Locating Summer Employment

There are various methods to use to locate seasonal or short term jobs, which can be somewhat limited in number.  For the summer, it's best to start looking around spring break, as it can take a few months to find an opportunity. The CEO maintains listings of campus, local, and out-of-state summer jobs and summer camp opportunities on our website and through GoucherRecruit. Check out our Summer Opportunities & Camp Positions page for a list of current openings for summer. 

Below is a list of potential employers who connect with different majors:

  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics - national parks, research labs, greenhouses, farms, chemical companies
  • Dance, Theatre, Music, Art - museums, galleries, photography studios, music stores, community theatres
  • Economics, Management, Mathematics - accounting firms, government agencies, banks, insurance companies, marketing firms
  • Education, Psychology, Sociology - mental health facilities, summer camps, government agencies
  • English or Communications - publishers, advertising or marketing agencies, newspapers, bookstores
  • Political Science or History - law firms, archives, historical societies, government agencies

Additionally, keep in mind the following seasonal employment opportunities.

  • Camps
  • Summer Recreation - pools, amusements parks, resorts
  • Retail
  • Hospitality/Food Service
  • Care Giving- visit the Care Giving Jobs page on the CEO website.

To get assistance in locating a summer job, please visit the CEO to schedule an appointment with a staff member.  We can talk with you about your options and help you to prepare a resume, if needed.  In addition, please take a look at the following information for further information about summer job opportunities.

General Summer Job Sites

Backdoor Jobs
Find adventure jobs, internships, seasonal jobs, volunteer experiences, and opportunities abroad.

College Grad
Use the keyword "Summer Job" in your search.

Cool Summer Jobs
Offers job listings in camps, parks and recreation, resorts, and more.

Find a summer job as a camp counselor or at ski resorts, ranches, theme parks, tour companies and more.

Job Hunt
Offers entry level, internship, and seasonal job opportunities.

Utilize this top source for locating hourly employment.

Summer Jobs
Search for summer positions as well as international job opportunities.

Use the keyword "Summer Job" in your search.

Camps, Education, and Child Care

American Camp Association
Offers information for individuals looking to work as counselors, administrators, and in food services and facilities management at camps over the summer or year-round. Provides resources for international camp jobs, careers in this field, job fairs, and conferences.

Generates a listings of care provider positions, including tutoring, pet-sitting, and babysitting jobs. 

Civic Education Project
The Civic Education Project (which offers a summer leadership and citizenship program to students from 7th-12th grade) hires dozens of exceptional instructional, residential and administrative staff to help run their programs each year.  Positions range from weekend to weeklong sessions during the school year and one-week to eight-week sessions during the summer, and are located in cities across the country.

Great Camp Jobs
Locate summer camp opportunities as counselors, program directors, and nurses or in maintenance, office & support, or food service.

My Summers
Provides a referral service for individuals interested in working at a summer camp.  At no cost, applicants can subscribe to My Summers and be referred to different camp opportunities.

Summer Camp Staff
Lists jobs at summer camps and wilderness programs in the U.S. and Canada


Student Jobs in Government
Provides access to summer and part-time job listings in the federal government.

Connects current college students with federal agencies in four different internship and fellowship capacities.

Provides students with a gateway to the U.S. government, including student job information.

Outdoors/National Parks

National Park Service
Hires approximately 10,000 temporary and seasonal employees annually. While temporary positions are available in a range of career fields, most jobs available are in the following categories: Visitor Use Assistants, Park Guides, Biological Science Technicians, Park Rangers, and Seasonal Maintenance Positions.

Outdoor Network
Offers access to part-time, seasonal, and full-time job listings for those who want to work in great outdoor settings.

Student Conservation Association
Provides college and high school-aged individuals with hands-on conservation service opportunities in virtually every field imaginable, including animal tracking, trail restoration and maintenance,  and teaching environmental education.

Short Term Work Abroad 

Offers a variety of short-term summer camp, work and volunteer abroad programs.

Gap Year
Provides a variety of international opportunities, including summer camps and volunteer programs.

CEO Handouts:
Making Your Summer Work For You (PDF)