You're a student looking for summer work. You head over to the Career and Graduate School Services Office on Bancroft Way to check the student job listings.
You spy the dream job: A Berkeley alumnus needs summer workers at the Tahoe Yacht Club. Yes, yes, yes.
But Renee Hayes and Jane Adams say any summer job is a dream job for students. And that's why they are trying like crazy to get everyone on campus to let their office know about leads for summer jobs for students.
"Almost every student would like to work during the summer. We can't begin to meet the demand," says Hayes, who is the job developer for student employment.
"That's why we're asking everyone on campus to tell us about off-campus jobs. People hear about lots of things--tell us, even if you don't know the details. If you can give us enough clues, we can follow up on it," adds Adams, director of student employment.
Adams and Hayes are serious about following up on any and all leads. While a job or internship that provides career training is golden, "wethink any summer job--from gardening to a research project is worthwhile to students," says Hayes.
For example, if you hear about an internship--paid or unpaid--anywhere in the world, they want to hear from you. If you have a neighbor who needs some help with home finances or yard work, they want to hear from you. If you are at a party and hear about a company doing a summer project that could use one-time research help, call them. "Ask your spouses and friends if they know of anyone who needs help this summer. If you can let me know about a contact, I will contact them to see if we can develop a job for a Berkeley student," says Hayes.
Last year, the on-campus federally funded Job Development Program contacted 1,500 employees, said Hayes. That resulted in 225 employers listing 800 student positions.
Students need jobs year around, says Hayes, but during the summer almost all want to work. Jobs in the Bay Area are most in demand.
With fees continuing to rise, the need for part-time income is growing, says Hayes. But, add both Hayes and Adams, there's an even greater need for students to get career experience before they graduate.
"Any exposure to the world of work and to their career fields" is a plus, says Hayes.
There's no fee for employers to list jobs. The jobs are listed for students in room 101 of 2111 Bancroft Way and online through a gopher listing restricted to Berkeley students.