Top 5 Events: Winter, Indoors & Out

The cold has arrived, and winter has taken over the city. But that doesn’t mean that fun events have stopped–there are thing to do both inside and outside in this week’s Top 5 Events. Whether it’s inside an extensive and gorgeous conservatory, or outside in an equally-impressive maze of Christmas trees, you can fight the cold or embrace it with this week’s events.

The Ultimate Recycled Maze at Linvilla Orchards
When: Now until March 1st, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: Linvilla Orchards, 137 W Knowlton Rd., Media Cost: $5

Do you wonder what happens to Christmas trees that aren’t bought? Think you’ve got a good sense of direction? Enjoy an exciting (and green!) way to re-purpose unsold Christmas trees. Thousands of trees are collected and arranged to create an extensive, winding maze at Linvilla Orchards. The design takes anywhere from 20 minutes to a half hour to finish, depending on how well you can navigate it. This is a fun opportunity for you to get outside with your friends, and enjoy the trees before they are recycled into chips. If it’s cold, warm up by playing some mini golf, or head into the café. Here’s some maze appreciation to get you in the spirit.

Penn Humanities Forum: “Mother of George” Screening 
When: January 21st, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Where: The Ibrahim Theater at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Expand your cultural understanding by attending the screening of Mother of George,  a 2013 Nigerian film that explores the lives of a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. Their inability to conceive a child is a misfortune that shakes their family and leads them to make a life-changing decision. The film captures the vibrant life of these two people; its imagery was so noteworthy that cinematographer Bradford Young , who also recently worked on the Academy-Award-nominated Selma, received Sundance 2013’s Cinematography Award: U.S. Dramatic for his work on the film. Following the screening, Bradford Young will conduct a Q&A session with the audience. Best of all: this event is free!

Longwood Orchid Show
When: January 24th through March 29th, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square Cost: $10

Winter has settled in Philly, but it’s still balmy at Longwood Gardens. The 4-acre Conservatory is warmed to support the nearly 5,000 colorful orchids that surround the space. The flowers hang from baskets, are crafted into elegant arrangements, and wind around structures throughout the extravaganza. The horticulturists have created their largest-ever basket orchids and an oncidium waterfall. Also, a walk through the orchid meadow is a great way to relax and unwind. So while the trees remain bare outside, head indoors for this awesome display that celebrates the vibrancy of the beautiful plants!

Clover Market: Winter Market
When: January 24th & 25th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: 23rd St. Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street, Philadelphia Cost: Pay as you go

The Clover Market is always a great place to find something unique, whether it’s a forgotten antique or a detailed craft. Over 100 vendors will display their original art, antiques and collectibles, vintage clothing, jewelry, and more. From innovative art to little treasures, there’s something for everyone at this colorful market. You can also grab some food from the lineup of food trucks that will be there. This market is a great chance to pick up something to decorate your dorm or apartment, or to just peruse the awesome vintage goods that will be on display!

Philadelphia Museum of Art Pay-What-You-Wish 
When: January 28, 5:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Cost: Pay what you wish

Campus Philly’s Open Arts is offering ticket vouchers for a pay-what-you-wish Wednesday night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You can enjoy the exciting and interactive collections, or even tap into your creative side or play some games. Join workshops on drawing or creating origami, stretch into yoga poses in the galleries, or browse the work of regional artists, musicians, and cultural organizations. This is a great way to experience the numerous artistic ventures that the museum offers, and you can do it with your friends and set the price that you want to pay.

Top 5 Careers:
Working With and For People

The Top 5 Careers this week involve working with people in all kinds of capacities. You can visit terminally ill patients at Gentiva Hospice, work in human resources with VILLA, focus on reaching funders for Sustrana LLC, reach out to partners of the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, or work in an office setting with Golf Property Analysts. Whichever internship or job you apply for this week, you’ll be working with (and helping) people.

Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts: Summer Marketing Intern
Work behind the scenes of one of the best performing arts venues this summer as a marketing intern at the Annenberg Center. Help them promote their 2015-16 season by assisting with partner outreach, social media, program book creation, project management and administrative tasks. Qualifications include experience with Microsoft Office as well as excellent communication, time management and analytic skills.

VILLA: Human Resources Intern
VILLA, a retail apparel store with an impressive “give back to the community” program, is seeking a human resources intern for this semester. Responsibilities would include a range of human resource tasks, including creating and maintaining electronic personnel files, updating the store directory, creating and updating job descriptions for all open positions (both corporate and retail) and providing employees with weekly HR updates. Experience in the field of human resources is preferred.

