Best Summer Jobs for College Students

College students who take summers off usually look for seasonal work that will allow them to earn a little extra money and still some time to themselves. There are several good summer jobs for college students who are willing to put in the effort to stay active and constructive. Some students may be able to find work as an apprentice or intern depending on what career path they choose. Some of the best summer jobs, however, are those that students have relied on for years.

Best Summer Jobs for College Students

Camp Counselor

Camp counselors are needed across the country to help camps host large programs for kids of all ages. Camps run for different lengths of time with some in session for a week while others may remain open for up to two months. Camp counselors are in charge games, activities and events that are both recreational and educational in nature. This is one of the best summer jobs for students who plan on teaching or working with children for a living.



Students who choose to use their lifeguard skills can find work at summer camps, local beaches, swimming pools, and vacation resorts. Lifeguards must be able to work in difficult situations as well as have basic life support skills. CPR and first aid are also a must. Most students who choose to be a lifeguard during their summer months have worked as a lifeguard in the past and know what is expected of them while they are on the job.


Retail Sales

Retail sales are one of the best summer jobs for college students. During the summer in college towns, many small boutiques and other shops hire college students to help out on a full-time basis. Smaller boutiques look forward to the summer help, especially if the area experiences a lot of seasonal tourist traffic. Retail is a great summer job for college students if they plan on working with the public. Retail jobs teach a variety of skills that can be used in many different careers.


The term nanny means much more than just a simple babysitter. Nannies often live with the families they work for and take on certain parenting responsibilities if the parents work long hours or are away on business for extended periods of time. As a nanny, a student can save on living expenses by moving in with the family. They have free time when they are not with the children and may actually have enough time during the day to sneak in a few online courses to further their education.


Food Service/Waiter/Waitress

Have you walked around West Chester lately? It seems like EVERYONE…is hiring! Much like with retail, food service, waiter, and waitress jobs are bountiful in West Chester. Bar Avalon, Limoncello, and Mercato are all hiring. Students who have worked food service in the past will find it easy to fall into place in a bar, restaurant or cafe. It can also be a good summer job for college students who are well organized and attentive. Tips can be a large portion of your earnings if you treat your customers well.

Some of the best summer jobs for college students are the same ones they have relied on in the past. While there are many other types of jobs out there, these offer benefits a struggling college student can rely on to help them live comfortably.


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