Career Fairs: Navigating the Sea
of Opportunity This Spring

There is a lot of helpful career advice out there, but one of the best things you can do for your professional future is to get to know people. Rosalie Shemmer, Senior Director of the Temple Career Center, notes that experience and internships are crucial, and that “the most common way to find a job is through networking.”

But how do you get that internship? And how can you build your connections? Career fairs (or job fairs) are an excellent way for students of any year or major to network with employers and to learn about companies or organizations. We’ve highlighted some of the upcoming career fairs in the area (including the Campus Philly Online Job and Internship Fair) and helpful advice for before you go; so be sure to spruce up your resume, put on your best business attire, and check them out!


Where to Start: Your School

One of the best places to jump start your career development is on your own campus. Career fairs are held throughout the fall and spring semesters, and are typically either industry-focused or general in setup. For example, Drexel University is hosting a Spring Career Fair on April 9 that welcomes students from all majors who are looking for co-op and full-time career opportunities (this event is open to other students in the area as well).

Drexel and other schools also host more industry-focused events, such as the upcoming communications fair or criminal justice fair at Temple. Since many campus career fairs are restricted to that school’s students, be sure to check out your own school’s career services website for upcoming fairs that you can attend.

Beyond Campus

But what if you missed your school’s spring career fair? Or what if you’re looking for a specific fair that your school doesn’t offer? There are still opportunities for you to get out and meet other employers:

  • Campus Philly Online Job and Internship Fair – Twice a year, we drive extra traffic to our 24/7 careers site that features jobs and internships in the Greater Philadelphia region for current students and recent grads. Sign up for an account today, upload your resume, and be prepared to apply to any of the hundreds of opportunities that will be available from March 23 – 27.
  • Greater Philadelphia Teacher Job Fair – If you’re an education major or you’re looking to teach after you graduate, this fair on March 18 is a great way to meet school district representatives.
  • @AnalyticsWeek’s #AnalyticsFair – While STEM majors looking for a career in data analytics or programming may need graduate experience to secure a job, it doesn’t hurt to see the opportunities available and make yourself known to industry leaders.
  • Philadelphia Nonprofit & Government Career Fair – If you’re interested in an internship, a career, or a volunteer opportunity within the government and nonprofit sectors, this fair is the place to go. Organizations representing issues from the arts to environmental concerns will be present.

 


So how do you stand out and make the best of your career fair experience? In short: do your research and make the most of your time.

“The common thread between standing out at a career fair and on a resume,” Shemmer highlights, “is that you have a brief amount of time to make a strong impression.” Since your time at the fair is limited, do your research beforehand. “All career fairs require students to conduct employer/organization research to find if their skills and experience match what a specific employer requires,” says Shemmer. You can do this by checking out the company or organization’s website and learning as much as you can about each employer and their values. Then, apply that information to your own skills or interests. This connection between you and the employer is imperative, so be able to link your interests to the company or organization. Lastly, hone the information you’ve gathered and the connection to your skills into a strong personal introduction (sometimes known as an elevator pitch). “Because your interaction with an employer or organization representative is brief,” Shemmer notes, “a great introduction is important.”

In general, Shemmer suggests that students prepare for a career fair the same way that they would for an interview. It’s important do your research, to dress in professional attire (business casual is always a minimum, but be sure to check a fair’s website to see if more professional attire is required), and to act professionally. This doesn’t mean that you have to be stiff and distant—just don’t talk to a potential employer the way that you would to a best friend over coffee. “Employers at career fairs are targeting qualified candidates for their positions,” says Shemmer, so bring your skills and your professional attitude.

While the process may seem overwhelming, being prepared and being confident are the best things that you can do to alleviate the pressure. Additionally, always be sure to utilize other services that your school’s career center offers, such as speaking to representatives about more fair preparation tips.

Top 5 Careers:
Summer Summer Summertime

In the midst of all night cram sessions and the demands of the spring semester, it can be hard to think ahead to summer jobs and internships. But have no fear, this week’s Top 5 is all about internships and the summer sun. Excited for festival season and a music lover? WXPN Radio Station is looking for you. Find the perfect summer opportunity whether you’re an everything artsy person or an innovative thinker.

