Summer Job Ideas for High School Teens

  • By Sikorsky Credit Union
  • May 10, 2023

As this school years comes to an end, your teen may be interested in getting a summer job to earn some cash. When helping a teenager decide on the best summer job for them, think about the skills they have or need to develop. Summer jobs teach kids to be responsibility, self-sufficient and more importantly they will gain valuable work experience. Here are some options for teenagers starting their job hunt.

Restaurant Server

Every teen should experience working in a restaurant. Lifelong skills can be developed from this type of work, such as communication skills and how to deal with people in a friendly matter. They will soon realize their tips are directly impacted by the service they provide.


Many retail stores hire teenagers for the summer. Working in retail will help your teen develop customer service skills and learn to handle money at a register. As a perk, some retail stores even offer discounts for employees to enjoy.

Summer Camp Counselor

Local camp programs need teenagers to work with younger kids. With this type of job, teens will learn to communicate efficiently, develop conflict resolution skills and be a mentor to younger kids. As a bonus they will spend lots of time outside on sunny days.

Dog Walker

If your teen loves animals, encourage them to become a Dog Walker for the summer. Ask neighbors and friends if their 4-legged friends need extra walks for the summer then schedule days and times to suit their needs.

As your teen begins to earn money this summer, discuss banking accounts with them. Opening a checking account is important financial tool to manage their money and limit their spending. If your teen is looking to open a checking, stop by Sikorsky Credit Union to learn about the Kasasa Cash Checking – it’s a free checking account that earns 2.00% APY* or click here to learn more.  


*APY = Annual Percentage Yield. You will receive the following rewards when you meet your account's qualifications during a Monthly Qualification Cycle: Balances up to $10,000 receive APY of 2.00%; and balances over $10,000 earn 0.25% dividend rate on the portion of balance over $10,000, resulting in a range from 2.00% to 0.41% APY depending on the account's balance. $25 minimum deposit required to open account.