Seasonal Job Ideas For Students During The Holiday Break

November 27, 2013  |  
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With the holiday season quickly approaching, many college students are in search of seasonal employment to hold them over financially during their winter break. Much better than lying around catching up on Netflix! Here are a few suggestions to make a few extra dollars while school’s out of session. Be sure to pass this along to the story to those college goers in your life looking for ideas!

Temp Agency Work

If you are looking for work without the commitment of a permanent position, try applying to a temp agency. Temp agencies specialize in finding job placements for those looking to work odd jobs for a short amount of time in their area, such as office clerks or janitorial services. Some temp agencies offer hourly jobs that offer more than the minimum wage and also pay weekly. With many companies still too fearful to commit to full-time workers, there are temp jobs to be had.

Department Stores

Major department stores are a haven for part-time, seasonal employment during the holiday season. With an influx of customers, orders and merchandise, almost every major department store from Macy’s to Target is seeking part time and full time seasonal employees for all shifts who are flexible. Find some of the major department stores’ online application process below and get to work!







Non-Profit Organizations

Various non-profit organizations, like your local soup kitchen or major organizations like the Salvation Army, are in search of volunteers or part-time workers to help stock shelves and receive donations during the holiday season. Reach out to a few organizations to see if they are looking for a few good workers. Salvation Army lists their available jobs by region here.

College Bookstores

It may seem a bit ironic to be on campus during your holiday break, but college bookstores are always looking for seasonal help during the middle of the semester seasons to stock shelves to prepare for the upcoming Spring classes. Contact your university’s bookstore or a local college bookstore near you to inquire about seasonal employment in the textbook stock room. You are sure to clock in some hours with this job!

Paid Seasonal Internships

A seasonal internship during the short 4-to-6-week holiday break from college may seem impossible to find, but some are available, depending on availability and major. Check into companies that interest you by major and field during the Fall semester to get a leg up on a few short-term paid internships. Not finding many internships available during the Winter? Get in contact with the HR department of the company you’re interested in and suggest an intern or part-time employment for an extra hand around the office during their busy December/January season.


Major package delivery company UPS has plenty of openings each year for seasonal package handlers, stock clerks and delivery drivers during the busy delivery season. In addition to paying their seasonal employees on a weekly basis, UPS also offers various shifts and part- or full-time employment. UPS is also known as one of the best companies for minorities by FORTUNE and one of the 50 best places to launch a career by BusinessWeek.

Learn more about their available positions and apply here.


Another great way to make extra cash this holiday break is by tutoring younger children. Connect with parents who are looking for babysitters/tutors to keep their child’s mind fresh during their winter break. Also, check the local elementary, middle or even high schools for part-time positions in and out of the school to help students academically.

Restaurant Server/Hostess

Many restaurants have seasonal openings for hosts and servers to accommodate the busy holiday season. Try applying at your local restaurant for a seasonal position to occupy the winter break months. In addition to an hourly wage, servers also rack up tips from customers that could add up to some extra cash during the holidays.

Stock Rooms

Many retail stores, packaging companies and small shops have stock rooms which become chock full of merchandise during the holiday season consumer rush. Apply to your local stores and shops as a stock clerk, assisting the store with stocking shelves and managing the supply coming into the store this holiday season.

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