Lauren Lind works at the welcome desk in Career Services on the University of Colorado campus this week.
Lauren Lind works at the welcome desk in Career Services on the University of Colorado campus this week.

University of Colorado student Lauren Lind, who will be a junior in the fall, sat at the front desk of the Career Services office, kicking back in her chair and reading a book about world religions.

In the summer, Lind said, she has time to squeeze in some pleasure reading among her daily duties, which include greeting visitors, helping employers set up for presentations and answering phones.

“It’s much slower in the summer, so there’s not as much that needs to be done like during the school year,” she said.

Lind’s position is one of about 2,400 jobs on the campus during the summer months, down from about 3,800 campus jobs in the fall and spring, said Susan Youtz, associate director of financial aid and student employment.

Youtz said some departments such as Career Services, Norlin Library and the campus Recreation Center maintain student workers in the summer but may cut down on the number of employees or their hours because there are fewer students, faculty and staff members on the campus.

Lisa Severy, director of Career Services, said her office maintains some employee positions in the summer, like Lind’s at the front desk, but others are not needed when there are so few students.

“We don’t generally need the students who present to classes and clubs since there aren’t many going on, so our Peer Career Advising staff only works in the fall and spring,” Severy said.

While some campus jobs are cut in the summer, others are only available between the spring and fall semesters. Conference services, orientation, Science Discovery and the Shakespeare Festival are a few of the departments offering summer-specific jobs, Youtz said.

Eric Robbins, who will be a senior in the fall, is a mechanic at the bike station just east of the University Memorial Center and said he is expecting more hours this summer than he has in the fall and spring.

“I have more time, so I can pick up more shifts and I’m a little more flexible,” he said.

Robbins may be increasing his hours, but his first summer paycheck may be slightly less than he is expecting.

During the school year, students enrolled in at least six credits are considered “primary students,” which exempts them from taxes, Youtz said, but in the summer, if they’re not taking any classes their paychecks will reflect that.

“It’s about a 10 percent reduction on their paycheck,” Youtz said. “If they’re not enrolled at least part-time, they have to pay social security and Medicare.”

Robbins said this is his third summer to work at the bike station, and he has never noticed the reduction.

Youtz said managers are asked to tell students about the tax change, but she’s not surprised that some students are unprepared for their first summer checks.

Lind said she was also unaware of the reduction, but since she’s mainly working for spending money, it won’t affect her summer plans much.

“It’s just nice to have extra spending money during the summer, even if it’s a little less,” Lind said.