Campus Philly: My Philly Summer Program Intern
If you’re looking for a productive and unique way to spend your summer, consider joining the team right here at Campus Philly! Come get your feet wet in the nonprofit world, and encourage fellow students to see Philadelphia as a thriving place to live, work, and play. Responsibilities will include outreach and assisting with event planning; candidates should be energized and motivated.

WXPN: WXPN Festival Production Internship
Just in case you couldn’t make it to Coachella this year, you can still get your festival fix as a production intern for WXPN Radio Station (88.5 FM). Interns will work directly with the Festival Producer to assist with the planning and execution of their XPoNential Music Festival, which will take place from July 24-26, 2015. Candidates must be detail-oriented and energetic.

Ellucian:Summer Internship Latin America Sales Operations
Work with seasoned professionals as an intern at Ellucian, a company that specializes in providing higher education software services. Interns will work closely with the Senior Manager for Operations and Sales by assisting with tasks such as researching and updating prospects account information and making recommendations for improving efficiency. Candidates must be a junior pursuing a degree in business, apply for the position here.

CBEI/Penn State at the Navy Yard: Summer Internship
The Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI), is looking for summer interns to participate in projects in three different categories: modeling, indoor environmental quality, and education and training. Interns will work at the CBEI headquarters located at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia, and will have the opportunity to engage with leaders in the field of building energy and efficiency. Candidates should preferably be recent college graduates or enrolled in a graduate program, but undergraduates students will be considered.

Milano di Rouge: Fashion Showroom Intern
Obsessed with all things street wear? Looking for a place to put your fashionable reputation to good use? Consider being a fashion showroom intern for Milano di Rouge, a local clothing company that is all about affordable luxury. As an intern you will gain hands-on experience in various aspects of the industry, including sales, e-commerce, distribution, and customer service.

Top 5 Events: Marchin’ Into Spring

To celebrate the warmer weather, we’ve got a couple of outdoor events this week for you to enjoy. So whether you want to catch a film or spend the day in a museum, or you’re more inclined to head outdoors for an afternoon or evening, there’s something for you. Either way, get out of your dorm or apartment and enjoy the city!

Night Skies in the Joel N. Bloom Observatory
When: March 12, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia Cost: $5

Night Skies is a monthly stargazing event at the Franklin Institute hosted by Chief Astronomer Derrick Pitts. You’ll be able to look through five different rooftop telescopes at the Joel N. Bloom Observatory, taking in stars, planets, nebulae, and maybe a distant galaxy if the conditions are clear. In addition to celestial viewing, the evening includes a Fels Planetarium show and a lecture or presentation on varying astronomical topics. So after sunset, head over to the Franklin Institute, grab a free star map, and gaze at the great frontier!

International House Philadelphia: Kiki’s Delivery Service Screening
When: March 14, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: International House Philadelphia, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: $5

Acclaimed animator Hayao Miyazaki brings the story of a young witch to life in the 1989 film Kiki’s Delivery Service. Kiki uses her ability to fly to establish a delivery service for a local bakery in a seaside village, bringing her black cat with her wherever she goes. When she loses her gift, Kiki must set out to re-discover herself to reclaim her powers. This weekend matinee is the perfect break from work or school, and the beautifully animated showing is an entertaining way to enjoy the afternoon!

Pi Day at the Franklin Institute
When: March 14, 9:26 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia Cost: Free with admission

The Franklin Institute in celebrating the most popular mathematical constant, π (pi)! The museum will be opening its doors early on Saturday (the first 8 digits of pi are 3.1415926, so on 3/14/15 the museum will open at 9:26 a.m.), and the day will be full of pi-centered fun. A hands-on station will explain why pi is important, and there will be prizes for those who can recite as many digits as they can remember. Or maybe you’d like to get more on the pie side of pi, so the museum will offer “pi” launching (yes, with a catapult), and a “pi” eating contest at 3:14 p.m. Tap into your nerdy side and celebrate math this weekend!

Saint Patrick’s Day Parade
When: March 15, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Where: Begins at 16th and JFK Boulevard, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!

The Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day parade is the second oldest of its kind in the country (the cultural celebration started in 1771). About 20,000 people participate, including marching bands, music and dance groups, Irish associations, and floats. And of course, thousands of spectators decked out in green beads and clothes line the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. So put on your green, watch the parade, and then grab a celebratory St. Paddy’s lunch in Center City to make a day of it.

The Philadelphia Moth StorySLAM
When: March 17, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Where: World Café Live, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: $8

This event is an open-mic storytelling competition that is featured in major cities across the country. You can attend as just a listener, or you can come with a story ready. Storytellers place their names in the hat at the door, and a half hour later the tellers are picked and take the stage one by one. The ten stories that are featured are scored by judges, and the winner of the slam goes on the to the GrandSLAM Championships. You’ll hear everything from tales of failure and overseas adventure to how it feels to be faced with an ethical dilemma—whatever the storytellers want to share! So whether you’re looking to exercise your open mic skills or you just want a fun and unique event, this is the place to go.

On the Job: Prep For the Future
Starting Wherever You Are

Whether you are a freshman or a senior, thinking about life after college has been known to induce a certain kind of panic. If you are just entering college, you may think you have years before you need to start worrying about your future career, and if you are a senior you are probably dodging questions about what you are going to after you graduate. But fear not! From getting involved in leadership roles to preparing for job interviews, there is more to making sure that you are ready to take on the real world then buying your first suit or sending out countless jobs applications. Find out what steps you can take during each phase of your time in undergrad, to make sure that you are ready to face post-college career prospects with confidence, and get some advice from one of the professionals.

One of the biggest resources students have is their campus career services center. Nancy Hutchinson, Director of The Center for Career and Professional Development at Cabrini College, offered advice for students at each stage of their undergraduate career.

“It is absolutely essential for [students] and their families to start getting to know the career services office, before they even arrive in their first year, because they have to start thinking about majors and careers and their success plan,” said Hutchinson.

Regardless of if you are seeking internships or on the hunt for a post-grad job, there are essential skills that every college student needs to have in their bag of tricks. Hutchinson says that students “should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and excellent analytical skills.”

That means that all of those ten-page papers and presentations should pay off in the end. Taking advantage of any opportunities to write and speak well will make you stand out to potential employers. Keeping these skills in mind, here’s the breakdown of what to do to make sure you are prepped for the future, wherever it takes you.

Freshman Year

Self-Awareness

The first year of college is all about self-discovery. This includes assessing your skills, values, and starting to define your academic and career goals. Begin to get involved with various clubs and organizations on campus that fit your goals.

“Talk to somebody who knows you really well, ask them what your strengths are,” said Hutchinson.

Sophomore Year

Realize Your Possibilities

Sophomore year is all about networking and expanding; this means seriously thinking about possible career options and seeking out opportunities. Hutchinson stresses the importance of assuming leadership roles and going after experiential learning opportunities, whether it be internships, externships, or study abroad.

Junior Year

Focus on Your Performance

Junior year is all about setting yourself apart and getting involved in things that line up with the trajectory you would like to follow to get your dream job. Think about joining professional organizations. Apply for summer jobs and internships that are related to your field, because going the extra mile to get engaged in your desired industry “shows commitment to your field,” said Hutchinson.

Senior Year

Bring it All Together

Senior year is the year when all of the internships, extracurricular activities, and networking is put to the test. The ultimate goal is to either successfully get into graduate school or secure a post-grad job. How do you do this? It is all about “doing your homework.” This means researching companies you could see yourself working for, and making good use of resources like LinkedIn to search for jobs and to connect with professional contacts. Hutchinson stated that “Eighty percent of people get their jobs from who you know.” So senior year is all about being seen and heard, in a good way. Introduce yourself, talk about your interests, and hone your networking and interview skills.

Top 5: Philly’s in Bloom

Lights! Camera! Bloom! That was this year’s theme for the Philadelphia Flower Show, as all things floral and botanical collided with cinema. With a theme that promised to “Celebrate the Movies,” the flower show featured attractions that offered something for everyone of all ages. I had the opportunity to attend the press preview and gawk at the massive and intricate floral displays and feel like a kid again with all things Disney-themed and so can you. In case you missed College Night  at the Philly Flower Show on March 5 because of the snow, you still have two more days to go think spring, and with $20 student tickets, why not? Still need convincing? Check out my Top 5 highlights from the show.

