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Where Can College Students Find Seasonal and Summer Jobs

As a college student the number one challenge is money. While some students may receive financial support from family, many students face the challenges of paying for their education on their own. If you are looking for a summer job but aren't sure where to start or wanting to do something different than working in retail or at a fast food restaurant; here are some suggestions on where to look for your next summer job.

As a college student the number one challenge is money.   While some students may receive financial support from family, many students face the challenges of paying for their own education. If you are looking for a summer job but  unsure where to start, or wanting to do something different than working  in retail or at a fast food restaurant; here are some suggestions on where to look for your next summer job.  

College or University Career Center

When looking for a job or internship, the first place you should start your search is at your college or university career center.  Here the staff can help you find potential job and internship leads, improving your resume, interview skills, and help with networking. 

Theme Park Character

Are you a theatre or acting major who enjoys singing, dancing, and putting a smile on children’s faces?  Why not try being a theme park character?  Check your local or nearest theme parks for opportunities.  Need more motivation?  According to Stacy Dymalski’s article,” Best Summer Jobs for College Students,” a job as a theme park character can pay $10 to $20 an hour. 

Journalismjobs.com

If you are a  journalism major looking for opportunities to gain more experience and build your resume, check out journalismjobs.com.  This is a great resource to find internships and even freelance writing opportunities. 

Offer Your Services

College students can offer their services to baby-sit, do housekeeping, or take care of pets for your professors. Students are a great resource for these services.  Once you build up a good reputation for being reliable, you will likely gain more business through word of mouth. 

Other Opportunities

Here are a few other suggestions for summer employment in which college students can take advantage of.

  • Lifeguard
  • Landscaping
  • Construction
  • Camp counselor at a summer day  or overnight camp
  • Resorts and tourist attractions
  • Other Resources

Students can search for summer jobs in retail, customer service, restaurant, and other opportunities at snagajob.com.  These jobs offer more than just a paycheck.  Many of the employers featured on snagajob.com, offer discounts, health insurance, flexible schedules, and most importantly work experience and references.  Another great resource students can visit is employmentguide.com.  This site offers summer opportunities for teens and college students. 

Source:

Doyle, Allison.  “Summer Employment for College Students.”  About.  

Dymalski, Stacy.  “Best Paying Summer Jobs for College Students.”  Classes and Careers. . 

Gladen-Rockler, Naomi, “Best Part Time Jobs for College Students.”  Suite101. 

MS, Inglish, Patty.  “Top 10 Summer Jobs for Adults and College Students.”  Hub Pages. 

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