25 Flexible Jobs for College Students

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Flexible Jobs Students

Finding your first job while in college can be tough! These 25 flexible jobs are tailor-made for college students. We broke them down by majors to help you get a faster head start.

Education

Tutoring

You’ll get to be close to students who need your direct help and get valuable experience planning lessons, correcting work, and giving feedback — all while getting paid.

After-school worker

Elementary and middle schools are always on the lookout for future teachers who want to get involved in supervising activities or teaching kids new skills.

Daycare attendant

Daycare assistants or attendants help the head teacher make lessons, direct children, and keep the classroom running smoothly.

Campus tour guide

If you want to work with older students and love your college, a campus tour guide is a great way to build your confidence and gain experience speaking to high schoolers.

Arts

Box office worker

Box office workers take tickets, show audiences to their seats, and assist in cleanup. You’ll love the late-night and weekend hours and getting to see a show or two for free.

Performer

Restaurants and cafes hire aspiring musicians or actors for well-paying gigs. You can also get a job performing for children’s parties on weekends.

Docent

If you’re an art major, you may already be offered the docent job at your school’s museum. Docents supervise museum spaces while also giving tours or answering patrons questions.

Photographer

Have the equipment and talent? Build up a client base with photos of babies, high school seniors, and even weddings. You can make your own hours will building a portfolio for the future.

Science

Bike shop repairman

Learning how to repair bikes is perfect for engineer majors who love to tinker and play with parts. Plus, with campuses full of bike riders, you’ll never be without customers.

Park ranger

Environmental students will absolutely love getting their hands dirty with a job with local, state, and national parks where you can keep lands clean, safe, and friendly for everyone.

Barista

The science behind coffee drinks will keep you on your toes, and the hours are perfect for early bird college students.

Research assistant

Students with research-based facilities can enjoy jobs preparing for classes, going over data, or even just cleaning up for a great work-study job.

Health/Fitness

Lifeguard

Fun in the sun doesn’t stop when the summer is over. Local and college pools need physically fit swimmers to help man the pool or even teach swim lessons.  

Physical trainer

If you’re a fitness nut working towards your degree, you may want to share your experiences and passion with others. You can even get your license through online training that will help you gain clients.

Hospital dietary worker

Dietary workers help nutritionists build meal plans and deliver foods for patients. You’ll get to work within the hospital system and get face-to-face time with patients in need.  

Hospital check-in attendant

Hospitals are open 24/7 which means there is always a need for people willing to talk to patients, check them in, and get their insurance settled. This job is a bit high stress, but it has great pay.

Business

Front desk receptionist

Businesses love hiring those to manage their front desks, answer phones, and sort paperwork. But you will dig getting an insider’s look.

Retail clerk

Retail is a favorite job among college students because of the hours and the relaxed environment. You’ll love it as a go-to job with lots of flexibility.

Resident adviser

Resident adviser jobs are a little hard to come by, but if you want management experience, it’s the job for you. You’ll keep residence halls organized and running while helping deal with people’s issues and complaints.

Freelancer

Freelance personal assistant, secretaries, accountants, and marketers are all extremely popular side jobs that can pay great and be done on your time.

Entrepreneur

Who says you can’t start your own business in college? Come up with an idea, such as delivering food for local restaurants, and promote it among your peers.

English/Literature

Writer/Editor 

Your love of the word is so needed with businesses and individuals seeking help to getting their writing out there. Plus, it’s project based so you’ll just follow deadlines instead of schedules.

Social media manager 

Love writing on Twitter or Facebook? Helping a business build a following is a growing job among creative college students who are great working with people.

Library assistant

Your school’s library have awesome hours and tons of big and small jobs from sorting, checking out, and even preserving older books to fit what you’re looking for.

Journalist

Small town papers need journalists to cover local events, provide colorful articles, or even work coming up with story ideas. And with papers going online, there are even more opportunities to work off-schedule.

How to Stay Connected After Your Summer Internship

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Your summer internship isn’t just a graduation requirement or class credit to check off your list. Leverage your time spent on the job as an opportunity for your future career. Staying in contact with your summer internship past your tenure allows you to network, furthering your professional experience and potentially keeping your name in the running for a new job. Here are great ideas on how to stay in the loop with your summer internship once you’re back at school.

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1.   Connect via LinkedIn

Facebook, Twitter, and other social media apps are great for keeping in touch, but they don’t always present your “professional” side. Creating a strong LinkedIn profile will allow you to show your professional side to the world. Connect with coworkers from your internship and use the network to keep in touch. For an even bigger impact, use your LinkedIn page to post relevant information about your career field, such as a news article on advancements in your field. You can even write about your experience at the company (only glowing reports) or start a blog about your intended professional field.

2.   Plan a Post Internship Meeting

Some students might not know what a supervisor thinks of their work until a review with an internship advisor. But that’s because they don’t ask. Don’t wait until then to hear the feedback. Instead, plan a post internship meeting between you and your supervisor once you are back in school. Use the time to discuss your strengths and weaknesses as well as request a way to stay in contact during the school year.

3.   Invite to Important, Relevant Events

Your internship may be what gets you on track for a fulfilling career. The impact of a great mentor cannot be underappreciated. Instead of just sending a thank you card, go the next step and invite them to your important events such as a graduation party or a scholarship awards night. Even if they do not accept, you can still take the opportunity to discuss your accomplishments.

4.   Check-In Regularly

No matter what your plans are, be sure to check-in regularly. If the business you worked at is massive, such as a Fortune 500 company, find the person that supported you the most and give them a call to chat about their lives and yours. For smaller companies, do not be afraid to send a quick email to the boss or owner with details of what your classes have taught you. Being forward may not be the best solution for every person (i.e. some bosses may not respond), but it will pay off for those who value a personal touch. In addition, it may further or deepen a mentoring opportunity.

Spending your summer in the office is well worth the big benefits to your resume and professional experiences. To keep the internship working for you, be sure to stay in touch after you pack your things for college. By staying in touch and reaching out through professional emails and networks, you may not only find yourself being considered for future positions, you may also land yourself a mentor for the future.