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Best Jobs for Students on Break

Updated on March 21, 2018
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Students Can Find Employment While On Break if They Are Creative.
Students Can Find Employment While On Break if They Are Creative. | Source

Every year students look for jobs and work experiences they will enjoy during their summer break while they have downtime from college or high school. I have crafted a practical list of the best jobs for students, while they are on break, for you to look over. I have included the title and a blurb about each job's function. When searching for employment as a student, make sure you check with your placement or counseling office for assistance too. Most colleges and schools have some sort of employment center or jobs board to help you find suitable employment. Note: Internships are not discussed in this hub.

Before seeking a summer job, know why you are looking to work. Students work for various reasons:

  • To pay off student loans; To help pay tuition; To earn extra cash; To gain work experience; To pay off credit card debt; For fulfillment and enrichment.

Why do you need or want to work?

10 Great Jobs for Teens and College Students

Teenagers looking for employment while on school break.
Teenagers looking for employment while on school break. | Source

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Students need jobs to put money in their back pocket.
Students need jobs to put money in their back pocket. | Source

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Jobs For Students On Break

  1. Camp Counselor. As a camp counselor, you can work and live on-site or you can commute. If you are a resident counselor, you will have room and board in a location that is several miles away from your home. Residential counselors usually work in two sessions – you can work one session for the summer or both sessions for the summer. Counselors who commute are usually close in distance to the camping site – such as your local community center. Responsibility: Care for school-aged children doing various activities.
  2. Porter. Porters usually work at car dealerships. They drive vehicles on-site at the car dealership by parking the vehicles in their appropriate location. Porters also get vehicles to the customer after repairs and diagnosis.
  3. Valet. Valets usually work at Theaters, Hospitals and Restaurants. Valets safely park vehicles for customers and return the vehicles after the customer is ready to depart. They take good care of your vehicle and save you steps of walking to your destination. The bonus of being a valet is, you get tips from customers that can really make a difference in your earnings.
  4. Hostess (Restaurant Crew Member). I put hostess on the list because the hours can vary. You might have to be available to work various shifts: the early morning, afternoons or nights. You may think it is easy to get a hostess job, think again. You must be pleasant, polite and patient. Tips are great incentives to be a Hostess.
  5. Sales Associate. Try getting a job at a major department store. Major chains are usually always hiring. Sales associates are usually outgoing people.
  6. Tutor. Tutoring is competitive and challenging, but the rewards can be great. If you were to get a few clients for the summer, you could be well off. Math and reading are subjects kids need a lot of support with.
  7. Lab Survey Technician. If you are good at getting cooperation over the phone from people, consider doing survey work. Your communication skills should be top notch. Employment such as a lab survey tech can be found at colleges and universities that do research. Many major colleges have a lab.
  8. Content Writer. This is one of my favorite ones. Take the summer to share your experiences on HubPages. You will need a focus to get started. If you enjoy sharing your expert knowledge and experiences, join HubPages for Free! You can earn money thru the Ad Program. Once you write a few good quality Hubs, apply for Google Adsense so you can have ads placed on your articles to earn cash. If you are in a hurry for cash, combine this with something else.
  9. Concession Attendant. This has to be a cool job. You have to be energetic. This a fast-paced industry, so providing quick service and accuracy is the key. You must be friendly, take orders quickly and fill orders correctly to survive in the world of concession work. The benefit to this job is free and/or discounted meals. Opportunities are at your local stadiums: baseball, football and concert halls.
  10. Parks and Recreation Worker. This job is similar to a camp counselor. You work with kids to provide a fun and safe environment. You will most likely work 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Monday – Friday. You will have evenings and weekends off to enjoy your summer.

Hope you found something on the list that suits you or someone you know.


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  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Thanks Brinafr3sh. I hope readers will take advantage of the video clip - I usually try and select videos that are short in length. Thanks for your comment!

  • Brinafr3sh profile image


    8 years ago from West Coast, United States

    Nice hub. Using social media videos to help with interviewing tips is a great idea. Thanks Treasuresofheaven

  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Hi Lady_E, I like what you said, "students adopt good qualities for the future." It is so good to see you.

    Thanks for taking time to stop by!

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    8 years ago from London, UK

    Very useful. Finances are hard all round, every little contribution to the family helps and it will help Students adopt good qualities for the future.

  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Hi Denise, glad to found this hub. Make sure your nephew has a good resume. There are ways to prepare a resume with little or no experience. Find out what his interest is - I know Camps are a good way to go. My daughter has worked as a Camp Counselor at the local JCC and YMCA local.

    I will definitely check out your daughter.

    Thanks for the vote! You're welcome!!!

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    Denise Handlon 

    8 years ago from North Carolina

    Sima-Funny I read this hub today. My nephew (now 17) is preparing to hit the streets today for job applications. OUr town is very small and the competition for summer work is keen. I wanted him to get a head start before school lets out...and today he happens to have the day off of school.

    Good list here. I'm also having him check the fast food restaraunts and major groc. stores for packers.

    I think I forgot you were from MI. I used to live there and still have a condo I go to when I visit family. My daughter, cara is a hubber here: CARDELEAN and she lives in S.E. Michigan near my condo. Where are you? (general area).

    Nice hub. Rated it 'useful'. Thanks.

  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Thanks for Marcella for stopping by and taking the time to read this hub - let's hope it will ge great advice for students looking for jobs!

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    Marcella Glenn 

    8 years ago from PA

    Great advice.

  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Hi jennysbus, and Welcome to HubPages! Appreciate your stop by this evening and your comment.

  • jennysbus profile image


    8 years ago from Sydney, Australia

    great info.

  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    revmjm, you real funny lol.... #9 would fit you quite nice - because you're: friendly, fast and accurate!!!! Let me know what happens..

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    Margaret Minnicks 

    8 years ago from Richmond, VA

    Do you think I could get a job at one of those places?

  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    You Bet Ms Dee, good to see you! Glad to have you comment on this topic of finding a summer job.

    Thanks for stopping by today!

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    Deidre Shelden 

    8 years ago from Texas, USA

    Great place to start thinking about that summer job!

  • Treasuresofheaven profile imageAUTHOR

    Sima Ballinger 

    8 years ago from Michigan

    Hi lisawebber, my hope is that parents and students will take advantage of this Hub. There is some good info here. Thanks you so much for coming by - enjoy the tropics - wish I was there!!!

  • lisawebber profile image


    8 years ago

    Wonderful hub, and very timely too! This will definitely come in handy for students as summer is fast approaching here in the tropics. =)


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