Internet, helpful tool in looking for summer jobs

By on April 18, 2002

With the semester almost over, students have one comfort that will get them through their work at the end of the semester. Students know that after finals, summer is coming.
After the weird weather we have had, we are ready for warm weather and the beach.
But, as wonderful as that seems, summer can also be four months of sitting in our houses.
Getting a summer job will help the time go by faster and your pocket will thank you in the long run.
We have to get real here, this school is very expensive and the extra money will be very much needed.
There are many jobs out there just waiting to be found. Getting a summer job is one thing, but getting a fun summer job is a whole new ball game.
Instead of getting a job where sitting in an office all day is as fun as it gets, there are jobs that have employees outside enjoying the summer.
Looking for a job can be a difficult first step. Many people are just unsure of what they want to do or where to look.
As The Chronicle has reported before, looking on the Internet could make the search a lot easier.
All it takes is going to any search engine, i.e. Yahoo or AOL, and typing in “summer jobs.”
It will bring up various job finding web sites.
Most of them will have an option where the applicant can actually just put in their state and their zip code and jobs in the area will pop up.
For some jobs, the applicant can apply right online, or at least get the e-mail address of the person they need to talk to.
Finding a job this summer should be easier than ever.
Being a camp counselor, for example, is a fulfilling experience for both the counselors and the kids.
There are many camps in Connecticut that are looking to hire. One of them is SoundWaters Day Camp in Stamford.
For a counselor position, the requirement of the job is to assist in teaching kids about the issues of the Long Island Sound.
Needless to say, the person applying needs really two things: the outdoors and children.
Other activities that counselors do are arts and crafts, sports, and swimming.
Joann Kors, a sophomore, works at a day camp near her home in New York.
“I love working with the kids. It’s so much fun to see them having a great time while I get paid to work on my tan,” said Kors.
“The other great thing about the day camp is that it is a day camp. I work from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then I have the rest of the night to go out and do what I want.”
A place like SoundWaters pays from $9 to $12 an hour, and counselors get to hang out outside all day and play with kids ages 4 to 12.
For more information about SoundWaters email them at
Another great summer job is lifeguarding. Yes, the test is hard, but once that is over with there is a really cool job that pays at least $10 an hour.
There are many different places to lifeguard as well. There is the option of life guarding at a pool, at the beach, or even at a private residence for parties and such.
Lifeguard Tom Barberio recommends going through the rigorous testing process to become a lifeguard.
“You have to swim a few laps (50!), tread water for awhile, and pick up a brick from the bottom of the pool. It really isn’t that bad,” said Barberio. “It’s worth it for the money that I make.”
If soaking up rays or hanging out with kids is not your deal, there are many other jobs out there to be had, like working in a restaurant, for example.
Jennifer Patridge, sophomore, has been a waitress at Friendly’s for the past four summers.
“It’s not as bad as it sounds,” said Patridge. “It gets really busy in the summer, so I make really good tips.”
Patridge went on to say that many restaurants hire a lot of people for the summer to maintain an influx of people. Therefore, it would not be far fetched to put an application in at a few.
With summer creeping up on us, it is definitely time to start looking for a summer job.
Whether it be at a camp, a pool, or a restaurant, all that matters in the end is your balance at the bank.


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