious-every-time-you-watch-it Bridesmaids, and the next film is another favorite. Father of the Bride is a 1991 remake of the 1950s classic of the same name, and it tells the story of a father and mother whose daughter has gotten engaged. The father, played by Steve Martin, is reluctant to let his daughter go; the mother, played Diane Keaton, helps him to cope with this change. This series is part of BYO Wine Night at the Roxy, so the 21+ crowd can bring a bottle to the show.

PSF: Science Carnival on the Parkway
When: May 2, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Where: Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!

The PSF week-long celebration of science won’t end with a fizzle: a carnival of nerdy fun will take over Benjamin Franklin Parkway to celebrate the festival’s conclusion. No, there won’t be a ferris wheel or typical carnival games–this is a science carnival! More than 150 exhibitors will offer experiments, games, and live entertainment for carnival-goers. You’ll be able to explore the science of sports, play with robots, conduct chemistry experiments, or even meet some zoo animals. Grab a bite to eat at some food trucks, and enjoy displays and other entertainment! This is a great way to get outside, hang out with friends, and enjoy a day of science on the parkway!

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
When: May 2, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: Walnut Street (between Broad and 19th streets), Philadelphia Cost: Pay as you go

While this event isn’t necessarily quirky, it’s not an everyday occurrence! The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival is one of Philly’s most popular spring festivals, and for good reason–food, live music, free wine tastings (21+), and a fashion show are some of the highlights of this awesome afternoon. Some of the restaurants that will be providing samples are The Dandelion, El Rey, Termini Bros. Bakery, and Parc. There will also be food trucks on-site, including The Tot Cart, The Cow and The Curd, and more. When you’ve had your fill of food and drinks, check out the latest spring trends at booths featuring local shops. This day of fashion, food, and entertainment is sure to be a good time, so get off campus and head to Rittenhouse Square!

philly (SLAM)
When: May 3, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Where: Plays & Players Theatre, 1714 Delancey Place, Philadelphia Cost: $5

You’ve heard of poetry slams and open mics where artists showcase their creative talent. But have you ever heard of a theater slam? SLAM is a live theatre game where playwrights face off in a battle-of-the-plays (sounds like something that would make Shakespeare swoon). The playwrights present a 5-minute-long unpublished work (a scene or part of a scene), are assigned actors, and are judged by both industry professionals and the audience. Up to 10 plays compete, and actors can place their names in a hat to be cast at random to perform. The judges and audience will provide their feedback after each play–this means you can attend the slam to showcase your work, to act, to be in dialogue with a playwright, or just to watch. This night will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen, so check out some of the contemporary voices in theatre or get on stage!

Film Lab: Soylent Green Screening
When: May 5, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Where: PFS Theater at the Roxy, 2023 Sansom Street, Philadelphia Cost: $12

Film Lab is a monthly exploration of science through cinema, showcasing specialists that offer engaging discussions on topics in the films. Soylent Green is a 1973 dystopian sci-fi (and police procedural) film set in 2022; it depicts a world where the results of the greenhouse effect and overpopulation have come to fruition–the planet is ruined, suffering from pollution, overpopulation, poverty, and few resources. The film follows an NYPD detective who investigates the murder of the CEO of Soylent Corporation, a supplier that produces most of the world’s food supply. Following the screening, a panel discussion on equity in the food system will take place. The topic, as tackled by the film, includes questions of how inequality in food distribution is perpetuated by society, sustainable urban farming and local food distribution, and the engineering of food. So come out and enjoy a night of film and discussion on topics you might not normally consider!



Top 5 Careers: Social (Media)

This week’s job and internship opportunities are all about the social side of business, whether that’s the social media and marketing aspects of the organization, or actually interacting with clients or target audience. Work with social media or marketing at Educators on Call and Cora, or work directly with people at Vanguard, Fourier Education, and Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA. Read on for more information.

Vanguard: Client Relationship Specialist
Join the team that is the voice of Vanguard to over 5.2 million individual investors, and launch a dynamic career in the financial services industry with a position in Vanguard’s Retail Investor Group (RIG). As a client relationship specialist, you would work with different investors every day to help them meet their financial needs, whether they are a college student opening their first account or a couple saving for retirement. Applicants should have excellent communications skills and should be able to explain complex information in a way that is easily understandable. 

