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When to Find the Best Summer Jobs

Updated on August 18, 2020
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Ms. Inglish is a successful Employment & Training pro, setting Midwest regional records with tens of thousands placed in gainful employment.

The best time to begin looking for work for the summer, especially your first summer job, is in January!

Summer Jobs for Youth Ages 14 - 24

The best time to begin looking for work for the summer, especially your first summer job, is in January!

After that, try to sign up again right away as your job ends in August or September. Or k find out when hiring begins for next year.

Many schools have already let out for the summer by May and there are still a lot of summer jobs for teens and college students available at that time, if you know where to look. There are also several small business opportunities that teens can pursue that will give them both an income and much valuable entrepreneurship experience.

There is a fantastic website that allows you to search for employment anywhere in the USA by zip code or state. It is called Snag-a-Job and contains a wide range of opportunities in entry level, seasonal, and part-time employment. This is the perfect place to search for a summer job in your hometown, or at your grandparents' place if you are going there for the summer. It is also full of good job resources and articles about work and education, including job search for all ages, from 14 through senior citizens.

Just be careful not to be drawn in by job ads that are really sales pitches to buy a book for $19.95 or $29.95 that lists work at home schemes or secret shopping opportunities. The real jobs in these categories advertise themselves, free to you, and the listings in the books are often outdated. I know this because I have done both of these types of jobs in the past. Thus, the real job you see in the ads is the one the advertiser has in making money by selling you a book! Don't pay to get a job.

The Top 10 Teen and College Summer Jobs.

Order of highest demand may vary by location.

  1. City, County, State and other government Summer Youth Programs
  2. Vacation spots and seasonal tourist attractions
  3. Airport concessions and shops
  4. Fast food, pizza shops, and casual dining
  5. Movie Theaters
  6. Childcare and eldercare/companions
  7. Healthcare Facilities
  8. Other services (Moving and packing, pool cleaning, lawn care and landscaping).
  9. Construction
  10. Clothing and accessory stores at the mall

You might find a job on a paddlewheeler on the Mississippi! Check out
You might find a job on a paddlewheeler on the Mississippi! Check out | Source

Summer Jobs Nationwide

Zoos and Museums

Check out the job opportunities at the following interesting tourist sites at their links below. Some of them have toll free 24-hour job hotlines. These are just a few of the examples available at and the Museum Employment Resource Center.

Try some of these places:

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Memorial Day at NYC Coney Island and Luna Park in 2012.Luna Park, NYC: Coney Island long ago.. Today, the park is all new and colorful!
Memorial Day at NYC Coney Island and Luna Park in 2012.
Memorial Day at NYC Coney Island and Luna Park in 2012. | Source
Luna Park, NYC: Coney Island long ago.. Today, the park is all new and colorful!
Luna Park, NYC: Coney Island long ago.. Today, the park is all new and colorful! | Source

Work Indoors or Outdoors

Extreme Adventure Jobs

Another wonderful, fun website is Cool Works, listed above. It shows you jobs in the out of doors, in the mountains, in the water, at a ski resort, on a ranch, on a riverboat, or in any one of the wide range of other places - even overseas -- that are different from the usual job.

When we have colonies in the future on the Moon and Mars, Cool Works will probably have summer jobs there as well. If you want a true adventure and not just a usual summer job, then try Cool Works. It will be fun and a good learning experience that will kick your resume up a notch.

Safaris, Space Walks and Whale Camps

See a variety unique opportunities for jobs and adventure programs from, listed in the above links.

Outdoor Camps

For jobs at summer camps, try the link for MAIC (Midwest Association of Independent Camps) out of Chicago; or, wilderness camps from Red Cliff Ascent at the link or phone 1-888-588-HIKE(4453).

Indoor Camps

The Center of Science and Industry in Columbus and Toledo, Ohio have weekend indoor camps weekly, and there may be facilities like them in your area. Check your local telephone directories and the local libraries for lists of employers such as these. Ask the Reference Librarian for help.

Federal and Stated Supported Summer Jobs

Check your local city, county, and state for programs such as the examples listed in the links below. In addition, there are federal programs such as Passport to Work and/or under different names in nearly all U.S. States.

Example: Washington DC Passport to Work - Summers 2009 - 2016

There is also a year-around program for youth attending school and an employment and education program for out-of-school youth. Passport-to-Work Summer 2009 gave 12,000+ DC youth from age 14 through 21 real work experience for six-weeks a job readiness training program.

