Getting a Summer Job or Internship

By: Hannah Hall

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Now I know what you’re all thinking out there, it’s almost the end of the year; time to hit the pool, the beach, or maybe even the slopes. No school and no homework, right? Well that could always be an option, but let me give you another one.

Spring is when businesses start hiring and filling their summer job positions, so I encourage you to start applying. Summer is a great time to meet new people and gain experience while you actually have the time. The earlier you apply the better chance you have! This only makes sense because there are more open positions earlier on in the hiring season.

I know what you’re thinking: you’re going to apply for a million jobs and not get any of them, and if you do get one it will be the boring job at the bottom of your list. So what do you want me to tell you? A success story? Well, okay.

This spring break (mine was early March) I actually did apply for a job, AND still had time to go surfing in Santa Barbara. I love teaching swim lessons and had finally found a community pool in my new town. This pool, however, required me to become lifeguard certified, and lifeguard in addition to teaching lessons. Say what? This thought terrified me, “I could never, I am too scared, what if I forget what do to in an emergency?” But I did it, it was the hardest thing I have ever done, but I became certified and I applied for the job. Well what happens next? The manager calls me two weeks later and guess what? I am now employed! I have a summer job in a beautiful town with amazing people. I will not be scrambling around the internet early June searching for someone to hire me next week.

I encourage you to do this not only because of the money, or potential resume experience, but because it is REAL LIFE experience. Doing something that I never thought I could do gave me a true, new confidence in my abilities to take on new responsibility. I never thought I would be confident enough to be responsible for human lives, but that confidence came when I made a (simulated) save and swam a 280 lb man to safety.

I challenge you to do something constructive this summer. Do something you are not used to doing- take a fear and turn it into a victory. Apply for the position of your dreams and be confident that you are qualified to get the position and do it well.

Need help finding a job? Here are some resources:

http://www.quintcareers.com/summer_job_sites.html

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