1. Disney! Disney! Disney!

The show warmed the heart of anyone who grew up with Disney, and I was no exception, as there were displays dedicated to both the old and the new stories from the Disney canon. There was a moody Nightmare Before Christmas display as well as a magnificently designed “Aladdin’s Wedding” display, but I have to say the “Cinderella’s Wedding,” display captivated me the most with its ceiling-high floral centerpieces and it’s cleverly placed glass slipper.

2. Out to Lunch

There were various displays that featured an “out to lunch” theme, and each display served as a scene that was accompanied my an imaginative back story. Each scene was created to represent a lunctime setting in different parts of the world and with different characters. My favorite was the scene that told the story of an afternoon lunch on the French Riviera between Alfred Hitchcock and one of his muses.

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3.A Bit of Light Shopping

If the kaleidoscope of bright colors and artfully designed exhibits wasn’t enough, there was also various food stations and vendors sprinkled throughout the show. My favorite was a cart that was selling various plants and herbs as well as self-contained mini gardens housed in glass jars, many of which had miniature fairy statues inside.

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4. Let It Go

Just when you thought you were done with Disney, the show wouldn’t be complete without paying homage to Frozen, and while I have yet to see the movie, I definitely wanted to belt out “Let It Go,” after seeing an icy exhibit that was covered in soft white flowers and “snow.”

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5. The Marquee

Maybe it’s the part of me that loves anything 1920’s but I was in awe of the art-deco style marquee that welcomed visitors at the main entrance, with a sign that read “Lights, Camera, Bloom.”

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Top 5 Careers: For Techies
and People-People Alike

Every good organization or company needs a mix of people to make sure that everything runs smoothly — the data and technology people make sure that all the details are squared away and the bugs are taken care of, and then the marketing, sales, and just generally gregarious people make sure that the world knows all about the organization and what it’s doing. Luckily for you, we’ve got jobs and internships from both of these worlds in this week’s Top 5 Careers. Are you a data, numbers, or tech person? CubeSmart and Boom are looking for you. And you outgoing, people-people should check out the positions at Campus Philly (represent!), Chloe Johnston Tours, and Fringe Arts.

Campus Philly: My Philly Summer Program Intern

If you’re looking to gain extensive experience in the nonprofit world and help promote and run our summer career program, apply today to for our My Philly Summer Program internship! My Philly Summer, now in its fifth year, is a program that introduces students who are interning in the region for the summer to Greater Philadelphia in all its summertime glory through in-person presentations at over 20 companies, and puts on the My Philly Summer Party, the premier networking event for over 200 regional interns. Responsibilities for this position would include assisting in event planning, outreach, and presenting at the different companies.

CubeSmart: Pricing and Revenue Management Analyst

Number people, this one’s for you. CubeSmart, a national storage facility company based in Malvern is looking for an analyst to help them review and analyze the pricing and revenue side of the business. Responsibilities for this job would include reviewing and determining pricing at the unit type level for stores, proposing and evaluating the efficacy of promotional activity, and developing and executing project-based analyses to drive revenue growth.

Chloe Johnston Tours: Sales and Marketing Internship

Chloe Johnston is a startup company that provides upscale tours of cities, including Paris and New York, with specialized activities such as flea market tours and restaurant experiences. Based in Devon, the company is looking for a sales and marking intern. The intern will work closely with each member of the team, will be given independent projects, will assist with events, and will do outreach on behalf of the company for each product line. This internship is available for college credit.

Boom: Front End Developer

Maybe coding is more your speed — if you’re a recent graduate and have a background in HTML and CSS, then Boom Visibility is looking for you. Boom is a website design and search engine marketing company in Media that works to optimize their clients’ web presence. They are looking for a front end developer to work closely with designers and project managers on a variety of projects, including responsive design, wireframing, banner ads and other parts of digital marketing campaigns.

FringeArts: Patron Services Internship

The FringeArts Festival takes place every year in the middle of September, and (as you can imagine) lots of help in all different kinds of areas in needed to make the festival the success it is every year. If you are organized and good at fielding inquiry calls, then this might be the perfect summer internship for you. Applicants should have excellent customer service skills and the ability to work with databases.

