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10 Best Summer Jobs for College Students

Summer is a lot of fun, but it’s also your chance to stack cash while you earn your degree. You’ve got bills to pay during the school year: books, rent and Netflix subscriptions don’t pay for themselves. 

Work during the summer to save money when school isn’t in session. Plus, summer jobs give you work experience that you can put on a resume. Find the right job and you’ll be more attractive to employers after graduation.

Not sure where to work this summer? Here are our top ten summer jobs for college students. 


School’s out and parents are looking for affordable childcare in the summer months. 

Whether you babysit on the weekends or become a full-time nanny for the summer, babysitting is a fun job that can net you $15/hour. If you cook or clean, you can earn a lot more per hour, too. 

This job is perfect for people who like spending time with kids. If you want a career focused around children, like social work or teaching, it’s a perfect way to beef up your resume and references, too. 


Summer and swimming go hand in hand. Community pools and amusement parks need lifeguards to man their pools and beaches during the busy season.

This job requires physical fitness and good people skills. You’ll need to be trained and certified, but you can earn over $10/hour. 

Camp counselor

Want to really get away for the summer? Become a camp counselor. 

Counselors oversee camp activities and keep the campers safe. This summer job often includes room and board, too. 

Go outdoors and educate youngsters at summer camp. This gig is perfect if you’re majoring in forestry or veterinary science. 

Camp counselors earn up to $10/hour. You do need to live at the camp for the summer, though. The upside to this is that there are very few chances to blow your money since you’ll be in the woods!


Majoring in sales, marketing or business? Retail is the perfect summer job for you. Apply to your favorite retail shops to be a sales associate. 

On top of employee discounts, you can earn up to $10/hour. On, and don’t forget about generous commissions. This job requires that you be on your feet, so invest in some comfy professional shoes.

Waiting tables or bartending

Don’t knock waiting tables! You can make good money in the service industry thanks to generous tippers. 

Sure, food service isn’t exciting, but the hours are flexible and you often get a free shift meal. Try to wait tables at nicer restaurants where people tip more. 

Bartending is perfect for extroverted night owls (which is most college students, tbh). You’ll need to be TABC certified and at least 21 years old to bartend. 

Social media management

If your fingers are already glued to Instagram, why not make money doing what you love? Companies need help writing and scheduling social media posts. 

Work from the comfort of your couch writing social media for companies. You do need to be comfortable using social media scheduling tools and professionalism is a must. 


Aspiring artists and graphic designers will love this summer job. From baby photo shoots to graduation pics, people love taking photos in the sunny summertime. 

If you have a nice camera (or can borrow one), be a summertime photographer. You can earn over $200 per session if you’re a whiz at Photoshop. 

Sharing economy

Uber, Lyft, GrubHub—there are so many sharing economy apps that quickly connect you with summer work. 

You’ll need to have a driver’s license and a reliable car to be a successful delivery driver. Jam out to your favorite music as you shuttle people around or deliver food. Bring in that extra cheddar to pay for next month’s textbooks without breaking a sweat.  

Pet or house sitting

Summer is vacation time, and that means families need to leave their pets or homes behind. That’s where you come in!

Pet-sitting and house-sitting are easy gigs, but they come with a lot of responsibility. This summer job is best-suited to quiet college students who like gardening or caring for animals. You can earn up to $50/day with this gig. 


It sounds nuts, but yes, parents want tutoring for their children in the summer. This is really common for SAT or college prep. 

Enroll in an online tutoring platform or put flyers in the library advertising your tutoring services. You can earn $20 - $40 an hour with this summer job, although you can earn more if you’re specialized in a certain area. 

Summer jobs are a chance to get ahead

It’s important to relax during summer vacation, but it’s also a time to bulk up your bank account. Apply for any of these ten summer jobs to stack cash while you’re in college. Try to find a job that aligns with your post-college plans to kill two birds with one stone. 

Oh, and if you end up loving your part-time summer job? Here’s how to make that seasonal job full-time.

Alex Woodward |
Alex is a Growth Marketing Manager at Snagajob, where she works with sales to help connect businesses with the right workers. Her first hourly job was as a barista at Caribou Coffee.