Top 5 summer jobs for your major you’ll actually enjoy, plus their special perks!

Become a tour guide in your town or campus

Become a tour guide in your town or campus

While finding summer employment can be tricky, but if you’re open to looking in new directions, you can really find a summer job or summer internship that you’ll actually enjoy! Still drawing a blank on where to begin? Check out our list of the top 5 summer jobs, and the college majors they’ll pair nicely with:

  1. Radio station promotions team: If you live in a large metropolitan area,  chances are there are several radio stations nearby, most of which do live events all summer long. If you’re interested in working a few hours a week as an unpaid intern who will get a lot of experience with marketing, promotions, events and public relations, you’ll want to contact your local stations to see if they’re hiring. You never know what type of paid position it could lead to!
  2. Tour guide: Love your hometown and want to show others its beauty? Check into your city’s guided tours to see if they’re hiring this summer! Bike tours have popped up all over the U.S. and are a great way to get exercise and also become an expert on your favorite hangouts while showing others the sites as well. New York City, Denver, Portland and Detroit have bike tours. Again, this one would be great experience for anyone in the public relations field, history majors, communications and the architecture world.
  3. Camp counselor: If you don’t mind hanging out with kids outdoors for eight hours a day, being a camp counselor just might be the job for you! What’s not to love about playing capture the flag, learning new arts and crafts and  investigating bugs all day? The American Camp Association can help in the job search and lists camps around the country. Teachers, coaches, social workers and counselors will get loads of experience with this summer job.
  4. Server: I know what you’re thinking: Why would I enjoy being a server making less than minimum wage and relying on others’ kindness to pay my bills? Hear me out: the experience you’ll get from serving can carry over into just about any job field. Multitasking, working with customers, problem solving and time management are just a few of the skills you’ll get from working in a restaurant or bar this summer. One of the best things about working in a restaurant is the flexibility of the schedule. Need Saturday morning off? Ask another server to pick it up. Want an extra shift to help pay your car payment that month? Ask another server for her Friday night. Plus, you’ll likely get half-off the food, and who could resist that?
  5.  Musician: If you’re already a music major, this is a piece of cake. If not, just pick up an instrument — preferably a guitar or a set of bongos — and learn to play a few songs. Working weekend nights on the patio of your favorite local hangouts with your friends as an audience — what could be more fun? If the actual musical instrument doesn’t work out for you, you could always play air guitar like the guy in this awesome video.

Now how about some jobs deemed the least rewarding? While “easy” jobs can be enticing, you should probably stay away from this list of The Daily Orange’s Top five: Worst Summer Jobs”:

  1. Telemarketer
  2. Zookeeper
  3. Working at a T-shirt shop on the Jersey Shore
  4. Fry cook
  5. Wal-Mart cashier

What was the least and most rewarding summer job you’ve ever had? Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Historymajor2014 says:

    Thank you for this list. I just spoke with my adviser on how to build work experience skills as a history major, and tour guide is on the list. I’ll keep this in mind as I apply for positions in my local area.


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