Part-Time Summer Jobs for Teenagers

Adventurous teens opt for summer jobs at day camps.
Adventurous teens opt for summer jobs at day camps. (Image: Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

When school's out for the summer, teenagers begin looking for ways to make money. Teens use money from their summer jobs to save for cars or save for future college expenses or to earn extra money they can use when they hang out with their friends. Regardless of their reasons, teens who want part-time summer jobs should start their searches early to ensure that they have a position lined up once school lets out for summer break.

Summer Camp Counselor

Summer camps are bursting with kids ready to have fun with their friends and camp counselors during the months of May through August. Teenagers are often hired to fill camp counselor roles, which gives them an opportunity to act as mentors to younger children.

While there are many overnight and full-day camps, there are also part-time camps that offer teens more desirable work hours. Teens should ask for clarification of hours before accepting a summer counselor position.

Retail Sales Associate

From working at the local video store to taking a job at a clothing store, teenagers can work as retail sales associates part time during the summer months. Retail sales jobs can give teenagers experience in sales, customer service and management. Teens can start by checking in with their favorite stores to see if they're hiring retail sales associates.


Teens who enjoy hanging out by the pool during the summer months can reach out to local pools, beaches, fitness centers, hotels and country clubs to find out if they're hiring part-time lifeguards for the summer months. Teens need to be certified lifeguards and get CPR and first aid certified before they can begin working.

Waitress or Waiter

Depending on the area and the nature of the menu, restaurants see increases in traffic during the summer months, so they hire additional staff to help keep their businesses running smoothly. Teenagers can check in with local restaurants to see if they're hiring wait staff for the summer months.

Paper Route

A paper route is a traditional summer job teens sign up for to make additional cash. Teens are usually expected to rise early to ensure timely delivery of papers and often use their bikes to navigate their paper routes more quickly. Teens can contact their local newspaper's office to find out if there are any positions available.

Alternately, local eateries that deliver food to customers' homes, may be in search of people to place fliers in mailboxes on customers' front doors and on their cars. Teens can assist over the summer to earn extra cash.


Entrepreneurial teenagers can skip traditional part-time summer jobs and take the necessary steps to start their own businesses, which includes contacting their local chamber of commerce for information on registration and licensing.

Teens interested in starting their own businesses should take inventory of their current set of knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as make a list of their hobbies and interest. Part-time businesses, teenagers can start in the summer, include providing social media or web design assistance to local small businesses, starting an errand running service, tutoring students, walking dogs or using their creative skills to create handmade pieces or artwork.

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