Back to School: Good Part Time Jobs for College Students

At college, time is scarce. And so is money. So unless your idea of a nice meal is at Subway, your best bet is to find a part-time job.

And no, it doesn’t have to involve flipping burgers or washing dishes. There are many other options to explore, beginning right on your own campus. You’ll have the added benefit of actually having something to put on your resume when you graduate. And best of all, you’ll be left with plenty of time for studying and weekend ski trips. Here are some great options to explore.

Best Part-Time Jobs for College Students

Paid Intern or Research Assistant
Working as a paid intern or Research Assistant is the best of all possible worlds. You’re earning valuable experience in your field of interest. You’re making connections for when you start to look for a real job. And you’re getting paid!

Usually, these positions, especially Research Assistants, require some knowledge of the field. But in most major universities, they’re needed in every department, from biochemistry and physics to sociology and history.

Of course, non-paid internships can be valuable too. Just not as practical unless you’re living off of a trust fund.

Library Monitor
This is the perfect job for somebody worried about not having enough time to study. This job is relatively low-key and allows for plenty of downtime for catching up on homework. Duties include monitoring study spaces to ensure things stay quiet and orderly.

You could also inquire with your college library about other positions, including the circulation desk or computer lab.

Teaching Assistant or Student Grader
If you’re an upperclassman or a graduate student, you might consider working as a Teaching Assistant in a large seminar course. These positions usually entail grading papers, taking attendance and handing out tests. It requires a little training, but if you plan on going into academia, this job will give you invaluable experience.

Or if you don’t want the added responsibilities of working as a TA, you could simply work in your department as a grader.

Office Assistant
Virtually every office on campus needs assistance in answering phones, filing and performing other clerical tasks. The best place to start is in your own academic department. But if nothing’s available there, consider other departments such as the Dean’s Office, Admissions, Health Services or Alumni Affairs. Having administrative skills is always a great thing to have on your resume, even if it’s not the most exciting.

Resident Assistant
Do you secretly like being bossy? Then this is the job for you (but only if you’re bossy in a good way, of course). You’ll get to know lots of people and get to work on your problem-solving and leadership skills. Plus, in addition to getting paid, most RAs receive room and board. The only downside? Having to play cop to rowdy groups of revelers in the middle of the night.

Campus Tech Support
A few good men and women are always needed at Campus Tech Support. If you’ve got the skills, the pay is decent and the hours are usually pretty flexible. And unlike working at the Apple Store, you can actually get some homework done during the downtimes.

Alternately, if you have technical skills, or any other kind of marketable skill for that matter such as writing, graphic design or personal training, why stay within the confines of your school? There are numerous opportunities to work remotely while earning very good money. In addition to your campus career center, a plethora of freelance jobs can be found on online job boards.

Along the same lines, if you have a particular interest in the latest electronics, fashion, books, outdoor equipment or any other pastime, you might consider getting a job selling these consumer goods. After all, you’re already interested in them and probably know a whole lot about them. Plus, you might even have access to a sweet employee discount!

Food Server
Interested in making all your money at once? Depending on the typical cost of a meal per check, servers in restaurants can often make a whole lot of money in tips at once. Plus, many restaurant gigs are in the evening and are usually pretty flexible. The only drawback: impatient customers and lots of running around. The advantage: leaving work with a wad of cash in your pocket.

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