Your Best Summer in Philadelphia

Picture this: it’s the first day of summer and you’re making your Philly bucket list for everything to do to have the best summer yet. Summer has the longest days and shortest nights, so where do you even begin?  We’ve got some ideas. Our list includes a balance of Philadelphia’s best summer events, along with some ways to improve your network and get a head start on your professional plans for the fall. Get ready to have the best summer in Philly!

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Penn wants to know: What will you do this summer?

With more than 300 for-credit courses available on campus, online and abroad, Penn Summer has something for everyone. Open admission makes it easy for anyone to enroll, no matter where you are. Daytime, evening and online classes are designed to fit your summer schedule: Pursue new skills or interests in the 11-Week summer session or earn credits in half the time during Summer Sessions I and II. What will you do this summer?

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Top 5 Events: Education in Nature!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 Events:
Immerse Yourself in the Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Top 5 Events: Get Fit Under the Sun

Many people imagine their days off in the summer months at the beach or on their back porch, lying on a chair and baking under the hot sun with a cool drink in hand. As relaxing as it is to spend an entire day reading a book and sunbathing, it feels even better to be active and not let the lazy summer days get the best of you. It’s important to get that daily dose of Vitamin D during the summer when the sun is always out, but there are many ways to be more active while still getting your daily dose of sunshine. There are countless outdoor activities available for Philadelphians to enjoy this summer — here’s a list of some outdoor options to get your daily workout in under the sun.

Fishtown Beer Runners
When: Every Thursday at 7 p.m. Where: Start at 2346 E Susquehanna Ave Cost: Free!

Fishtown Beer Runners is a club of runners from all over the city who gather once a week to run three to five miles and end at a local pub for some post-run beers. The FBRs were voted Best Running Club by Philadelphia Magazine “Best Of Philly” awards in 2012 and 2013. The FBRs started their club after learning about a study done by doctors that beer can actually hydrate you after exercise. If you’re a runner and also like to socialize and have a couple drinks, this club is a fun way to get your daily exercise in around the city. 21+.

Yoga On the Banks
When: Tuesday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. Where: Grass area at 25th and Locust, near the Schuylkill River Banks Boardwalk. Cost: Free, donations are appreciated

Yoga On the Banks was started in April 2014 when a yoga teacher was inspired by the success of Yoga on the Pier and the yoga program on the Delaware River and wanted to bring accessible outdoor yoga to the western part of Philly. This year, Yoga On the Banks has grown with an expanded class schedule and expanded teacher base. Yoga in itself is a great way to get in touch with your inner zen, but outdoor yoga provides even more inner- freedom and relaxation with the fresh air and green surroundings.

Indego Bike Sharing
When: Bikes available 24/7, 365 days a year. Where: Stations located throughout Center City and Delaware River area. Cost: Without a membership, $4 for every 1/2 hour.

Philly is also becoming more easily accessible with it’s newest innovation, Indego Bike Sharing. With over 600 self-service bikes and 60 stations strategically placed around communities, Indego makes it easy and cheap for Philadelphians to ride around and get some fresh air on a nice day, or to use the bikes as their sole mode of transportation around the city. Whatever you decide to use Indego for, it’s simple, clean, reliable, and a great workout.

Canoe with Perks
When: Every Thursday from mid-May – September. Where: John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. Cost: $15

If you’re looking for an excuse to get out of the city and into the greener suburbs, a guided canoe tour on a quaint creek can be just what you need for your short getaway. The price includes a canoe, oars, a lifejacket, and a guided tour by one of the Perkiomen Creek educators. The guide will take you on a relaxing and informative tour of the scenic nature around the creek, pointing out animals, bugs, and trees. This calm afternoon of nature on a canoe is a great way to stay active, not to mention, it’s much cooler in the woods.

Saturday Wellness Walks
When: Last Saturday of every month at 2 p.m. Where: Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagys Mill Rd, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

The Schuylkill Center offers a Wellness Walk for adults, an invigorating walk through their scenic nature trails. The walk is led at a moderate pace on a generally level trail, giving participants friendly companions, open skies, and clear air. If you’re feeling lazy or sluggish in the summer heat, take advantage of the opportunity to replenish and re-fuel your health and mind through the peace of nature.

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!

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!

Work & Play: Summer Fun in Philly

Getting a summer internship is one of the best ways to build your resume and to gain professional experience. But it’s summer! You shouldn’t feel like you’re sacrificing all the fun that comes with summertime by getting some work experience; and if you secure an internship in Philly for the summer, you definitely won’t feel like you’re missing out. There are countless awesome events going on throughout the warm months in the city, and we’ve compiled a list of some of the best summer events going on for all the students lucky enough to be hanging around Philly.


