summer jobs for students

Summer Jobs For Students That Pays

Summer time is not only the time to visit the beach and relax, but also that time of the year when you can actually be productive and be part of the workforce.

For some, they maximize this time to gain employment or work as a freelancer. Whether you are looking to boost your bank account, or you are planning to find work experience early in the game, a summer job opportunity is always a good option.

What do you need to have?

Before getting excited with our list of job opportunities for the summer, it is important to look at the possible requirements that employers are looking for.

Keep in mind that though some employers are opening up summer job opportunities to help out hard working individuals to support their schooling, or to just have extra cash in their pocket, they are still running a business.

They put up these requirements to protect their business and to guarantee the best employer-employee relationship.


There are a number of things that you need to have in order to be hired. Keep in mind that different summer job opportunities will require different things from their applicants.

For instance, there are some gigs where you need to at least be 18 years of age. This means that it caters more to the self supporting college kids, looking for additional funds.

High school diploma

It is important to finish your high school. For employers, they prefer hiring high school graduates, since they can easily be trained.

There is the notion that they have the fundamental skills necessary to be part of the workforce.

NBI clearance

The function of the NBI Clearance is to prove that you do not have any criminal record. It is used for different purposes such as adoption, traveling requirements or even naturalization.

NBI Clearance is a staple for so many employers if you wish to work for them. It is important for employers to know if the person they are dealing with has no criminal record.

Also, you may opt to take advantage of the NBI Clearance application now available online. Better check NBI’s website to know more about the details of getting an NBI clearance.


You need to learn how to convince the potential employer why you are the best person for the job. The main purpose of having a resume is not really to land you the job immediately but to be considered for the interview.

The very first step towards getting a summer gig is having the ability to write your cover letter and market yourself through a resume.

What are the top job opportunities for the summer?


Coffee shops invest not only posh furniture and interior, but also in hiring some of the best baristas in town. There are a growing number of coffee and tea shops all over the metro, and other provinces in the Philippines.

A barista is the person providing customers with that perfect coffee or tea that you need to kick-start your day. A barista is different compared to a service crew working for a fast food restaurant. It requires a certain finesse in order for potential employees to land the barista gig.

Nature of work: A barista is the one taking orders and attending to the needs of customers in a coffee or a tea shop.

This requires the ability to make coffee the right way for your customers who are always on the go. This also requires constant interaction with different customers.

Where are you working: A barista is typically working on a posh coffee shop, milk tea shop or a regular tea house.

Given the number of coffee shops, milk tea houses and tea shops all over the Philippines, applying a barista allow you to work even in a place near your school, dorm or home.

Requirements for work: Establishments like Starbucks only accept applicants who are 18 years old and above. Also, it is a requirement that you have a pleasing personality, not to mention an ability to communicate fluently in both English and Filipino.

In some establishments, they’d require that you take a diploma course as a barista.

ESL teacher

Philippine curriculum’s thrust is geared towards catering to the so-called global village, a great number of Pinoys are adept in speaking the English language even adapting North American accent.

The English language is taught to us, and used more commonly as a means of instruction from elementary until we graduate college. This is also the primary reason why you can land a job being a teacher for foreigners who are looking to learn how to speak English.

Nature of work:  You have to teach a foreigner, more commonly a Korean or a Japanese student how to speak the English language.

The good thing with this gig is that you can choose to work full time, or part time. It can start as early as 5am or be found in the mid-shift where you go home after 10:30pm.

Where are you working: There are different options where you work. For some ESL Teacher positions, you have to go to an office. Aside from Eastwood, Ortigas and Makati, there is also a booming industry in Cebu, Subic and Baguio among many others.

It is also possible that you work at home. For some websites, they provide you with a system where you can apply and then work at flexible times.

If you opt to choose online, you need to ensure that you have a fast internet connection that will not lag, a reliable PC/laptop, quiet room, proper lighting and even a high definition camera.

Lastly, there are some gigs where you visit the client on his or her place, or you go to a public place like a coffee shop to conduct your sessions.

Requirements for the work: It is important that you have a good grasp of the English language. Both written and oral, you need to make sure that you review your subject-verb agreement and other must have English repertoire.

Fast food staff

One of the easiest ways on how to get a gig is by signing up as a fast food employee. Whether you are working full time or part time student, they open their doors for working students. You can choose from Jollibee, KFC, to McDonald’s.

Nature of work: A service crew for a fast food chain requires you to be trained to perform duties being done in a fast food setting. Whether you are going to cook, clean the floors or be the cashier, these are some of the most common responsibilities that you will face.

Where are you working: The good thing with this type of gig is that you can choose to apply to wherever location is close to your school or your home. Given the number of fast food branches nationwide, you have the liberty to minimize your time spent on commuting.

Requirements for work: For some fast food restaurants, they prefer to hire a college student, than someone who doesn’t have a plan to pursue his or her studies. This is their way of showcasing corporate social responsibility.

NBI Clearance, and other necessary documents are needed for this gig. Also, it is imperative that you are a hard worker considering the fast pace workplace.

Virtual assistants

There are a number of companies that are expanding their operations, and micromanagement is sometimes not good. If you are a key person who needs to perform other daunting tasks in your business, it is important to avoid doing the small things that could be assigned to someone else. One of the main solutions that businesses do is to hire a virtual assistant.

Nature of work: For customer service matters to fixing sheets for businesses, these are some of the things that a virtual assistant needs to do.

For some, virtual assistants, they are also going to be required to make calls using the Skype and other provided means by the employer.

Where are you working: As the name virtual assistant suggests, you are working anywhere with a strong and reliable connection.

Requirements for work: One of the things that you need to have is of course, a good internet connection.

You also need to have a reliable PC or laptop in order to handle the day to day requirements of the job. Now, if you are going to call people via Skype, you may want to make sure that you are in a quiet room.

The job market is now becoming stiff even for both fresh grads, and those who already have experience in their profession. Despite this reality, getting a job during the summer is still a good call especially for students. This can help students with their finances for the incoming school year.

Also, this can help them have work experience in their chosen field. The good thing with summer job opportunities is that you may even choose to continue working for the company even after summer.  

This article was first published in  April 2014  and has been updated for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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