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Keep that summer suntan dark work at a shoreside job
By CAROLE FERGUSON
If you Ye looking for fun and sun,
a summer job by the sea may be just
what you need to keep you busy and
maybe even improve your tan.
It's the perfect get-away from
school and parents, and students can
usually find shoreside jobs during the
busy summer vacation months.
Depending on what job you have,
living at the beach can be the closest
thing to a 3-month vacation.
Students with beach living expe
rience warn, however, that it's not
the place for those who hope to
return to school with cash
I made pretty much money, but
I spent most of it," said Dana Bunker,
a sophomore who spent last summer
waitressing at Myrtle Beach. "The
cost of living is high at the beach,"
Will Allen, a freshman from
Charlotte, didn't save much money
By CLAY THORP
Students wanting to mix business
with pleasure in a relaxed atmos
phere filled with the elements of the
good life should consider interning
at the resorts and beaches of the
"There are a wide variety of areas
in which to gain skills depending on
students' interests and our availabil
ity," said Tim Walker, director of
group sales and marketing at Wolf
Laurel Resort in Mars Hill, N.C.
Potential jobs or internships can
be arranged in recreation areas such
as golf, tennis, and swimming.
Walker said. Wolf Laurel has a
flexible intern program run on an
individual basis with students,
depending on their interests.
At Sea Pines Resort in Hilton
Head Island, S.C., seven internships
are available in the "Fun for Kids"
program, said Kristin Ritsema,
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either, but he remembers his summer
at North Myrtle Beach as "a big
Allen spent nine hours a day
lifeguarding and renting beach equip
ment. That totals about 63 hours a
week, he pointed out. So, lifeguard
ing is obviously a job for people
looking for maximum tanning time.
UI lived in a house with 21 guys,
and 14 girls lived next door," Allen
said. The lifeguard service provided
the lifeguards a free place to stay and
a commission of what they made
from rentals, Allen said.
Most of the lifeguards working
with Allen were males, but there were
3 female lifeguards. Most of the girls
who worked for the service pushed
carts selling frozen lemonade, Allen
said. "They made more money," he
Allen said he was never faced with
a real emergency situation, although
there was some excitement one day
when a 12-foot shark was spotted
earby resorts are still looking for staffers
to handle the upcoming vacation season
internship director at the resort.
The interns in the program act as
counselors in charge of four to 12
children staying with their families
at the resort, Ritsema said. Interns
work at the pool, the bicycle shop,
or on special projects such as the
Fourth of July celebration.
Interns get one meal a day and a
stipend of $250 for the summer,
Ritsema said. The resort also pro
vides housing if it is readily available.
Grandfather Mountain Golf and
Country Club in Linville, N.C, is
also a good place to find a job. "We
do quite a bit of hiring in the
summer," said Tommy Suddreth,
club manager at the resort. Jobs are
sometimes available in the dining
room, the kitchen, the golf and tennis
areas and with the grounds keeping
Hounds Ears Resort in Blowing
Rock. N.C. also does a lot of hiring
in the summer, said David Blust, club
close to shore. He did not have to
save anyone from drowning, but he
had to swim out at least six or seven
times per day to bring in people who
had gone too far out into the ocean.
"You spend a lot of time out in
the sun and get to meet hundreds of
people," Allen said. "It's a lot of
work, though. It's not like a
Waiting tables in restaurants at the
beach is another traditional college
"The best time to get a job is the
beginning of June,"said Brenda
Chason, a senior who worked at
North Myrtle Beach two summers
"It's pretty easy to find a job," she
said. Chason said that restaurants
wait to hire you when they need you,
so the spring is usually too early to
apply for a job.
Chason and five other girls rented
the downstairs section of a house.
She made enough to cover her living
However, Hounds Ears usually
doesnt hire UNC students because
summer break doesn't always coin
cide with the peak tourist season. "It's
difficult (for UNC students to work
at the resort) because we have heavy
business through September and
October," Blust said.
He said that most of Hounds Ears'
interns come from surrounding
schools such as Appalachian State
Some other Southern resorts
encounter problems with the timing
of UNC's summer vacation schedule.
The Grove Park Inn in Asheville,
N.C, usually doesn't hire summer
workers because it is looking for a
full-seasoned staff, said Greg H.
Solms, director of human resources
at the resort.
The Inn does take some hotel
Univrsicv Square Chapel Hill
expenses working only three nights
a week at "The Roma" restaurant.
She spent the rest of her free time
sunning on the beach and just
Jeff Newsom, a sophomore from
Atlantic Beach, didn't go for a
traditional lifeguarding or restaurant
job. His entrepreneurial spirit told
him to start his own business.
"I bought some beach equipment
from a wholesale company rafts,
umbrellas, boogie boards," Newsom
said. He got a contract with a pier
and set up a stand to rent his
"It's a pretty easy job," Newsom
said. He earned about minimum
wage the first year, but last year his
"This will be my third summer, but
I'm going to hire somebody to rent
(the equipment) out," Newsom said.
He has a new project in the planning
stages for this year.
"I'm selling keychains with pictures
in them," he said. His uncle has a
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Solms encourages students to
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Maryland. He plans to hire a pho
tographer to take the" pictures and
bring him the film. People can pick
up their keychains at a surfshop
where he plans to distribute them.
"I don't know about the key
chains," Newsom said. However, if
that project fails, he will still have
his beach equipment business to fall
There are many beach opportun
ities for students at the beach, but
most people say that in order to plan
your summer you have to keep trying
and often take a chance.
Students who have worked at the
beach advise others to get together
with a few friends, find a place to
live, and pound the pavement for a
job when they move down at the
beginning to the summer. Those
interested in lifeguarding will prob-
ably have to apply for a job earlier,
and can get information through the
chamber of commerce at the beach
where they want to work.
ment. "Interns that come into the
hospitality business are going to form
the nucleus of the next generation of
hoteliers." he said.