Top 5 Events: Philly Variety

William Cowper said, “Variety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour.” In the spirit of that notion, this week’s Top 5 Events are varied and distinctly entertaining. From discounted tickets to the Philadelphia Flower Show and 76ers games to making books and enjoying slam poetry, these events all offer something different. Whether you’re into sports, dance, poetry, or all of these things, there’s something for everyone!

Open Arts College Night: Philadelphia Flower Show
When: March 5, 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch Streets, Philadelphia Cost: $20 (Open Arts members)

The Philadelphia Flower Show is the world’s longest-running and largest indoor Flower Show. Floral displays of epic proportions and artistry put on by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society sprawl across the convention center. This year’s theme is “Celebrate the Movies” and features arrangements inspired by Disney and Disney-Pixar films, such as CarsFrozenMaleficent, and more. The flower displays are as unforgettable as the films they mirror, and you’ll definitely be impressed at this annual Philly tradition. Campus Philly’s Open Arts College Night will feature a night of show tips, giveaways, and special guests in the Pop Up Garden. This is an inexpensive way to meet up with some friends and hang out at one of the most beautiful events you’ll see all year!

First Friday: Book Arts
When: March 6, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where: Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: FREE!

Take a journey to the past at this lecture and workshop about making books. The Books of Secrets exhibit showcases the many hours that alchemists spent reading and writing in manuscripts. Chemical Heritage Foundation Fellow Stefano Gattei will present a talk about the art of books at 5:30 and 6:45, and activities that highlight the craft of making books will follow each session. After learning about the art of books, such as frontispieces and production, you can get creative and make some art of your own. You can copy old script at a calligraphy station, create your own marbled page, or even try the delicate art of hand-stitching a book. In an age of Kindles and smart phones, this event is a great way to get in touch with the physicality of books that makes them so artful. Admission to the museum is FREE, so be sure to check out the other fascinating exhibits on display!

The Philly Pigeon: Philadelphia Poetry Slam
When: March 6, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Where: PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th Street, Philadelphia Cost: $15 – $20

Do you love words? The Philly Pigeon provides poets a chance to practice their voice and improve their performing skills. On the first Friday of every month from October to May, there is a three-round elimination poetry slam that is open to anyone interested in performing a three-minute piece. The slam also features a local artist and an out-of-town poet. This month’s featured guest is Elizabeth Acevedo, an accomplished artist who is the Women of the World Poetry Slam representative for Washington D.C. Before the show, writing workshops offer poets a chance to sharpen their poems and focus their writing. The workshops are from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m. on the night of the slam, are free with admission, and are taught by the evening’s featured poet. So come out and work on your skills, or just enjoy a night out listening to local artists!

76ers Student Rush Games
When: March 6 & 7, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Where:  Wells Fargo Center, 3601 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia Cost: $15 – $25

Friday and Saturday nights at Wells Fargo Center are all about college students. Sixers home games through the remainder of the regular season will be discounted for students, making it the perfect time to catch a game with some friends. Lower level seats will be just $25 and upper level seats only $15. The March 6 game will feature the Utah Jazz, and March 7 the Eastern-Conference-leading Atlanta Hawks will be in town. Be sure to have your student ID in order to claim your tickets! Since you’re not shelling out money for tickets, you can have dinner in Center City and then catch the Broad Street Line directly down to the stadium (AT&T stop), or grab a bite to eat and hang out at nearby Xfinity Live! before the game.

Philadelphia Youth Dance Fest
When: March 8, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Where: University of the Arts, Arts Bank, 601 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia Cost: $22

This pre-professional dance festival is designed to celebrate the intense dance training of many artists. Over 200 talented and aspiring dancers between the ages of 13 and 18 come together and are offered a venue to share their art. This includes dancers from over sixteen different companies, such as the Babylon School of Dance, Philadelphia Dance Theatre, Dance Elite, and more. A variety of genres will be showcased at the festival, featuring everything from ballet and contemporary to jazz and hip hop. If you appreciate dance and its many forms, this show is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the art form. If you aren’t familiar with dance genres or have never been to a dance show before, this event is a great way to become exposed to various forms.

