Job Opportunities for High School Students

Considering a part-time or summer job? Whenever possible, we recommend taking an internship or unpaid job in an area of major or career interest over a paid job doing something unrelated to college or academics.

Read our tips about job opportunities for high school students:

Relax, you don’t have to get a job. Colleges expect academics to take priority over everything else. Between school, activities, and your family, colleges understand that you may not have time for a job. And they will not “mark you down” for having no jobs during high school.


Jobs can serve as a way to make some extra spending money or save for college. When you list jobs on college applications, you may be asked how you spent or plan to spend the money earned. Feel free to state reasons like: supporting my family, saving for college, buying a car, or having extra spending money for the weekends. Check also this article about the University of Limerick.

Jobs for money may not always be the most personally fulfilling. If your priority is to make money, you may have to consider jobs like mowing lawns, babysitting, cashiering at a grocery store, or working at the local burger stand. The upside to these jobs is the paycheck.

The downside to these jobs is the lack of personal or mental challenge. If it is necessary for you to work in order to support yourself or your family, make sure you communicate this in your college apps. Colleges will view these jobs as a way to earn money but may not consider them particularly enriching or demanding.

Jobs or internships can provide invaluable major and career exposure and will enhance your college profile. Working as a student intern or assistant will allow you to get experience in the “real world” of careers. There are internships available for high school students at major companies like NASA, Boeing, Disney, and Microsoft.

The upside to internships is the practical experience you will gain and connections you will make. You will build your college and career resumes at the same time. The downside to these jobs is typically they are unpaid or pay very little. Colleges will view these jobs as a way to build your skills and experiences and may consider them quite enriching and demanding.

Author: Timothy Wilson

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