college student summer job

  • ChilaxinJOCK0...

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    Jun 16, 2010 2:29 PM GMT
    SO frustrated! Seems like there is no summer work right now...Whats the best way to go about snagging a summer job?

    The past 4-5 summers Ive snagged a job thru connections but now connections arent helping me! icon_sad.gif
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    Jun 16, 2010 2:48 PM GMT
    Dood, I'm in the same boat - no one wants to hire a student for a temporary summer job! Doesn't help that no one wants to hire post grad students either, nor do they want to hire without experience. Fuck the job market!
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    Jun 16, 2010 3:02 PM GMT

    I miss the good old days when South Carolina had textile facilities running full bore. We typically added 50 to 100 college students to the payroll in the summer.

    Today it's: vote and pray.
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    Jun 16, 2010 3:05 PM GMT
    Well fuck, you're a week late. I just hired a ground crew to help me out here in Hinesville, GA. The boss woulda put you up in a hotel here for the summer. icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 16, 2010 3:20 PM GMT
    I haven't had luck the past 2-3 yrs in the summer. One summer i had to just work for my mother. So, this summer, i didn't bother going back home (i did apply to jobs, and go figure, no one called back), but my gym on campus happened to be doing a job internship for those interested in becoming personal trainers! Sometimes, things tend to find you!
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    Jun 16, 2010 3:38 PM GMT
    There's nothing.... I'm in the same boat, stuck doing a telemarketing temp job for half what i was paid previous summers icon_redface.gif
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    Jun 16, 2010 3:41 PM GMT
    Lifeguard - get paid to work out and tan.

    Finance internships want grad students or seniors...
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    Jun 16, 2010 4:12 PM GMT
    When I was in school, I spent the summers working in Glacier National Park (but all national parks hire for the summer) I managed a little cafe on the property. Housing was dorm style, but it was easy to save some money and I was rarely inside. I spent most of my free time hiking or daytripping around Montana.
    It is also pretty amazing to spend the summers in the mountains on a glacial lake.
  • calibro

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    Jun 16, 2010 4:22 PM GMT
    yeah, no one will give me a second look. educationally, i'm overqualified for most jobs i apply for, which is annoying since i know i am more competent and more experienced than the people they're hiring. maybe i should turn to rentboy...
  • kennyj08

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    Jun 16, 2010 4:36 PM GMT
    you too!? damn i've been applying since March and interviewing like crazy but yet, NOTHING :/ but i still have hope though. gotta keep trying.
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    Jun 16, 2010 4:45 PM GMT
    Yea...finding a regular job is hard enough...cant get a job without experince, cant get experience without a job.


    I'm honestly thinking about saying fuck it and becoming a 24/7 volunteer...

    My life long dream is to be a super hero any way :/
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    Jun 16, 2010 4:52 PM GMT
    mhmm.. I moved home for the summer and my parents won't get off my back about not having a job. "I'M WOKING ON IT!" icon_mad.gif
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    Jun 16, 2010 4:59 PM GMT
    I'm thinking the street corner downtown might be my back up plan. Wear some cowboy boots and a white T, and I'll make bank.
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    Jun 16, 2010 5:22 PM GMT
    I'm currently working for the Southwestern Company for my summer internship. It's definitely not for everyone but it is ranked in forbe's magazine as the #2 internship for college students. It teaches you some hardcore work ethic and communication skills as well as how to run your own business and end up making a ton of money. I made $12,000 last summer but some people look at it as a scam. It IS door to door sales of educational study guides and kids books (which, in my opinion, is a LOT easier than vacuums or knives). They send you to sales school and train you how to have a successful summer. To be honest, it's all about having a strong and positive mental attitude and learning how to handle your emotions and working hard.

    Very few college students have the ability to get off their ass and work hard for the summer so companies are very impressed with this internship on your resume. This is my second summer doing it and already have companies like Stryker and Johnson&Johnson interested in me because of working with Southwestern.

