Here are some summer job ideas for college students

Rodney Smith, right, of Huntsville, Ala., gives a high five to Erron Blockmon, 9, of Lee's Summit, Kan., after finishing mowing a lawn Tuesday afternoon, July 10, 2018 in Overland Park, Kan.  Smith aims to help mow lawns for seniors, veterans or single mothers in all 50 states.  He calls his effort,

Rodney Smith, right, of Huntsville, Ala., gives a high five to Erron Blockmon, 9, of Lee’s Summit, Kan., after finishing mowing a lawn Tuesday afternoon, July 10, 2018 in Overland Park, Kan. Smith aims to help mow lawns for seniors, veterans or single mothers in all 50 states. He calls his effort, “Making a Difference One Lawn at a Time.” Smith has only four states to go after his stoppage in Kansas.

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When high school or college students are out of school for the summer, many seize the opportunity to earn a little extra cash.

As many companies struggle to fill vacancies, the demand to fill positions – from fast food restaurants to camps – is increasing. Here are some summer job options available in Charlotte.

summer camps

Working at a summer camp provides the opportunity to develop leadership skills while learning to work with others. Here are some summer camps in the Charlotte area that are currently hiring:

Baby sitting

Babysitting can be a lucrative summer job for anyone who takes good care of children. You can also learn life skills like patience, time management, and problem solving.

If you’re an experienced babysitter or looking to land your first job babysitting, you can use these websites to get your name out there to parents looking for daycare.

Locations with benefits

Many companies offer a competitive salary for teens and college students, along with many other benefits, such as flexible hours, employee discounts, and tuition assistance. Here are a few :

  • Starbucks: Baristas get 30% off beverage, merchandise and food purchases. The company also offers 100% tuition coverage for online bachelor’s degree programs at Arizona State University.

  • Chipotle: All Chipotle employees receive one free meal per shift. Students are also eligible for up to $5,250 in tuition reimbursement per year.

  • Chick-Fil-A: Chick-fil-A employees have the opportunity to win up to $25,000 in scholarships and other tuition discounts. Some stores offer free posted meals and management training, and you’ll never have to work on Sundays.

  • AMC Entertainment: AMC employees have the opportunity to earn free movie passes and all employees receive concession discounts.

  • Barnes & Noble: Bookstore employees get up to 30% off books and tech accessories. The company also offers tuition reimbursement for approved college courses.

  • Papa John’s: restaurant team members are paid weekly and receive discounts on pizzas.

Other jobs

If you’re not old enough for the jobs mentioned above or want more flexibility with work hours, here are some other suggestions on ways to make money in the summer:

  • Dog sitting: This is the perfect job if you love animals. Apps like Rover and Wag are good places to start finding a gig.
  • Tutoring: You can find tutoring opportunities in a wide range of subjects, from differential calculus to English. Companies like Wyzant and Varsity Tutors hire tutors year-round.
  • Lifeguard: Most community pools need lifeguards during the summer. If you need CPR and lifesaving training, check out the courses from the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and the Swim Club Management Group.
  • Mow the Lawn: If you don’t mind working in the heat, mowing the lawn is an easy way to earn money during the summer. Apps like GreenPal can help you schedule your appointments and set your prices.

Evan Moore is a duty reporter for the Charlotte Observer. He grew up in Denver, North Carolina, where he previously worked as a reporter for the Denver Citizen, and graduated from UNC Charlotte.

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