Grad student summer gig?
April 23, 2012 5:56 PM Subscribe
I am a grad student who needs extra income, but my department frowns upon outside work. Ideas?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (25 answers total) 23 users marked this as a favorite
I am not explicitly prohibited from having an outside job by any formal policy, but my advisor thinks that the meager amount of my summer funding is enough and that nothing should distract from research. I agree, to a point, but I can't trim my budget any further and I will have a few hundred in uncovered medical expenses coming up, and will also probably be in for a major car repair in the next year, and being broke and racking up credit card debt will keep me up at night and impact my work. Already applied for every fellowship I know I qualify for, so that's out.
I want to spend a few hours a week over the summer building up a savings cushion, but I can't TA, can't wait tables or sling coffee anywhere I might be noticed, and I'm having a hard time coming up with other ideas for working 10-15 hours on the sly. I've trolled craigslist part-time and gigs in my city, not much. I suppose I could tutor since that's the obvious thing for an overeducated person with my skill set, and I'm sending out applications for online tutoring, but open to other ideas, especially ones where I won't need to provide academic references. I might enjoy some non-intellectual work and I'm open to any wacky idea at this point, but probably not capable of hard manual labor and nothing dangerous or illegal, but odd, gross, whatever else will be considered. Mid 20s, female.
- what things could I do from home/online? some kind of content farm writing? Mechanical Turk? what are reputable companies to look into? I don't have an Etsy-able skill.
- what places could I work seasonally where I won't be noticed? (assume I'm in a mid sized college city where everybody is about three degrees of separation from everybody else.)
- any other ideas for making a few hundred extra? even one-time things instead of regular gigs are fine, as long as it's not too public. my time is very flexible for the next four months.