Getting a job over the summer break is a fantastic way to get yourself some extra cash, plus that all-important work experience for your CV. But what are the most useful summer jobs for students?

1. Part-time Jobs

Getting a part time job is one of the easiest ways to earn some extra money to supplement a summer of socialising. This type of work is easy to secure with lots of different companies needing extra staff during the summer months. Working in a customer service role will give you great communication skills and office experience is always highly valued amongst graduate employers.


  • Start your search early; companies usually begin the application process up to a month in advance.
  • Carry a CV around with you in case you see any jobs advertised.
  • Don’t be shy in approaching people about work opportunities - not all positions will be advertised.
  • Visit our jobs section to browse part-time jobs.

2. Work experience

Work experience is something you can easily fit around any existing plans you may have. It can last anything from a week to a few months and is much less of a commitment than a more formal internship.


  • Draw up a list of places to approach - work experience is less likely to be advertised.
  • Write speculative letters to a few companies to begin with about the possibility of getting some work experience.
  • Don’t begrudge doing more basic tasks to begin with - everyone has to start somewhere. Take advantage of the knowledge and experience around you - ask lots of questions.

Finding work experience as a student

3. Internships

Internships are one of the most useful summer jobs for students.  An internship will enable you to get your hands on experience in an industry of your choice and help you get ahead in your chosen career.


  • Unfortunately, internships are not always paid - if this is the case find one local to you to save on travel and accommodation costs.
  • Keep an eye on RateMyPlacement for internship vacancies and advice.

4. Volunteering

Volunteering provides you with an opportunity to give something back, gain new skills and build on existing experience. Whether it’s in your local community or further afield there are many different options. If you’re a university student get involved with volunteering opportunities advertised through your university or a society. This could involve anything from working for your student nightline to coaching a sports team. Alternatively, check out Do-It for opportunities near you.


  • Make sure you are able to commit to the hours of volunteering required so that you don't let anyone down.
  • Think about your career plans. Are there any related volunteering opportunities? For example, if you want to be a teacher consider doing some voluntary work with children.
  • Not earning any money does not mean you won’t have to work hard. Embrace any new challenges that come your way - it will be worth it.
  • Consider volunteering at a festival to save on the ticket price. Take a look at Oxfam, HotBox Events and Feestaff.

Student volunteering at a festival

5. Work Abroad

Want to travel but also keen to earn money? Working abroad allows you to do both! Summer is the perfect time for a travel adventure - when else are you going to have so much free time? Working abroad could involve anything from teaching English in Thailand to working at a US country club (and pretending you're in High School musical...).

  • The prospect of spending the summer in a different country can be daunting. Working abroad experts BUNAC have programmes in America, Australia and New Zealand which are designed to make the whole process much easier, helping you with everything from booking flights to finding a job. (TIP: BUNAC are currently offering free working holiday visas worth £299 to anyone who books onto their Ultimate Work in Australia programme, find out more here).
  • If you love going out every night and wouldn't be ashamed to appear in the background of an episode of Sun, sex and suspicious parents, why not become a holiday rep? It will be your responsibility to make sure tourists have the best holiday possible by welcoming customers, resolving any problems they have and organising social activities on behalf of the holiday company you're representing. Don't be fooled into thinking it's all fun and games, being a holiday rep is hard work - you'll have to work long hours with limited free time.
  • Teaching English abroad is great for your CV. If you get a TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) qualification you'll be able to work in a destination of your choice!
  • Working as an Au pair is another way to earn money abroad. Pay and responsibilities vary, but food and accommodation are usually included. Have a read of the British Au Pair Agencies Association website for more information.

BUNAC Work Abroad Program - Work in Australia

That’s it! Keep an eye on our jobs page for part-time JOBS, internships and graduate opportunities.
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