Living in Philadelphia

Posted on: May 11, 2016

By Karina Wiener

Are you staying on campus this summer or working in Philadelphia? You’re in luck, because Philly is a great place to be, especially in the summer! I might even go so far as to say I love it…


One of the cool things about Philadelphia is that it has all of the offerings of a “big city” but still maintains a small town feel in many areas. Because of the number of universities in the city, it’s a great area to be a student. There are student deals  and lots of free or low cost events available (like Pay What You Wish Wednesday Nights at the Philadelphia Art Museum). Campus Philly keeps track of year-round deals and discounts for arts and culture as part of their Open Arts Philly campaign.

Check out uwishunu for events such as concerts, festivals, gallery openings, first friday deals, restaurant weeks, and more! You can search by date, type of event, or area. Use their Weekend Picks guide to see what’s happening each weekend! Examples of the types of articles include:

july-4th-philadelphia-parkway-dusk5-680uw offers a comprehensive and easy-to-use neighborhood guide. It will tell you how best to get there, describe the vibe of the area is like, and highlight restaurants and events.

You can’t live in Philadelphia without being a bit of a tourist. As the birthplace of America, Philadelphia is full of amazing history that you can appreciate by going to a museum or just by walking around old city.


Still sorting out your summer or post-grad plans or summer? Wait…what’s that? After reading about how cool Philly is you want to live there now? Great! Here are some resources to help you find opportunities in Philadelphia:

Good luck with the rest of your exams and have a great summer!

Congratulations to the CCPA-Sponsored Summer 2016 Internship Fund Recipients!

Posted on: May 6, 2016

Did you know that Haverford has a variety of funding opportunities to help support summer internships? You can apply for funding to pursue exciting summer internship opportunities too! Check out our College Sponsored Internship page and start thinking about which internship fits your interests. Applications are due in February or March each year.
The CCPA oversees many of these internships funds, and we are pleased to announce our Summer 2016 grant recipients! Keep an eye out for blogs about their experiences this summer as part of out CCPA Summer Series. Congratulations and best wishes!
  • Rob Carpenter ’18, Council on Foreign Relations Magazine, New York, NY
  • Courtney Ahmed ’18, Ashland Christian Health Center, Ashland, OH
  • Maya Behn ’18, Prieto Health Center and the Hospital of Cook County, Illinois
  • Lauren Benedetto ’18, CT Fertility, Bridgport, CT
  • Alexander Frost ’17, Philadelphia FIGHT, Philadelphia, PA
  • Danchau (Claudia) Nguyen ’18, Adventist Health Care, Rockville, MD
  • Marco Rivas ’18, Alivio Medical Center, Chicago, IL
  • Koji Shimomura ’17, Community Volunteers in Medicine, West Chester, PA

Gertrude Albert Heller Memorial Grant

  • Stephanie Terrell ’18, Camp Jabberwocky, Vineyard Haven, MA
Liberal Arts in the Workplace – Summer Internship Fund:
**Thanks to the generous support of a Haverford alumnus, the CCPA is ​now offering $1000 stipends to help a few students on financial aid who will be participating in an unpaid internship over the summer!
  • Josh Fried ’18, United States Senate, Washington DC
  • Diomand Henry ’18, Anti-Violence Partnership of Philadelphia
  • Mary Beth Melso ’18, Voice of Witness, San Francisco, CA
  • Rio Morales ’17, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Cape Cod, MA
  • Eleni Smitham ’19, The White House, Washington DC
  • Alissa Valentine ’19, Surgical Outcomes Center for Kids (SOCKs) at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN

Summer Serve:

  • Hannah Rice ’17, Puentes de Salud, Philadelphia, PA
  • Ann-Victoria Isaac ’18, Adults Congenital Heart Association, Philadelphia, PA
  • Isabel Agnew  ’17, Take the Interview, New York, NY
  • Nicole Bonsu ’17, WIT Strategy. New York, NY
  • Yancheng Dai ’18, GiftedHire, Washington, DC
  • Stephen Davis ’17, Hidrate Inc., Boulder, CO
  • Adetomiwe Famodu ’18, LeadiD, Ambler, PA
  • Maura Grant ’17, Reelio, New York, NY
  • Hunter Holroyd  ’18, Econsult Solutions, Philadelphia, PA
  • Benjamin Kang ’17, Maxsa Innovations, Fairfax Station, VA
  • Lucy Koch ’17, US Department of Commerce, Washington, DC
  • Jessie Lamworth ’18, MKThink, San Francisco, CA
  • Daisuke Nakayama ’18, Cantor Fitzgerald, New York, NY
  • Katharine Prescott ’17, DLL – Phoenix Program, Wayne, PA
  • Christopher Richards ’18, Cantor Fitzgerald, New York, NY
  • Michael Schwarze ’18, Haverford Partnership for Economic Development, Havertown, PA
  • Spencer Sohmer ’18, Presentation Testing, New York, NY and Philadelphia, PA
  • Adam Stambor ’18, Ace & Everett, New York, NY
  • Yannick Villanueva ’17, DLL – CT&I Sales, Wayne, PA
  • Samantha Wetzel ’18, The Health Care Improvement Foundation, Philadelphia, PA
  • Kiamani Wilson ’18, Wash Cycle Laundry, Philadelphia, PA
  • Qin Yang ’17, India Internet Fund, Delhi, India (pending)