Sustrana LLC: Social Entrepreneurship Internship
If you’re interested in helping companies and organizations integrate sustainable practices into their day-to-day business, Sustrana LLC is looking for a social entrepreneurship intern. This internship is open to both undergraduate (juniors or seniors) or graduate students in business. The intern would primarily work on the planning and execution of Sustrana’s fundraising strategy. Main responsibilities would include research on and prioritization of potential funders, work on funding applications and ongoing refinement of their business plan.

Golf Property Analysts: Research and Admin Intern
This is your opportunity to work for a boutique real estate consulting firm that specializes solely in golf properties. Golf Property Analysts is looking for a research and administration intern from Memorial Day until Labor Day. Qualifications include knowledge of Microsoft Office, research skills and social media.

Gentiva Hospice: Internship Program
Give time this semester to visit terminally ill patients in Montgomery and Bucks County through the internship program at Gentiva Hospice. The hospice is looking for students interested in fulfilling community service who have cars with updated insurance and current drivers licenses. Applicants should also be able to perform office duties and basic administrative tasks.

How Staffing Firms Like Robert Half
Can Land You a Job

As second semester begins, many of you may be eyeing the middle of May with a feeling of trepidation. For those graduating, it may seem like there is no way you will ever find a job ever. For those who still have a year or two to go, you might be thinking about summer positions, where you’re going to be for the summer and the reality of finding housing.

We may not be able to solve all of those problems (we are unfortunately not an apartment rental company), but we can help get professional experience. We already offer a job board designed specifically for college students and recent graduates in the Philadelphia area, best tips and advice from employers and experts on how to land a position and a calendar of upcoming career-related events all around the Greater Philadelphia area. But we wanted to let you know about another avenue that might be able to help you get some experience or land a job: professional staffing agencies.

“Wait, temping?”

Yes, but although temporary placements are a staple of professional staffing agencies, they are only one of several types of placements that they do. We spoke with Ginger Kochmer, Vice President–Division Director of The Creative Group, which is a division of Robert Half in Philadelphia. Robert Half places accountants, creatives, financial employees, legal employees, managers, tech employees, and creatives in various freelance, temp-to-hire, and permanent positions. The Creative Group works specifically with those seeking creative and marketing positions.

 When looking for a position, many students and recent graduates don’t consider using a professional staffing firm, but Kochmer explains that firms like The Creative Group give applicants advantages that they may not enjoy in a “traditional” job search.

“We have relationships with our clients, and we know what the client expectations will be,” explains Kochmer. Unlike in a job search where you send your resume into a general HR employee, the people at The Creative Group are specialists who can identify an applicant’s particular skills and match them with the best employers.

“If I look at someone’s book, I can turn around and say ‘you know what, this person would be perfect for X client’ and then reach out to my contact there” says Kochmer. This is a huge advantage for both the talent, who are able to get their foot in the door of companies they would not have been able to otherwise, and for the clients, who are assured the best talent and fit possible.

Another advantage of using a staffing agency, Kochmer explains, is that it gives students a chance to experience different work environments and companies. Do you want to work in a large company with a very specific set of responsibilities, or would you prefer a smaller setting with greater flexibility? These are the kinds of questions that using a staffing agency can help answer, because you have the opportunity to get placed in many different companies and environments.

The process of applying to The Creative Group is straightforward. One of the recruiters will reach out to the applicants, Kochmer explains. They’ll review their application with them, and this will be followed by a Skype or in-person interview. During the process, the recruiter will complete a skills evaluation which will assess the applicant’s strengths and weaknesses. “We are able to find the better fit for someone by working closely with them and placing them in the right business,” says Kochmer. If an applicant has a strong background in illustration but not as much experience with layout, for example, The Creative Group will be able to help find a position that suits them.

The best part of using a staffing agency like Robert Half and The Creative Group? “Because [many of the positions] are freelance, we could have someone come into the office today, and they could go to work tomorrow,” says Kochmer.

For more information, check out The Creative Group and Robert Half.

This Semester’s Guide to
Every Cool Event in Philadelphia

We lied: we can’t really tell you about everything that is happening in Philly this semester, but we can give you a pretty good starting point. This list covers everything from major city events (like the Philadelphia Science Festival, woop woop!) to programs put on by Campus Philly in partner with many other organizations in the city. Get excited.

Restaurant Week, January 18-23 and January 25 – 30 
This one is basically a student’s dream: amazing food from the top restaurants in Philadelphia (which are some of the top restaurants in the country) for a fixed price. Although there have been spin-off Restaurant Weeks in University City and Manayunk, the Center City one is the original.  Three-course lunches are $20 and three-course dinners are $35 at restaurants such as Zahav, Xochitl, and High Street on Market among over a hundred others. Feeling a little overwhelmed by all the choices? offers you some great advice on how to make the most of Restaurant Week.