    But like I said, it's not for everyone! I personally have gotten a lot out of the company but it all comes down to how hard you are willing to work and how mentally tough you are to handle doors being slammed in your face day after day. It just shows me the kind of person I want do and don't want to be!

    The company has been around for 155 years (so you'd think they know what they are doing) and are part of the Better Business Bureau. More information can be found at http://www.southwesterninternship.com/

    -Bo
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    Jun 16, 2010 5:26 PM GMT
    gymrat389 saidI'm thinking the street corner downtown might be my back up plan. Wear some cowboy boots and a white T, and I'll make bank.


    Haha, I feel your pain. I haven't found work that pays so I'm just doing a unpaid internship and sqeezing some course credits out of it. Money would be nice though, my car can't run on fumes for much longer.
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    Jun 16, 2010 5:39 PM GMT
    I feel your pain... I've been looking for a full time job since October. Sucks, but gotta keep trying!
  • BIG_N_TALL

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    Jun 16, 2010 5:48 PM GMT
    I am sorry to say it, but I don't think there is much out there. I've been searching for months, and I haven't found much of anything in the private sector... most of my efforts have been geared towards the Feds. I would suggest trying your college/university to see what they may know. My alma mater's "career center" has a listing of job openings online that are categorized as being "on campus" and "off campus." They were also categorized based upon being the most recently posted, full-time, and part-time. That was mostly geared towards the Charleston region though... icon_neutral.gif
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    Jun 16, 2010 5:57 PM GMT
    beHoops23 saidI'm currently working for the Southwestern Company for my summer internship. It's definitely not for everyone but it is ranked in forbe's magazine as the #2 internship for college students. It teaches you some hardcore work ethic and communication skills as well as how to run your own business and end up making a ton of money. I made $12,000 last summer but some people look at it as a scam. It IS door to door sales of educational study guides and kids books (which, in my opinion, is a LOT easier than vacuums or knives). They send you to sales school and train you how to have a successful summer. To be honest, it's all about having a strong and positive mental attitude and learning how to handle your emotions and working hard.

    Very few college students have the ability to get off their ass and work hard for the summer so companies are very impressed with this internship on your resume. This is my second summer doing it and already have companies like Stryker and Johnson&Johnson interested in me because of working with Southwestern.

    But like I said, it's not for everyone! I personally have gotten a lot out of the company but it all comes down to how hard you are willing to work and how mentally tough you are to handle doors being slammed in your face day after day. It just shows me the kind of person I want do and don't want to be!

    The company has been around for 155 years (so you'd think they know what they are doing) and are part of the Better Business Bureau. More information can be found at http://www.southwesterninternship.com/

    -Bo


    Question, is this unpaid? Because I read an article not long ago (and know from experience) about how corporations are slashing jobs and bringing in unpaid interns to cut cost.

    Essentially they are cutting paid positions to gain slave labor.
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    Jun 16, 2010 6:01 PM GMT
    DoomsDayAlpaca said
    beHoops23 saidI'm currently working for the Southwestern Company for my summer internship. It's definitely not for everyone but it is ranked in forbe's magazine as the #2 internship for college students. It teaches you some hardcore work ethic and communication skills as well as how to run your own business and end up making a ton of money. I made $12,000 last summer but some people look at it as a scam. It IS door to door sales of educational study guides and kids books (which, in my opinion, is a LOT easier than vacuums or knives). They send you to sales school and train you how to have a successful summer. To be honest, it's all about having a strong and positive mental attitude and learning how to handle your emotions and working hard.

    Very few college students have the ability to get off their ass and work hard for the summer so companies are very impressed with this internship on your resume. This is my second summer doing it and already have companies like Stryker and Johnson&Johnson interested in me because of working with Southwestern.

    But like I said, it's not for everyone! I personally have gotten a lot out of the company but it all comes down to how hard you are willing to work and how mentally tough you are to handle doors being slammed in your face day after day. It just shows me the kind of person I want do and don't want to be!

    The company has been around for 155 years (so you'd think they know what they are doing) and are part of the Better Business Bureau. More information can be found at http://www.southwesterninternship.com/

    -Bo


    Question, is this unpaid? Because I read an article not long ago (and know from experience) about how corporations are slashing jobs and bringing in unpaid interns to cut cost.

