The dreaded Arizona summer heat is on its way, but on the upside, the season also brings hundreds of seasonal jobs. Summer employment is a great way to build your résumé, get some experience under your belt, try out a new vocation and perhaps get your foot in the door of a company or field for which you have interest.
Employment Specialists through the Arizona Department of Economic Security (DES) Division of Employment and Rehabilitation Services (DERS) are available to help you find the perfect summer gig. Get started today by checking out hundreds of summer opportunities that are currently listed on Arizona's jobs database, the Arizona Job Connection website.
Summer openings are available in a variety of fields across the state. Here are just a few of the great opportunities:
The Great Outdoors:
These jobs are great for brave teens who don't "sweat" the Arizona heat.
Lifeguard –The City of Maricopa, Aquarius Casino Resort, Arizona Biltmore Resort, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa and Nautical Beachfront Resort are all currently on a mission to add quality lifeguards to their team.
Camp Counselor – The Salvation Army, Jewish Community Center (JCC), Tutor Time, Town of Gilbert, and Arts for All, are looking for counselors to give Arizona kiddos memorable summer breaks.
Swim Instructor – If you're a skilled swimmer with the ability to teach, a swim instructor gig might be for you. Check out current openings in the Town of Gilbert, City of Glendale, and City of Phoenix.
Restaurant and Hospitality:
The snowbirds may be away, but many Arizona restaurants and hotels bring in great business during the summer months. If you enjoying keeping busy and working with people, then a career in this field may be worth checking out this season.
Omni Hotels is recruiting pool attendants both in Phoenix and in Tucson, as is The Ritz-Carlton in Marana. Hal Smith Restaurants bring on interns to learn about restaurant management during the summer. Chipotle Mexican Grill and Prescott Pines Christian Camps are both looking for food preps to help.
Customer Service & Retail:
If you're a people person, then a stint in a customer service job can help you thrive as you blend your personality with your work.
Nordstrom, Reebok, JCPenney and Leslie's PoolMart are just a few of the retailers that are recruiting for seasonal customer service staff.
An internship is a perfect way to get your foot in the door, especially in today's workforce where many job seekers find themselves in the "no experience" therefore, "no opportunity" paradox.
Intel is recruiting engineering interns, CliftonLarsenAllen is looking for audit interns, Freeport McMoRan is offering internships in the mining field, Zions Bancorporation is looking for retail interns, and Shamrock Farms is in need of Dairy marketing interns.
Tech Savvy Individuals Seeking Internships or Temporary Jobs:
The technology industry in Arizona is rapidly growing. If a digital career is what you seek, then you're in luck this summer.
L3 Technologies is hiring Manufacturing Engineering interns, Leslie's Poolmart is looking for an IT intern, Western Alliance Bank is looking for an intern to assist in their Digital Marketing department, Raytheon has Electronics Technology internships available and Intel is looking for temporary Systems Engineers.
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By Jillian Seamans