Why are you looking for a job? Do you need to pay college expenses.save up for a spring break trip.pay car insurance? Wouldn't it be great if you could find a job that would put money in your pocket and look good on a résumé? A "career starter" job is one that provides hands-on experience and allows you to apply what you've learned in the classroom. Although you can occasionally find this type of job during the academic year, the majority of these jobs are offered during the summer. (Note: The application deadlines for such opportunities are usually in the late winter or early spring.) The following links will help you to begin your search for a "career starter" job.
You should also keep in mind that some internships provide an hourly wage or stipend - another great way to get career experience and put money in your pocket. To learn how to search for internships, go to Wittenberg's Internships page.
Office of Personnel Management
A wide variety of summer positions are available in Federal agencies throughout the U.S., including the following titles: Biological Science Lab Technician, Computer Clerk, Electronic Technician, Industrial Hygiene Aide, Psychology Technician, Editorial Assistant, and Statistical Assistant. Postings of summer jobs with Federal agencies are also found at
Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program
REU jobs are available in the following fields: Atmospheric Sciences, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Computer and Information Science and Engineering, Earth Sciences, Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, Ocean Sciences, Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research, and Physics, Materials, & Astronomy. The REU sites are supported by the National Science Foundation.
Defense Information Systems Agency
Positons include Computer Clerks, Office Automation Clerks, and Engineering Technicians in the DC area. Appplications are only accepted during February and job postings are found at http://www.disa.mil
(search under "Student & Intern Programs"). U.S. Citizenship is required and student must be able to obtain a security clearance.
U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC)
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) offers paid summer employment through the federal government's Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) as well as unpaid training opportunities through it's Student Volunteer Service. This site describes general opportunities with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). For information on employment opportunities by geographic area, see: http://www.ofa.noaa.gov/
Lucent Technologies Bell Laboratories Summer Research Program for Minorities and Women
Geared toward undergraduate students who have completed their sophomore or junior years.
SOCHE Student Research Program
Jobs are located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton.
Summers of Discovery Program (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences)
For those interested in the biomedical/biological sciences.
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
Research Clerk and Research Assistant positions located in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Los Angeles).
FDIC Summer Career Experience Program
Opportunities include examining banks, enforcing civil rights and fair credit laws, financial forecasting, IT system development and other professional areas. Contact the FDIC personnel office servicing the geographic area where you are interested in working: http://www.fdic.gov/about/jobs/contacts.html
Center for Science and Industry - Columbus Location
For jobs at their Toledo location, you need to call their Jobline at 419-244-2674 and select option 7 on the voice mail menu.
Summer Research Opportunities for Science Students
Emphasis on jobs that involve research related to physics and astronomy.
Summer Clerical Program - U.S. Department of State
A good starting point for those interested in becoming foreign service officers.
You generally need to contact the park or forest where you would like to work and request an application for summer employment. The listing of National Forest web sites is found at http://www.fs.fed.us/fsjobs/overview.html. The Ohio Park Directory is found at http://www.dnr.state.oh.us/parks/. To apply on-line for a summer job with the National Park Service go to http://www.sep.nps.gov/. Most metropolitan areas also have park systems. Job postings for Columbus Metro Parks are found at http://www.metroparks.net/?Page=OppJobs . For Cincinnati Parks go to http://www.cinci-parks.org. For Dayton and the Miami Valley go to http://www.metroparks.org
Camp jobs offer many skill-building opportunities. To learn about the variety of job options available at summer camps, attend Wittenberg's annual Camp Fair. This event is traditionally held on the last Wednesday in January. To find postings on-line for camp jobs, go to:
Camp Jobs In Ohio
City Recreation Departments
Many recreation departments require you to apply directly to their office rather than applying on-line through their city's employment site. The following site, maintained by the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, features a comprehensive list of recreation departments in Ohio: http://www.opraonline.org
The International Radio & Television Society Foundation
Summer Fellowship Program--9 weeks June 6-August 5, 2005--- Application deadline December 3, 2004
apply online at www.irts.org
YMCA Summer Day Camps are also a good source of seasonal recreation jobs. To find YMCA's in your geographic area click here.
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
A variety of job and internship opportunities for all majors. Includes work with Administration on Aging, National Institutes of Health, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
This is only a partial listing. When searching the Internet for summer career starter jobs in a particular city, use the following keywords: "summer employment program," "undergraduate fellowship," "summer fieldwork," and "student trainee program."