9 part-time jobs that are perfect for students

By Sam Graudins

School should always come first, but money is a close second. Here are nine part-time jobs for high school and college students that will fill your wallet without draining your time.

1. Usher

On a student budget, entertainment can be one of the first things to go. But as a part-time usher, you can make money and be entertained! Working at a movie or live performance theater can offer benefits like free popcorn and soda, and free or discounted tickets. If you’re interested in ushering live performances, see if you can find work at your local or school theater.

2. Security desk attendant

Working at a security desk can be one of the most flexible part-time jobs for students. Security desks need to be staffed at all hours, so they have flexible schedules, and an extremely light workload, which can allow you to squeeze in some homework time.

3. Pet care/dog walker

Dog walking

If you prefer pets to people, there’s plenty of opportunity for part-time work in animal care. You can volunteer at a shelter, groom pups at a dog spa, or advertise your services online as a pet sitter or dog walker. If you’re looking for flexible work walking dogs, try the app Wag! or Rover. It’s like registering to be an Uber driver, but for walking dogs.

4. Food truck vendor

Working at a food truck can be one of the most fast-paced and fun part-time jobs out there. Your workplace will move all over the city, so you get to see new people and places on every shift. And when you feel like serving food indoors, some have brick and mortar locations. Plus, you can usually get free meals, which can be more valuable than gold.

5. Craftsman

Crafting skills are timeless, but have largely skipped this generation. For those of us that learned how to craft, those skills have now become marketable! If you have experience in cooking, patchwork, beading, or any number of arts and crafts, consider doing it as a part-time job. You can sell your goods online, to fellow students, or even book a booth at an arts fair.

6. Intern


Internships are notorious for being unpaid, but not all of them. An online search for internships can yield many paying gigs. You can also visit your school's career center for help finding paid or unpaid internships in your area. Internships look great on a resume and are an excellent way to kick-start your professional path.

7. Student writer

Student writing is a great way to reflect upon your student experience, share advice with peers, and make money in the process! Call me biased, but I can’t recommend it enough.

8. Freelancer

Writing isn’t the only type of freelancing a student can do! There are numerous part-time freelancing options to suit your skills and schedule. If you’re tech-savvy, check out some of the opportunities at Elance. Employers list freelance jobs worldwide and their needs range from app development to graphic design, and beyond. Freelance is all about independence, so just own your potential and run with it!

9. Library technician

Library technician

If work stresses you out, consider a relaxing part-time job at your local public library. It’s the quietest place in the world, and with the popularity of the Internet, it’s often very low maintenance. Check with your community or school library for part-time job availability.

Going to school doesn't mean you can't have time to make extra money and build professional skills. Use our job and internship search to find part-time jobs that fit your skills and schedule.

About the author

Sam Graudins, Emerson College studentSam's a life blogger from Franklin, Massachusetts with a big heart and a bigger appetite for sweets. She loves Korean bakeries, Japanese animation, and providing you insight into her college experience. Sam is a second-year communication studies major at Emerson College with a minor in gender studies, and she’s over the moon about sharing tips on how to have a fully-custom college experience. “Standardization is a rejection of creativity. Do you and do it big!”