Jobs that can beat summer boredom

Believe it or not, summer is coming soon. For some, this means a break from school, a two month period of watching TV, drinking soda, playing video games and ordering delivery pizza. However, as each passing summer brings the real world gradually closer, it’s more and more likely that it’s time to say goodbye to these forms of adolescent decadence and hit the workforce. The summer break offers an invaluable opportunity to beef up the resume, get some good experience and get a taste of what it’s like out there.

Below, I’ve compiled a list of a few summer jobs that look interesting. Of course there are many jobs that I did not add to the list because the employers were looking for a certain skill set. If you want to tailor your job search to your specific strengths and interests, I suggest visiting Tiger Jobs (, or Also, Career Services, located in STE 215 in the upstairs of the Coates University Center, is always a great place to go for advice about employment. I would recommend applying soon, since these job opportunities can expire or fill up any day.

Summer Camp Assistant at the San Antonio Zoo

Description: The Summer Camp Assistants are responsible for organizing and assisting many aspects of the summer day camp and overnight camp. This pretty much includes working with the kids and other staff, helping with check-ins and tours and pretty much anything else the camp requires.

Pay: $9.26 an hour

Term: June to Mid-August

Hours: based on an 8 hour workday, though it seems to fluctuate from 2-8 hours depending on the day.

Perks: You get to work with kids, hang out in the zoo and handle some of the animals… Enough said.

Special Requirements: Though they have a long list, most of it is about organization and good communication skills. In addition to that, they require that you take a training course, learn the zoo rules, and have your Thursday nights from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m. free for the overnight camp.

Frog Tutoring

Description: No, this isn’t about teaching frogs how to do tricks, though that sounds like it would be fantastic. It’s actually a one-on-one in home tutoring service for students. After getting accepted as a tutor, the website allows you to input your major and receive a list of potential clients.

Pay: $15 to $20 an hour

Term: up to you

Hours: at least 5 hours a week

Perks: The pay is good, and it’s part-time.

Special Requirements: Applicant must have a 3.0 GPA or above.

Autism Treatment Center Teacher Assistant

Description: Help autistic children challenge and reach their educational goals.

Pay: $9.25 an hour

Term: June 7 through August 23

Hours: not stated

Perks: This would be valuable experience for anyone wanting to go into teaching or behavioral studies. Letters of recommendation offered from both the coordinator and director of the program.

Special Requirements: Must be over 21 years old. Experience with children with autism preferred.