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: MKThink

CCPA Summer Series 2019: MKThink

By Maya Ahmed When I searched for a summer internship, I was hoping to find a role that would integrate my interests in economics and environmental studies. Despite this, I never considered that I could work at a firm centered on architectural services until I saw the Handshake listing for MKThink. My artistic skills are too terrible for words, and I’ve never taken a course in architecture or visual studies. However, after doing more research on MKThink, I realized that the internship involved so many topics I was intrigued by: data analysis, public policy, and most of all, environmental sustainability. Fast forward: I’ve been at MKThink for two days so far, and my hopes have been fulfilled. During orientation, my supervisors Josh, Rachelle, and Mayssen explained that MKThink’s mission goes beyond simply “building buildings.” MKThink’s work actually spans three practice areas: strategy, architecture, and innovation. Strategy and innovation projects develop processes to help an organization streamline operations and prepare for the future. The three practice areas frequently overlap. One of MKThink’s specializations is helping clients renovate existing spaces to improve their functionality, aesthetics, and environmental performance. The company takes pride in reimagining better uses for features that already exist, providing clients with significant savings and avoiding the negative environmental impact of extensive construction. From my short time so far at MKThink, I’m really impressed by two aspects of the company. One is MKThink’s emphasis on making their design projects responsive to an organization’s culture and values. From the beginning to end stages of a project, MKThink seeks input from community members who use the space. The result are changes...
The Whitehead Internship Program – Accepting Applications for Summer 2019

The Whitehead Internship Program – Accepting Applications for Summer 2019

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN! The Whitehead Internship Program Fund was established to encourage Haverford students to engage in a summer work experience related to entrepreneurial endeavors, small business enterprise, venture capital or investment finance activities. The intent is to provide stipends and appropriate living expenses, if necessary, for summer experiences for which students might not otherwise receive the funding. Details can be found here. Please download or print out these procedures, and follow them carefully. Both College Partners and Self-Design require an orientation, resume, unofficial transcript, and essay. Please attend one of the following REQUIRED Information Sessions: December 5, 2018: 6:00pm January 23, 2019: 6:00pm January 30, 3019: 12:00pm Qwajarik Sims at Shift Capital Sarah Svetec during her summer at the Health Care Improvement Foundation (HCIF) Kendall Robison ’20 with Matthew Jennings ‘99 at DLL (De Lage Landen) during her summer there. Sarah Kay and Benjamin Field at Cantor Fitzgerald, Equity Capital Markets, New York NY Austin Huber on Alcatraz Island with the San Francisco skyline in the background.   Deadline: February 4, 2019 Applicants must follow a 3-step process that includes requesting a letter of recommendation, filling out the required application, and applying directly to the organizations through Handshake. 2019 Whitehead Internship Partners  Ardmore Initiative, Ardmore, PA: economic & community development DLL De Lage Landen – Phoenix Program, Wayne, PA: finance Econsult Solutions, Philadelphia, PA: economic consulting The Education Outcome Consortium (EOC), New York, NY or Portland, ME: start-up, talent acquisition Engagious, New York, NY: entrepreneurial, effective business communications HPED Haverford Partnership for Economic Development, Havertown, PA: economic & community development MAXSA Innovations, Fairfax Station, VA: entrepreneurial, innovation safety products MKThink, San Francisco, CA: enterprising innovation Shift Capital, Philadelphia, PA: real estate, finance,...
Haverford College Class of 2018 Watson Fellows (and this year’s info session!)

Haverford College Class of 2018 Watson Fellows (and this year’s info session!)

Photo: 2018 Watson Fellows Owen Janson (in a mushroom hat) and Tosin Alliyu. Photo by Patrick Montero.  In honor of our Watson Fellowship Info Session tonight, we are sharing this post from last March announcing the 2018 Watson Fellows from Haverford College, Tosin Alliyu and Owen Janson. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please join us tonight, Dec. 5, at 7 pm in the Faculty Room of the DC, immediately following the Whitehead Info Session at 6 pm!   Two Seniors Earn Watson Fellowships By Rebecca Raber  |  March 29, 2018  |  Original Post Here   Tosin Alliyu and Owen Janson will spend next year traveling the world in pursuit of independent research projects cultivated on an international scale thanks to $30,000 awards. Two members of the Class of 2018, Tosin Alliyu and Owen Janson, have been awarded Thomas J. Watson Fellowships, which fund a year of independent exploration and international travel for newly graduated college students. Alliyu and Janson are among the 40 awardees in the 50th class of Watson Fellows selected from a highly competitive pool of 152 national finalists. Watson Fellows come from 40 private liberal arts colleges and universities and receive $30,000 to subsidize an independent project undertaken during 12 months of travel outside the United States. Alliyu, a computer science major with a concentration in peace, justice, and human rights, will spend next year traveling to Singapore, Spain, South Africa, and Dubai for her project, “Design and Human-Centered Products Across Cultures.” This project was inspired by her time studying abroad in South Korea, where they are building “smart cities”—urban areas that use different types of electronic data collection...
College Sponsored Internships!

College Sponsored Internships!

Today was the annual College Sponsored Internship Fair! Students who received college funding for their summer 2018 internships volunteered to join the CCPA in the DC Sunken Lounge to share their summer experience and explain what the funding application process was like for them. Recipients of funding from the KINSC, HCAH, CPGC, and the CCPA all attended, so students could learn about the diverse sources of funding available for summer internships. If you missed it, an overview of all the funding sources made available to Haverford students by the College is included below. Click here for more information on the CCPA’s website. Center for Career and Professional Advising (CCPA) Internships 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. Primary Care Pre-Medical Internships: Provides summer stipend moneys specifically for sophomore and junior pre-medical students to work in clinical settings with underserved populations. Students find location and mentor. Smart Family Internship Grant: The Smart Family Internship grant provides one summer internship to a...