Summer Jobs for College Students: 4 Options To Consider

Summer seems like an awful long time away, but it really isn’t. You’re well into your winter semester, and unless you’re taking spring/summer classes, come April, you’ll be done until September.

So what are you going to do with all that free time that you aren’t spending on your studies?

You could be backpacking through Europe, you could be lounging on the beach all summer, or like the majority of college students you might be working.

There are a few options for college kids when it comes to employment.

  • Service jobs

Coffee shops, restaurants, cafeterias, food courts, et cetera are almost always hiring.  These kinds of businesses are always full of customers and with how erratic the schedules of college students are, the turnover rate for their employees are pretty high.  These kinds of jobs are usually taken by young people looking for part time work, and most of those people are students.  Employers at most places like this are pretty chill about scheduling because they know that a lot of their employees have school to think about as well.  Some coffee shops pay their employees at least minimum wage, plus they make tips.  Not too shabby for a summer gig.

  • Retail jobs

The availability of jobs like this are relative to the location.  Outlets and malls that are outdoors will need some extra help over the summer, because there will be a lot more people shopping outdoors in beautiful June weather than blustery February weather.  Fully indoor malls might be suffering a bit of a lapse in business because who wants to walk around inside a mall when they could be outside getting a tan?

  • Jobs at local pools and beaches

Bet you never really thought about this, did you?  Who watches the lives of all of the children in the pool?  Who checks season passes or rents out the jet skis and life jackets at the beach?  Usually young people.  These places are only open during the summers (unless you’re fortunate enough to live in an area that’s beachy-keen all year ’round,) so they aren’t looking for people who can work all year. Someone who’s available from Memorial Day to Labor Day is usually all that they’re looking for.  And again, tans.  Who doesn’t want to spend their whole summer outside?

  • Internships

All of you students zeroing in on graduation should be paying extra special attention to this one.  We live in a world where you need experience to get a job, and a job to get experience.  It’s a vicious cycle that makes it super tough to be hired right out of college. The closest thing you can get while in school is usually an internship.  It’ll give you an advantage when you enter the job market for your specific field.  Some might be “file papers and get coffee” type internships, and others may be more hands-on.  They get you known with the company, though, and some may even hire their interns after their internship is over as an actual employee.  It’s not the job you can work on your tan during, but it’ll do you some good in the long run.

What are some of your favorite summer jobs you’ve had in the past?

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Carmen Bojanowski

Carmen Bojanowski

Carmen Bojanowski is a senior at Eastern Michigan University, double majoring in journalism and communications. She writes for her college newspaper, mostly covering local bands and interns at 89x, a metro-Detroit radio station. She frequents the movie theater and when she has free time, she likes spend it with her friends. Carmen hopes to one day be a music journalist.