I have this dilemma every summer and end up just staying unemployed . I don't have any retail or waitress experience like most people do (I was a lifeguard in high school/college). I also just don't know of any job that will allow you the flexibility that I need. We're basically only off for about 9 weeks, and I always travel for at least two of those. I'm not interested in having a 2nd job during the school year, so I can't really build a relationship with some place that will give me the flexibility I want in the summer. Personally, I also wouldn't want to do anything education related (i.e Sylvan or other tutoring centers) for so little money. If I'm making that little, it better be a break from teaching. Summer school was perfect for me, but my district quit offering it many years ago and nearby districts don't hire "outsiders" for their summer school. It was $40 per hour and WAY less work and stress than the regular school year. Kids were only there 4 hours per day, 60 minutes of that was eating and recess (we served breakfast and lunch), and they gave you one hour of paid planning time per day. Additionally, most teachers were wise enough not to send kids with severe behaviors to summer school. I do have a teacher friend who works at Starbucks and really enjoys it. They seem like a nicer company to work for and you'd also be more likely to work with adults (rather than HS kids like a lot of summer jobs). She works year-round though. I don't know that they'd hire you just for the summer. You could always do what Bella said and not tell them your plan to quit in the fall, but obviously that only works for this summer as they're not going to hire you back next summer after that.