A roundup of the best summer jobs for students

By Doug Mattushek - 05 September 2019Views : 1994

Most students use the summer holidays as a time to relax after months of studying and writing exams, but this could actually be the ideal time to find a summer job and start gaining some valuable experience (and earn an income) before the next semester starts.

The good thing is that there are a lot of jobs out there that don’t even feel like “work”. Here are some options that you might want to consider:

Festival Crew

Regardless of whether you want to work in a customer-facing role or prefer something backstage or more technical, festival crew members enjoy a variety of perks. Backstage crew and those working more technical roles might get an opportunity to meet the performing artists. If you find yourself working at a food festival, you’ll get to sample the widest array of delectable delicacies from many corners of the world. During your break hours, you can also check out the stalls, which is a fun way to spend your break hours. Plus, it’s a great way to get out of the rat race of city life.


As a lifeguard at a waterpark, you’ll spend most of your time poolside, ensuring everyone follows the rules for obvious health and safety reasons. The chances that you’ll actually have to dive in for an emergency do exist, but they’re minimal. Benefits of summer jobs like these include taking a dip during your break time and getting in some exercise on top of that too. You’ll probably also get to use the facilities at a discounted rate (if not free). As a bonus, you’ll get on-site CPR training and might feel like a real hero when you dive in to save the day.

Pet Sitter

After all that studying and exams, you really need to find something that can help you relax and recharge for the next semester, and playing with pets is a major stress buster. If you’re not exactly a pet lover of sorts, you might also want to consider a gig as a dog walker, which boasts loads of cardiovascular health benefits and won’t see you stuck in with someone else’s dogs.

Cruise Ship Crew

This might be a summer job you end up doing for good, because the perks are just way too great to be ignored. Keep in mind that this is a job for someone that flies El Solo Lobo, so if you’re really attached to your family and your home city, this might do you more harm than good. But with that being said, crew jobs pay VERY well plus you get paid to see the world. There are also an abundance of jobs available in this area, including catering, performing, teaching, and entertainment.

Working during the summer holidays doesn’t have to be a drag, and with an abundance of great options to choose from, there really isn’t a better time to learn and earn than the summer holidays!