Although seemingly too cold out, and considering how many days we have actually seen the sun here in good ol’ Eastern Washington in the past two weeks, it’s time to start thinking about summertime.
It is time to starting thinking about relaxation. It is time to think about kicking back at the lake on a sweltering hot day with a couple of friends, chicks in bikinis, guys in baseball caps and sandals [shirt optional], and a couple of cold ones.
Okay. Back to reality. What really is coming is the need for a summer job to support those long hours spent as a servitor to that chemistry exam. It’s a time to search for that one job that is going to make or break your summer fun or funds, so to speak.
If you need a summer job, aside from the one you have lined up at McDonalds operating the death fryer, you should have been at the 2001 Eastern Washington University Job and Internship Fair Tuesday.
The job fair, sponsored by the Eastern Washington University Career Services, typically takes place the first Tuesday in March. LouAnn Hommel, a computer support analyst for the Student Employment Office, started it eight years ago.
The first event had only 12 employers present, and primarily was all about seasonal summer jobs. This year, the fair had 47 employers in attendance, and some looking for internships that could eventually lead to permanent jobs for some students.
Some years the job fair has had as many as 65 employers present. The internships were just added into the mix in the last couple of years, Hommel said.
The Careers Services Center invites usually around 300 companies. “They notify us and tell us that they are interested,” Hommel said. “Companies contact us all the time.”
At the fair, students mill about from table to table, talking to various employers and getting as much literature as they can about the jobs available. Eastern student Jacqueline Bennion came to “see what was out there, and hopefully earn some money.”
A student that just arrived on the scene said he was looking “for anything he could get.” There was a lot to be had.
There is a smorgasbord of employers to choose from at the fair, from youth summer camps, to police departments, the U.S. Military and even retailers like Target and Nordstrom.
The City of Cheney was there, sitting in the same spot they have every year since the beginning. They had many jobs to offer with the parks and recreation department, from lifeguards, to park maintenance, and volunteer positions for the 3 on 3 basketball tournament held in Cheney each summer.
“It’s worth out time to come back every year,” Dianna Harrington, recreation coordinator for the City of Cheney, said. “It’s a good way to promote our programs.”
To contact the Cheney Parks and Recreation Department, call 235-7295.
The Idaho Panhandle National Forest, a division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Forest Service, are badly in need of seasonal firefighters this year. Last year was typically a bad fire season, and this year is anticipated to be even worse.
Getting a job with the Forest Service “depends on where you want to go and what you want to do,” said Chad Baconrind, a fish biologist with the Idaho Panhandle National Panhandle Forest.
“Everybody wants to get a job in their own field, but by trying something else a lot of students can see interest in other fields too.”
Aside from fire fighting, the Department of Agriculture and Forest Service has jobs ranging from guides, to lifeguards, forestry aides, construction aides, to economics assistants. You name it, they have it. Heck, they even have jobs in Puerto Rico.
For more information about Forest Service jobs, log on to Forest Service Jobs.
Employers looking for students with more specific interest in jobs in their degree fields were also on hand. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, operated by Battelle, for the U.S. Department of Energy in Richland, Wash., is looking for accounting and finance summer interns.
The jobs consist of two rotational assignments of 6-8 weeks each, in accounting, business analysis or business office functions. It pays between $14 and $16 an hour. Quite a far cry from the pennies Zip’s or Burger King would be throwing your way.
Sam Martinez, business manager for the energy science and technology division of PNNL, said that his company “has probably hired, in the last 3 to 4 years, 1 to 2 interns a year” from the students that come and work during the summer.
Whatever your interest, there is a job out there for you this summer. Students who missed out on the job fair can still get in contact with prospective employers who were at the fair. The EWU Career Services website has information on many part-time off campus jobs, and has a list of summer jobs and internships from many of the employers present at the job fair posted there as well. Log on to EWU Career Services.