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As summer officially kicks off, the once-crowded scenes in front of UCF's Student Union and Alafaya Trail are now appearing less busy. Many students have packed their bags and left, not only their dorms and books, but also their jobs, leaving huge openings across Orlando for students interested in working this summer.

Whether seeking extra cash or work experience, there are a variety of open opportunities for students through multiple platforms, many of which can be found online.

Some of the newly available positions are being offered through the university, and can be found on UCF's job listings website, jobswithucf.com.

A wide search will pull up more than 100 open positions, including 22 open staff positions, which are jobs that do not require a degree, ranging from program assistant to secretary.

There is currently a full-time position open for a program assistant with the College of Arts and Humanities. The position requires employees to answer questions and give general directions to assist faculty, staff, students and visitors to the department.

Minimum requirements are a high school diploma and four years of related experience, which can be substituted with appropriate college coursework, therefore, students can apply for these types of positions.

The search menu on jobswithucf.com allows users to filter searches by job category, department and college.

A popular place on campus for students to work is the John C. Hitt Library, which offers various positions in departments such as circulation, media services and photocopy, printing and reference services.

According to its website, library work may include assisting people at a service desk, using computers to find book and journal information, shelving and sorting books, filing, photocopying, answering the phone and other library duties as assigned.

According to personnel librarian Cynthia Kisby, the library employs about 100 students year-round, 20 of whom usually leave at the end of the school year, leaving open positions that are generally filled immediately.

The openings are usually caused by graduating students, but those interested in picking up these positions are encouraged to apply online at library.ucf.edu.

Outside of UCF, however, job opportunities are even more widely available, even on University Boulevard alone.

Steak 'N Shake, Kyoto Sushi and Grill, Chipotle and Burger 21 are all hiring for various positions including servers, line cooks and production.

Robert Hill, the general manager at Flippers Pizza, said that they are always accepting applications for jobs at the restaurant.

At the moment, Hill has more than 10 UCF students on his staff. Hill is a supporter of students who wish to further their education and said he is willing to welcome back students who leave Flippers for internships.

"We understand that they are working toward their degree and we promote that and work around their schedule," Hill said.

Students can also check out the various Facebook groups that focus on listing places that are hiring around UCF.

Many of these positions can also be found, and applied for online on websites such as snagajob.com, and social media platforms.

Jobs and Internships is a popular page on Facebook for UCF students who are looking for open opportunities. The page currently has more than 10,200 students and a steady stream of posts every day. Both students and businesses turn to the page to post job openings that would benefit UCF students.

Pea Chaderton, a senior social work student, found a job using groups on Facebook like Jobs and Internships. She now uses it to post openings at her nonprofit organization, Never Stand Alone.

"It allows a more intimate way of getting to know prospects and therefore you can tailor your search to the demographic you're looking for," Chaderton said.

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Amelia Truong is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @Ameliatruong or email her at AmyT@CentralFloridaFuture.com

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