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Get a Summer Job from President Obama, Bon Jovi

Get a Summer Job from President Obama, Bon Jovi

Find a summer job with SummerQAmp and Summer Jobs+.

By Kathryn Knight Randolph

March 14, 2012

Have you spent the last few weeks frantically searching for a summer job only to find job openings at your local public pool or shaved ice stand? The problem is a common one for students, especially in this economy, when students are battling experienced adults for temporary or part-time job opportunities.

President Obama’s Administration has grown increasingly concerned over this trend, and that’s why they’ve started the Summer Jobs+ program. The Summer Jobs+ program is an online resource for young people to connect with businesses and find summer jobs, internships, mentorship or training opportunities.

In a statement on the site, the President said, "America’s young people face record unemployment, and we need to do everything we can to make sure they’ve got the opportunity to earn the skills and a work ethic that come with a job…That’s why today, we’re launching Summer Jobs+, a joint initiative that challenges business leaders and communities to join my Administration in providing hundreds of thousands of summer jobs for America’s youth.”

Since the site’s launch, organizations like Gap, Inc., Southwire and Boys and Girls Club of Green Bay have signed up for the program to provide summer employment opportunities exclusively for students, according to The White House Blog. And now, even bigger names are teaming up to help young people find work this summer.

Aneesh Chopra, former CTO of the White House, musician Jon Bon Jovi, Steve Martocci, co-founder of GroupMe, and Kevin Haggard, Vice President of Quality Engineering at Gilt Groupe, have teamed up and created SummerQAmp, a component of the Summer Jobs+ program that will help train students on high-tech skills necessary to compete in today’s growing tech industry.

According to their website, SummerQAmp will “introduce Quality Assurance (QA) as a potential career path to American youth (ages 18-24) who are unaware of the opportunity by allowing them to gain valuable work experience as summer interns at software companies.” TechCrunch reports that SummerQAmp hopes to create at least 1,000 QA internships for students this summer.

Though Summer Jobs+ isn’t fully up and running just yet, students can sign up for updates as to when the site will begin posting summer job opportunities. Good luck with your summer job search!


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    pihugaga

    about 2 years ago

    18 comments

    Sienna. even though Judith`s posting is great... I just got a great new Mazda from bringing in $7015 this-last/month and over 10/k this past month. without a doubt its the best-work I've had. I actually started 7-months ago and pretty much immediately started to make over $74 p/h. I went to this website, http://www.Cloud65.com

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    heychica80

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    Everyone needs work. That's obvious. But, I don't see handouts for anyone over 24. I'm 31, I graduated in 2005, I have had three jobs in the past year due to layoffs, and now I am on unemployment. It's getting impossible to receive those benefits as well, which we've earned. There are very few local jobs in my community, and those that are available are taken very quickly. I can't afford to drive that far to get to a job. Where are the jobs that were promised to America? Hello?

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    chapterfinaljob

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    "The younger crowd who can still stay at home," you say. In ten years we might still be sitting at home, unable to find an employer who isn't looking for the "most experienced" person for the job.

    How is this summer job opportunity not helping us? It is giving us the work references that we need. It is giving us the experience that employers want.

    Let's say that we graduate without taking a single job. We would be competing with people who have years of experience on us, and the message we hear over and over again is "Sorry, we found somebody more qualified". Our attitude is anything but flippant. At worst, you would end up with the majority of a generation that cannot find work, cannot afford to raise the next generation, have not worked, cannot tell the next generation what supporting themselves with respectable job is like.

    The older crowd need degrees, and the younger crowd need experience. Can't we go for both without pushing each other aside like it's Black Friday?

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    CKMettler

    over 2 years ago

    6 comments

    It's all well and good to help the younger crowd who can still live at home or even join the military. My question is this:what about the older crowd who decided to go back to school to get a degree so they can have a career instead of a job? This isn't helping them at all. Again just a way to confuse the issue. The younger crowd will see this as a "Yay" and will be more likely to vote for Obama because of it, meanwhile the older crowd will still be unemployed, not eligible for social security, can't touch their retirement, out of unemployment benefits and STILL have bills to try to meet. I'll be excited when a politician comes up with a solution that will help ALL age group graduates. I'm currently in college and I am well past the ages of 18 - 24. There are people in my classes that even older than I am. What are WE supposed to do? We are all looking for work and most of us aren't even able to get part time jobs flipping burgers.

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    onthejob

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    willing and ready to work.

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    EmV

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    If only colleges would teach networking 101, resume and cover letter writing 101 & 102 and how to have a great interview...oh and not to give up after sending resumes, know your transferable skills, contact, employers by cold emailing or contacting employers after an interview, more people would be successful in finding jobs. Setting yourself apart from the crowd is an important aspect in getting recognized, chosen for an interview, and hired. Be true to yourself and take advantage of your skills. You are worth the extra effort.

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    Vladislav

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    Would be great to get it )

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    Kayla_gehringer

    over 2 years ago

    8 comments

    I've been searching for a job since I was sixteen and no dice yet. Hopefully I can get something because I am really tired of searching! XD Fingers crossed on this one.

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    olipal

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    i'm looking for a job preferably nursing. i have not sit my nclex yet because i have no money. can anyone help

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    bstoehr05

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm 26 and graduated almost 3 years ago with a BA and now have to work on my MBA so I don't feel like a loser. I can not find a job in my field either so thank you Obama for giving up on me!

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    gdavidsalmeron

    over 2 years ago

    4 comments

    I've been out of college since 1993 and laid off from my new employee trainer two years ago and currently working part-time. The Bush policies caused many positions to be outsourced and made it difficult for those of us that are not only educated with multiple degrees, but seriously experienced. Some of us are willing to take paycuts just to get back on track. It isn't just those that just graduated, it is a problem across the board.

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    phillipastein

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    Agreed. There are a lot of young recent grads who are hungry for challenging positions that allow for some growth and creativity. Offering a small percentage of students who are interested in tech jobs summer internships is really leaving a lot of us wanting more. Don't give up my fellow 20 somethings!

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    Thein2008

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    What about people who are just over the 18-24 age group who have graduated college with an undergraduate degree and haven't found work. I am 25 and will be turning 26 in April. I graduated when the recession started in 2008 and still haven't found work.

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    sonicboomii

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    Well I can say that I will offer anyone a business opportunity if they need it, if they don't think it's for them then that is fine but you are more that welcome to contact me at sonicboomii@gmail.com

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    katyamukhina

    over 2 years ago

    2 comments

    Yes contributing to 1st comment, I am recent graduate of 24 years and no major experience and I need one badly to be eligible for hire. I have BA in Business, do you guys offer post graduates internships as well and if so what are the qualifiers to get into one? Thanks. Kateryna Mukhina. Lynchburg, VA.