CCPA Summer Series 2018: Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN)

CCPA Summer Series 2018: Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN)

By Nina Angileri ’19 Five weeks in, and I still look forward to my morning commute on Regional Rail. The 15-minute walk from 30th Street Station to City Coho, the space housing the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), is delightful. I love the last few minutes passing over the Schuylkill River Trail, which the building overlooks. My commute might be typical, but City Coho isn’t. Upon entering, the lack of cubicles is striking. There are two floors of co-working space, each with bookable conference rooms and a kitchenette. Every area pops with natural light, color, or fun decorations. Some organizations do have an “office” here, PLAN included, but everyone is free to move about between the open tables and cozy nooks. My usual day begins with finding a sunny spot to sit down and work at my laptop. Just five years old, PLAN is a nonprofit that cultivates and inspires the  student-led zero-waste movement across college campuses. This summer, I’m one of two Reuse Economy Research Interns, along with my coworker Emily. Together, we’re researching and writing two best practice guides that discuss how college campuses and Goodwills can collaborate on creative reuse projects which build the circular economy. Most of our research has consisted of phone call or video interviews with students, campus admins, and Goodwill representatives to learn more about their experiences planning and running their projects. At the outset, the outreach process seemed somewhat nebulous, as Emily and I emailed potential contacts and posted to listservs, waiting for responses. We weren’t sure exactly what to expect, or whether we’d hit our target of 12 interviews. As we now...
CCPA Summer Series 2018: La Blogothèque

CCPA Summer Series 2018: La Blogothèque

By Bilge Yilmaz One of these pink-filtered, cloudy Paris mornings, I wake up to a simple workday. I take the subway line 8 to République, then 11 to Place des Fêtes, and arrive at the Blogo offices. Paris has an impressive rail system. I seat myself by my desk, right across two walls, respectively decorated with various posters of “Soirées de Poche” and with simple illustrations done by markers: Beirut, Kings of Convenience, Low, My Brightest Diamond, Electric Guest, Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, St. Vincent, Local Natives… It’s as if someone sneaked into my Spotify to curate this series. Everyone whistles the catchy intro to Arcade Fire’s Everything Now today. No complaints. The post-production process of their Paris concert’s footage from April is about to be over. Awaiting the final cut, we hear parts of the recording from the video room. Plus, it’s *finally* not raining today. Speaking and hearing French daily is a little bit harsh on me, but I will get through it. I start the day by going through all the very old videos on La Blogothèque’s website to help archive them. I rummage through music-hungry, passionate articles, and detect which ones are missing videos in good quality. Not your typical HD from 2000s camcorders, but so much technique, history – so many layers. In the early afternoon, we head to a studio to make an interview recording with the respected French artist Yves Simon, he tells stories of Zelda Fitzgerald. I accompany a small crew of a director, a sound engineer, an assisting producer, and Bedouine, a Middle Eastern descent singer-songwriter, as we go off to...
CCPA Summer Series 2018: Econsult Solutions

CCPA Summer Series 2018: Econsult Solutions

By Michael Carr This summer, I am spending ten weeks as a Research Assistant Intern at Econsult Solutions Inc. through the Whitehead Internship Program. ESI is an economic consulting firm specializing in urban policy, transportation, real estate, development, and finance, providing services to a wide range of clients. In my four weeks so far, I’ve been put on a number of projects performing analysis, pulling and cleaning data, using ArcGIS software to make maps, and a variety of tasks in between. These four weeks have been a lesson in multi-tasking and organization, as my duties as a research assistant include being flexible and helping on multiple projects at a time. It has been interesting to see the different types of projects – I’ve researched policy innovations in cities around the world, I’ve helped with market studies and economic impact studies, and soon I’ll have a hand in benefit-cost analyses for potential BUILD Grant applications. As a Political Science and Growth & Structure of Cities double major, the work that I’m doing at ESI is closely aligned with my studies. In Professor Steve McGovern’s Urban Policy class this past spring, we discussed BUILD Grants during our unit on transportation policy. BUILD is a Department of Transportation discretionary grant program that rewards funding to build or improve transportation infrastructure. ESI provides BUILD applicants assistance with their applications, including performing a benefit-cost analysis of the proposed BUILD project. Having learned about this policy in the classroom, it is interesting to see all the work that goes into BUILD Grants and how these transportation projects come to fruition. While being an intern at...
CCPA Summer Series 2018: Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital

CCPA Summer Series 2018: Weisman Children’s Rehabilitation Hospital

By: Rylee Fennell This summer I have the opportunity to volunteer for Weisman Children’s in their medical daycare, rehabilitation hospital, and outpatient center. I applied to volunteer at Weisman’s due to my love for children and speech-language pathology and desire to continue expanding my knowledge of the field. Weisman Children’s not only aims to provide individualized care for all patients utilizing their many resources, but also to enhance the while family’s experience on the road to recovery.  This mission is a primary reason why I chose Weisman Children’s; their dedication to each patient is unlike any organization I have ever seen. It is this same commitment that I hope to emulate in my professional career as a speech-language pathologist. It is my hope that these different settings will allow me to understand the different ways in which speech therapy can be utilized to treat a vast array of patient needs as the summer progresses. Given each facility’s unique services, my day-to-day responsibilities change with each location. The medical daycare is where I have the most “hands on” interaction with patients. So far I have primarily worked with children ages 2-4, but will also be assisting with patients ages 0-2 as well. Work in the “preschool room” often includes assisting with feedings and engaging in play with the children, which has been an exceptionally rewarding experience. Working so closely with the care team and children at the medical daycare is helping me begin to understand not only the time and effort it takes to care for a child with special needs, but also the joy it brings to everyone involved....
CCPA Summer Series 2018: The Huntingdon Daily News

CCPA Summer Series 2018: The Huntingdon Daily News

By Molly Biddle I am currently working as a reporter and an editing intern for the Huntingdon Daily News in part due to the generosity of the Haverford CCPA and the Andrew Silk Summer Journalism Internship. The Huntingdon Daily News is a newspaper serving the community of Huntingdon County, PA. It just so happens that I grew up in this area located in the rural, central region of the state. Situated in Appalachia, the access that my community has to broadband internet is rather limited. While the newspaper does have an online format, the print version of the paper (alongside advertisement sales) still brings in some revenue unlike many other newspapers throughout the United States. For some members of my community, it is the only source of localized news regularly available. I have only just recently begun my internship. While my insights will certainly expand throughout the summer, I have gained an incredible amount of knowledge and experience in just the past few days.  As soon as I entered the office at 7:00 am on my first day, the writing staff were already hard at work catching up on the weekend’s events. Because the paper goes to print around 11:00 am each day for afternoon distribution, the early morning hours are crucial to reporters so that by late morning the story can be edited and paginated. At first, I watched the pagination process take place as the editor sent final drafts to be placed upon the different pages. It is an incredible process in which advertisements and photos are moved around and font sizes and word and line spacing...