Educators On Call: Marketing Internship
To continue providing quality temporary educational staff, Educators on Call is looking for a marketing intern to work at least 10 hours/week in the office. Responsibilities for the position will include creating content for the EOC social media sites, assisting with content creation for the company blog and website, and assisting with research and strategy for marketing and outreach campaigns. Applicants “should be cool, but the definition of cool can be yours.”

Fourier Education: Sales Representative
A pioneer in the field of science education learning, Fourier Education is seeking an up-and-coming sales superstar to bring their products into schools across the entire Northeast. Applicants should have an ability to sell, a passion for and knowledge of the sciences, and a knack for presenting. Extroverts, this one is for you!

Cora: Digital Media Internship
A recently established startup in the Philadelphia area, Cora provides women in the U.S. with organic, healthy feminine hygiene products, and for every box sold here, they donate a box of sanitary napkins to a girl in the developing world. They are looking for a digital media intern with expertise in video creation, editing, photography, or graphic design. Applicants should submit relevant portfolio items along with their application.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA: Program Specialist Community Based Match Support 
If you want to have a positive impact on children throughout the Greater Philadelphia area, consider joining the Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA as a program specialist focusing on match “Bigs” and “Littles.” Responsibilities will include recurring telephone and electronic contact with both children and mentors and utilizing the online database to record child/mentor match details. Apply today!

Summer Fun in Philly, Part 2

If the beautiful weather this past weekend didn’t have you anxiously awaiting summer days (81 degrees–it hit 81 degrees on Saturday!), this list of summer events will. Last month we featured some of the awesome summer highlights going on around the city, and this month we’re doing it again. You’ll have to try to be bored this summer, because there are still too many fun events to list. Check them out!

Slide the City: Philadelphia 

The details still haven’t been nailed down for this event, but it’s too exciting not to include anyway. The word “Slip ‘N Slide” probably brings back memories of your childhood, when you ran and slid across a small piece of plastic in your yard. But you’ve grown up now, and while the Slip ‘N Slides of years gone by were certainly fun, you need a bit more excitement. To meet that need, Slide the City is bringing their 1,000-foot Slip ‘N Slide to the streets of Philly. That’s right, that’s over 3 football fields of cushioned vinyl for you to slide down at this water party. There will also be live music and food, and floaties are welcome for sliding purposes. Be sure to sign up to receive more information as it becomes available!

Future Sensations at The Oval
From May 30 to June 6, Philadelphia will be the only U.S. city to host the traveling exhibition Future Sensations by Saint-Gobain. Only four cities in the world will host this 350-year-anniversary celebration of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies; the company has been involved in building the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, the glass pyramid at the Louvre, the Statue of Liberty, and even the Mars Rover. This high-concept, immersive experience will merge modern technology with visionary arts. Four pavilions of up to 32-feet-tall (called Look, Listen, Color, and Create) will each offer a unique sensory experience, and a fifth pavilion designed specifically for Philly’s stop on the tour will feature a 70-foot dome and more. If all this weaving of science and art and future innovation doesn’t excite you, there will also be a pop-up beer garden and food trucks at The Oval.

Phillies tickets are usually inexpensive, so you can head to the ballpark for a day game on the weekend or night game during the week. But if you’re looking for something with a little more weight than a regular season baseball game, get your tickets for the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football) Gold Cup Finals, which will be held in Philadelphia on July 26 . If you’re lucky, the U.S. Men’s National Team will be playing at Lincoln Financial Field for a chance to defend their Gold Cup title from 2013. Regardless of who’s playing, though, the championship game is sure to be exciting. The third place game for the tournament will also be in Philly, scheduled for July 25 at PPL Park. Get your tickets now before prices go up, and don’t miss this chance to see some of the best soccer teams in the Americas battle for the cup!

Bluecross RiverRink Summerfest
This summer celebration is opening on May 22, and you don’t want to miss it. The popular ice skating destination at Penn’s Landing will be transformed into a roller rink, boathouse-styled Lodge, and a hangout spot connected to Spruce Street Harbor Park via a path along the river. A leafy island will sit in the center of the hockey-grade flooring system, providing shade and seating as well as rain collection. The popular ski lodge of the winter will be turned into a boathouse lodge, featuring canoes, paddles, fans, and summer decor and food options. The rink area will feature some great accommodations, but if you need a change of scenery, the Spruce Street Harbor Park is only a five-minute walk away. So whether you’re looking to do some skating or just lounge in a hammock, head to the waterfront!

Again, this is not even close to an exhaustive list of all the amazing things going on in Philly this summer. But it’s definitely a place to start, so be sure to check out some of these warm-weather events!