Registration for this program is open to students attending college outside the Washington DC metropolitan area. The 6-week program starts at the end of June. Register online.

Double Cheeseburger Pizza at Papa John's
Double Cheeseburger Pizza at Papa John's | Source

Some Youth Start Their Own Businesses

From Dishwasher to Tycoon in a Broom Closet

He began with a summer job in a small shop in Jeffersonville, Indiana.

As a dishwasher in a pizza joint, he dreamed of better pizza for the people, so he finally cleared out a broom closet in his father's tavern in 1984, sold his car, and bought used restaurant equipment to prepare his dream for his father's customers.

He became a huge success for many years. Mr. John Schnatter is the founder and was chairman and CEO of Papa John's International until July 2018 when he stepped down as an executive and contented himself with owning 31% of the business.

Papa John's pizza shops include over 3,000 locations in 49 states and 29 international venues! Pizza places hire lots of summer help, so that is a top summer job for teens and college students.

The CEO of Papa John's International pizza company was once a dishwasher in a pizza joint. He soon started his own pizza business and was very successful.

Papa John's in the Netherlands.
Papa John's in the Netherlands. | Source

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2007 Patty Inglish MS

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    • louromano profile image


      9 years ago

      Testy food. Nice hub. Some good information here. Thanks for the info..

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      10 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Thanks, SUSANJK!

      From the middle of July to the middle of August, many youth will quit summer jobs to work somewhere else, go on family vacations, or return to school. This leaves additional jobs open.

    • SUSANJK profile image


      10 years ago from Florida

      Some great ideas that I haven't tought of before, thanks.

    • WebHostingNigeria profile image


      10 years ago

      Very Usefull Information i really enjoyed reading it, i rated it high

      good information and very well layouted out


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      Capt Jim 

      10 years ago

      We have good summer positions available. All living expenses paid, salary plus tips at a beautiful remote Lodge in Alaska.

      Go here to apply:

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      10 years ago from California

      This is an excellent hub by the way. Keep it up!

    • Aakarshan profile image


      11 years ago

      i'm a junior in high school and i really want to earn some cash this summer. i was wondering what some high paying summer jobs are that would be suitable for me. this would be my first job. do you know any companies that pay a lot? i know in&out pays $10 an hour. are there any other high paying jobs or companies? if it matters, i also live in scottsdale arizona.

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      Shawn Scarborough 

      11 years ago from The Lone Star State

      Some very good information in this hub. My oldest daughter is looking for a job this summer and this should help her. Thanks for posting this.

    • AuthorSteve profile image


      11 years ago from Hawaii

      The pizza picture in your hub makes me really hungry. I was wondering if you could also get a summer job in an italian-pizza restaurant.. Would be perfect for me as I love pizza ;-)

    • sjames4444 profile image


      11 years ago

      Lots of very useful information. Great Hub.

    • homebusinesstips profile image


      11 years ago from Manchester, United Kingdom

      Most indepth hub I've spotted so far. Excellent info.

    • ethel smith profile image

      Ethel Smith 

      11 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Some great ideas and information.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile imageAUTHOR

      Patty Inglish MS 

      11 years ago from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation

      Anyone with a good story about summer jobs - finding and working them or can't find them - feel welcomed to post it here.

    • Butch45 profile image


      11 years ago

      This is a great hub and I rated it high good information very well done.

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      11 years ago from Belize

      i voted you up. i subscribed and i am following you. thanks so much for your hubpage. and goodluck!

    • ceholmes profile image


      11 years ago from Chicago

      these are all great ideas, esp. the summer camps! those are high demand jobs exc. for kids.

    • Touchdown profile image


      11 years ago from Michigan

      Mmm...That pizza looks great! :)

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      George Poe 

      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      Nice hub. Some good information here. Thanks for the info..

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      George Poe 

      11 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great info! I have bookmarked this hub for further reading..

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      11 years ago

      Wow! thank you so much for the information i really enjoyed it good job God bless u

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      Twin XL 

      12 years ago

      My friends daughter is looking for summer work. I am certainly planning to send her this link. Thanks for posting!

    • Dottie1 profile image


      13 years ago from MA, USA

      My sister-in-law just moved back to MA from FL and is looking for a job. I gave her the link to this site. I know from reading your other hubs that you do extensive research. I know this hub will benefit her in her search. Thanks for another great article.


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