Opportunity knocks this summer as with an improving economy, there are summer jobs available.
In order to identify the best cities for summer jobs, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 150 most populated U.S. cities across two key areas, including “Youth Job-Market Outlook” and “Social Environment & Affordability.” With regard to the sample, please note that “city” includes city proper and excludes surrounding metro areas.
They first identified 18 relevant metrics, which are listed below with their corresponding weights. Each metric was given a value between 0 and 100, wherein 100 represents the most favorable conditions for those seeking summer work and 0 the least.
Finally, they calculated the overall score for each city using the weighted average across all metrics and ranked the cities accordingly.
This summer, Washington D.C. tops the list. The entire list can be viewed here.
As with searching for permanent employment, finding part-time, seasonal or temporary work can be challenging. With such obstacles in mind, we asked a panel of experts to weigh in with their advice — both for job seekers and city administrators. Click on the experts’ profiles to read their bios and responses to the following key questions:
- What tips do you have for a young person searching for a summer job or internship?
- What types of summer jobs or internships will best equip young people with the skills and experiences they need to secure a full-time career after graduation?
- What are the most common mistakes young people make when taking a summer job or internship?
- How can local authorities encourage companies to provide summer jobs or internships for young people? Should government subsidize the cost of summer employment for young people?