What Are You Going to be Doing This Summer?

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Summertime beckons with swimming pools, action movies, hanging out with old friends, and employment.  Employment?  Yes, employment.  As college students approach graduation and the real world, they need two very important things: income and employment.  Having summer jobs are a great way to get both.  Here are some options for summer jobs that are geared towards college students.  They don’t all pay great, but you can have a great experience and learn a lot.  If you are no longer in college, you could look at this list as a possibility to volunteer and get out of your normal routine.

Here are 12 ideas to get you started:

Summer Internship

Almost all major companies offer internships during the summer.  Some are paid and some aren’t.  You might find yourself fetching coffee for a few folks, but coffee is important.  So is the experience you will gain through doing this, especially if it is something that you can put on your resume.

Fitness Center

Fitness is important.  So why not invest yourself in work that promotes healthy lifestyles?  You could volunteer at most fitness centers and if you show you can work hard, most will pay you something.  The YMCA or YWCA is often the backbone of a community having an influx of summer programs and a need for enthusiastic servant-leaders.

Mission Trip

Urban Christian ministries are always in need of summer staff.  A good place to start is the Centers for Student Missions (www.csm.org), which provides an effective urban ministry experience that transforms lives, influences churches/communities, and honors Christ. 

Volunteer in you Community

Get in touch with your humanitarian side and volunteer in your community.  Some ideas include volunteering at a pet shelter, a food bank, hospital, or special needs organization.  What a great way to serve!

Vet Clinic

Many vet clinics offer jobs for the summer.  You can help handle the animals for examinations and spend some time cleaning the cages of in house patients.  You will not become rich, but the experience of working with the animals will be awesome!

Summer Camp

Working at a summer camp is like adding a few thousand people to your extended family, not to mention the great fun you will have.  You can see mega relays, great track times, and transformations due to Christ working directly in others’ lives.  Check out www.lifeway.com/camps to learn how you can become a counselor.


Find a prominent figure in your community who works in your field and offer to be their apprentice.  Sure, you’ll do a lot of grunt work, but you’ll gain invaluable experience and contacts.  Just remember that someday, when you make it big, be willing to be a mentor to some young apprentice so you can keep the circle of love going.


The perks for a nanny are great.  You get great pay and you get to relive your days of childhood blanket forts.  Kid-sitting is also an attractive skill to include on your resume if your major involves education or family health.


If you want to be in hospitality or management on day, seek out jobs at hotels or hotel resorts.  Especially look for hotels connected with amusement parks.  Even with an unrelated position, you’ll experience the full gamut of business and get to view daily operations.

Parks and Rec

Picture a summer where you are a park tour guide or a bat counter in your state’s only public cave system.  OK, so maybe counting bats isn’t that enticing, but think of the fancy uniforms that come with the job and all the cool things you’ll see.


If you grew up in a rural community, you know that farmers are always looking for help in the summer months.  It is a great chance to get to do a whole bunch of fun and exciting stuff and become one with the land.  If you grew up in town and never spent much time on a farm, what a great experience you could have.

Hopefully, this list gives you some ideas.  Certainly, there are many more options than the one’s I have listed.  If you have ever had a really cool  job, please share it with us.  Life is all about the opportunities we get and what we make of them.  Make your experience one that you will never forget!

About wmarsau

Most of the people who visit this blog already know me so it is kind of pointless to try to describe my life in this short little blurb. What is the purpose of this blog is the question. Over the course of this last year I have been exposed to some amazing people and have made personal development an important focus of my life. Being successful, not by the world's standards, but by God's has become my main focus. Mainly, I want to work to develop myself as a person who is kinder, reaches out to help those in need, and truly makes a difference in this world. To this end I am constantly reading and am exposed to so many differnet things along the way. These have been amazing and it is helping me grow so much. Then I started to think, "Why am I being so selfish?" You need to share with others these amazing things you are learning and being exposed to. That is where this blog comes into play. As I am reading and experiencing things that are truly amazing and life changing, I will be posting them on this blog. Obviously, I will not be able to post everything in it's entirity, but I will be summarizing them and letting you know the source of the article or book they come from so you can check them out later if you wish. I want this blog to be a place where you can go to often and be inspired and leave here with a smile on your face. I will be covering all kinds of different topics dealing with success and personal development. Topics like taking action, relationships, living to your potential, reinventing yourself, finances, leadership, presenting, goal setting, time management, etc. I will also be occasionally including topics on cooking, music, and gardening because they are special interests of mine. As a little disclaimer, I have given my life to the Lord and he is #1 in my life. I am his servant and everything I do in life is for his glory. With that being said, religion influences all areas of my life. There will be references to God in this blog because I can't seperate God from this or any other area of my life. I want you to know that if you do not believe in God, that is fine. That is your choice. This blog is open to anyone who wants to better their life. I will not be trying to influence or pressure anyone into having a relationship with the Lord from this site. Please don't feel uncomfortable. You can just read the portions of the blog that you wish to. I am inviting you to go on a journey with me. We will learn together to be the kind of people we were designed to be. Anyone can make a difference in this world, but it starts%
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