If you've never done it, looking for a summer job may seem intimidating, but it's really not. Summer is a great time to explore the world of work, build transferable skills, and develop your professional network.
What can I do over summer break?
Searching by industry
If you know where you are going to live over the summer, brainstorm a list of organizations in the area that align with your interests. To help get you started, below is a list of major fields of interest followed by types of employers that might have summer jobs.
Advertising agencies, bookstores, publishers, newspapers, magazines, trade journals, radio and television stations, film companies, travel agencies, libraries, schools and universities, art or dance schools, photography studios, sports organizations and teams, art galleries, music stores, or museums.
Banks or other financial agencies, retail stores, telemarketing organizations, advertising and public relations firms, insurance companies, and business offices or sales departments of any organization.
Museums, art galleries, advertising agencies, bookstores, publishers, libraries, newspapers, magazines, journals, film companies, historical societies, or universities.
Government offices (local, state, or federal), law firms, lobbyist organizations, environmental protection agencies, state and national parks, fisheries, recycling and waste disposal centers, and zoos.
Research labs, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals, doctors' and dentists' offices, university research projects, nursing homes, clinics, child care organizations, test development corporations, hospital psychiatric wards, adoption agencies, summer camps, research organizations, schools and universities, mental health centers, halfway houses, youth organizations, or bookstores.
Banks, investment firms, insurance companies, utility companies, engineering firms, weather bureaus, government agencies.
Greenhouses, city park maintenance crews, chemical companies, scientific research firms, labs, weather bureaus, botanical gardens, and farms.
Getting a part-time job with Campus Recreational Sports has been one of the biggest blessings in my time here at Indiana University. I have met so many friends and created so many good relationships with people.
What job could I have?
From lifeguarding at a summer camp to working at local museums or restaurants, many college students find interesting and rewarding jobs every summer. Perhaps you want to explore a career field by working in a related job for the summer, or maybe you just want to do something unique that you may not have the opportunity to do again.
When should I start?
The summer job seeker begins in early spring by asking themselves what they would enjoy doing and where they might want to live for the summer. Some employers start listing summer internships in Handshake as early as November. In the spring semester, put the Summer Camp Jobs Fair and the Summer Jobs & Internships Fair on your calendar.
How do I find a job?
A successful summer job search will include networking with friends, family, professionals and talking with your career coach. Also, be sure to attend the Summer Camp Jobs Fair in February and the Summer Jobs & Internships Fair in March. View more information about these fairs by downloading The Fairs App.