When you are a student I am of the opinion that a summer job is a non negotiable, unless your parents are super rich and you can afford to not work for the summer and save children in Africa, then you should work. For the record I think that if you go to Africa during your summer to help children either way that is pretty awesome. Point is though, there is no excuse not to work in the summer. You are a student, the only time you have to work full time is usually in the summer, so go get a job! If you have been sitting around every weekend getting wasted instead of working, and you think you deserve the opportunity to do the same thing for your summer, then you are sadly delusional and there may not be any hope for you. For everyone else start looking for a job!
Summer jobs go quickly, since everyone is looking for one at the same time of the year, so here are some tips on how to get one.
1. Apply Early - jobs go fast, some places start looking for jobs as early as December, for jobs in April
2. Apply what you have learnt thus far - this one might be hard, since you might be learning nothing in your program, but try to make your resume and cover letter look like school has helped you to evolve in your skill set and would make you a good worker
3. Make a professional resume and cover letter - no matter the job you are applying for, your resume and cover letters need to look sharp. Most schools have a career services section, so go ask them for help with writing your resume and cover letter, they won't do it for you but they will help you to craft it well, and I mean you are paying them anyways so make them do a little work for their money.
4. Apply everywhere - not sure if you want to stay in the town of your school, or go home for the summer, then apply to both, apply everywhere you can get a job
Types of jobs you can get;
1. City Jobs - They might be the best type you can get, some cities pay more for their summer students than others, but most are full time days at least so you can work a lot in the summer. These jobs typically are posted in December or January, so apply early!
2. Server Jobs - Being a server for the summer may have its perks, the tips definitely being one of them
3. Tourist Jobs - Live in a city with a big tourist economy, then you might be in luck for getting a seasonal job showing people the attractions in your city, you will probably get bored and extremely tired of tourists by the end of it, but it'll bring in some money.
4. Landscaping Jobs - Are you ready to get sweaty? Then a landscaping job might be for you - cutting grass, trimming bushes and aerating grass are very popular summer student jobs, so if you are up to the demands of being outside working all day, and ready for a tan and to build up your biceps then apply away
5. House Painting Jobs - Be careful of the scam ones out there, but otherwise there are some good jobs to paint houses and such for the summer, once again you can work on your tan for the summer
6. High School Jobs - If you are going home for the summer then you might be able to sweet talk your high school employer to letting you come back for a few months when you come home, an easy way to get a job and you are already trained
7. Working in the Family Business - Now you are desperate and looking for anything, or you love working for your parents, either way you might end up finding yourself working for your parents for the summer if they have a family business, or if someone else in the family owns one. Just remember you have to see them at Christmas so screwing up is not in your best interest, and could affect the birthday card money you get from Grandma.
So now that I have given you a few tips, the best advice I can give is to GO APPLY!