CCPA Summer Series 2019: The Philadelphia Citizen

CCPA Summer Series 2019: The Philadelphia Citizen

By Elizabeth Warner This summer I had the privilege of interning for The Philadelphia Citizen. The Citizen is an online media organization that focuses on providing both deeply reported, solutions based journalism, and civically minded events for the community. I am the Civic Impact, Events, and Programming Intern that focuses on the civically minded events. This summer we had many events which included a conversation between Ali Velshi and Richard Vague, and a happy hour networking event for women in Philly. A big project that I worked on is a day-long festival called Ideas We Should Steal. The festival focuses on highlighting good ideas working in other cities, that we should bring to Philly. I worked on finding people to invite for panels and TED style talks. The event will be on December 10th and I am excited to continue working on the event through the school year. I was also able to write stories for The Citizen. We publish a weekly article called, “Do Something” where we highlight cool things happening in Philly for our readers. That was a fun way to research events and explore the city in the summer. For my other articles, I was able to interview interesting people doing good things in the city. Some articles I worked on featured a Philly couple that runs a summer camp for kids that do not thrive in traditional camp settings, another article focused on an Iranian immigrant that sells art in Reading Terminal Market. The Citizen focuses on solutions journalism that provides agency to community members and works to highlight problems in our community, while still...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: Haverford Partnership of Economic Development (HPED)

CCPA Summer Series 2019: Haverford Partnership of Economic Development (HPED)

By Margaret Chen As a rising junior at Haverford College, I never really realized how vast Haverford Township was until I started interning at HPED, or Haverford Partnership of Economic Development. Because of the Whitehead Internship Program, I was given the opportunity to intern at this non-profit organization whom not only showed me how many nearby, cool businesses that my fellow classmates and I haven’t experienced yet but also gave me so much knowledge about community development, business revitalization, and environmental design. HPED’s main goals as an organization are to support local businesses and revitalize business districts by doing beautification projects, promotion/advertising for small businesses, and hosting networking and business assistance events. They hope, through these projects, to promote economic growth and beautification in the surrounding Haverford community. My internship experience has definitely aligned with HPED’s goals. For example, I went with HPED’s executive director, Jeanne Angell, and one of Haverford Township’s commissioners, Mario Oliva, to the Pennsylvania Downtown Conference in Erie, PA where I learned about Main Street and Elm Street programs which are community development models that HPED has been following. In the conference, I learned about different aspects of these programs such as how to economically structure a new improved business district and how to create affordable, energy efficient public housing. As an Environmental Studies major interested in sustainable design, in this conference I really enjoyed learning about how to engage community development through environmentally-conscious based projects and outdoor beautification projects. After the conference, I learned more about community development and business revitalization through day-to-day experiences. Throughout each week, I help Jeanne and Amy Sweeney, the...
CCPA Summer Series 2019: West (Wiss Early Stage Technology)

CCPA Summer Series 2019: West (Wiss Early Stage Technology)

By Silvia Lang ’21 This summer I’m working at WEST, the subsidiary company of the accounting firm WISS. WEST was co-founded by Mark Brenner ’86, an entrepreneur who has successfully built three companies. WEST provides accounting services to small start-up companies and supports their growth through a variety of channels. Working with Mark this summer, I have worked on different aspects of WEST, including accounting, building financial models, and sales. All of these services that WEST provides are important aspects of running start-up companies. Every day in the office, I’m learning something new about entrepreneurship, both from my colleagues and from clients! When applying for the Whitehead Internship Program, I knew I wanted to be exposed to many different industries and learn very quickly, so the position at WEST naturally became one of my top choices. Through a common friend, I reached out to Shivani Dixit ’20, who interned at WEST last summer. Although I did my research on WEST and read Shivani’s blog post before meeting with her, actually talking to her provided me with much more context of what WEST does and what the work environment is like. Shivani also offered to help me with the application and interview preparation, which eventually helped me get this job. For anyone who’s interested in applying for Whitehead and already has specific companies in mind, I would highly recommend having informational interviews with the Whitehead interns who worked at those companies before! During the past three weeks, I mostly worked on testing the proprietary dashboard software that WEST is developing. The dashboard helps clients stay on top of their financial...
From the Haverblog: 2019 Haverford House Fellows

From the Haverblog: 2019 Haverford House Fellows

Gabe Halperin-Goldstein ’19, Lilian Domenick ’19, Feven Gezahegn ’19, Ceci Silberstein ’19, Hanae Togami ’19, and Amanda Grolig ’19 will spend next year working at Philadelphia nonprofits and strengthening connections between the College and the city. The Center for Peace and Global Citizenship (CPGC) has named its 2019–2020 Haverford House Fellows. These six seniors, who were chosen for this fellowship for their commitment to social justice and community action, will spend the upcoming academic year after their College graduation working four days per week with nonprofit organizations in the Philadelphia region and sharing a house together in the West Philadelphia neighborhood of Cedar Park. The fellows, who serve as liaisons between the CPGC and local social action agencies, as well as collaborators with Haverford community members, dedicate their fifth workday to projects that engage the College with local groups devoted to creating a more socially just, healthy, and vibrant community. The 2019–2020 Haverford House Fellows and their host organizations are: Spanish major Lillian Domenick, who will work at Puentes de Salud‘s Hacia el Futuro Education Program Biology major Feven Gezahegn, who will work for African Family Health Organization (AFHO) Sociology major Amanda Grolig, who will work for Philadelphia Legal Assistance, Save Your Home Philly Sociology major Gabe Halperin-Goldstein, who will work for Drexel University’s Center for Hunger-Free Communities Environmental Studies and Mathematics double major Ceci Silberstein ’19, who will work for the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society Biology major Hanae Togami, who will work for HIAS PA Follow the current class of fellows, who are posting monthly about their work, house activities, and independent projects that connect the Haverford College community with Philadelphia. Read more about Fords who have won fellowships, scholarships, or grants. Originally published by Rebecca Raber, Director...
A Message From Haverford’s Media, Entertainment, and Sports Affinity Group Committee

A Message From Haverford’s Media, Entertainment, and Sports Affinity Group Committee

The Haverford alumni community includes a number of affinity groups, organizations which offer connections around topics and issues of shared interest. Our affinity group, the Media, Entertainment, and Sports Group, is comprised of Haverford alums that work across the spectrum of the Entertainment/Media Industry. Professional Sports, Content Creation, Corporate Strategy, and Talent Representation are just a few of the many subsections of the industry represented by your alums. You may not be thinking about it yet, but the time to take the next step in your career will arrive faster than you think. Whether you’re a first-year student looking to learn more about career paths, a sophomore considering internships, or a senior looking to burnish your resume, we want to be there for you when it’s time to start considering life after Haverford. We’re reaching out because we want to help position you for success. In our conversations as a group, we’ve acknowledged how Haverford students often aren’t aware of careers in our discipline(s). This is something we want to correct, because not only are we all happy with the paths we’ve chosen, but the Media, Entertainment, and Sports space(s) are perfectly suited for an individual with a liberal arts background to thrive in. We’ve listed our professional backgrounds and our contact information below. We want you to reach us out to us–whether it’s concerning your impending graduation, or just to touch base and get a conversation going, we’d love to hear from you.   Sincerely yours,   Zachary Jacobs ’14 Coordinator, Motion Picture Production, ICM Partners Los Angeles, CA Zachary Jacobs ’14 began his career at ICM Partners...