Volunteering: You Need Experience to Get Experience

Posted on: May 3, 2016

By Karina Wiener

After my first year of college, there were pretty low expectations for what I would do over the summer. Most of my friends and I went home, relaxed, and spent time with our families and friends. Some of us volunteered or took courses, but that was considered “over-achieving.” Most of us were able to secure internships the next summer regardless of the time “wasted” that first summer.

In the four years since my freshman year, that expectation has changed and a sort of paradox has arisen. Many graduating seniors receive job offers from organizations that they interned at during the summer after their junior year. It seems that competitive internship programs for rising seniors are looking for applicants who had internships as rising juniors, and competitive internship programs for rising juniors are looking for applicants who have internships or at least related work experience as rising sophomores. So how are you supposed to get experience if you need experience to qualify for the experience in the first place? The solution: volunteer.

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Finals Week Advice from Fellow Fords via the OAR

Posted on: April 26, 2016

Some of you are dealing with applications and interviews as finals are approaching and we’re here to tell you that all you need to do is stay calm and do the best you can on your exams. Brian Cuzzolina from the OAR compiled advice upperclassmen Fords gave during a Finals Week Panel to post on The Year After blog and the CCPA wants to share it with students in all years. Thanks OAR!


By Brian Cuzzolina

A few nights ago in the OAR five Haverford Upperclassmen shared advice on approaching finals. Their insights ranged from strategies to scheduling finals, enjoying Haverfest to effectively balancing studying with chill time.


A common theme that emerged in the discussion was that there isn’t one strategy or approach to finals week. The panel was a testament to the theory that what works for one student might not work for others. For example, some of the panelists use a scheduler, such as Google Calendar, and schedule everything down to the hour. They have found that having a strict schedule helps them stay on target and focused. A couple of the panelists offered a different approach: They have a list of what they have to do and when they would like to do it, but the details are unscheduled. Regardless of how detailed your schedule, the panelists insisted that you create a plan that helps you see everything you have to do and when you have to do it, so nothing falls through the cracks.

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Fords on Friday: Ron Shapiro ’64 and Vince Warren ’86

Posted on: April 22, 2016


By Karina Wiener

Sometimes it’s hard to attend talks when you have papers to write and tests to study for. Luckily, the Alumni and Parent Relations office is working on an initiative to make some campus talks available online! So, if you were busy this February and didn’t have time to see Sports Agent and Expert Negotiator Ron Shapiro ’64 or Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights Vince Warren ’86, that’s okay because now you can watch them online anytime!

Watch Ron Shapiro’s speech. 

Ron Shapiro is a sports agent, attorney, author, and expert negotiator with Shapiro Negotiations Institute. Shapiro came to campus to kick off “a new Haverford enterprise in support of the development of student oral communication skills. The Mark and Lillian Shapiro Speaking Initiative, named for Ron’s parents, funds one-on-one coaching and peer mentoring, targeted workshops, visiting speakers, and symposia, all of which are designed to help Haverfordians improve their public speaking skills.” Read more about Ron Shapiro’s talk in the Haverford College News.

Talk with Ron Shapiro

Watch Vince Warren’s speech.

Vince Warren is the Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. “Warren returned to campus last week at the invitation of the Multicultural Alumni Action Group (MAAG), a group founded a year ago to build connections between alumni and students to ensure Haverford is an inclusive community where all can thrive. He spoke to a packed Stokes Auditorium filled with Bi-Co students, faculty, and alumni, about “visionary activism,” the BlackLivesMatter movement, and the tensions between human rights demands and the way we currently think about justice.” Read about Vince Warren’s talk on the Haverblog.





