4 exciting summer jobs for college students

By Ashley Eneriz
06/16/2015
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Summer is here, which means one of two things. You're either going to live with your parents and enjoy your summer as much as someone without a paycheck can, or you're going to begrudgingly take the first part-time job that comes your way. Neither option sounds very appealing, does it?

Thankfully, you don't have to settle for either of those options. You can actually spend your summer getting paid, while also crossing things off your bucket list.

Travel the world

Finding a position with a cruise line is a great way to see the world. As with any job, there are pros and cons to consider. Some say that landing a position on a cruise ship is hard, while others say the pay is not the best. But, let’s get real here. What other job provides you free room, food, and health insurance, while traveling to new places? Just think about how much money you'll save by not paying rent, buying groceries (or late night pizzas and last-minute beer runs), or paying for car expenses.

Along with seeing new countries and sights, you'll also meet new people from around the world. So, while working and living on a cruise ship is not just a full-time party and requires long hours, it could be worth it for the amazing memories you'll make.

Check out:

Carnival Cruise Line 

Disney Cruise Line 

Learn a new language

What better way to learn a new language than by being immersed in the culture? Use your English-speaking skills to land a job overseas as an English tutor or teacher. While you're teaching other students how to speak English, you have the opportunity to work on your new language skills. Most positions pay around $1,000 per month, plus accommodations. Some positions require a college degree, while others require a TESOL certification.

Check out:

Go Abroad for paid teaching opportunities in countries like China, Chile, and Argentina 

If you want a little adventure …

We all have at least one extreme activity on our bucket list. Whether it's whitewater rafting, skydiving, or mountain climbing, you have a good chance of fulfilling this dream as a camp leader. There are several adventure camps in the United States, as well as abroad. Most camps pay for training and accommodations, while you get to have fun showing kids and teens the great outdoors.

Check out:

Wilderness Adventure in New Castle, Virginia 

Back Door Jobs for summer camp position listings all over the world, including Europe, China, and Malaysia 

Star in a movie

You might not become a famous movie star overnight, but you can have the bragging rights of being in a movie this summer. Being an extra does not pay very much, with typical rates ranging from $65-100 per day. Many times extras will also have the benefit of free food and the chance to meet a star.

Depending on the type of production, it can be extremely interesting or extremely boring. Regardless, it's something everyone should try out once, just to experience what it's like to be on a movie or TV set. Plus, wouldn’t it be great to show your friends that your face appeared on the big screen for a millisecond?

Check out:

Backstage for extra casting calls

What’s on your bucket list? Get creative and find out how to cross off an item on your list while getting paid for it.

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