It can be hard to find summer work as a full-time college student. From unpaid internships to short-term restaurant gigs, the choices aren’t always appealing. Fortunately, technology is helping fuel some new options —as Miranda W., a rising junior at Washington State University, has discovered.
This summer, Miranda is spending her time hanging out with great canine comrades, gaining valuable experience in communication, time-management and marketing, and making enough money to help pay for her tuition.
How did she find the perfect summer job? Miranda is a pet sitter with Rover.com, which gives her the flexibility she needs, along with plenty of quality time with awesome dogs.
Miranda is a dog person through and through, and she comes by it naturally. “My parents had Fred, an Aussie, before they had children (Miranda and her sister). They always consider Fred to be their first child,” she says, with a smile in her voice.
Growing up in this family of dog people, Miranda has served as a foster pet parent and been involved as a volunteer with rescue organizations in Thailand, Romania, and Korea.
This summer as a pet sitter with Rover, Miranda is getting to meet plenty of playful pups. She’s even found a handsome “match” for her own dog, Jill, a teacup Chihuahua. Jill has become quite smitten with one of Miranda’s canine clients, Whim.
“It’s like they’re dating!” Miranda exclaims.
Miranda is also experiencing the thrill of celebrity with one of her giant clients, Walden.
Walden is a handsome 130-lb. Great Dane who is quite the eye candy. Walden’s parents warned Miranda of the paparazzi that were prone to gather when Walden takes a stroll. Miranda delighted in folks stopping them on the street, asking a slew of questions, or simply gawking at such a striking fellow.
Additionally, Miranda is also expanding her human social network through Rover. One customer of Miranda’s sent a Meet & Greet request only to discover that they lived within 500 feet of each other. She gained not only a new Rover client, but Miranda’s family has also enjoyed getting to know their neighbors. In fact, Miranda’s younger sister is now babysitting for the neighbor’s young daughter.
At WSU, Miranda is studying Business Marketing. Working as a sitter on Rover has given Miranda the opportunity to flex her muscles in self-promotion, customer service, and communication.
One of her favorite parts of being a dog sitter with Rover has been interacting with her customers.
Miranda knows that by offering the “home away from home” experience for the pet parents as well as the pets, she is able to provide a high level of comfort and trust.
She’s been focused on delivering great service, tons of photos, regular updates, and clear communication to every customer. Their appreciation is evident—she’s gained many repeat clients and great reviews.
Along with sharpening her business skills, Miranda is discovering some financial independence. She’s paying her own way for Spring Break and Winter Break excursions, putting fuel in her car and contributing to her tuition—all thanks to her earnings on Rover.
We’re thrilled to highlight Miranda’s experience with Rover.com as an active sitter and awesome full-time student. Congratulations, Miranda!
To learn more about becoming a sitter on Rover, go here.