 

Longwood Gardens “Nightscape”
Starting in July, Longwood Gardens is offering a nighttime show that is complete with moving imagery and lights set to original music. The backdrop is the natural landscape of the gardens, with beautiful plants, trees, stonework, and water. “Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience”  is a great chance to spend a summer night outdoors enjoying nature and the art of Philadelphia artists Klip Collective, who designed the show. There will also be a beer garden (21+) on location only for this event, where you can enjoy delicious food and Longwood brews and take in the starry nightscape. On Thursdays, there will also be live music in the beer garden.

PECO Multicultural Series at Penn’s Landing
This annual series celebrates the diversity of Philadelphia. Every Sunday, a different culture comes to life on the waterfront at the Great Plaza. Past celebrations  have included: an Israeli Festival, with performances from Israeli singers and bands, falafel and other festive food, and games of Ga Ga (Israeli dodge ball); an Irish Festival with dancers, bagpipers, traditional foods, and an outdoor market with Irish goods; a Portuguese Festival with food and wine, folklore dance groups, and revolutionary art; and many more! Caribbean, Mexican, African, Southeast Asian…the list really does go on. What better way to spend a summer weekend than enjoying world cultures on the banks of the Delaware? The dates for this event have not been released yet, but it regularly runs on weekends on all summer long. Be sure to check back for the exact dates!

Night Market Philadelphia 
Philadelphia is known for its street food, and Night Market Philadelphia is a way to experience some of the city’s best. This event attracts thousands of visitors from around the region, so you could say that it’s pretty popular. The city’s top-rated food trucks and restaurants converge on one Philly neighborhood, providing a night of delicious eats. In addition to the great local eateries, live entertainment from local musicians and artists round out a night of great food and great fun. This evening celebration of food, music, and community is held varying neighborhoods, so be sure to keep an eye out for where the Night Market is stopping next—you don’t want to miss it!

Arts Festivals 
Philly is budding with cultural opportunities, and the summer is a great chance to experience some of the city’s best arts-related festivals. The Manayunk Arts Festival, held from June 20 to 21, is the area’s largest outdoor, juried arts festival, and features an array of fine arts and crafts from across the nation. Main Street in Manayunk is converted into an arts bazaar as over 300 artists present their work, and you’ll have the chance to peruse all the local talent. While you’re there, don’t miss out on all the other fun that Manayunk has to offer too. Not sure you’d enjoy the arts festival? Try the BlackStar Film Festival then, an event that has been heralded as “The Black Sundance” by Ebony magazine. The festival celebrates the visual and storytelling traditions of the African diaspora, and showcases the work of black filmmakers, writers, and producers from around the world. You can enjoy a variety of different mediums, including film shorts, music videos, experimental films, narrative features, or documentary films. This signature Philly film festival also features panel discussion with directors, multimedia workshops, parties, and more. Check back to their website or Facebook page to learn about the theme of this year’s festival and the schedule of events.

Weekend Getaways 
But wait, isn’t the quintessential summer supposed to feature a beach and sea shells and water? What if you like to lay in the sand and hear the waves rolling up the shoreline, or build sandcastles and hang out on the beach? Or what if summers for you just aren’t complete with a stroll down the boardwalk? While the streets of Philly offer a lot, the beaches and shore towns of the Jersey Shore aren’t far.  Whether you’ve been or not, the Jersey Shore offers many opportunities for beach time and other activities. So take a weekend adventure! Pack a cooler, bring a towel, and enjoy some time away from the city. You can check out our guide to some nearby shore towns here.


 

Clearly this list can’t be all-encompassing; there are too many beer gardens, nights of music, outdoor movies, and festivals to put it all in one list. But this is a flavor, at least, of what a summer in Philly can look like for you. You can check out some of the other cool happenings in town during the summer months here or here. So if you’re thinking about what to do this summer, you can’t go wrong getting an internship around Philly—there will be plenty of fun things to do when you’re not working!

Not Your Average Internships
This Summer in Philadelphia

The end of midterms and the arrival of sunshine have stirred up feelings of all things summertime fun…like beach trips for no reason, ice cream for dinner, and internships? As the spring semester draws to a close and seniors get ready to graduate into the “real world,” it is easy to forget that making the summer as productive as possible is crucial in order to start building up professional contacts and to diversify your resume. If nothing else, scoring a unique internship or job opportunity is better than marathon-watching Netflix all summer. Read all about my interviews with four local companies that are about making your summer experience anything but average and find out how you can make your summer in Philly professionally and personally rewarding.