Online Subscription Site: GoinGlobal

Posted on: April 19, 2016

By Karina Wiener

  • Are you interested in pursing a job or internship outside the U.S.?
  • Do you want to work in a different U.S. city but you’re not sure how to start your search?
  • Are you an international student who wants to stay in the U.S. but you aren’t sure what companies can sponsor you?

Luckily, the CCPA subscribes to GoinGlobal, the leading provider of both country-specific and USA city-specific career and employment information. Go to the GoinGlobal website and create an account using your email address. There is something for everyone!


“Going Global’s unlimited access subscription database contains Country Career Guides, corporate profiles and more than 80,000 pages of constantly updated career and employment resources for over 30 countries. GoinGlobal’s country and U.S. city career guides provide professional advice and insider tips on such topics as employment trends, recruiters, staffing agencies, work permit regulations, salary ranges, resume/CV writing guidelines, professional and trade associations, interview and cultural adviceAll of the guides are researched by in-country career professionals and updated annually.”

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Fords on Friday: Spend a Year Abroad with the Watson Fellowship

Posted on: April 15, 2016

Dear Sophomores and Juniors,

Have you heard of the Watson Fellowship? Although it may seem early to be worrying about your post-graduate plans, now is a good time to start thinking about a potential project, as the application is due during the fall of your senior year.

The Thomas J. Watson Fellowship is a one-year grant for purposeful, independent study outside the United States, awarded to graduating seniors nominated by one of 40 partner colleges.

The Watson is a rare window of time after college and pre-career to engage your deepest interest on a world scale. Fellows conceive original projects, execute them outside of the United States for one year and embrace the ensuing journey. They decide where to go, who to meet and when to change course. They do not affiliate with academic institutions and may not hold formal employment.

The program produces a year of personal insight, perspective and confidence that shapes the arc of fellows’ lives. Started in 1968, Watson Fellows comprise leaders in every field. The one-year stipend is $30,000.

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Finding Fulfilling and LGBTQIA+ Friendly Work

Posted on: April 12, 2016

By Karina Wiener

“Even though the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission classifies mistreatment during the hiring process or in the workplace based on gender identity and expression as sex discrimination – which means it’s a violation of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – there aren’t explicit federal laws that protect transgender workers. Many who don’t identify with the gender they were assigned at birth struggle to find work.”

-  “How to Manage a Job Search as a Transgender Candidate” by Jada A. Graves featured in U.S. News & World Report online

Here are some resources to help you successfully navigate the challenges you may face as an LGBTQIA+ and/or non-gender conforming individual.


Building a Network

It is essential to build a personal and professional LGBTQIA+ network. Your connections can tell you which companies are actively inclusive as opposed to the companies that simply claim to be on their websites. Many large cities host LGBTQIA+ career fairs that can help you connect with an inclusive company. The Human Rights Campaign has a growing list of LGBTQIA+ career fairs, as well as a Corporate Equality Index; an annual report that scores major businesses according to their practices and policies pertinent to LGBT employees.

There are also over 500 LGBTQIA+ Related LinkedIn Groups you can join to build your network, including:

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Making the Most of Haverford’s Amazing Alumni Network

Posted on: April 5, 2016

By Kelly Cleary

One of the most effective ways to explore careers and gather advice is by talking to people who have been there, done that—a.k.a. networking.

If you are looking for an internship or job, networking has proved to be the #1 way to find employment in a challenging job market. Or if you aren’t sure what you want to do after college, you can explore your options with people who have already made that decision.

I often hear students say, “But I don’t have a network.” Wrong! Every student has an existing network of family and friends, current or former classmates, and their family and friends. Simply staying in touch with the folks you’ve had good relationships with in the past means you already have a network that can support you in the years to come.

Beyond your personal network, alumni from your high school or college are often the most valuable career development resources. You can take advantage of your school’s alumni network by following the tips below.

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Connecting through common experiences

Alumni, regardless of their career choices, have been through similar experiences as you: they attended the same classes, performed research in the same labs, played on the same athletic teams, sang in the same a cappella groups, lived in the same dorms, and ate in the same dining halls. Those shared experiences can be the building blocks for professional connections.

Alumni can also help you see how they have applied those shared experiences to their careers. They are able to offer pertinent advice and valuable insights to help you prepare for your internship and job search.

Finding alumni and making connections

There is no shortage of ways to find and connect with alumni. Here are a few of the best:

Alumni directories

Colleges and universities recognize the incredible value of the alumni network, and most institutions give students access to a database of alumni, their occupations, and contact information.