Inclusive Leadership Conference, February 14
Attention all student leaders, this one’s for you! Temple University and Campus Philly will host a one-day leadership conference open to ALL Philadelphia-area college students. The 2015 Inclusive Leadership Conference will give college students the chance to enhance their leadership knowledge and skills through presentations, workshops, dialogues, and panels on topics related to inclusive leadership and social change.

Philadelphia Science Festival, April 24 – May 2
So much science. Science everywhere. With everything in past years from a the massive science carnival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to DIY fermenting of cheese and beer, this is sure to be an awesome geekfest. And while participants definitely learn about chemistry, biology, and physics, the festival has also historically hosted events about topics like ecology and the science behind zombies.

 Philadelphia Flower Show, February 28 – March 8
You might be thinking “okay, lots of flowers in pots…” but the Flower Show is so much cooler than that. It is the largest flower show in the country, where hundreds of exhibitors put together amazing (and enormous) flower displays that take weeks to assemble. The theme of this year’s Flower Show is “Celebrate the Movies” so you’ll be able to go over Dorothy’s rainbow and see classic films come to life.

Campus Philly Online Internship Fair, March 23 – 27 
In order to make sure that you know about all the internship and job opportunities happening in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, Campus Philly has an online job board (similar to a site like Monster or where you can search for opportunities in dozens of industries. Every March, we have an Online Internship Fair where tons of employers post opportunities, and it is free for students at Campus Philly partner schools. So be sure to register for an account, log in, and find your perfect job or internship.

Philly Tech Week, April 17 – 25
This annual celebration of technology and innovation in Philadelphia has had over a hundred events in past years, ranging from playing a giant game of Tetris on this side of the Cira Centre (not even kidding) to conferences for student entrepreneurs. Check out their continually-updated list of events and get your tech on in April.

Dance PHL, Mid-April 
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, whose goal is to eradicate pediatric cancer, will be having a dance marathon this spring for those who want to have fun and help out with a great cause. The dance marathon format will feel familiar to anyone who has heard about Thon at Penn State. Dancers have to raise a certain amount of money for the cause, and they are also looking for students to help out on the committee that will put on Dance PHL — if you’re interested, fill out this form.

Top 5 Events: Celebrating MLK Day
and African-American Heritage

Next Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and so this week we’re telling you about the many great events focused on both Dr. King as a visionary civil rights activist as well as the African-American heritage of Philadelphia. Help be a part of the largest Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service movement by volunteering on a service project,  explore 200 years of African-American art and dance the night away at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, hear the words of Dr. King (written while he was jailed in Birmingham) read by professional actors at Eastern State Penitentiary, and more.

Art After 5: Pictures at an African American Exhibition and Late Night Dance Party
When: January 16, 2015, 5 p.m. – 12 a.m.  Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Cost: Free after admission

Kick off your weekend with the latest installment of the PMA’s popular Art After 5 series. Explore their exhibit Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, listen to the music of Darryl Yokley and Sound Reformation at the Great Stairs, and then dance all night long to the music of guest DJ Rob Base. This event is free after admission, and after 8 p.m., admission is only $10!

Martin Luther King Weekend: Readings of the Letter and Family
When: January 17 -19, 2015, all day Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia Cost: Free after admission

Hear the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “Letter From Birmingham Jail” (written while he was held in Birmingham Jail) read by professional actors all weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary. At 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 pm., actors will read excerpts from the letter. A Q&A, moderated by a civil rights scholar, will follow each reading. Tickets to the event are free, but must be reserved either in advance online (with a $1 processing fee) or at the door. Take time to explore the rest of the Penitentiary afterward.

20th Annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service
When: January 19. 2015, all day Where: Various locations Cost: Free!

Since 1995, the residents of Philadelphia have come together every year to donate their time, skills, and energy to civic and community projects all over the city. The day of service is actually the largest of the kind in the country, with over 125,000 volunteers last year, and you can be a part of it. Just visit the official website, register as a volunteer, and browse the plethora of opportunities (Vice President Joe Biden even participated a couple of years ago!). So sign up and find an opportunity that interests you!

The Philadelphia Orchestra’s MLK Tribute Concert
When: January 19, 2015, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Where: Girard College, 2101 South College Avenue Cost: Free, but reservations are needed

If you have not heard the musical power of Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra, now is your chance to experience it for yourself for free. The Orchestra will be performing pieces from Brahms and Hannibal, as well as traditional pieces such as “Ezekiel Saw De Wheel.” The performance is free for anyone to attend, but a ticket is required, and you can reserve yours here. Doors open at 12:30.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sharing the Heritage Celebration and Day of Service
When: January 19, 2015, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Where: African American Museum of Philadelphia, 701 Arch Street, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

The AAMP is joining up with Citizens Bank Foundation to have a day of crafts, celebration, and performance in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. You’ll be able to make a tote bag out of T-shirts, listen to a local girls’ choir, participate in a break dance workshop, and see storytellers perform. The event is free to attend, but you are encouraged to bring food to donate to Philabundance and books to donate to Philadelphia Reads.

