CCPA Summer Series 2019: Shift Capital

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Shift Capital

My Shift Capital Summer: Shattering Expectations By Jessica Lopez Hello from Kensington, Pennsylvania! My name is Jessica Lopez ‘21, and I am an Anthropology major, Health Studies Minor, Economics Minor, and Latin American Iberian studies Concentrator.  I am spending my summer as a Whitehead intern for Shift Capital. When I initially saw this internship was available, I knew little about Kensington. But after a quick google search, I was stunned that countless headlines covering Philly’s burgeoning opioid crisis put Kensington at the center of it all. Labeled as the ‘Walmart of Heroin,’ by the New York Times, Kensington’s historically marginalized community is facing this new challenge head on.  As one can guess, there are many people trying to help bring Kensington out of this chapter.  Shift Capital, a real estate investment group, is aiming to be a part of this effort. But, how can a real estate investment group be a part of the solution? As someone who studies the power structures that trap marginalized folx, this question was at the forefront of my mind, when considering an internship at Shift Capital.  As I’ve learned, Shift’s real estate investment model is centered around maximizing what it calls its “social impact,” or how much one’s actions can positively affect the community. Accordingly, Shift’s mission is centered around curtailing the negative effects of gentrification: displacement, job loss, and inter-generational poverty. For example, Shift buys abandoned property and turns it into housing that is 60% AMI (area median income) or less, where the grossing median income for a four person household is $90,000.  That means Shift is offering rents that community members...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: Physicians for Human Rights

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Physicians for Human Rights

By Isabel Clements This summer, I’ll be working with Physicians for Human Rights, a non-profit organization located at home in NYC. Although based in the U.S., the NGO documents human rights violations across the world and empowers local communities in addressing these atrocities. In my role as Arabic-Speaking Investigations Intern, I will be researching the mercurial conflicts in Syria and Yemen. In particular, my research will address attacks on healthcare and medical aid in the two countries. Should a video of a recent bombing of a Syrian medical point be posted on YouTube, it will be my job to “decode” the footage and figure out what is being seen and heard (albeit with a lot of support from my colleagues). I have been told that the organization has not hired a non-native speaker for this position in the past, so I am anxious to perform my job thoroughly and immaculately, given that I am still learning Arabic. A mistake in translation could be harmful or misleading, so there will be a lot of pressure on my Arabic skills. Hopefully, this will lead to language acquisition and increasing fluency on my part! Moreover, I am much more versed in Syrian dialect than I am in Yemeni Arabic, so the notion of reviewing documents and media from Yemen is somewhat formidable to me. All in all, it will be an intellectual challenge, but I’m prepared to learn! Several of my colleagues in the research department will be native Arabic speakers, so I am relieved to be having their support. I am excited to be working with a diverse group of people...
Discover the Fulbright Fellowship

Discover the Fulbright Fellowship

The CCPA is already gearing up for next year! Specifically, we are beginning to prepare students for the 2020-2021 Fullbright Fellowship applications. Will you be one of the students applying? Read on to discover what the Fulbright Fellowship Program is, who should apply, and where you can learn more!  What is the Fulbright Fellowship Program?  “The Fulbright U.S. Student Program provides grants for individually designed study/research projects or English Teaching Assistant Programs. A candidate will submit a Statement of Grant Purpose defining activities to take place during one academic year in a participating country outside the U.S. During their grants, Fulbrighters will meet, work, live with and learn from the people of the host country, sharing daily experiences. The program facilitates cultural exchange through direct interaction on an individual basis in the classroom, field, home, and in routine tasks, allowing the grantee to gain an appreciation of others’ viewpoints and beliefs, the way they do things, and the way they think. Through engagement in the community, the individual will interact with their hosts on a one-to-one basis in an atmosphere of openness, academic integrity, and intellectual freedom, thereby promoting mutual understanding. Grant lengths and dates vary by country. Please consult the specific country summary for details.” Source: https://us.fulbrightonline.org/about/fulbright-us-student-program Types of Awards Open Study/Research Awards: With this traditional award, candidates design a research project for a specific country. Read more here. English Teaching Assistant Awards: The English Teaching Assistant (ETA) awards match candidates with classrooms abroad where they will assist local English teachers and serve as a “Cultural ambassador for the U.S..” Read more here. Who should apply? Students can apply during their senior year...
How to Determine What Salary You Deserve

How to Determine What Salary You Deserve

Article reposted from Career Contessa. See the original post and any updates here. Career Contessa is a resource designed for women looking to build their careers, however, their advice on how to determine a starting salary is applicable to all Haverford Students. The CCPA encourages you to explore their website for more advice. Please note that the CCPA is in no way affiliated with Career Contessa nor do we receive any compensation for promoting their content.    How to Determine What Salary You Deserve BY KATHERINE NOBLES | December 10, 2018   At some point in your career, the question of salary expectations is bound to come up. While you should always try to avoid naming a number first, the fact of the matter is: at some point, you will have to provide an answer. But determining what that number should be is not always an easy task. Like most women, you were probably taught to avoid discussing money with family and friends, let alone potential employers. The key to alleviating tension (and getting what you deserve) is to prepare your response and tactics in advance. Here we’ve broken it out into three steps to help you come to an educated conclusion of exactly what you’re worth. STEP 1: ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES AND RESEARCH The best place to begin is by thinking big picture. Before you consider your own merits, research the “going rate” for the positions you’re aiming for.   Online salary calculators are a simplified, yet effective way to do this. But you should also review the salary ranges of others in comparable roles or at similar organizations by using The Salary Project™, Glassdoor.com, Payscale.com, or Salary.com. The Bureau of Labor...
Reminder: College Sponsored Internships Deadlines

Reminder: College Sponsored Internships Deadlines

Did you know that Haverford has a variety of funding opportunities to help support summer internships? The following funding sources are meant for self-designed internships. This means that you will need to have found and secured your own summer opportunity in order to apply for or receive funding.  If you have or are in the process of securing a summer position in journalism, communications, direct care with people with neurological impairments, public interest projects, or one that is located abroad, you may be eligible for the following grants and funds! Apply by March 18th to be considered!  Andrew Silk Summer Journalism Internship The Andrew D. Silk 1975 Memorial Fund, established in 1982 by family and friends of Andrew D. Silk of the Class of 1975, provides a summer internship to a Haverford or Bryn Mawr student interested in pursuing a career in print or journalism. Deborah Lafer-Scher International Internship This funding provides a summer stipend of $2,500 to assist with living and travel expenses associated with pursuing a relevant international experience outside the United States and preferably outside the North America Hemisphere. Gertrude Albert Heller Memorial Grant The Gertrude Heller Endowment Fund is an internship fund established by Martin Heller of the Class of 1954 used to encourage students to work with the neurologically impaired in direct care efforts. Smart Family Internship Grant The Smart Family Internship grant provides one summer internship to a Haverford student interested in pursuing a career in communications, for up to $3,500. Summer Serve Summer Serve provides a summer stipend between $2,000-3,500 to a current sophomore and junior involved in public interest projects in the Philadelphia...