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Another Opportunity for This Summer

I know that today should be a book, and I still have some great books in verse to share. But I found this yesterday and because of the deadline, it really can’t wait. As you may know, the Democratic National Convention will be held in Philadelphia this year, from July 25th through the 28th. This is the meeting where the Democratic Party will officially decide on its candidate for the November election.


Photo: Theresa Thompson, flickr

This first piece is only for those of you who are already 18, and seniors, if you’re looking for an interesting summer experience, you may want to look into this. The Democratic National Convention Committee has internship opportunities for “enthusiastic, politically-minded future leaders.”

From the web-site, “DNCC interns perform a wide range of responsibilities, including assisting senior staff, preparing memos, attending meetings and events, acting as the first point of contact to the convention by answering phones and greeting visitors at the front desk, assisting with special projects, and any other duties that are needed by the department head.”

The internships run from June 1st through August 5th. The application deadline is…FRIDAY. So if this interests you, you need to get a move on it. (Sorry about the short notice…this only came to my attention yesterday.) You need to fill out the application (which requires two essays and two letters of recommendation) and submit a resume. I am happy to help with any of this, including writing one of the letters. Just come see me.

If this sounds kind of exciting, but you’re not 18 yet, the Philadelphia DNC (also known as the “Host Committee”) has volunteer opportunities for those 14 and older. All of the information for that is on their website.

You do not need to be a Democrat in order to participate in this. You don’t have to be a Hilary or Bernie supporter. The friend through whom I learned about this is a Republican, but just thinks the experience would be phenomenal. And I have to agree with her! Political conventions only happen every 4 years. And with the Republican Convention having been in Philadelphia in 2000, it may be a while before we see another one here.


Opportunity of the Week – SPCA (and some other animal shelters)

One thing I’ve learned about Hill Top students…you all tend to have a special place in your heart for animals. So, I thought I’d give you a list of some animal shelters that are looking for volunteers. For most of these places, you need to be at least 16 and have parental approval to volunteer – although a few do have opportunities for younger volunteers.


My cousin Lauren (a librarian) and one of the dogs from the Delco SPCA

And remember, you can’t adopt them all.

All 4 Paws (Chester Springs)

Delaware County SPCA (Media)

Francisvale Home for Smaller Animals (Radnor)

Last Chance Ranch (Quakertown) – this is a shelter for horses

Main Line Animal Rescue (Chester Springs)

PALS (Wayne and Broomall) – this seems to be a cat rescue that works with some local pet stores

While there are many, many animal rescues and shelters in the area, I’ve only listed ones that are no kill shelters.

Opportunity of the Week – Spells Writing Lab

Sophomores and Juniors (or, in this case, rising Juniors and rising Seniors), are you still looking for internship and volunteer opportunities for your graduation project? Well, as promised, I have some leads for you. Each week I’ll feature a different opportunity in the area for some interesting experiences.


This week…Spells Writing Lab, a place for mad scientists, villains, and everyone else who wants to play with words. Spells is a non-profit organization in Philadelphia that offers writing camps to students from ages 7 through 16. During the summer, they host several one week writing camps. From everything I’ve heard, they are tons of fun. It’s not just a lot of sitting around during the day writing and revising. It’s field trips throughout the city. Video making. Using mad scientist equipment to improve writing. And really, really creative and fun kids.

Spells does offer internships for high school students, in both the writing program and design positions. You can find information about those here. They also have regular volunteer positions.

Some of you met Miss Liz (Elizabeth Encarnacion) during career day. She was the book editor. When she’s not producing awesome picture book versions of The Nutcracker and The Velveteen Rabbit, she works with Spells. She got me involved a bit last year. And really, any place that includes in the skills section of the application, “Occasional flights of fancy” and “Knowledge of DragonballZ” is probably a fun place to spend some time.

If you have any questions about Spells, please let me know and I’ll answer what I can or put you in touch with Miss Liz.