College Beat: 10 Cool Ideas for Summer Jobs

    Summer is just right around the corner, believe it or not! There are many students who are going back to their hometown for a local part-time job or their babysitting gig, while some people are looking for work with lodging. There are many different ways to make extra cash over the hot summer days. Here are 10 fun job ideas!


    1. Lifeguard: Of course, this may require a junior guard certification, but what a fun way to make money and catch some rays by the pool or beach while you’re at it!

    2. Camp Counselor: This is a great way to save on rent money and also make some new friends! There are tons of youth camps and athletic overnight camps where lodging is provided. If you are seeking this kind of work, click here to learn more, just as an example.

    3. Volleyball Coach: If you live near the beach and are athletic, volleyball camp is a good way to stay in shape, soak up some sunshine and make money during the summertime.

    4. Christian Youth Program Worker: Ask your church if they’re hiring for any positions in your youth ministry or in any field you feel strong in. This is a way to expand your faith and people skills and earn some extra money. Some churches may be limited in their budget to pay people, so I wouldn’t say to depend solely on a church job, because most of it can be volunteer work—but it doesn’t hurt to ask. Serving should be a given when plugged into church, but at times there could be a possibility for employment.

    5. Surf Coach: For those of you who are very good at water sports and are old enough to teach others, surf lessons can be a fun, healthy job and can be good money if you book enough people throughout the day. Note: Make sure you have the right licensing to teach water sports; it’s not recommended for those who aren’t qualified or certified.

    6. Museum or Aquarium Assistant: Work at a museum or aquarium and expand your intellect with a job that is educational and interesting. You probably wouldn’t think to apply for the local oceanographic job, but it could really be insightful and is another place to stay out of the hot weather.

    7. Swim Coach: I worked at a health club for years, and I learned that being a swim teacher is very good way to earn money (probably per hour, because the lessons are only one to two hours long). Regardless of how much you make, giving swim lessons is a way to stay in shape and stay cool, and is higher paying than many other summer jobs. There will be prequalifications to be a swim teacher, so make sure to plan ahead if you decide this is something you would be interested in.

    8. Cheerleading Camp Counselor: I remember in high school I went to a UCLA cheer camp, which was so much fun! We had big sisters (girls who were a grade older) who we traded gifts with over the camp week, and we learned different routines and did live performances and contests. I really grew a lot at this camp and had so much fun. You should consider it if you love dancing, gymnastics or cheerleading!

    9. Choreographer: Many of us have experience in dance, ballet, tap, jazz or hip-hop, and it’s so much fun to not only learn routines and to watch them, but also to choreograph them yourself! Who loves So You Think You Can Dance? Get some inspiration, watch your favorite YouTube videos and apply to those dance coach or teaching positions!

    10. Music Teacher: Are you gifted at guitar, singing or songwriting? You may be skilled in a specific instrument and you just don’t know who you could inspire. I challenge you to ask around, even in your babysitting contacts, and see who would like music lessons or songwriting sessions. Many people would prefer their kids to be learning something than for them to be on their iPads or watching TV all day. This is a great way to practice your own skills and talents and share them with the younger generation.


    PI Girls, do you have any other fun summer job ideas? Comment below!

    Christi Given
    Christi Given
    Christi Given is a former Trinity Broadcasting Network host for the JUCE TV NETWORK, and has been featured on the Hillsong Channel. Her passion is to reach the youth with the Gospel and her music. Given has been writing for Project Inspired since 2011, and hopes to encourage the younger generation in their faith.

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