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Best Summer Jobs for College Students

Summer is almost here, which means it’s time to find a seasonal gig where you’ll make big bucks.  Here are the best summer jobs for college students.

Summertime means longer days, great weather, and lots of time to hang out and have fun with friends and family.  While you’re taking a break from classes, you can also land yourself a full or part-time job with a company that needs seasonal help and is willing to pay well for it.  Whether you want to pad your savings account, or just fund your summer festivities, you can apply for one of these summer jobs for college students.

We’ve spent a little time to separate out jobs which allow for telecommuting or working remotely, especially in light of this year’s health crisis.

Writer/Content Development

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Search online job posting sites for companies who are looking for bloggers, writers, or content developers.  Most of these positions are done from home, and you can search for both part-time or full-time hours. 

Update your resume, and get ready to apply!

You’ll need to have a knack for writing, excellent grammar skills, and be adept at research on many different topics to land a position.  

Experience with online blogging platforms like WordPress, or photography is sometimes a plus.  The best part?  If you have a goal of being a writer or journalist, you can use these pieces to build your portfolio.

Tutor/English Teacher

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Summer break is a popular time for parents to schedule tutoring sessions for their kids who are still in primary school and struggling with a subject or two.  If you have a knack for math or English, and like working with kids, this is a great way to make some extra cash in only a few hours a week.  

Look for postings on school websites or create flyers to hang at places that families frequent like the YMCA, the swimming pool, or rec center.  You can also contact the local schools to see if they would be willing to promote your services prior to the end of the school year.  

There are lots of companies looking for online English teachers, too. Check those out.

This is another excellent bullet point on your resume especially if you eventually want to go into education.

Best yet, most tutoring can be done fully remotely. 

Tour Guide and Storyteller

Depending on where you live, you might be able to land a job as a tour guide in your city. This job may not be readily available this year.

Particularly if you’re in an area that sees a lot of tourist activity, like Key West, New Orleans, Las Vegas, or Orlando for example, as traffic spikes during the summer while families take their vacations.

Check with the city or town where you live for summer jobs for college students, and also explore less mainstream options.  Ghost tour companies, for example, do a lot of business and guides make an hourly wage plus tips.

Be prepared to have a flexible schedule and comfortable public speaking in front of a group.  If drama is your thing, this is a fun way to memorize a script and give it some embellishments to make it your own.

Landscaping Expert

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If you love being outdoors and getting your hands a little dirty while you work on your summer tan, you could use that to your advantage.  You don’t come in contact with many people, and those who can’t leave their homes are going to be looking for help.

Professional landscaping companies who mow lawns, do weed whacking and trim bushes are pricey — people who live in your local neighborhood might consider a more affordable alternative.  

If you have access to lawn care equipment that your parents will let you use, and a way to transport it, you can offer your services.

First, do a little research to determine the going rate for lawn care and then offer a fair price for the job. Post to an online job board, or call local senior centers, libraries, or

You can also partner with a reliable friend, so you can get twice the work done and split the profits.

Camp Counselor

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Pop quiz- if you’re under the age of 12, what’s the best thing about summer? Summer camp, of course!  If you have a knack for working with kids and love the great outdoors, you can get in on the fun as a camp counselor.  

Many different organizations offer summer camps, like the YMCA, MDA, or local recreation centers.  However, they typically start interviewing and hiring for these positions in the spring, so be sure to apply early to get your spot.

You’ll likely need to take a few certifications, depending on the camp and origination running it.  The good news is, not only will you walk away from the experience CPR certified, but they will usually pay you for the training too.

City Employees at the Beach

Ever since Baywatch debuted in the late 80’s, everyone wants to be a lifeguard for the summer. Unfortunately, it’s not an easy job to get.  You will need to obtain a lifeguard certification, as well as have current CPR/AED/First Aid training.  

Some organizations or employers also require additional training sessions before you can grab that buoy and blow the whistle.  If you’re a strong swimmer with a desire to save lives, reach out early in the year to find out what it takes to have a chance to make the cut.

If this sounds like more than you’re ready for, but you still want a chance to play in the big sandbox every day, you can still work at the beach.  Most public beaches are run through the city or county and regularly hire for their concessions and maintenance staff during the summer.

Home Improvement

The summer months are a popular time for people to do renovations.  If you want to pitch in on jobs like painting houses, installing new flooring, or building a deck, you can earn cash while you help.  

Look for postings on local job sites where do-it-yourselfers are looking for extra money, or reach out to local contractors who may need an extra pair of hands to balance their workload over the season.

Childcare

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As our situation changes, parent of young children may need help caring for kids, and not want them in large groups like a daycare or summer camps.

If you enjoy working with little humans, you could apply to be a nanny during the day.  

Some families may even offer you a place to live in their home in exchange for your services which is a bonus if you are staying in your college town over the summer and need a place to stay.

Cleaning Services

Young people being at the least risk for our current issue, there may be plenty of openings for you in this field.

Like lawn care, services that clean your home or business are pricey, and some people may be open to a more affordable alternative.  If you consider yourself a “neat freak” and like the idea of helping others clean up and get more organized, this could be a perfect fit for you.  

Spread the word, post on job boards, and make flyers advertising your services.  Locally owned hotels are another great prospect here too.  Reach out over the phone to see if they would consider hiring you to maintain their lobby and guest areas.

Pet Care

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Homebound, at-risk, quarantined, or elderly people may have need of someone to walk their dogs or take them for grooming, Even go purchase pet food and supplies for them.

If families travel for their summer vacations, many need someone to watch over their pets while they are away.  You could offer your services to stop by their home to walk and feed their animal — or even stay on their property to give their dog or cat a sense of comfort while they are away.

You could also offer pet walking services, or do yard clean up in your neighborhood to make a few extra bucks.

Computer Services

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Some older people can’t even figure out Facebook, let alone their email. And, well, they’re not alone.  Computer services and basic tech tutoring are in high demand, especially in the older adult crowd.  

If you’re tech-savvy, contact your local senior center or retirement communities to offer your skills to the residents.  You might be surprised how many people buy your time for a few hours so that they can “figure out that darn email” or finally get their wifi set up.

You can even offer services remotely, walking people through tech topics.

Internship

There may be paid internship positions available in your community that could give you valuable on-the-job skills that directly relate to your major or future career.  Contact businesses that you might someday want to work at and ask about their summer intern positions.

There may also be paid online internships you can find on sites like Glassdoor.com or LinkedIn.

The Bottom Line

While these aren’t the only summer jobs for college students, these are some of the most popular and best-paying options out there. Remember, dress for success, keep an open mind, and be genuine in your interview and you’re sure to land a position that’s right for you.

Remember, there are lots of remote opportunities out there for you, too.

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