Top 5 Careers: Marketing and More

This week is a good one for anyone interesting in marketing and business development. We have three different creative and marketing agencies (a&g, MOD Worldwide, and Absolute Designers) seeking marketing, film, and graphic design interns. If the C-suite is more your aim, Davis Molecular Biosciences is looking for an MBA candidate to get some real-world experience. And finally, if event planning is what’s for you, Birchtree Catering is hiring.

Allen & Gerritsen: Marketing and Business Development Internship
Our partners at a&g are offering a sweet marketing and business development internship. You’ll be a member of one of the coolest ad agencies in the city, which has done work with everyone from City Year to Temple University. Responsibilities will include helping with pitches, strategy, outreach, and proposals. So if you’ve got a background in marketing and a self-starter attitude, check it out.

MOD Worldwide: Film Intern
The advertising agency theme continues with MOD Worldwide, a smart, flexible agency headquartered here in Philadelphia. They’re looking for a “self-directed, swift-minded, creative beast” to be their film intern, so if that sounds like you, definitely apply. Responsibilities for this position will include shooting, editing, and perfecting movies, and candidates should be familiar with different film styles and be up-to-scratch on the latest trends and technology of the industry.

Birchtree Catering, LLC: Event Planning Intern for Catering Company
If you have a ranking in your head of the best events you’ve attended based on the food they serve, this one is calling your name. Birchtree Catering, a company that prides itself on serving only food prepared with the freshest local and seasonal ingredients, is seeking a part-time event planning intern. This position is paid, with flexible hours. You’ll be part of client meetings, shadow the coordinator at events, and get great catering and real-world experience.

Davis Molecular Biosciences: CEO and MBA candidate
If you’re in business school and want to get some great real-world experience, check out this internship from Davis Molecular Biosciences.  They are seeking an intern who will help this socially responsible biochemical company grow. The position requires expertise in business finance as well as management & corporate structure. Any candidate must be familiar with tech company ecosystem .

Absolute Designers: Graphic Web Design and Marketing Communications 
Absolute Designers, a twenty-year-old marketing and communications agency, is seeking a graphic web design and marketing communications intern for the spring of 2015. The intern would be working directly with the principal of the company, and responsibilities would include assisting in the design and layout of marketing materials, creating social media layouts, and designing email blasts. Candidates should be pursuing a BA or certificate in fine arts, graphic design, or web design.

Philly Love Note: Chinatown


Favorite spot: Chinatown

I am:  A college senior who is in love with travel and learning about different cultures.

Years in Philly: 4

Neighborhood: Center City

Current Home: North Philadelphia

Dear Philly,

The first time I tried going to Chinatown was a complete and utter failure. I took the wrong subway and found myself asking for directions on how to find the subway that would take me to the Chinatown stop. I later learned that I could have taken the Broad Street Line to the Race-Vine stop and walked a few blocks to find the neighborhood.

Even though my first attempt to visit this neighborhood was unsuccessful, I still seem to be head over heels for it. There is something about the buildings, variety of food venues, and mom-and-pop shops that bring me back to this place. I always manage to find something completely different each time I visit.

I love the different aspects of the neighborhood that make it different from the rest of Philadelphia, starting with the China Gate. Located on 10th and Arch Streets, it declares the entrance into Chinatown and makes me feel as though I’ve taken a subway ride into a different country. Even the street signs and sidewalks sport a different look — the street signs are red and are written in Chinese and the sidewalks are decorated with Chinese zodiac symbols. Different streets also have Buddhist temples resembling those in many Asian countries.

Something else I love are the numerous mom-and-pop shops located all around the neighborhood. These offer different items, from imported snacks to household furniture. Many people think Chinatown only houses the Chinese culture but this is definitely not true. The neighborhood is home to residents of other cultures, including those from Canton, Myanmar (Burma), Japan, and Korea. All of these cultures have delicious cuisine and they are all brought together into one neighborhood.

One of my favorite places to eat is at a Burmese restaurant called Rangoon, located on 9th Street, between Arch and Cherry Streets. A place I also enjoy visiting after grabbing some food is Tea Dó, a contemporary tea house that sells bubble tea, appetizers, desserts, salads, etc. Located on 10th and Cherry Streets, Tea Dó is a fun hang out spot where you can relax and play board games with friends.

Because of the cuisine, shops, and structures that make it different from other parts of the city, Chinatown will always be my favorite neighborhood in Philadelphia.