The ultimate guide for summer student jobs

You’ve sat your last exam and you’re now free for the summer. While it’s good to relax and catch up with friends, this could also be the perfect time to apply for a job and gain much-needed work experience.

Before going on the job search, it is important to edit and improve your CV. To help with the search, here is a list of different student-friendly summer jobs.


Throughout the summer months, there are numerous festivals and events that take place all over the country. If you are interested in working in a place that provides live and free entertainment, then this might be the job for you. Look up local or regional festivals and events and check their websites for job openings. Alternatively, you can sign up to hospitality recruitment agencies that specialise in recruiting festival/event staff to help speed up the search.

Here is a list of recommended festival staff agencies :


Another hospitality job is working for cafes, restaurants and fast-food chains. Common job positions for these places are server, waiter/waitress, barista, host/hostess, catering assistant and kitchen porter.

Places that hire such staff are :

  • KFC
  • Greggs
  • Starbucks
  • Nandos
  • McDonalds

Supermarkets & Retail

This is probably the most common summer job for a student. In a retail job, you will be most likely working as a sales assistant/associate.

Hiring Retail Places :

  • JD
  • H&M
  • Primark
  • Amazon
  • New Look

In a supermarket job, the roles of customer assistant and store assistant are available.

Hiring Supermarkets :

  • Lidl
  • Aldi
  • Asda
  • Tesco
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Morrisons  

Kids Camp

If you like being active and working with children, then working at a Children’s Summer Camp or Summer School is a good summer job to have. The roles of summer camp workers are typically: Activity Leader, Activity Instructor and Camp Counsellor.

Hiring Summer Camps And Schools Are :

  • PGL
  • XUK Camp
  • Target English International (they have a summer school right here in Lincoln)
  • Virgin Active
  • Super Camps

If you can’t find a summer camp or school from the above sites then try and google your local area plus holiday club and get in contact with those that are available. Alternatively, you can apply for work at your local leisure centres or regional amusement parks such as Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Legoland.


This summer could also be used to gain vital work experience in your area of study. You can do this by applying for internships or summer schemes. I would recommend speaking to the university’s Careers team about this. As an alternative, you may be able to work at a local college or even the university during the summer as they need people to help with events and administrative duties.  Lincoln College is currently hiring temporary staff to help assist with clearing and enrolment this summer.

Look for the role of Sessional Enrolment Officer on the Jobs section of their website or click the link below.

Office & Admin

Call centres and other offices hire summer positions such as receptionist, customer service advisor, admin assistant and more.

Hopefully, you’ve spotted a job that interests you.

Don’t forget to check and edit your CV before you start applying.

Good luck!

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