10 Ideal Summer Jobs for College Students

Finding a summer job doesn't have to be a drag. In fact, it can be a fun and rewarding experience for college students. Here are ten summer jobs to consider when you go on break for the summer.

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Summer Jobs for College Students

When college classes end for the year, many students feel compelled to take summer jobs. But having a job over the summer doesn't have to be a bummer. If you're looking to pad your resume (or just earn a little summer cash), check out our list of great summer jobs.

1. Take an administrative position.

Securing an administrative position in a department or company you're interested in can give you a leg up after graduation. The institutional knowledge you absorb may make you an ideal candidate for a job. Also, because many professions require administrative support, your skills will be applicable in virtually any field.

2. Find research grants.

Colleges, professional organizations and the federal government all provide research opportunities that allow students to get paid for work in their field of study. To do this, you may need to find a faculty adviser. Research grants look great on a resume, and your research can lead you to new opportunities and interests.

3. Do some babysitting.

Taking care of children is a skill with potentially long-term benefits. If you bond with children, parents may offer regular employment that pays well and accommodates your schedule. You might even start your own babysitting business. If so, you could advertise in your school or neighborhood to ensure consistent work.

4. Try pet-sitting.

Animal care can be just as demanding as caring for children, but the job is one that may leave you with a lot of free time. You'll typically receive good pay, and you can benefit from flexibility that allows you to tend to other responsibilities. Pet-sitting may require working in a pet owner's home, so make sure that's something you're comfortable with.

5. Check into the service industry.

Waiting tables and working in retail are common student jobs. Because the summer months are busy, many locations hire seasonal help. Apply early, because positions fill up quickly. Seasonal hires may be encouraged to return the next summer or even continue on a part-time basis during the school year.

6. Identify opportunities in tourism.

Tourism is at its peak in the summer. Contact local attractions to check if they need extra help. Amusement parks, zoos and national parks are a few tourist sites that may seek extra staff in the summer. These positions offer you the chance to meet people from different places and connect with others in your own community.

7. Enter the healthcare field.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that 2.3 million new jobs will be generated in the healthcare industry between 2014 and 2024. You might join the fold by becoming a non-medical assistant in a senior center, which involves things like grocery shopping and chatting with residents. Many pharmacies are also in need of assistants.

8. Be a caddie.

Caddying gives you the chance to enjoy summery weather, get in some physical exercise and make a little bank. An afternoon on the links with clients can also provide ample opportunity to network. Tip money can boost your wages, and discounted green fees at the course can allow you to put time into your game.

9. Do some tutoring.

Tutoring centers and schools are always looking for college students who can help teach others various subjects. If you can't find any paying positions, consider volunteering. The experience will look good on your resume. Check in with your school's career center for guidance on finding a good program.

10. Become a camp counselor.

When was the last time you went on a canoe ride or put on a sock-puppet play? Becoming a summer camp counselor is a great way to use your imagination while building leadership skills. Work at a day camp to keep your evenings open, or spend a summer working at an overnight retreat. Campers often look up to their counselors, which can feel pretty good.

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