LinkedIn is one of my favorite networking and job search tools. If you don’t already have an account with an up-to-date profile, you should. Then you can search for alumni by employer, industry, and location. View their profiles to get a sense of possible career paths and gather ideas for prospective employers. If you want to “connect” with people, you should always include a personalized message introducing yourself and explaining why you are reaching out.

There are thousands of LinkedIn groups where people share job postings and other career-related information as well, and they can serve as a forum for asking questions of more experienced professionals. Joining the alumni group for your university is a great first step.

LinkedIn’s “Find Alumni” tool provides a helpful visual of alumni careers, employers, and professional skills from a searchable list of thousands of colleges and universities. And the “Field of Study Explorer” is a powerful resource for finding connections between majors and careers. It offers an overview of job titles and employers of LinkedIn members for any given academic major.


Twitter can be an easy and effective way to make connections and learn about careers paths and industries. By following alumni who work in your field(s) of interest, you can gather advice and catch a glimpse of their day-to-day professional lives. You can then build a relationship with them by responding to or re-tweeting their relevant professional posts.

Speakers, panels, career fairs, and other networking events

Nearly every week colleges welcome alumni back to campus to present guest lectures, serve on panels, and recruit at career fairs and employer information sessions. From talks with award-winning economists and renowned poets to career panels about the arts, finance, or health care to recruiting events, these are great learning and networking opportunities.

When attending these events, you should participate in the discussion by asking thoughtful questions, introduce yourself at the end of the event, and follow up with an e-mail to thank the alumni for their time.

Faculty and staff

Referrals from your school’s faculty and staff are a great way to find alumni who could be helpful contacts. They might be able to introduce you as well.

Informational interviews

Once you’ve connected with alumni, an informational interview is one of the most effective ways to develop relationships with them. Ideally these take place in person, but phone and virtual meetings can also be effective.

Remember, this is not a job interview; it is a conversation with a professional in your field of interest to learn more about his or her career path, day-to-day work, industry trends, and career-related advice. (Check out the sidebar for more tips!)

Building relationships, cultivating mentors

Connecting with alumni is an investment in your future, because once a person takes the time to share their experiences and advice with you, they’re more likely to be “on your team.” If you hit it off and they are impressed by you, it could open even more doors and possibly lead to a mentoring relationship that can last well beyond your time in college.

While it is never appropriate to directly ask a networking contact for a referral or a job, if you leave a positive first impression, your alumni contact may eventually pass on a good word or even a formal referral for you. For example, I once worked with a student who, a few weeks after an informational interview, was delighted and surprised when she received an e-mail from the alumnus introducing her to the producer of a popular children’s television show looking for an entry-level production assistant. A few weeks later, the student started a new job at one of her favorite children’s shows.

Still feeling uncomfortable about reaching out to people you don’t know? I always remind students that most alumni are happy to help and feel good about giving back to their college community by offering career advice to students.

Keeping in touch

Remember, networking and mentoring are about building relationships with people who have shared interests. As you continue to grow professionally, you’ll have your own insights to share. Let these alumni know how your career progresses, and be appreciative of the influence they’ve had on your path.

This blog was originally published as an article I wrote for collegexpress.

F is for Friends and Fords on Friday

Posted on: April 1, 2016

By Karina Wiener

Are you still looking for a job or internship? Do you feel like you’re running out of time and ideas? Sometimes the best ideas can come from your roommate, classmate, or that student who you see around campus but you’ve never actually talked to.

The Haverford College Internship Network is a searchable database with over 300 students and recent alumni (classes of 2014-2018) who have volunteered to speak with other students about their internship. The Internship Network is a fantastic resource for connecting with other students who share your career interests. Search options include industry, major, year, and locations. Keep in mind that while the volunteers are usually able to provide helpful information and advice, they are not expected to help you “get the job.” Note: Haverford login is required to gain access.

Not all students volunteered to be a part of the internship network, so if you want an even broader idea of the opportunities your fellow Fords have participated in, refer to the 2014 Summer Survey Report. If you’re feeling anxious about your internship search or like it’s too late, it could help to know that in 2014, most students weren’t finalizing their internship offers until April or May. (Note: the trend for seniors was basically the same.) There’s still time!


Seniors, are you still trying to decide where to go after graduation? Check out the “Beyond Haverford” page to get a snapshot of what students from the class of 2015 are doing. You can also download a detailed report from the class of 2015 (my personal favorite), 2014, and 2013 for more ideas.

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And lastly, don’t forget to come in to the CCPA’s walk-in hours from 2:30-4:30pm M-F for help finding or securing an internship or job. As Dutch Point Credit Union would say, “like an old friend, we’re always here for you.”