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Best student jobs during college. Part-time work, online jobs, tutoring, summer internships and more employment opportunities for college students.

College is expensive, so a student job is a great way to help pay for college. Here are some ideas of jobs and internships to get you started on your job search.

Last updated on May 19, 2024 by College Financial Aid Advice.

Tutoring Jobs

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Tutoring is a very flexible student job, that pays well. If you are a good student in one or more subjects, this could be a great part-time job.

Some tutors work for the university, for example the athletics department. The work is usually more regular, as they offer voluntary or mandatory weekly tutoring sessions. Typical pay is $15 - $25 per hour. Let the coaches know you are interested in tutoring.

Private tutoring typically pays more per hour, such as $30 - $50 per hour, but the work is not as regular. Most students are in denial about needing tutoring until after the first mid term, and need even more help as it gets close to finals. This mean you need to get ahead in your own classes, so you can spend more time tutoring the last month of the term, which can be quite lucrative. Let the instructors know you tutor, and if if you did well in that class from them last term, they are more likely to recommend you.

Also don't overlook tutoring jobs for local high school or elementary students.

Be sure to print up some business cards on your computer so you can hand them out, and sign up at your school's tutoring or job center to get the word out.

Being a tutor looks good on your resume, because it shows you are knowledgeable about the subjects. You have to understand it to teach it. Another advantage is it reinforces the topics. For example, if you tutor in math, it will reinforce the math concepts and make you a better student.

Student Internships and Summer Internships

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A paid student internship in your field of study is one of the best student jobs. You get both experience and money. There are fewer opportunities in this great recession, but they still exist in high-demand fields, like engineering.

If you can't get a paid internship, consider an unpaid internship at your university, a local community organization, or small business. You can still get some great experience, and get units too, that will apply toward graduation.

Some students get work-study opportunities as part of their financial aid package.

Construction Jobs

There is a shortage of construction workers, and these jobs have the benefit of paying well, especially if you work through an apprenticeship program and become a journeyman. You may find summer jobs and daytime jobs that allow you to attend college at night, or you might decide for a career in the trades. Check out trade opportunities at and see the union pay scales at

Build an Online Business

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I think one of the best college jobs is one you control. Why not create your own online business, that you can develop over time? You may not make much money the first year, but it will grow into a nice profitable online business.

This is one of the real work at home jobs. The advantages are you can work from your dorm room, create your own hours, and work as much or as little as you want. When you graduate from college, you will already have a job - working for yourself. This is a job alternative worth considering during this tough job market.

You'll need to choose something you are interested in - football, science, fashion for example, and research the market to determine if your business idea will be profitable. You'll need a computer with high-speed internet access, and some online business development tools. Good luck!

On-Campus Student Jobs  | University Jobs

On-Campus Student Jobs
There are many on-campus student jobs, if you are lucky enough to get one. These range from working in the campus bookstore, cafeteria, library, concession, tour guide, etc. The best job depends on your personality. If you are outgoing, become a tour guide for prospective students. Want some peace and quiet, and some extra study time? Work in the library.

You could also consider being a Resident Advisor or RA, sometimes called a Resident Assistant. This job requires you to live on campus, but can be challenging to work with many types of people. It does provide good leadership experience, which looks good on your resume.

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Work-Study and On-Campus Jobs

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Waiter or Waitress

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If there are some nice restaurants in town, become a waiter or waitress for your student job. If the tips are good, and you can make $25 an hour. You may need to be of legal drinking age for some restaurants or bars to get a job. Some places may have you start as a host or hostess, which may only pay $14 - $17 an hour, and then you work your way up. You can also get free or discounted food, which is a plus. You may need a car.

Become a Mystery Shopper

Mystery Shopper
A fun way to make some spare spending money for college, or get free goods and services, is to become a mystery shopper. Mystery shopping, or secret shopping allows you to evaluate customer service at different businesses, including restaurants, shops, banks and car dealers. You'll need a spirit of adventure, a computer, and transportation for these occasional student jobs. Learn how to become a mystery shopper.

Domestic Student Jobs

House cleaning, yard work, pet care and babysitting are not glamorous jobs, but they can be good ways to earn some extra cash while in college. They tend to be more physical jobs, which is a nice break from sitting in class or studying. House cleaning and yard work may pay $12 - $25 an hour, while babysitting less, maybe $10 - $20 per hour. If you babysit while the kids are asleep, you get some extra time to study, and may even be able to meet up with your friends afterwards.

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