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Summer Jobs

We asked industry executives to tell us about the most memorable summertime jobs they had during high school and college.

Responses were edited for clarity and brevity.

David Wright
Vice president, partnership marketing
Major League Soccer/Soccer United Marketing

Wright

Job: Indiana University soccer camp coach/counselor (summer job while in college)

“Having gone to the Indiana University soccer camp myself growing up, it was pretty cool to find myself in the role that I once looked up to. The highlight of camp always centered around A) late night pizza with other staff coaches, and B) ribbing coaches that ‘fell short of expectation’ during the weekly Staff vs. Camper all-star matches.

“While the days were long, staying in Bloomington [Ind.] during the summers to coach, train and eat pizza will always be one of the highlights of my college years.”

Lothery

Karlyn Lothery
President
Sports Talkers

Job: Philadelphia Phillies usher

“As a longtime Boston sports fan, it went against my nature to cheer for any team other than the Red Sox, Patriots or Celtics. And any sports fan from Boston will tell you that you can’t like their teams and like a team from New York. However, the summer of 1992, when I worked as an usher with the Philadelphia Phillies after my freshman year of college, made me a temporary New York fan and permanent dedicated worker.

“Here’s why: As an usher, you make minimum wage. You stand up for the entire game and sweat uncontrollably in the summer heat. All the while, you pray it never rains since you have to wipe down and dry off all of the seats in your section before play resumes. It’s a very thankless job, unless you have fans who tip.

“New York fans are the best tippers around. So when the Mets came to play, their fans came to pay. They would tip you as they walked themselves to the seat. They’d tip you extra if you wiped their seat for them. They’d tip you again if you had to wipe the seat after the rain delay. They were quite generous!

“Once I got a taste of the New York tippers, I worked harder (which says a lot for a 19-year-old kid) and boosted my ‘customer service’ to see if I could earn a tip from any of the other visiting or hometown fans throughout the season. I guess you could say that summer job helped strengthen my work ethic but also gave me a greater appreciation for rewarding good behavior/hard work.”

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