Best Photos and Social Media from
Inclusive Leadership Conference

With nearly 400 students from 28 colleges and universities attending 24 workshops and a great keynote speech from Carlos Ojeda Jr., the Inclusive Leadership Conference that took place on February 14 at Temple University was a great success. The conference was produced in partnership by Temple University Office of Leadership DevelopmentTemple University Housing and Residential Life and Campus Philly with support from Vanguard.

Did you attend the conference and want to keep up the conversation about collaboration and diversity in student leadership? Use #CollaboratePHL to connect! Also, be sure to fill out this survey about your conference experience for a chance to win a $50 gift card

And now for the photos and social media of the day:

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Want to see more photos? Check out our Facebook album! Thanks to everyone who came to ILC and hope to see you next year!

Photos courtesy of Al B. For and Jackie Papanier.

Best Ways to Be an Informed Voter

Pencil it into your planner, mark it on your wall calendar, set a reminder on your phone—whatever you do, don’t forget May 19. No, it’s not the last day of finals or the start of your summer vacation trip. Election Day is rolling into Philly, and that means that it’s time for your civic voice to be heard. Philadelphia’s primary elections are scheduled for May 19th, and will decide the city’s mayor, city council, and other positions.

Whether you’re currently politically engaged or not, you should care — care about this date, this duty, and its implications for the city and its inhabitants. Young people are the largest population in the city, which means that you decide who is elected and how the city’s future is shaped.

So how should you navigate this election season? Most importantly, you should strive to become an informed voter. From gathering information to interacting with the candidates themselves, here are a few ways that you can grow politically aware and cultivate your own decisions about the election and its participants.


 

Temple Has the Story
Temple University’s Center for Public Interest Journalism has joined Philadelphia Media Network and others to provide high-quality reporting on the mayoral campaign. The project, known as “The Next Mayor” project, focuses on the major issues facing the city and reports on more than just the typical political rhetoric and campaign commercials. The coverage is not only provided by various columnists and contributors such as reporters from The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News — original multimedia content is produced by Temple undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Media and Communication. The collaboration, funded by the Wyncote Foundation, offers accurate and in-depth election coverage and also features helpful data graphics and candidate information.

This is a great information hub for students, (in part) by students. It is a centralized space for updates on candidate positions and news regarding the campaign that you should check up on.

Know the Candidates
Sometimes we need to do more than click through articles to be informed. In order to decide who deserves our vote, sometime we need to see for ourselves exactly what people are saying and how they respond to questions on the spot. Luckily there are many upcoming opportunities for you to witness the candidates and even meet them.

The first of these events is Next Great City Coalition’s Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates’ Forum on March 3 from 6 – 8 p.m. The discussion will focus on the Next Great City Coalition’s 2015 policy agenda, a plan that envisions every Philly neighborhood as clean, safe, and efficient.  This discussion is a great chance to hear the candidates’ stances on the initiative and other issues. The forum is free and open to the public, but you can email monet@campusphilly.org at Campus Philly to be included in our student group for the event.

On March 30, you can get even closer to the issues at “In conversation with Philadelphia: A discussion between the mayoral candidates, the media and the city.” While the candidates will field questions from the journalists selected for the event, they’ll also be taking questions from you via Twitter. This interactive conversation will allow you to ask the candidates questions that interest you — how are you going to continue to retain the surging millennial population? How will you empower minority groups across the city? Come up with some questions and head over to this free event where you can have an active part (space is limited, so be sure to register).

Lastly, Young Involved Philadelphia, WHYY, and the Committee of Seventy will hold a City Council candidate meet and greet. All of the city council candidates will be present to meet with young voters. You’ll have the unique opportunity to talk with the candidates in person and ask them the specific questions that an article online might not cover.

Learn the Process
Being informed about candidate stances and their plans is imperative to voting smartly. But you also have to be knowledgeable about how to vote, too. First of all, you’ll need to register to vote. Young Involved Philadelphia’s Millennial Citizen’s Guide is an excellent resource for understanding the city’s political structure and voting process. Beyond your vote, you can become involved in the electoral process as a volunteer or committeeperson.

So get ready to get informed, learn about the candidates, and have your voice heard this primary season!

