Grant-funded job positions are usually not advertised. Roughly speaking, here is what happens when these positions are being filled. A professor applies for a grant through either a government agency or some philanthropic organization in order to do some kind of research project during the summer. If the grant is approved, the professor will need students to help with the project. Professors usually ask students they already know. However, they sometimes consider another promising student who would be willing to work on the research project until someone else is found to perform the job.
Tracking Down Grant Jobs
Do not just assume that these jobs are there for the taking. Instead of just hoping you happen to be chosen, do a little asking around yourself. Check with an academic advisor to see if any professors are planning on doing research projects and hiring student assistants.
Ask professors, especially those who instruct classes that you have done well in, if they are looking for research assistants. Perhaps you had a class last semester with a professor who is now the recipient of grant funding. Maybe that professor would not have thought of hiring you, or even asking you, simply because you are not currently in any of her classes. However, if you were to approach her about the grant-funded research work that she is conducting, you will not likely be forgotten when the time comes.
If you plan to work on campus during the summer, ask early about possible summer employment opportunities. There may not be as many jobs available as there are during the academic year. Then again, there may be more. Either way, you know the saying: “The early bird catches the good on-campus summer job.”