Top 5 Events: Celebrating STEAM

Last week we brought you events that were athletic and artistic, and this week we’re continuing the mix-and-match theme with art and science. STEM careers have been continually touted as the careers that are moneymakers and nation-builders–and why not, STEM pursuits are important and awesome! But many believe a better acronym is in order. STEAM notes the importance of the “A” in in the equation–Art(s). The arts and sciences shouldn’t be mutually exclusive; they talk to each other and go together in more ways than you may think. So to celebrate STEAM, here are some science events, arts events, and a few that bring both together.

Philadelphia Science Festival
When: April 24 – May 2 Where: Across Philadelphia Cost: Varies (most are FREE!)

PSF is an awesome week-long celebration of science and technology in everyday life that features over 100 interactive events, lectures, debates, hands-on activities, and science education throughout the city. Here are some that we highlighted in our article on PSF: Explorer Sunday at Rowan University, a day dedicated to STEAM that will feature exploring science through world cultures and history, designing and playing your own video games, and more; Science of Networking, a workshop and mixer that will teach arts and science students alike the science behind building a professional network; and Science Night at the Ballpark, a night of Phillies baseball and the science behind America’s pastime. Be sure to get nerdy and check out some of these awesome events!

April’s Twilight in the Gardens
When: April 24, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.  Where: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, 1020 South Street, Philadelphia Cost: $12

The Magic Gardens is a perennial favorite, and it’s a great place to enjoy artwork. Twilight in the Gardens is a monthly series that puts a modern spin on several forms of classical art. As the sun sets on Philly, you can enjoy the tunes of Damn Tall Buildings and tap into your artsy side with a traditional-and-contemporary-styles-blended chalkboard art workshop with Kelly Franklin. You can also explore the mosaics, partake in an Instagram scavenger hunt, and check out the rarely-seen mosaicked basement. Bring your own blanket and snacks, and enjoy a night of art and exploration with friends! (For the 21+ crowd, bring your own wine or enjoy some for purchase at the event).

Philly Tech Week
When: April 16 – 25 Where: Across Philadelphia Cost: Varies

Philly Tech Week is another great chance for you to geek out and celebrate the creativity, the business, and the science of technology. Our article on Philly Tech Week highlighted some of the fun events going on, and there are a handful of events that have a more creative angle, including: 3D Print Me Philly, where you can get a mini 3D version of yourself printed; the Mashed Media Awards, an evening that recognizes the best youth media in Philly, from video and photography to music and spoken word; and an Electronic Music Workshop with BEEP, which will explore how to use computers and digital technology for real-time music performance, as well as how computers can be used expressively. See the full calendar of events here!

Restoring the Land Through Environmental Art
When: April 26, 1:o0 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: The Schuykill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!

This event is part of PSF, but it deserves its own slot in this week’s Top 5. You’ll have the chance to explore the Schuylkill Center‘s fields and forests, and in the process you’ll see how art can be used to solve ecological challenges (like invasive plants or decreasing pollinator populations). LandLab resident artists will discuss how their installations were conceptualized and developed, as well as how they merged art and science to creative positive change for the land. The great part about this event is that it will show how the merging perspectives of both artists and scientists can offer creative solutions to environmental issues.

Coffee & Jazz: Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Naturally Sharp
When: April 24, 8:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Where: MacAlister Hall, City View Room, 33rd and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: $7

Enjoy a night of jazz and dessert, courtesy of Drexel’s vocal jazz ensemble Naturally Sharp. Starting at sunset at the top of MacAlister Hall, the Philadelphia skyline will be the backdrop for the performance. This end-of-year concert is a relaxing environment where you can sit back and enjoy the sounds of the talented jazz group. In addition to the music, coffee and dessert will be offered. Tickets are only $7 at the door, so come out and support this awesome musical group!

Tips and Tricks from CP:
Interning in Philly In the Summer

We can now all utter a sigh of relief, as the spring semester wraps up, finals are on the horizon, and graduation is in the air for some of us. You know what that means? Summer. For those of you coming back to the city or spending a summer in Philly, there’s no experience quite like a summer in the city. Philadelphia is full of free festivals, good eats, and serves as a mecca for arts and culture during the summer months. For many students, a summer in the city is all about working at an amazing job or internship, in which you have the opportunity to both work and play. York College of Pennsylvania senior Ashley Howard shared her experience as a summer intern in Philadelphia and offered some insight into how to make the most of the experience.

Her first tip for being a summer intern in the city is to find an internship, of course.

