Making money as a student – especially as an international student – can be tricky. Thanks to Nerdwallet, below are four ways to get paid as a student. Let us know if any of them work for you!
Cash-strapped students take heart: There are ways to make money in college without sacrificing your sleep, studies or plasma.
Here’s the rundown on four different ways to earn some cash. The best option for you will depend on your needs: a steady paycheck, the occasional influx of coin or something you can put on the resume.
Consider college your main gig. Classes, homework and studying should take priority. But you can pick up work as your schedule allows, thanks to an ever-expanding gig economy. Side gigs let you dictate your schedule and workload, so you’re not juggling three shifts during midterms.
Need money now? Like, right now? Turn your old clothes, shoes and electronics into fast cash. Selling items you don’t use is an easy way to replenish your gas or grocery fund. Just make sure they actually belong to you because, no, your sister will not understand if you sell her sweater.
Flexibility is key here. You want a boss who will work around your class schedule, which will change every term, and your busy times at school — midterms, finals and major projects. Bonus points if the work aligns with your career interests or you can study on the job, says Timothy Jaconette, founder of Advanced Admit, a college guidance, and coaching company.
One of the main differences between a paid internship and a part-time job: Internships often satisfy academic requirements, something that can rarely be said about bartending or waiting tables. And while internships are typically temporary — a semester, a summer or an entire school year — they can turn into lasting career opportunities.
Internships “give you loads of contacts to be in touch with after graduation,” says Valerie Streif, a senior advisor with Mentat, a career services company. “This is the best way to set you up with a career to walk into after you earn your degree.”
As a student, you can earn money by:
An international student with an F1 visa can work on campus for 20 hours/week during the school year and up to 40 hours/week during the holiday/summer. Depending on your state and skill level, you can earn approximately $7 to $10 per hour.
All F1 students can make money through on-campus jobs and approved internships. On-campus jobs are meant to be part-time (i.e., 20 hrs/week), though students can work full-time (i.e., 40 hrs/week) when school is not in session.
Kelsey Sheehy is a writer at NerdWallet. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The article 4 Ways to Make Money as a College Student originally appeared on NerdWallet.
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