ALLEN & GERRITSEN
Kelly Poulson, Vice President of Talent & Operations, whose job is to “find the best talent and keep them happy, growing and developing,” described Allen & Gerritsen (A & G) as a “fiercely independent advertising agency located in the cities where independence was born, Boston & Philadelphia.” A & G also aims to “spark and facilitate powerful conversations between consumers and brands…and constantly find new ways for brands to engage with their audiences in ways they never could have imagined,” said Poulson.

Although tech-savvy students may not usually consider advertising as a place to jumpstart their career, A & G provides the opportunity to do just that with their Labs Program, where they “test out new technologies in order to help make smart recommendations to either our clients or consumers as we also spend time developing products within that team” said Poulson.

The Labs Program provides a unique opportunity to college students who are focused on technology to see advertising as a possible career industry and to offer their perspective and voice on future developments. Students can also get involved with A & G by working as interns in other departments of the agency such as public relations and design. Poulson also emphasized that “all departments do a great job of allowing interns to sink their teeth into real work while also having some fun along the way.”

Apply for the positions online and be prepared to upload a resume, cover letter, and references.

UNITED STATES LIBERTY INSURANCE
Sarah Lowe, Chief of Staff at United States Liberty Insurance (USLI), provided some insight into their College Help Programwhich currently employs around 130 students year-round and gives them an opportunity to gain professional experience and begin the task of paying off student loan debt. Students can work in various departments from graphics and social media to accounting.

When asked about what makes the program unique besides the fact that the internships offer not only competitive pay but also loan assistance, Lowe said, “we try to invest in young people.” There is also an emphasis on “students getting to work with their peers, learn from each other, and receive peer-to-peer coaching feedback.”

Interns here are responsible for a wide array of tasks depending on what team they are assigned to, such as working on “marketing materials and design…underwriting, researching insurance marketplace, data entry and filing, sales calls, and helping service customers,” said Lowe.

Apply online and have a copy of your college transcript handy to upload!

COMCAST
Comcast is a media and technology company, more so all the time. We are a future-focused company, bringing entertainment to our customers [and] our recruitment reflects that…half our internships are roles in the engineering and technology space in the campus base,” said Amie Ryno, who manages all of the university relations for Comcast.

Students can get involved with the company through the Comcast Center Internship,  and “there are well over a hundred roles.” While the program has been known to attract many communications and liberal arts majors, there is also a thriving engineering and tech program, which is still actively recruiting for the summer.

There is also the Home for the Summer program, which is strictly for freshmen and sophomores, and “the whole point is to bring Philly students back to Philly to work in the city,” said Ryno. Home for the Summer is  unique in that students work at Comcast for half of the duration and then at a local startup for the other half. The program starts on May 27, and there is competitive pay and every student is matched up with a mentor.

Some of the unique aspects of the program are that “we have a end of summer party, professional development throughout the summer, and a mid-summer career fair where students can learn about full-time opportunities, rotational programs, and future internships,” said Ryno.

Interns are also granted access to perks and various employee resource groups such as a women’s network and young professionals network.

You can find the full list of internship opportunities and apply online here.

CAMPUS PHILLY
No “not so average” internship list would be complete without information about the home team here at Campus Philly. The summer is the perfect time to apply for the My Philly Summer (MPS) internship. We are dedicated to fueling “economic growth by encouraging college students to study, explore, live and work in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region,” and you can come be a part of Campus Philly by participating in an exciting program we host for young professionals completing a summer internship throughout the Greater Philadelphia region.

What’s unique about the program? “Through the My Philly Summer (MPS) program, we work with dozens of regional employers to meet their interns at the beginning of their internships and invite them all to a big networking party in July where they can meet new friends and explore all that Philly has to offer,” said Jen Devor, Program Manager of Careers Programs and Corporate Relations here at Campus Philly.

“This provides the MPS intern with a very unique and awesome networking opportunity and a chance to build professional contacts at several companies in a variety of industries, like Comcast, Deloitte and Urban Outfitters.” Be sure to get your application in today!

Great opportunities don’t just stop when the summer ends. All of the companies featured here also offer various volunteer, semester internships, and post-grad opportunities year round.

All of those interviewed offer some parting advice on how important it was to take advantage of summer opportunities and the general consensus was that summer internships/jobs allow you to “test drive” careers and really hone in on what you do and do not like and begin to build a professional network.

For more info about how to apply or get more details about each of these programs, be sure to click through the article links to access each company’s website.

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.