How to Find a Summer Job 101

by Rachel Corvinelli, Brand Manager

Getting back from winter break signals the beginning of a new semester, as well as the race to find a summer job. The idea of finding a summer job can be daunting, no matter what kind of employment you may be looking for; an experience-rich unpaid internship, a stress-free retail position, or a full-time paid position. No matter what you may be looking for, you’re probably wondering – “where can I find a summer job?” Here are some of our tips to make sure you land your dream summer job!


Drop by career services

Career Services, located on the 3rd floor of Gordon Hall, is an excellent resource for career education and employment support services for both Queen’s students and recent alumni! If you’re thinking of revamping your résumé, or would like a second opinion, Career Services is a great option! They offer a wide range of services such as career workshops, career counselling appointments, Resume and Cover Letter Review Appointments, as well as Drop-in Career Advising!


Check out online resources

There are many traditional online resources such as Indeed, which students have used to find summer positions. MyCareer is unique to Queen’s, and it allows Queen’s students to search and post jobs, as well as view and register for workshops and events. These types of websites are a great way to get your résumé seen by employers, and one step closer to your dream summer job!


Do your research

If there is a particular company that you would love to work for this summer, do your research! What’s the mission statement of the company? What’s the culture of the company like? Make sure to check out the company’s website as well as social media platforms for any additional information that may help you during the application process.


Don’t be afraid to ask questions

During the interview, and after you land the job, don’t be afraid to ask questions! Your boss will appreciate your enthusiasm, and they won’t mind answering your questions. Don’t be nervous that you might be asking a stupid question, it’s better to know than risk the job!


Summer Opportunities Fair

Held annually in the ARC, this event allows students to speak with employers who are looking to hire students for summer work! Summer job opportunities range from part-time to career-related opportunities, and even international experiences. On January 23, 2018 in the ARC from 10:30am-3:30pm, make sure to check out this event! (Tip: remember to bring your résumé!)


AMS hiring

If you’re looking to get involved, we’re hiring! Beginning January 31st, applications will be opening for a variety of positions. If you’re looking for full-time, part-time, or even volunteer opportunities, working and volunteering in the AMS will allow you to build relationships with students and receive invaluable work experience! Unless you’re applying for senior level or salaried positions, a résuméand cover letter isn’t required! Check out for more information. If you have any questions, please contact the Talent Acquisition Manager:





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