    Essentially they are cutting paid positions to gain slave labor.


    yes this is true... I know from experience. Corporations and small businesses are also hiring contractors as opposed to legit workers - they do this because they don't have to give contractors benefits that normal part/full time workers are afforded by law or policy
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    Jun 16, 2010 6:23 PM GMT
    DoomsDayAlpaca said
    beHoops23 saidI'm currently working for the Southwestern Company for my summer internship. It's definitely not for everyone but it is ranked in forbe's magazine as the #2 internship for college students. It teaches you some hardcore work ethic and communication skills as well as how to run your own business and end up making a ton of money. I made $12,000 last summer but some people look at it as a scam. It IS door to door sales of educational study guides and kids books (which, in my opinion, is a LOT easier than vacuums or knives). They send you to sales school and train you how to have a successful summer. To be honest, it's all about having a strong and positive mental attitude and learning how to handle your emotions and working hard.

    Very few college students have the ability to get off their ass and work hard for the summer so companies are very impressed with this internship on your resume. This is my second summer doing it and already have companies like Stryker and Johnson&Johnson interested in me because of working with Southwestern.

    But like I said, it's not for everyone! I personally have gotten a lot out of the company but it all comes down to how hard you are willing to work and how mentally tough you are to handle doors being slammed in your face day after day. It just shows me the kind of person I want do and don't want to be!

    The company has been around for 155 years (so you'd think they know what they are doing) and are part of the Better Business Bureau. More information can be found at http://www.southwesterninternship.com/

    -Bo


    Question, is this unpaid? Because I read an article not long ago (and know from experience) about how corporations are slashing jobs and bringing in unpaid interns to cut cost.

    Essentially they are cutting paid positions to gain slave labor.


    Nope. It is commission though. It all comes down to how hard you want to work. You could make zip (which is literally impossible... unless you don't do any work whatsoever) or you could make $45,000. Average is about $9,000 for the summer. I work my ass off though and typically make about $1,500 a week. It's good money but mostly a HUGE resume booster. Companies like that you are doing something that requires determination, persistence, and lots of hardwork (of which many college kids lack these days..)
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    Jun 16, 2010 6:48 PM GMT
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    DoomsDayAlpaca said
    beHoops23 saidI'm currently working for the Southwestern Company for my summer internship. It's definitely not for everyone but it is ranked in forbe's magazine as the #2 internship for college students. It teaches you some hardcore work ethic and communication skills as well as how to run your own business and end up making a ton of money. I made $12,000 last summer but some people look at it as a scam. It IS door to door sales of educational study guides and kids books (which, in my opinion, is a LOT easier than vacuums or knives). They send you to sales school and train you how to have a successful summer. To be honest, it's all about having a strong and positive mental attitude and learning how to handle your emotions and working hard.

    Very few college students have the ability to get off their ass and work hard for the summer so companies are very impressed with this internship on your resume. This is my second summer doing it and already have companies like Stryker and Johnson&Johnson interested in me because of working with Southwestern.

    But like I said, it's not for everyone! I personally have gotten a lot out of the company but it all comes down to how hard you are willing to work and how mentally tough you are to handle doors being slammed in your face day after day. It just shows me the kind of person I want do and don't want to be!

    The company has been around for 155 years (so you'd think they know what they are doing) and are part of the Better Business Bureau. More information can be found at http://www.southwesterninternship.com/

    -Bo


    Question, is this unpaid? Because I read an article not long ago (and know from experience) about how corporations are slashing jobs and bringing in unpaid interns to cut cost.

    Essentially they are cutting paid positions to gain slave labor.


    Nope. It is commission though. It all comes down to how hard you want to work. You could make zip (which is literally impossible... unless you don't do any work whatsoever) or you could make $45,000. Average is about $9,000 for the summer. I work my ass off though and typically make about $1,500 a week. It's good money but mostly a HUGE resume booster. Companies like that you are doing something that requires determination, persistence, and lots of hardwork (of which many college kids lack these days..)



