There are a number of summer jobs available for people who need to find different employment in the summer; seasonal jobs or jobs in the tourism industry are often some of the most common. There are a number of outdoor jobs in the summer, but do not discount jobs that are available year-round as well, such as working in retail or in an office environment. Summer internships are another option, for those who wish to further a career, or to get university credit. Summer internships may often be completed abroad as well, for an even more rewarding experience.
Summer jobs that are only available seasonally are quite popular, and are often fairly easy to get into. These include jobs at a community pool such as lifeguarding, for example, or running an ice cream stand. Restaurants often hire extra servers, table cleaners, or kitchen workers such as dishwashers or line cooks in the summer when they get busier. Bartending is another potential summer job, though some restaurants will require their bartenders to have attended bartending school. Road maintenance and repair crews will often hire extra help in the summer as well.
Depending on the area in which one lives, there may be additional summer jobs available as well. If there are summer camps nearby, they are often looking for camp counselors; the same is true of daycares, which often become much busier in the summer when kids are out of school. Any attraction for tourists, such as lakes, beaches, or amusement parks, just to name a few, is an easy way to find summer jobs. Local hotels, motels, or resorts may also offer summer jobs, which may include everything from working at the front desk to performing housekeeping tasks or maintaining security around the property. Festivals or fairs may also hire temporary workers.
Of course, some people take summer jobs not just to make some extra money, but also to further a career or a university degree. There are many internships available during the summer, which can be especially convenient because then they do not detract from coursework during the year. Internships may be found by searching online, or by contacting the university; most universities offer help in placing students in internships or study abroad programs. Though internships are typically unpaid summer jobs, they may sometimes offer a small stipend, or free room and board, for example, as well as valuable life experience and credit toward coursework.