Yet the summer job remains so embedded in American consciousness that it is treated with a kind of nostalgia.
“I was heartbroken because I thought my summer would be like all of the classic summer camp movies, Wet Hot American Summer, Parent Trap, etc.,” she says.
“And yet, those summer jobs are still looked down on.”Natalie Spievack, research assistant in the Income and Benefits Policy Center at the Urban Institute, pointed to competitive college admissions and increase in summer classes as part of the shift around summer jobs.
But for many young people living in poverty, or teens in rural areas, the summer job might be as big a fantasy as a dream job.
For low-income young people living in high-poverty communities, first jobs — summer jobs — “have not necessarily been in their communities for decades,” Bird says.