    Ahh well its paid thats a little different. See, I'm very weary of internships in general, in my experience companies love interns for a couple of reasons, you are willing to work your ass off for shit pay as long as they dangle a carrot, they don't have to train you, you usually wont complain.

    Thats my experience though, it seems you acutally have a good thing going there, but please dont put the rest of us down, many of us have drive and determination, but we dont have the ability to do work that we arent getting paid for.
  • du_jock

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    Jun 16, 2010 6:55 PM GMT
    Its a very tough market man. Good luck finding summer work! I can't even find a job with a Ph.D. There is something wrong with that....
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    Jun 16, 2010 7:34 PM GMT
    Can you create your own business? Maybe you can mow lawns? Do cleaning? Yardwork? Paint houses?

    Think of this as a chance to get outside the box and exercise your entrepreneurial spirit. If nothing else, it would be a new type of experience.
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    Jun 16, 2010 7:35 PM GMT
    DoomsDayAlpaca said
    beHoops23 said
    DoomsDayAlpaca said
    beHoops23 saidI'm currently working for the Southwestern Company for my summer internship. It's definitely not for everyone but it is ranked in forbe's magazine as the #2 internship for college students. It teaches you some hardcore work ethic and communication skills as well as how to run your own business and end up making a ton of money. I made $12,000 last summer but some people look at it as a scam. It IS door to door sales of educational study guides and kids books (which, in my opinion, is a LOT easier than vacuums or knives). They send you to sales school and train you how to have a successful summer. To be honest, it's all about having a strong and positive mental attitude and learning how to handle your emotions and working hard.

    Very few college students have the ability to get off their ass and work hard for the summer so companies are very impressed with this internship on your resume. This is my second summer doing it and already have companies like Stryker and Johnson&Johnson interested in me because of working with Southwestern.

    But like I said, it's not for everyone! I personally have gotten a lot out of the company but it all comes down to how hard you are willing to work and how mentally tough you are to handle doors being slammed in your face day after day. It just shows me the kind of person I want do and don't want to be!

    The company has been around for 155 years (so you'd think they know what they are doing) and are part of the Better Business Bureau. More information can be found at http://www.southwesterninternship.com/

    -Bo


    Question, is this unpaid? Because I read an article not long ago (and know from experience) about how corporations are slashing jobs and bringing in unpaid interns to cut cost.

    Essentially they are cutting paid positions to gain slave labor.


    Nope. It is commission though. It all comes down to how hard you want to work. You could make zip (which is literally impossible... unless you don't do any work whatsoever) or you could make $45,000. Average is about $9,000 for the summer. I work my ass off though and typically make about $1,500 a week. It's good money but mostly a HUGE resume booster. Companies like that you are doing something that requires determination, persistence, and lots of hardwork (of which many college kids lack these days..)



    Ahh well its paid thats a little different. See, I'm very weary of internships in general, in my experience companies love interns for a couple of reasons, you are willing to work your ass off for shit pay as long as they dangle a carrot, they don't have to train you, you usually wont complain.

    Thats my experience though, it seems you acutally have a good thing going there, but please dont put the rest of us down, many of us have drive and determination, but we dont have the ability to do work that we arent getting paid for.


    Sorry about that.. Did not intend to put anyone else down or anyone in this thread for that matter. This internship is paid by commission but maybe you were referring to a set base pay or something? I can definitely understand how only working for commission isn't a plausible option for most people. That's sales for ya though. I guess I was just making a comment on behalf of a majority of my buddies back home who decided to not look for anything challenging besides waiting tables because they'd rather stay around and get drunk every night. I also understand that these days it's hard to find things that give us immediate stature and fortune. Guess I'm just working my way up and starting at the bottom. Commission is intimidating but it's really just a numbers game. A nice fat check and a beefy looking resume can take my summer any day!
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    Jun 16, 2010 8:03 PM GMT
    Chilax and GymRat can come and, erm, be my pool boys. Yes. "pool".

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