“I encourage everyone to do an internship, even if it is not anything your school requires, just do it, ” said Howard. “It will help open up your mind to something you might not have even known was there.” Howard never thought she would want to work in a hospital. “However, now I cannot wait to have an opportunity to be able to work in a hospital getting to know people and patients like I did with my internship,” she said.

When choosing a summer internship in the city, it is important to first choose an internship that suits your personal and professional interests, or else you won’t get to really enjoy all of the perks. As a behavioral sciences major with a concentration in human services, it was only fitting that Howard chose to complete a summer internship with the Einstein Healthcare Network .

“The overall experience of my internship was amazing,” said Howard. “They took me in and made me feel like a part of the the team and not just another intern.”

Another perk of being an intern in the city of Philadelphia? The ease of transportation. Although a Philadelphia native, Howard said “I chose a summer internship in Philadelphia because it is easier for me to get around. Where I attend college there is minimal public transportation which would have made my traveling hard.”

Something to keep in mind when planning or considering a summer internship is transportation, and if it is an unpaid internship budget definitely comes into play. Fortunately, Philly has plenty of ways to get around from trains to trolleys, and if you’re lucky enough to score an internship in Center City, it is easy and cheaper to travel by foot.

A typical internship day for Howard consisted of “waking up at 5:30 a.m. and leaving at 6:30 a.m. in order to make it to the hospital before 8.”

“Then I would make rounds with my mentor of the patients. I would go through documents and make the necessary copies of things and organize clients’ folders, ” said Howard.

She described her internship days as “calm and cool.” Her internship work consisted of sitting in on therapy groups throughout the day and interacting with patients.

Don’t forget that internships are all about improvement: not just professional development, but bettering your overall skills, something that Howard can attest to. “I learned how to be a better leader and more outspoken. I used to wait for directions to be given to me before I would do anything.”

“After my internship, that has changed. My mentor taught me that it is okay to stand up and take charge,” said Howard. “Do not be afraid to speak your mind and do things alone.”

She also expressed the importance of balancing work and fun, and stressed the importance of finding fun in your internship. We’ve put together a guide to having fun in Philly outside of work, if you’re looking for any ideas.

For those with unpaid internships, she also suggested creating a strict budget and sticking to it! The same rule applies if you are also working a summer job in addition to an unpaid internship or if the position is paid. She also suggests putting some money away for savings. “That way in the long run you will have some money saved if you ever needed something,” she said.

Use Howard’s tips and tricks as you get ready to beat the heat with a summer internship in the city!

The Science of Networking, 4/28

Does the mere thought of networking scare you or make you cringe? You are not alone. Many college students run for the hills when the words “networking opportunity” are plastered on a flyer. But in all actuality, it is much easier for students to network while still in school as opposed to after graduation. Learn how to enjoy and take advantage of networking!

Join Campus Philly, the University City Science Center and the Philadelphia Science Festival as we explore the science behind your brain’s ability to network and to build new connections. This event will also highlight the natural connections that student can make with other students while still on-campus. The Science of Networking will take place on April 28 at 5:30 p.m. at Quorum in the University City Science Center, 3711 Market Street.

Hear from an expert panel including:

    • Dr. Matt O’Donnell, Research Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, presenting his findings on social network analysis, the dynamics of a network, and brain & behavior.
    • Nick Marzano, Director of Digital Learning at the Society of Hospital Medicine, sharing his experience as a well-connected Philadelphian.
    • Dr. Cory Valente, an Associate Scientist at The Dow Chemical Company, touching on how his college experience helped shape his professional network.
    • Monet Thomas-Anderson, Program Manager for University Relations and Student Engagement at Campus Philly, moderating the panel and explaining how college students can maximize their network on-campus.


Put your new skills to work during a post-program networking session with industry leaders from the University of Pennsylvania, the Franklin Institute, and The Dow Chemical Company.

Grab your FREE ticket here:

Follow the Philadelphia Science Festival conversation using #GetNerdyPHL on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook!

For a full listing of events, check out the Philadelphia Science Festival calendar.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Monet Thomas-Anderson at 215.988.1707 ext. 103 or at


Campus Philly is a proud partner of the 2015 Philadelphia Science Festival, a citywide event spanning nine exciting days, April 24 – May 2, that showcases science and technology in everyday life. Part of a national movement to inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers, the Philadelphia Science Festival builds on the city’s rich history of innovation, with more than 100 events and 200 partner organizations across the Philadelphia area.