Story by Katherine Hunt
Getting an internship in an unfamiliar city can be tough. However, there are ways to make money besides just getting a paid internship. Scorekeeping for intramurals, writing articles for The Times-Delphic, part time jobs and even selling old clothes are all possible ways to make money.
If you’re looking to make some money as a Drake University student, here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.
1. Use your resources! Everyone is a helpful contact. Maybe your sorority sister works at Hy-Vee where there’s a job opening or a coach knows of a part-time coaching job for primary school students. Drake University also offers Career BluePrint, which is an online job-posting site for students. There are currently over 700 positions available, so there’s something for everyone. Sophomore Taylor Larson found her current internship online, “I found an ad on Career BluePrint and sent them an email about my interest in working for them,” Larson said. She now works for LS2 group in public relations.
2. Broaden your options. Most college jobs and even internships are not always glamorous or making a ton of money. Sophomore Megan Streit warned not to be so picky in finding a job. “Don’t count out the food industry just because it isn’t ‘glamorous’ customer service and work ethic can be developed anywhere and those will help you move up the chain a lot faster,” Streit said.Also, don’t count out anything just because it’s not within a certain area or major. A continuous way to make money without ever leaving Drake’s campus is to write articles for The Times-Delphic. You don’t need to be a journalism major and it’s flexible. It may not be a marketing internship, but it does offer $15 per article, which is better than nothing.
3. It doesn’t have to be an actual job. Doing smaller things may not bring in as much money as working part-time, but it’s a good way to still bring in income with a busy schedule. First-year Emily Sadecki prefers to have a variety of ways to make money without an actual job. “I have toyed with the idea of getting a job off campus, but want to make sure I’ve got the hang of things before I introduce any sort of other obligations,” Sadecki said. One such way to make money without getting a job is to sell old clothes. Consignment shops such as Plato’s Closet take these clothes and offer a reasonable amount of money to the seller to be used either in store or elsewhere.
While these are all wonderful tips to help students find ways to make some money while at Drake, don’t forget manners either. Thank interviewers if applying for a job or the cashier who hands you back money from selling clothes. Courtesy goes a long way. First-year Emily Gregor also had this final piece of advice for finding ways to make money,
“Networking can really help you get a job. However, taking initiative can also really help,” Gregor said.