Top 5 Events: Creative Endeavors

This week’s Top 5 Events all tie to an artistic sensibility. Whether it’s viewing historic photos, learning about video game design, or watching films, your right-brain will be getting some exercise. But that doesn’t mean that if you’re not interested in artistic pursuits, you won’t find anything to do–there’s history, contemporary hobbies, and science here too! Take this week to dabble in areas that you may not be familiar with, whether it’s film (and the bad science behind bad films), sunprints, or female video game designers. You’ll gain new perspectives or skills from all of these events!

Creating Camelot at the National Constitution Center
When: Now through September Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia Cost: $13 admission

Creating Camelot: The Photography of Jacques Lowe features iconic and intimate photos of the Kennedy family. “Camelot” refers to the legacy of John F. Kennedy’s presidency, evoking images of myth and fairy-tale and the hope that accompanied Kennedy’s inauguration. While this is the legacy of the president, the Constitution Center exhibit explores the man, the family, and the moments behind it. Restored photos taken by personal photographer Jacques Lowe showcase the private and public life of the Kennedys and explore how the images were used in newspapers and magazines. A large touch-screen monitor featuring more than two dozen of Lowe’s original contact sheets and a film about Lowe’s connection to the family provide extra highlights at the exhibit. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a more nuanced view of one of America’s most well-regarded presidents through the lens of Jacques Lowe.

Mega-Bad Movie Night: Anaconda
When: February 26, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Where: Academy of Natural Sciences, 19th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Cost: $15-$25

After hours at the Academy of Natural Sciences will feature the “awesomely awful” 1997 classic Anaconda featuring Jennifer Lopez. While the film is showing, experts will be onstage to provide quips and funny comments on the scientific absurdities of the film. After the showing, you can wander through the Academy’s exhibits, including Dinosaur Hall and Butterflies!, with no crowds and kids running around. There will also be snacks and drinks (21+), live animals, and entertaining hands-on activities. So if you’ve got a nerdy side or are looking to tap into your scientific side, this is a great place to hang out and meet other people!

Salvage and Sunprints: Experimenting with Cyanotypes
When: March 1, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Where: The Resource Exchange, 1701 N 2nd Street, Philadelphia Cost: $5

The Resource Exchange reCreate featured artist Catherine Nelson will be demonstrating how to make sunprints with reclaimed materials at this unique workshop. Participants will learn how to make film positives and expose cyanotypes by drawing and laying objects on photographic paper. After exposing the print to the sun and drying them, you’ll be left with awesome-looking sunprints! Each person will make three at the workshop. All the materials will be provided by the Resources Exchange, but participants are encouraged to bring weirdly-shaped objects from home to “photograph.” This event is a fun way to get your creative juices flowing and to learn a new artistic technique. And you’ll go home with new artwork for your dorm or apartment, as well!

Game Changers: Women Making Games
When: March 4, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Where: Stewart Auditorium, Moore College of Art and Design, 20th Street and the Parkway,  Philadelphia Cost: FREE!

Moore College of Art and Design is hosting a night to celebrate the success of women creating video games and animation and working in the video game industry. Three contemporary artists will share their experiences and provide an insider’s view of the gaming industry. The panelists will include: Alison Carrier, a UI/UX designer who currently works at Electronic Arts; Katy Farina, who works at Hullabalu and does freelance work for BOOM! Studios; and Casey Uhelski, a children’s book illustrator and T-shirt designer for The Yetee, which specializes in pop culture and video game T-shirts. This event is a great chance to learn about the video game industry and the women who are making their mark there!

Penn Humanities Forum: “Mississippi Damned” Screening 
When: March 4, 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Where:  International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

The Penn Humanities Forum’s series featuring New Black Cinematography continues this week with a free screening of the 2009 film Mississippi Damned. This cinema series honors the work of Bradford Young, the acclaimed cinematographer whose work captures visions of African-American communities from New York City to Mississippi (including his recent work in the Oscar-nominated film Selma). He again presents a visual masterpiece in Mississippi Damned, which tells the story of three sisters who grow up in a small rural Mississippi town and struggle to break out of their family dysfunction. Enjoy a night of film at this FREE screening!